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American University – Business@American - Online MBA

Online MBA Program Structure

Delivered online by American University’s Kogod School of Business, MBA@American takes a collaborative approach to preparing tomorrow’s business leaders. Through a blend of live online classes, in-person learning experiences and engaging assignments, students develop the critical skills to solve complex business. Students must earn 48 credits to complete the course, which typically takes 15 months. Students can enroll in one of four different start dates during the year.

American University’s Kogod School of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). AACSB accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.

MBA@American uses innovative technology to create a highly customizable learning experience. Students in the program:

  • participate in live, seminar-style classes of approximately 15 students
  • discover the intersection between business and politics at American University campus in Washington, D.C.
  • gain access to WeWork locations in cities worldwide collaborate, study, and network


Courses and coursework are authored by the same renowned Kogod faculty who teach on campus, and students are held to the same admissions and academic standards as their on-campus counterparts.

Program Requirements

  • 48 credits to complete
  • 13 core courses
  • 2 elective courses
  • 2 in-person immersions

Core Courses

  • Business Fundamentals
  • Business Law, Ethics, and Governance
  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Economics
  • Financial Management
  • Managerial Accounting and Operations Management
  • Management of Organization and Human Capital
  • Manager in the International Economy
  • Managerial Statistics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Strategic Thinking for Decisions
  • Marketing Management
  • Strategic Decision Making

In addition to online courses and assignments, MBA@American students attend in-person immersion experiences known as Business in the Capital. These outings see students come together with classmates and faculty for hands-on learning both on campus at American University and in major business centers around the world.

Concentrations Available:

  • Business Analytics
  • Consulting
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Cybersecurity
  • Legal Studies

Students in the MBA@American also have the option to pursue an Analytics Certificate in addition to your MBA degree for no additional cost or time to complete. The certificate is designed to prepare you to predict behaviors and make sound business decisions using data analysis. In addition to your 12 core MBA courses and two immersions, you will complete three analytics electives:

  • Business Insights through Analytics
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Business Intelligence or Database and Big Data

Class Profile

The vast majority of students in the Kogod Online MBA program (98 percent) had some amount of previous professional work experience, averaging around 65 months (5.4 years).

Students in the program are, on average, 31-years old.  The class is made up of roughly 52% male students and 48% female students. In addition, 48% of students are minority students and 7% are military members.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Business@American students are charged tuition on a per-credit-hour basis and the current rate of tuition for the October 2020 through July 2021 classes is $1,812 per credit hour. The total cost of tuition for the MBA@American is roughly $86,976, which is the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. Students must also participate in two different immersion programs in order to complete the program in which fees will vary. Extemporaneous non-tuition fees, such as books, room, board and loan fees may also vary.


No standardized test scores or minimum professional work experience is required to apply to the program. However, applicants to the MBA@American program must have an accredited Bachelor’s degree and submit a résumé, two letters of recommendation, an application with a fee of $100 and two essays.

The first essay serves as your personal statement. It should highlight your strengths, how your background has prepared you to succeed in a graduate program, and reasons for pursuing your degree at Kogod. The second essay addresses how your prior experience, academic and/or professional, signals your readiness for graduate business study.

Admissions for International Students

The MBA@American allows students from around the world to study the same curriculum as those who attend on-campus, and learn from the same American University faculty.

Coursework for the online business programs can be completed 24/7 from any Internet-enabled device, and students will have the option to select from a range of course times to help best fit our renowned degree programs into their lives.

English Language Proficiency Assessments

Exam Kogod Code Minimum Score
TOEFL B113 100 IBT
PTE X1QSK50 68

English Language Proficiency Waiver

Waiver of the English Language Proficiency requirement is possible in the following scenarios:

  • Applicants who have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in a country in which the native language is English (includes USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland only).
  • Applicants who have studied abroad or completed dual or joint degree programs permitted the duration of study in the English speaking country is a minimum of 3 or more years.

Application Deadlines

The MBA@America has four start dates throughout the year. Kogod accepts applications on a rolling basis.  The application deadlines for the MBA@American are:

Program Start Date Priority Application Deadline Final Application Deadline
October 2020 July 20, 2020 August 17, 2020
January 2021 November 2, 2020 November 30, 2020


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