Dedicated to professional and experiential learning, the School of Professional & Extended Studies (SPExS) offers an array of options for lifelong learners spanning the applied social sciences. Programs range from undergraduate internship-based semester programs to market-driven online master’s degrees for professionals at critical junctures in their careers.

Professional and Academic Success

You’ve earned your bachelor’s degree. Now you need the connections and foundation to boost your resume and pave the way toward your professional and academic success. In today’s competitive market, how do you get ahead of the pack?


This one semester program will help you build upon your chosen field and grow your professional network in DC. With dynamic fields of study from public policy to biotechnology, you can choose your path and establish a career foundation or switch career fields. By participating in American University’s Graduate Professional Studies you will create a path to a successful future.


Learn from leaders – in classroom settings, on site visits that can only be found in our nation’s capital, on the job as an intern, through focused research, and through professional development opportunities. Graduate Professional Studies classes are designed to transfer into degree seeking graduate programs at American University or other institutions. Your path to submitting a top-notch graduate school application starts here.


  • Strengthen graduate school applications.
  • Get more experience in your field of interest.
  • Decide if graduate school or career is your next step.
  • Transition from one career field to another.
  • Build a professional network in DC to help with your job search.