American University

American University (AU) is a student-centered research University located in Washington DC, USA. The institution offers 87 postgraduate master’s degree programs through its eight schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, Communication, Education, International Service, Professional & Extended Studies, Public Affairs and Law.

  • Average Tuition USD 31,500
  • Acceptance Rate 29%
  • Students 13,000
  • International Students 13%
  • Total Annual Cost USD 51,700
  • Intakes Fall Spring
  • Application Deadline June 1 November 1
  • Campus Setting City

School Description

American University (AU) offers a wide range of postgraduate master’s degree programs in disciplines such as Business, Education, Visual Arts, Humanities, Law and more. In addition, AU provides interdisciplinary degree courses, allowing students to design their own program leading to an MA or MS in interdisciplinary studies. 

 

AU has strong research and academic credentials with 44 research centers and institutes. The institution’s reputed faculty includes elected public servants, former ambassadors, and Oscar-, Emmy-, Pulitzer-, and the National Book- award winners. Faculty work is often sponsored by the most prestigious funders in the USA, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

  • 01The research University received over USD 30 million in externally funded grants and contracts in the financial year of 2018.
  • 02AUs free career management tool helps students and alumni search for jobs and internships.
  • 03AU is reputed for its cutting-edge research centers, such as the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, directed by National Book Award-winner Dr Ibram X. Kendi.

Master Programs

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    Business Administration

    USD 38,293 Tuition Fee
    This MBA program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Business Administration. The program offers courses that focus on the study of management theory; human more
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    Accounting

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Accounting Principles. The program offers courses that focus on all aspects of business, management and finance.  

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    Analytics

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The Master of Science in Analytics program (MSAn) at the Kogod School of Business prepares students to be experts in data analysis, to make organizational decisions, and to solve dynamic business problems. The program p more
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    Art History

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The curriculum of the Art History Master’s Program is focused on four areas: Italian Art: Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque; Northern European Art: Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque; Modern European Art (18th to 21st cent more
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    Arts Management

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The arts management master’s degree program trains students to become arts administrators across performing and visual art disciplines. The program blends the basic tenets of administration with an understanding of the more
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    Audio Technology

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The MA in audio technology at American University focuses on both the art and science of music technology to prepare students for a variety of careers in the industry. Students take courses in critical listening, sound more
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    Bilingual Education

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The MA in Bilingual Education prepares educators and policymakers who plan to work both domestically and internationally in the field of bilingual education. The three program tracks provide students with up-to-date kno more
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    Biology

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    This program is offered by the Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, this is a research degree that may serve as an intermediate degree for those intending to pursue further graduate study, as well as a n more
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    Chemistry

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The master of science degree program in chemistry focuses on developing the skills necessary for students to conduct specialized laboratory research in preparation for careers in highly-competitive chemical and biologic more
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    Computer Science

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual and practical knowledge of Computer Science. The program offers courses that focus on the study of artificial intelligence, cyber security, the blockchain, more
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    Data Science

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    <style type="text/css"><!--td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}--></style>This program is designed to equip students with theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of Data Science. more
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    Development Management

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The program is designed both for practitioners and students with prior field experience who plan to work on development programs and projects either within the United States or in developing countries. It provides an op more
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    Economics

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The economics master's degree program is an applied, policy-oriented program that offers five different tracks which master's students can pursue: general, development economics, gender analysis in economics, financial more
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    Education Policy and Leadership

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the concepts of Education. The program offers courses that focus on the study of research, education policies, administrative an more
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    Environmental Science

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The environmental science master's degree program prepares students to develop innovative solutions to pressing environmental issues. Grounded in rigorous scientific research and analysis with a multidisciplinary examin more
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    Ethics, Peace and Human Rights

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    American University’s MA in Ethics, Peace and Human Rights offers an ethical response to some of the world’s most pressing problems. Founded as part of an effort to deepen the ethical context for international studies, more
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    Film and Media Arts

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The Master of Arts in Film and Media Arts provides students with a professional skill set in the film, video, and digital media for a successful career in the media industry. Students will receive a formal overview in m more
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    Film and Media Production

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual, technical and practical knowledge of Media Production. The program offers courses that focus on the study of computer and telecommunications technologies a more
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    Finance

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of Finance. The program offers courses that focus on the study of core business disciplines such as management, a more
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    Game Design

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    Master’s in Game Design program prepares students for a career in all facets of game design, play theory, and engagement strategies. Students leave with the skills and experience they need to succeed in applying game th more
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    Games and Interactive Media

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual and practical knowledge of Games and Interactive Media. The program offers highly interdisciplinary courses that combine the study of communications,&nbsp;c more
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    Global Environmental Policy

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    In the Global Environmental Policy MA program students explore the causes of environmental degradation and the social, cultural, economic and political mechanisms that advance environmental protection. This interdiscipl more
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    Global Media

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    This interdisciplinary M.A. program allows students to take concurrent courses in the School of Communication (SOC) and School of International Service (SIS) that emphasize strategic communication, research, internation more
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    Health Promotion Management

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The Health Promotion Management Program is for individuals dedicated to assuming leadership positions within the health promotion industry. The program offers courses that focus on the study of helping people, organizat more
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    Healthcare Management

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The online Master of Science (MS) in Healthcare Management from American University links industry knowledge, analytic know-how and leadership skills to equip graduates to meet the challenges and opportunities of this r more
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    History

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The history master’s degree program stresses broad understandings of the past, the development of the capacity for specialized research, and the cultivation of collegial relationships. History MA students may concentrat more
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    Human Resource Analytics and Management

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    American University offers an online Master of Science in Human Resource Analytics and Management degree for HR employees to successfully drive wellness programs, create benefit portals, and engage employees at a higher more
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    Intercultural and International Communication

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    This innovative program provides students with interdisciplinary course offerings and professional skills training, focusing on emergent and vital topics in international communication. The curriculum allows students to more
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    International Affairs: Comparative and Regional Studies

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    Comparative and Regional Studies allows students to explore an extraordinary diversity of issues in international affairs by combining comparative analysis and regional expertise with rigorous methodological training. T more
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    International Affairs: Global Governance Politics and Security

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The Global Governance, Politics, and Security (GGPS) program gives students professional skills and specialized training necessary to launch a career in global governance or global security. It takes a multidisciplinary more
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    International Affairs: International Economic Relations

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    International Economic Relations provides students with the range of analytical skills needed to understand international economic and financial problems in a policy setting. What distinguishes the program is its focus more
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    International Affairs: Natural Resources and Sustainable Development

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The program equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary for managing eco-development issues in a global context and provides them with opportunities to establish ties that bridge the North-South divide. Thes more
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    International Affairs: United States Foreign Policy

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The US Foreign Policy and National Security program presents a rigorous course of study that provides students with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in government, the private sector, nongovernmental organiza more
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    International Development

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The MAID is designed for students whose professional interests require a broad, multidisciplinary approach to international development theories, issues, and programs. It is particularly useful preparation for those inv more
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    International Economics

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    This unique program offers a rigorous combination of theoretical, empirical, and policy-oriented courses in economics, political economy, and policymaking focused on international trade and finance. It achieves its inte more
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    International Peace and Conflict Resolution

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) program stands apart as a unique academic and professional training program. Peace, in this context, includes economic, social, and political justice; ecological ba more
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    International Relations

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    This program is designed to equip students with the concepts and practical application of the principles of International Relations, politics and international institutions. The program offers courses that focus on the more
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    International Service

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The Master of International Service (MIS) is specifically designed for those with significant experience in international affairs or those completing, or have recently completed (within three years), a master's level pr more
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    International Service: International Studies Track

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The Master of International Service (MIS) is specifically designed for those with significant experience in international affairs or for those completing, or having recently completed (within three years), a master's le more
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    International Training and Education

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The International Training and Education Program (ITEP) is a multidisciplinary master’s program that focuses on education as an instrument of international development and as a means of promoting cross-cultural understa more
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    Journalism and Digital Storytelling

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    This program helps students improve their writing, reporting and editing skills while learning to write effectively and compellingly for an online audience. Additionally, students are taught how to design news web sites more
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    Journalism and Public Affairs

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    This program prepares students for contemporary careers as news and information professionals. After rigorous study in the basic values of journalism – law, ethics, accuracy, verification, accountability – students are more
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    Justice Law and Criminology

    USD 27,786 Tuition Fee
    The MS in Justice, Law and Criminology is an interdisciplinary program focusing on the foundations and structure of institutions of justice and law. Students receive a thorough grounding in both empirical and theoretica more
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    Literature

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The master's degree program in&nbsp;literature at American University offers students challenging courses in a wide variety of areas. The program offers courses that focus on traditional periods and national literature, more
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    Marketing

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The Masters in Marketing degree program (MSMKTG) at the Kogod School of Business gives a competitive edge to students seeking careers in marketing. It provides an understanding of marketing tools and concepts that prepa more
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    Mathematics

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    American University’s MA in mathematics provides two tracks for its students with diverse courses. Students can choose a plan of study that matches their personal and professional interests and take courses that enhance more
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    Nutrition Education

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    Graduates are able to develop programming and intervention skills related to nutrition, and to design and implement nutrition education programs in corporations, government organizations, schools, and universities. The more
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    Organization Development

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The AU MSOD program provides a rigorous academic course of study enhanced by experiential learning and practical application. Courses focus on competencies, skills and knowledge in: theory, action research, process cons more
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    Philosophy

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The philosophy master’s degree program offers a rigorous education focused on close reading and engagement with primary texts, while providing remarkable opportunities to put that training to work, both in and outside t more
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    Political Communication

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The MA in Political Communication offers students a unique opportunity to prepare for professional careers in government, politics, political advocacy, public affairs, public policy, and communication through the study more
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    Producing for Film and Video

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The goal of this program is to prepare individuals for careers as producers and production managers of a wide variety of film and video programs, including independent feature films, documentary films or videos, educati more
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    Professional Science: Biostatistics

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    AU's three-track Professional Science Master's in Biostatistics is unique in offering Health Policy along with Computational and Management Tracks. Local internship opportunities and training in workforce skills of proj more
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    Professional Science: Biotechnology

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The Professional Science Masters program in Biotechnology is a unique opportunity to acquire cutting edge biotechnology skills while developing an entrepreneurship and business management portfolio. While in the program more
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    Professional Science: Quantitative Analysis

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    American University's master's degree in quantitative analysis is a two-year interdisciplinary program that provides students with rigorous training in the sciences coupled with coursework in management. This curriculum more
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    Psychology

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The psychology master's degree program provides students with classroom and laboratory experience that prepares them to work in specialized research and applied fields within psychology and/or entry into clinical and ex more
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    Public Administration MPA

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee

    The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program prepares students to lead with distinction in government, non-profit, and private organizations—both in the US and abroad.   

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    Public Administration: Key Executive Leadership MPA

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    Executive Master of Public Administration (MPA) provides a unique cohort experience to enthusiastic and experienced leaders employed predominantly by the Federal government, though a significant number of state, local, more
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    Public Policy

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee

    The Master of Public Policy (MPP) program arms students with the skills and knowledge they need to influence policy in a variety of institutional settings in the US and abroad.  

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    Real Estate

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The Master of Science in Real Estate degree program (MSRE) prepared to enter the real estate job market in a variety of specialization areas, such as commercial development and investment banking, mortgage financing, in more
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    Social Enterprise

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    This program is designed to assist students in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and mindset necessary to launch a new social entrepreneurial venture or play a key leadership role in an existing one. These ventures may b more
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    Sociology Research and Practice

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The sociology master's program offers in-depth training in sociological theory, with an emphasis on research methodology, to create sociological knowledge and apply professional research skills to inform effective polic more
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    Spanish: Latin American Studies

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The MA in Spanish and Latin American Studies at American University offers customized tracks to allow students to gain an interdisciplinary understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as expertise in trans more
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    Special Education: Learning Disabilities

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The graduate program in special education: learning disabilities at American University is grounded in the philosophy that all individuals have the ability to access, participate, and progress in education. Faculty and more
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    Sports Analytics and Management

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    Master of Science (MS) in Sports Analytics and Management builds not only a broad range of professional knowledge and skills relevant to sports management, but unique skills for the new and emerging areas that are trans more
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    Statistics

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The statistics master of science degree program prepares professionals in the development, research, and analysis of quantitative tools to turn ideas into intelligent, informed actions. The statistics MS offers two trac more
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    Strategic Communication

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The strategic communication program is designed to equip students with theoretical skills and how to think strategically. The program offers courses that help students learn how to target an audience, create a compellin more
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    Studio Art

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    American University’s studio art master of fine arts degree program prepares students for lives as independent creative artists. The primary goal of the two-year program is to facilitate the transition from student to c more
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    Sustainability Management

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee

    The AU/Kogod M.S. in Sustainability Management degree is designed to integrate future-oriented business education with environmental and social science, public policy, and international issues.  

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    Taxation

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The MST program develops students' competencies in the U.S. tax code and state taxation, and imparts the comprehensive expertise that places Kogod graduates among the most in-demand recruits and highly valued employees more
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    Teaching

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    The master's program&nbsp;in teacher education allows students to examine the significant role of teachers in the shaping of individuals, communities, and society as a whole. The teacher education faculty are committed more
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    Teaching: English for Speakers of Other Languages

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee
    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of Teaching. The program offers courses that focus on tutoring and volunteering, plan lessons, design assessments more
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    Terrorism and Homeland Security Policy

    USD 29,556 Tuition Fee

    The MS in Terrorism and Homeland Security Policy is an interdisciplinary program that trains students to understand and explain problems of terrorism and other sub-state threats to U.S. homeland security.  

Rankings

  • QS Rankings (Global)
    QS Rankings (Global) 541
  • SchoolApply Ranking
    SchoolApply Ranking 251
  • Times World University Rankings
    Times World University Rankings 301
  • Forbes (USA)
    Forbes (USA) 119
  • US News (National)
    US News (National) 78

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 3.00
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL iBT 100
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 7.00
  • GRE Required
  • GMAT Required
  • Minimum PTE 68

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    The University offers a number of scholarships and financial assistance programs for international students, including the Kogod School of Business scholarship.

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    Students with a high GPA can have their GRE/GMAT waived.

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          • Testimony
            1994-1995, MA Journalism and Public Affairs

            What I liked best about AU? Great instructors, incredibly sophisticated training in government affairs in Washington, DC, the home of American politics; AU's international environment, and my very special classmates from around the world. Work was tough but it paid off for me. My only regret is that I can't do it all over again! I do miss my days at AU! Sigh.

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            1982-1983, MA SOC, Journalism

            I'm so grateful for my assistantship many moons ago, in the School of Communication, allowing me to extend my professional journalistic horizons far beyond what might have been, had I stayed home in the Puget Sound area for grad school. Now, I'm grateful to be an early digital news pioneer who also teaches in the SOC: In my own way, I'm trying to give back to the vibrant and diverse community that has so much to offer in internships, exposure to world-class professionals and thought leaders - minus the chaos of NYC.

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            1995-1997, Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

            For a Kogod MBA '97, the most noticeable was the globalized pool of students with experiences brought from foreign economies. Not to forget about the well-tuned professors and mentors with rich and practical work experience. All beautifully melted in the US capital of Washington, DC !