From the School

The Kogod School of Business, established in Washington, DC, more than sixty years ago, develops students who make a difference in the world. The school, and American University at large, is a community that wants to make a positive impact. Graduates are leaders on Wall Street and in the corporate world, but also work for non-profits, government agencies and social-service organizations.

Kogod fosters a diverse and inclusive environment—an endeavor we believe deepens our understanding of the complex, global business world. Students work alongside professors on hands-on projects, grounding our programs in experiential, applied learning. Our faculty and staff help build the path from passion to success, offering students the knowledge, skills and experiences they need to turn aspirations into outcomes.

Kogod is the oldest accredited business school in Washington, DC. The school is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), which represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.

Overview

From The School


Applicants
161
Acceptance Rate
42%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.31
Years Work Experience
4.54
Average Age
29

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
550 - 600
GPA
3.0 - 3.7

Deadlines


Round 1
November 15

Round 2
February 1

Round 3
May 1

School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Private

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Overall


Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
No

Evening
No

Executive
No

Online
Yes

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
202

59
Part-time
42
Female
41
Full-time
21
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

With an "emphasis on global learning" and fulfilling academics enriched by guest speakers from different industries, the Kogod School of Business at American University lets students enroll in an international program. Each of the first two semesters of the full-time program kicks off with a two-week intensive Signature Course that "prepares [students] for working in the global economy," and Full-Time, Professional, and Online MBA options ensure that any qualified and willing student can make a Kogod program work for their schedule; the professional program even benefits from the school providing concierge style service to its members, which includes dinner before class.

"A very organized, easy-to-interpret class framework" sets the tone for these seamless programs, where a focus on presentation skills and case analysis runs throughout. Fulltime students can apply their knowledge to real-world client projects, choosing between a consulting focus, an elective schedule forged from Kogod's variety of offerings, or a managerial emphasis. All full-time students must also complete a global consulting project with an international client in their second year (professional students do a study abroad trip).

Professors at Kogod are "genuinely interested in seeing us succeed and extend themselves as much as possible." Their "willingness to help you with anything, whether its academics, external projects, or career advice" is a notable benefit of the small class sizes, and it means that "each student can ensure that they can get attention on a particular topic that they may be struggling with." "I have had some great professors who have taken out the time to really go deep into the material being taught to make sure that the class is understanding and grasping the subject," says a student. The administration is similarly "mindful of needs of working professional students and move quickly to increase the ease of our user experience" and is "active in addressing issues that we bring to them to ensure that we are getting the best possible education."


Concentrations

Accounting
Finance
JD/MBA - Dual Degree
Marketing
Real Estate

Specialized Masters

Accounting
Analytics and Information Management
Finance
Marketing
Real Estate
Sustainability Management
Taxation

Certificate Programs

Accounting
Entrepreneurship
Non-Profit Management/Public Administration
Real Estate
Taxation

Center for Research

Entrepeneurship
Information Systems/Information Technology

Specialities of Faculty

Academic specialties of faculty
URL

Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center



Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
http://www.american.edu/kogod/graduate/MS-SMGT.cfm

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
No

Description

School's environmental commitment 1:
Interdisciplinary degree - MS in Sustainability Management

School's environmental commitment 2:
Green Certified Courses

School's environmental commitment 3:
Green roof

Career Overview

From The School


Average Starting Salary
$84,725
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
17%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
42%
Graduate Facilitated
33%
School Facilitiated
25%
Unknown

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

25%
General Management
25%
Other
17%
Consulting
17%
Finance/Accounting
8%
Marketing
8%
Information Technology

Graduates Employed by Region

75%
Mid-Atlantic
8%
International
8%
Midwest
8%
West

Students Say

All employment services are done through the Kogod Center for Career Development, which sets up site visits with employers and interested students, provides one-on-one counseling on résumés and job searches, and sponsors numerous industry-specific career fairs throughout the year. Students appreciate the "individual attention for career help and public speaking assistance" they receive through the KCCD, including the always popular Business Leadership in D.C. Luncheon Series that brings together top executives and students in an intimate, relaxed atmosphere. The "central location to large business centers" and "connection to politics and international affairs are a major plus" in terms of networking; graduates end up in a number of industries, with around a third going into consulting.

Recent employers of Kogod grads include CSC, Deloitte Consulting, LLP, TaylorMade Experience, PricewaterHouse Coopers, Capgemini, World Bank, and Raytheon, with an average starting salary of $74,183.


Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Other 25%
General Management 25%
Consulting 17%
Finance / Accounting 17%
Marketing / Sales 8%
Information Technology 8%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 25% $68,000 $70,333 $50,000 $93,000
Manufacturing 17%
Technology 17%
Other 17%
Government 8%
Non-profit 8%
Petroleum / Energy 8%

Prominent Alumni

David Wajsgras
President of Intelligence, Information and Services, Raytheon

Victoria Harker
CFO, Gannett

Richard Clark
former chairman & CEO, Merck

Mark Murphy
CEO and President of the Green Bay Packers

Richard Hocker
founder, chief investment officer & CEO, Penn Capital Management

Overview

From The School


Dates


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$50,230

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$15,400

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
78%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
36%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
80%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
42%

New Students Receiving Loans
53%

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$1,706
Tuition (Out-State)
$1,706

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$20,000
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$20,000

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
129
Part Time
55%

Foreign Countries Represented
22

Demographics

44.83%
Underrepresented Minorities
20.67%
International

43% female
57% male

Campus Life

From The School

Students Say

There is a distinct "emphasis on cooperation rather than competition" across all three programs, and "even though we all want to do our best, we do not tear each other down to do so." There are "lots of good clubs" on this "very active" campus that is "small and easy to get around," and students form study groups to help each other understand the information being taught and meet regularly. The small cohorts of the professional program tend to grow especially close: "After every exam, almost the entire class meets up at a local watering hole afterwards to talk about our personal lives, not the test we just took," says one student. "It takes a certain type of character to work full-time and go to school, but these people do it flawlessly."

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

From The School



Contact
Jason Garner
Director, Graduate Admissions

Address
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Graduate Admissions
Washington, DC 20016-8044
United States

Phone
202-885-1913

Fax
202-885-1078

Email
kogodgrad@american.edu


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