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American is a private, Christian graduate school in Washington, D.C., District of Columbia. It has a large graduate student body with an enrollment of 5,735 graduate students. Of the 58 graduate programs offered at American University, 10 are offered online or through graduate distance education programs. The most popular graduate school programs at American University are Law, International Affairs, and Public Administration. 44% of its graduate students are part-time graduate students.

Masters and Doctoral Programs

Graduate Students

Total Graduate Students
5,735
Part-Time Grad Students
2,515
Research Assistants
Teaching Assistants
551
Racial Diversity
  • White
    42.4%
  • Unknown
    15.7%
  • International (Non-Citizen)
    12.5%
  • African American
    11.8%
  • Hispanic
    8.9%
  • Asian
    5.6%
  • Multiracial
    2.5%
  • Native American
    0.4%
  • Pacific Islander
    0.1%
Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Nightlife
    A+
Median Household Income
$246,795
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$3,073
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,424,742
National
$184,700
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I am getting my graduate degree from American University. I am taking all classes online so I am unsure about the physical campus or party scene in the town. I should be visiting the campus towards the end of my degree plan and hope to find these answers then. Hopefully, this is helpful!
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I did the joint JD/MA at American earning my law degree and masters in international studies concurrently. This program, getting two advanced degrees in 3.5 years instead of 5, is an excellent deal economically but also felt like a really great way to get a well-rounded education in many components of international law and human rights. I am currently in my last semester of my masters and am studying abroad through American’s partnership with the UN University for Peace. Studying abroad was a very easy process and I felt I have all the support I needed to pick the right program for me and still graduate on time. I also got a lot out of various job-connection programs the grad school has, like site visits to top international organizations/government bodies where we could ask questions to help us land the jobs we want.
Graduate courses are frequently combined with undergraduate courses, so it's a mixed upper-level undergraduate and graduate student course. This is frustrating given the difference paid in tuition for graduate students and not receiving any additional rigor, high level information, or opportunity from undergraduates.