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Kogod School of Business – American University

American University Full-Time MBA Program Structure

The 21-month American University full-time MBA program at the Kogod School of Business offers primarily daytime and evening classes. American University offers one intake per year, and classes begin during the fall semester. During the summer between the first and second years of the program, students are offered the choice between internships, international travel, or additional coursework opportunities.


The American University full-time MBA requires 49 credit hours of coursework, comprised of 25 credit hours of core courses, taken three mornings and one afternoon per week, and 15 credit hours of electives. The Capstone project, Global Practicum, and Advanced Professional Skills requirements are three credits each.

Throughout the full-time MBA program, courses feature projects for clients in Washington DC and beyond. Students have the opportunity to participate in client-driven team exercise, and participate in an international consulting project and trip. The international consulting project trip allows students to work on a real-life consulting project alongside international students at a partner institution, and travel to the foreign country as part of the project experience.

MBA students can explore electives with a specialized consulting focus in areas such as strategy, IT, human capital, and finance. Or, they may choose electives in eight other academic concentrations, including: accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, sustainability management, marketing, real estate, or finance.

Full-Time MBA Rankings

• Bloomberg: 72 (U.S.); 90 (Global)
• Forbes: 67

Class Profile

Around 43 percent of the most recent Kogod School of Business MBA class identified as female, with 29 percent international students, and 33 percent of students of minority status. The average age of the class is 29-years old, and most have around 4.5 years of professional work experience and an undergraduate GPA of 3.3.

Career Statistics

A reported 73.9 percent of recent Kogod full-time MBA graduates earned employment within three months of graduation, taking in an average base salary of $81,518 annually. Over 20 percent of those graduates earning employment within three months of graduated reported an average $11,100 signing bonus.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The full-time MBA degree tuition for students is $1,708 per credit hour. With a total of 49 credits, tuition for the entire program is $83,692. American University also charges a per semester graduate student activity fee of $30, a technology fee of $120, and a sport center fee of $65.

All applicants are considered for merit scholarships based on scholastic merit and evidence of leadership.

Financial aid may include an AU scholarship or grant, federally funded grants, and/or low-interest federally funded loans. U.S. citizens and permanent residents applying to Kogod’s full-time MBA program are eligible for federal Stafford and Graduate PLUS loans, as well as private loans.


Applicants to the American University full-time MBA program must have completed a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and possess full-time, professional work experience (not including internship experience) for admission.

To apply to the full-time MBA program, applicants must submit a completed application form, college transcripts from degree-granting and non-degree-granting institutions, a current résumé and a letter of recommendation. The school also requires applicants to complete a personal statement. Applicants must also send in their GMAT or GRE scores, or an additional supplemental essay in lieu of GMAT or GRE scores, if they so choose, as well as a nonrefundable $100 application fee.
International applicants must provide viable TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores if they are non-native English speakers.

Interview invitations with a member of the Graduate Admissions Committee are extended to select applicants after a preliminary review of the completed applications.

Application deadlines are as follows:

Round Four – May 15, 2019
Round Five – July 1, 2019

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