Education Opportunities

ASU students have a wide range of opportunities and resources available to empower them to think big, collaborate across disciplines, and strive to make a positive impact on the world.

ASU’s presence in Washington, D.C. provides opportunities and experiences that broaden students’ understanding of national and international issues through interactions with thought leaders and policy makers in our nation’s capital. In addition to opportunities for current and recent ASU students, ASU also offers individual continuing-education courses for learners at any stage of life and leadership training programs for mid- to senior-level career professionals.

Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership

The Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership, a partnership between ASU and Georgetown University, is the premier training ground for those who aspire to senior leadership positions in higher education and those who want to lead organizational change at colleges and universities in the future. The nine-month, design-based program focuses on bringing ideas to practice; linking theory to relevant applications; and scaling innovations in teaching and learning, leadership, finance and technology that can transform higher education institutions today and in the future..

ASU For You

ASU for You is an approach to education that supports Universal Learners® with resources from a national research university recognizing that to meet the needs of a rapidly changing, technology-driven world, people will need to access education and learning platforms throughout their lives. Whether you are a learner or an educator, ASU for You provides a flexible and growing set of digital educational assets. The program is designed for people of all ages and at all stages of their educational, career or lifelong learning journey — wherever in the world they may be.

ASU Local

ASU Local is located in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., providing students access to flexible class schedules, hands-on projects and internships as they work alongside industry professionals in more than 100+ degree programs. ASU Local recognizes every career path looks different, which is why the program offers students one-on-one time with coaches who help create a personalized college and career plan to help students prepare for the jobs of the future.

ASU Online

ASU Online provides access, without constraints, to the educational opportunities of a world-class research university and its faculty. The result is a community of students, learning from across the globe, who are an integral part of the New American University. Students connect online with the full ASU experience: interaction with internationally recognized faculty, access to collections from ASU's eight award-winning libraries, an alumni network tens of thousands of members strong, and membership in a community of thousands of students pursuing their degrees. 

Business and Public Policy Residency Program

The Business and Public Policy Residency program in Washington, D.C., is a week-long opportunity for graduate and MBA students in ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business. The program is designed to enrich students’ understanding of the public policy process, with a focus on those policy issues that are most likely to impact business outcomes, as well as the strategies that busy corporate executives can utilize to ethically and effectively share information and influence public-policy outcomes. 

Capital Scholars Program

The ASU Capital Scholars program develops future leaders by providing undergraduate students with hands-on training in the public policymaking process in Washington, D.C. Each year since 1998, ASU has provided an opportunity for up to 25 undergraduate students to spend a summer in Washington, D.C., interning with Congress, federal agencies, advocacy groups, the media, nonprofit organizations, think tanks and policy research groups. Interns also participate in activities organized just for them, including tours, career panels, cultural events and lectures. The primary goal of the Capital Scholars program is to help students develop leadership skills that will enable them to be successful in their career, active in the community and involved in policymaking. 

ASU Continuing Education

ASU Continuing Education offers curious individuals, focused working adults and inquisitive retirees alike the opportunity to expand their horizons and improve themselves by participating in noncredit courses, workshops and certificate programs. Whether seeking a professional certificate, enrichment opportunities or corporate training, ASU Continuing Education helps individuals achieve their personal and professional goals by means of accessible, high-quality and challenging courses

Cronkite News Washington Bureau

Cronkite News in Washington, D.C., is an intensive professional reporting experience for advanced Cronkite School students in the journalism degree program. Graduate and undergraduate students work from ASU’s new Ambassador Barbara Barrett and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Washington Center located three blocks from the White House. From a state-of-the-art newsroom, students cover public policy issues in Congress, the White House, U.S. Supreme Court and many other federal agencies that affect Arizona. Student reporters and producers generate breaking news and investigative stories and packages that appear in print and online news outlets across the state. Cronkite News is the largest Arizona-based news operation in the nation's capital, and its award-winning weekday newscast reaches 1.9 million homes across Arizona.

Executive Master of Public Administration

Ranked nationally in the top 5% by U.S. News & World Report, the ASU School of Public Affairs (part of Watts College) now offers an Executive Master of Public Administration degree created for public sector and public policy managers. The 19-month program, offered in collaboration with the McCain Institute, combines an online curriculum with three-day executive sessions in Washington, D.C. designed to expand the breadth and depth of students’ professional networks. Executive MPA students are selected based on their ability to demonstrate the value they would add to the learning experience of the entire class.

Executive Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management

Today’s world needs future-ready global leaders and managers more than ever. The global economy is becoming increasingly complex and dynamic as the Fourth Industrial Revolution accelerates, reshaping how we create value, work, live – indeed who we are. In this new era of rapid change, transnational organizations demand entrepreneurial innovators who can create sustainable global futures across geographies, cultures, and sectors.

Thunderbird’s one-year Executive Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management provides a digital global mindset and a unique combination of 21st-century hard and soft skills. Students build expertise in leading systems and new enterprises, managing complexity, disruptive innovation, digital transformation, and collaborative problem-solving.


Futurography combines the storytelling techniques of journalism and the instructive capacity of a massive open online course, or MOOC, in an effort to educate readers about the technologies that will define tomorrow. Futurography focused on a new technology, providing a citizen's guide to how it might shape the future.

Learn more about these Futurography topics: 

geoengineeringalgorithmscyberwarartificial intelligencedronesself-driving carsnanotechnologyownershipinternet governanceFrankenstein, cybersecurityspace exploration and synthetic biology

Futurography was created by Future Tense – a partnership between Arizona State University, New America and Slate magazine that explores emerging technologies and their transformative effects on society and public policy.  


International Rule of Law and Security Program

The International Rule of Law and Security Program, a joint effort between ASU Law and the McCain Institute for International Leadership, teaches students about the development of rule of law and good governance in transitional and post-conflict states. Led by Distinguished Professor of Practice Ambassador Clint Williamson, this training prepares graduates for international development and policy jobs in the public and private sectors. Topics include institution-building, transitional justice mechanisms, judicial and prosecutorial capacity building, and business aspects involved with international development projects, among others.

Leadership, Diplomacy and National Security Lab

The Leadership, Diplomacy and National Security Lab (LDNS Lab) advances character-driven leadership, diplomacy, and national security education and training in support of the full range of university enterprises. Led by diplomatic and national security professionals, The Lab dedicates itself to learner-centered solutions and thought leadership through a global network of partners employing state of the art learning tools.

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Led by the College of Public Service and Community Solutions, ASU annually hosts 25 accomplished young professionals for a six-week civic leadership institute. The program is oriented to young leaders from sub-Saharan Africa who serve the public through non-governmental organizations, community-based nonprofits or volunteerism.

President Obama launched the Young African Leaders Initiative in 2010. Through this initiative, emerging leaders are gaining the skills and connections they need to accelerate their own career trajectories and contribute more robustly to strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth and enhancing the peace and security in Africa.

Master of Arts in International Affairs and Leadership

The Master of Arts in International Affairs and Leadership (MA IAL), offered by the School of Politics and Global Studies, establishes a dynamic and active learning environment led by international affairs practitioners such as former ambassadors and military general officers who developed US policies and programs around the globe and managed strategic and “grass roots diplomacy” efforts throughout their careers”. This unique MA program blends the art of diplomacy with developing leadership and draws on ASU’s extensive academic capacity, all which provides students a distinctive edge to succeed. 

The program will prepare graduates for the complex international environment through extensive exposure to topics such as character-driven leadership, national security, human rights and democracy issues, foreign policy and global and international economics. 

McCain Institute for International Leadership Internship Program

Each semester and during the summer, the McCain Institute for International Leadership gives students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain work experience, research global issues, and explore ideas and policy surrounding national security, human freedom and democracy. Through the unpaid internship program, the institute actively promotes leadership and decision-making amongst interns and encourages young leaders to be inquisitive, open to spirited discussion with staff and faculty, and actively involved in the daily operations of a dynamic policy institute. 

McCain Global Leaders Program

Each year, the McCain Institute for International Leadership selects up to 20 emerging leaders to be a part of its Global Leaders Program. They are individuals from around the world, from every walk of life, who have demonstrated extraordinary character, commitment to core human values, and capacity for future leadership. Those selected are offered a unique program that blends professional development, exposure to top-level policymakers, and formal training in leadership and communications. Participants build reserves of personal capital and support networks that will last a lifetime.

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences' Washington Internships

ASU’s School of Social and Behavioral Sciences partners with the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, an independent nonprofit in Washington, D.C., to offer semester-long internships with a wide variety of hosting sites in the nation’s capital. The program has placed ASU students in life-changing internships with organizations such as The Smithsonian, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Federal Marshal Program, Interpol, the Peace Corps, Georgetown Law Center, lobbying and law firms, as well as other nonprofit and advocacy groups. 

Science Outside the Lab

Science Outside the Lab is a policy immersion program for graduate students presented by the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes. The program explores the relationships among science, policy and societal outcomes in a place where many important decisions about these things are made—Washington, D.C. During the two-week summer workshop, students meet and interact with the people who fund, regulate, shape, critique, publicize and study science. 

Washington Policy Design Studio

The Washington Policy Design Studio (POS 494) is a unique, semester-long course that simulates the experience of working in a U.S. embassy overseas.  The focus for Fall 2021 will be the uniquely important U.S. bilateral relationship with Russia, including an in-depth look into areas of competition and cooperation between the two countries. From your instructors, U.S. Government officials, and other Washington-based experts, you will gain insight into the challenges that will face the next Administration in areas such as:   strategic arms control; Russia’s assertion of power beyond its borders; Russian interference in U.S. and other countries’ elections; democracy, human rights, and corruption in Russia; economic and energy policies; and many other issues.

In addition, students have opportunities to discuss foreign service related topics with ASU Ambassador-in-Residence, Ambassador Michael Polt and character-driven leadership topics with General Benjamin Freakley.