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School of Communication

American University
Washington, DC


Details at a Glance

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  • Financial Aid Available

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Degrees Offered

Journalism & Public Affairs MA; Journalism & Digital Storytelling MA; Strategic Communication MA; Political Communication MA; Media, Technology & Democracy MA; Film & Media Production MA; Film & Media Arts MFA; Producing Film & Television MA; Game Design MA; Games & Interactive Media MFA; PhD in Communication

Our Program

AU's School of Communication empowers graduates in its programs to tell stories that inspire action, and transform our communities and our world.

Our graduate programs will build your competence and knowledge as a multi-platform communicator. We will teach you the in-demand skills critical to your professional success. You will also learn the critical theory and fundamental underpinnings to sustain your career well into the future.

With Washington, D.C., one of the most exciting, influential, and dynamic cities in the world, as your classroom, you'll have opportunities and internships that will open the door to a career in the communication industry.


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    Personal Statement
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    2 Letters of Recommendation
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    Unofficial Transcript

Additional Requirements

International Applicants:

If you attended university outside the US, you will need to submit a course-by-course evaluation of transcripts by a NACES approved member

And in order to receive a student visa from AU, international students must meet the English-language proficiency requirement through one of the following ways:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 100
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 7.0
  • Duolingo English Test- score of at least 120

Application Deadline

For Graduate Applicants:

  • Priority Deadline: February 1st
  • Late Deadline: July 1st

For PhD Applicants:

  • Deadline: December 15th

Student Body

  • Total Students

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    350 Students

Clubs & Associations


  • National Association for Black Journalists (NABJ) 
  • National Association for Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ)
  • Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) 
  • Women in Film & Video (WIFV)
  • University Film Video Association (UFVA)
  • Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

Student Government:

  • Graduate Student Council

Working Groups:  

  • Picture Lock Productions
  • Docs in Progress
  • Interface Media Group

AU Publications:

  • The Wash
  • The BlackPrint
  • The Eagle

Tuition & Financial Aid

Additional Information

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    Financial Aid Available
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    Application Fee Waivers Available