Kogod School of Business – American University

American University Professional MBA Program Structure

The American University Professional MBA at the Kogod School of Business is a part-time program designed for the working student. The cohort-based program allows students to take one class at a time, one night a week, and earn their MBA in 27 months.


The American University Professional MBA is a 49-credit hour program that follows a cohort structure. The student body is broken down into small groups to hone students’ team problem-solving skills and help optimize learning. At the start of each spring semester, students engage with their cohort in a weekend residency to develop their professional skills.

The Kogod MBA degree program core curriculum is designed to build a foundation of analytic skills in economics, accounting, and quantitative methods, and conceptual and critical thinking abilities in strategic planning and decision-making.

Along with the core curriculum, students must complete a mandatory Global Residency, a week-long study abroad trip taken during their second year. The trip combines on campus coursework with international travel, and includes meetings with business executives and experts.

Class Profile

The most recent enrollment in the American University Professional MBA program featured 30 students, 67 percent of which identified as female. Roughly 39 percent of students in the program are international, and 28% are of minority status. The average student enters the program with 7.5 years of work experience, an average GMAT of 560, and a GPA of 3.3.


With the help of Kogod faculty and the Kogod Center for Career Development, MBA students have many career opportunities to network, attend career fairs, and participate in on-campus recruiting, all of which facilitate positive career outcomes.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Cohort 4 is $1,534 per credit hour and $1,563 per credit hour for students in Cohort 5. This includes tuition, program fees, global learning experiences, textbooks, software and an iPad, and light meals on class days. Tuition is paid in seven semester installments.

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 the American University Professional MBA program are eligible for federal Stafford and Graduate PLUS loans, as well as private loans.

Admissions Procedures

Applicants to the Professional 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 Professional part-time MBA program, applicants must submit a completed application form, college transcripts from degree-granting and non-degree-granting institutions, a current résumé and two letters of recommendation. The school also requires applicants to complete a personal statement. Applicants must also send in their GMAT or GRE scores and 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

New deadlines will be updated shortly.