Greetings from the American University, School of Public Affairs, Certificate Program in Advanced Leadership Studies! Created in 1990 this Program offers students the opportunity to learn leadership theory, practice, and prepare them for leadership roles. After a competitive application process students complete a 15-credit course of study to achieve their Certificate. We encourage you to stay curious in your leadership journey, and please let us know if you have any questions.
Interim Director Jason Fabrikant introduces the SPA Leadership Program.
Welcome Class of 2026!
This year, we warmly and proudly welcome 37 exemplary first-year students into the American University SPA Leadership Program. These 37 incoming Leadership students come to American University from 11 states, Washington, DC, and Mexico. They each bring individualized skills and perspectives from an impressive list of leadership positions including, but not limited to, Speech and Debate, Model United Nations, Affinity groups, student government, Boy and Girl Scouts, Track and Field teams, and Tennis teams. These students excel in various extracurricular, employment, and academic positions: enrolling in AP/IB programs, being accepted into honors societies, volunteering in their communities, and working as lifeguards, tutors, food servers, camp counselors, nannies, and much more. The SPA Leadership Program eagerly anticipates welcoming these new members to our community as they grow and lead us as changemakers in our complex world.
Building Social Capital
All members of the Leadership Program complete two leadership projects designed to build social capital. These projects help each student understand how individual leadership functions to make society a better place. Learn More
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.