Department of Public Administration & Policy

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Graduate programs: spagrad@american.edu

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SPA: Public Administration 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016-8070 United States

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The Department of Public Administration & Policy at AU's School of Public Affairs

SPA's Department of Public Administration & Policy equips you with the fundamental skills and competencies to craft real solutions to real-world challenges in public policy and administration. Our multifaceted, interdisciplinary approach encompasses the analytical reasoning, contextual knowledge, effective communication, and comprehensive understanding our students need to lead with distinction in organizations that serve the public good. Our nationally ranked, NASPAA-accredited programs take a comprehensive and thoughtful approach to the social, cultural, political factors that influence public administration and policy today.

We believe that your education should be about much more than coursework, so class time is balanced with experiential learning opportunities. Our location in Washington, D.C. opens doors to exceptional internship opportunities, extraordinary resources for research, and exposure to our nation's thought leaders and change-makers.

Complex public challenges demand strong, capable leadership, and tomorrow's policy leaders and change-makers start here-join us.

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SPA Research

Our faculty delve into complex and pressing issues of our time.

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DPAP Research Seminar Series - Spring 2018

  • February 22
    Jessica Sowa, "High Performance Work Practices, Employee Relations, and the Working Environment of Nonprofit Organizations"

  • March 1
    Resul Cesur, University of Connecticut

  • March 7
    Alnoor Ebrahim, Tufts University

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