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Established in 1990, the Leadership Program prepares students to lead in public service.
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Welcome!

Welcome to the Certificate Program in Advanced Leadership Studies at the School of Public Affairs at American University! This program was launched in 1990 in order to offer students the experience, skills, and knowledge to prepare them for leadership roles in public service. Following a competitive application process, students complete the 15-credit course of study that culminates in a Certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies.

The mission of the certificate program in advanced leadership studies at the American University School of Public Affairs is to empower students by providing the requisite leadership knowledge, skills and experiences needed to lead creative and generous lives in public affairs, with intelligence and compassion.

Our webpage details how the program takes students from the theory to the practice of leadership. Thank you for visiting.

Paul Christopher Manuel, Ph.D.
Director, School of Public Affairs Leadership Program & Professor of Government

Program Overview

Building Social Capital

Social Action Team

All members of the Leadership Program complete two social action projects designed to build social capital.

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Leadership Program Infographic for Class of 2022

Welcome Class of 2022!

These 43 students, representing 16 states and the United Kingdom, all bring distinct and inspiring experiences. The incoming class is filled with student-workers, tutors, volunteers, student council members, journalists, athletes, debaters, and more. Academically, they earned high honors and excelled in their International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement classes.

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John F. Kennedy speaking at American University

Bringing Leadership Theory to Practice

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." Quote from the speech that John F. Kennedy had planned to deliver in Dallas before his assassination on 22 November 1963.
 

Program Goals