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The Kogod School of Business, established in Washington, D.C. more than fifty years ago, has a diverse population that is driven to make a difference in the world.

The Kogod School of Business, established in Washington, D.C. more than fifty years ago, has a diverse population that is driven to make a difference in the world. American University is known as a place where students learn from leaders in their fields, are engaged in active citizenship, and where Washington, D.C., serves as a laboratory for learning through work, internships, and other forms of experiential education. The Kogod School of Business embodies this character. We know that doing business in the capital, where all industries and sectors meet, is unlike doing business anywhere else. We are committed to preparing our graduates to excel in this elite environment. Kogod is the oldest accredited business school in Washington, D.C. 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.


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The application process for the Kogod School of Business is an electronic process. Complete the online application at

Kogod application requirements include the following:
- A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
- Official GMAT or GRE score
- International Students: TOEFL or IELTS score
- Personal statement
- Resume
- Two letters of recommendation
- $100 application fee
- Interview with a member of the Graduate Admissions Committee. (Interview invitations are extended to selected applicants after a preliminary review of the completed application).

Acceptance Rate
Average Undergrad GPA
Years Work Experience
Average Age

Test Scores

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


Round 1
November 15

Round 2
February 1

Round 3
May 1

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Degrees Offered

Full-Time MBA
Professional MBA
MS Accounting
MS Analytics
MS Finance
MS Marketing
MS Real Estate
MS Sustainability Management
MS Taxation
MBA/MA in International Studies
Graduate Business Certification

Academic Programs

Kogod offers two distinct MBA programs to meet students' unique personal and professional needs. Students may choose the immersive full-time MBA, or select the part-time Professional MBA, designed for professionals who wish to continue working while pursuing their degree. The Kogod full-time MBA is designed to be a career catalyst for ambitious professionals. In 21 months, graduates acquire the knowledge, skills, and experience required to achieve professional success. Students complete the core in the first year, leaving the second year open to electives.

Students gain knowledge and skills in both domestic and global business through experience and interaction with clients, professors, business leaders, and fellow students, both inside and outside of the classroom. Students may pursue a specialized consulting focus, developed with leading federal and commercial consulting firms, to prepare for consulting in human capital, finance, IT or strategy. Alternatively, students may choose electives with an emphasis on accounting, entrepreneurship, sustainability management, or other business disciplines. Internships, career development, and volunteer opportunities ensure students graduate with an extensive network of contacts from the American University community and beyond.

Kogod's Professional MBA (PMBA) is designed for working professionals seeking to advance their careers. The PMBA's comprehensive, cohort-based design allows students to continue working and complete their degree in 27 consecutive months by attending class one night a week.

The program's concierge-style services and hybrid teaching approach helps students achieve a positive work-life balance. Course materials, an iPad, meals during class time, course registration, and an international travel-study experience are all included in the tuition. The program is structured so students can take courses one at a time, with classes sequenced to build upon one another. This allows students to absorb and retain material better, and provides the opportunity s to work with peers in a collaborative environment.

Kogod also offers specialized masters programs in Accounting, Analytics, Finance, Marketing, Real Estate, Sustainability Management, and Taxation that provide advanced training from real-world professionals and thought leaders. Students gain expertise in their chosen field through a combination of classroom, practical, and career management experience. Kogod leverages its connections within each industry to help students broaden their knowledge about career options, current industry trends, and the general industry landscape.

First Year Curriculum

Sample Full-Time Curriculum:

Accounting (3)
Finance (3)
Strategic Decision-Making in a Global Environment I-II (6)
Marketing (1.5) Managerial Economics (1.5) Quantitative Methods I-II (3) Organizational Behavior (1.5) Legal, Ethical & Social Issues (1.5) Global Issues (1.5) Management Information Systems (1.5) Productions & Supply Chain Management (1.5)

Second Year Curriculum

Sample Full-Time Curriculum

Career Track Course (3)
Career Track Course (3)
Career Track Course (3)
Consulting Project/Elective (3)
Consulting Project/Elective (3)
Consulting Project/Elective (3)
Consulting Project/Elective (3)

Areas Of Interest

Accounting; Asset and Money Management; Consulting; Banking, Investment and Finance; Global Emerging Market; Entrepreneurship; International Trade and Global Supply Chain Management; Leadership; Marketing Management and Research; Real Estate; and Taxation.

Special Academic Programs

Kogod offers an extensive set of interdisciplinary programs that include three dual-degree programs: LLM/MBA, JD/MBA, and the MA/MBA.


Our faculty are experts in their fields and regularly conduct research in the industries distinctive to the Washington, D.C. region. In addition to their research and classroom responsibilities, our faculty curate Kogod's Business in the Capital Event Series, which focuses on multiple industry tracks and regularly brings experts to campus to expand our community's knowledge base.

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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."


JD/MBA - Dual Degree
Real Estate

Specialized Masters

Analytics and Information Management
Real Estate
Sustainability Management

Certificate Programs

Non-Profit Management/Public Administration
Real Estate

Center for Research

Information Systems/Information Technology

Specialities of Faculty

Academic specialties of faculty

Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center


Courses in Sustainability

Sustainability course is


Research Opportunities in Sustainability


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

The Kogod Center for Career Development (KCCD) is committed to helping both students and employer partners meet their unique business goals, including transitioning to a new career or finding talented candidates for an organization.

KCCD's team of experienced career development professionals proactively partner with students to assess current strengths and employ creative strategies to reach future career goals.

Kogod's career development curriculum is led by KCCD and teaches students how to leverage their individual educational and professional backgrounds. Students learn how to apply a project-management approach to the career management process with plans, metrics, and benchmarks.

The career management team works with students individually and in the classroom on developing strategies for effective networking, interview and negotiation skills,, and how to cultivate offers.

Average Starting Salary
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
Graduate Facilitated
School Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

General Management
Information Technology

Graduates Employed by Region


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 % 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


From The School

Full-Time MBA and Master of Science Programs (2016-2017 Academic Year)

Per Credit Hour Rate: $1,579 per credit hour
Graduate Student Fees:
Graduate Student Fee: $30
Technology Fee: $120
Sport Center Fee: $65

Professional MBA program Tuition:

•Flat Rate for Total Program: $ 84,632*. This includes tuition, program fees, global learning experience, textbooks, software, and light meals on class days.
*For cohort entering Fall 2016 only


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New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid

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New Students Receiving Loans

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

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Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
Part Time

Foreign Countries Represented



43% female
57% male

Campus Life

From The School

At Kogod, we believe education should extend beyond the classroom. Hands-on experiences enhance leadership ability, communication skills, and self-confidence. Kogod Leadership and Applied Business (K-LAB), Kogod Global Learning, and the Kogod Center for Business Communications allow students to learn valuable professional skills in real-world settings, including the annual case competition, student clubs, international travel, and community volunteer programs.

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."

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Internet Access for All Students

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Campus and Location

The Kogod School of Business is situated on American University's beautiful, 84-acre campus in one of the most desirable residential neighborhoods of Northwest Washington, D.C. Getting to campus is simple; AU is located off the redline at the Tenleytown-AU stop, along with several bus routes.

Learn more and plan your trip online.

Jason Garner
Director of Admissions

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




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