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American University Master of Business Administration online

Join the American University Kogod School of Business community as a driven professional, and influence change in the global marketplace.

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About the program

  • Scholarship opportunities: Scholarships are available to qualifying applicants.
  • Seven focus areas: Align your online MBA to your career goals with focus areas in entrepreneurship, finance, business analytics, cybersecurity, consulting, legal studies, and marketing.
  • Inclusive online learning environment: Engage in collaborative discussions with diverse peers, expert faculty, and a global AU alumni network of 130,000+ professionals.

About American University Kogod School of Business 

Located in the heart of the nation’s capital, American University Kogod School of Business prepares learners to excel in the ever-evolving world of business. Learners enhance their modern business knowledge, build meaningful relationships with faculty and peers, and learn the nuances of the field through hands-on experiences with real-word professionals and companies.

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change and may increase each academic year. Tuition does not include student fees, technology platform licensing, or support services. Learners are also responsible for travel and accommodation costs related to any in-person immersions or residentials.

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Curriculum

The online MBA curriculum at Kogod prepares learners to streamline business operations across a wide range of industries. Courses refine learners' leadership and financial analysis skills, giving them an interdisciplinary approach to modern business. Choose from seven pre-designed and optional focus areas of study or create your own by selecting electives that best suit your goals. The seven focus areas are:

  • Entrepreneurship: Develop the entrepreneurial mindset needed to lead businesses of all sizes that create meaningful change in the world.
  • Finance: Study how organizations make investments and manage risk in an ever-changing economy.
  • Business analytics: Gain data analysis skills to solve a variety of business challenges, and help organizations make data-driven decisions.
  • Cybersecurity: Learn strategies to prepare for, prevent, detect, and respond to cybersecurity attacks.
  • Consulting: Explore a wide range of consulting topics, and learn problem-solving methods involving research and analysis.
  • Legal studies: Master your understanding of the U.S. legal system and legal terminology. Learn how to effectively apply the law when dealing with contracts, negotiations, transactions, and other business procedures.
  • Marketing: Discover strategies and tools for creating marketing campaigns, and expand your knowledge of brand management, advertising account management, sales promotion, media planning, and market research.

Admissions

Prospective learners interested in this program must have a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university. No GRE or GMAT scores required. To complete an application, you will need to submit:

  • Online application 

  • Résumé

  • Official transcripts from all previous institutions

  • Letters of recommendation

  • Personal statement

  • Application fee

  • Test scores (optional)

Immersions

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The program includes two in-person immersions that allow learners to solve business challenges with real companies. Each year, at least one of these sessions takes place in Washington, D.C. — there, learners collaborate with peers in group projects, network with D.C. professionals and faculty, and explore the nation’s capital. Immersions are also hosted in international cities such as Beijing, Madrid, and Brussels — all locations that provide learners with new perspectives on how different cultures conduct business.

Kogod in practice

Learners have the opportunity to gain real-life experience working for D.C.-based companies that align with their career goals. Working virtually as pro-bono consultants, learners develop close relationships with local D.C. companies and help them grow and adapt to the changing market — all while building key professional skills that will give learners a competitive edge in the job market.

Frequently asked questions

The value of an online MBA can differ depending on program ranking, rigor of the curriculum, faculty quality, and overall alumni network size. The demand for MBA graduates, however, remains high — in 2021, 95% of U.S. consulting recruiters reported that they planned to hire recent MBA graduates within the consulting sector.2

While most MBA programs take two to three years to complete on a full- or part-time basis respectively. The online MBA at American University, however, can be completed in as few as 12 months full-time. Designed for busy working professionals, the program can also be completed in 15, 18, or 24 months.

To apply to Business@American, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. GRE and GMAT scores are not required to apply to Business@American.

Some MBA programs are now accepting standardized test scores instead — like the GRE — or even waive the GMAT altogether. Business@American, however, goes one step further: The admissions committee does not require GRE or GMAT scores to apply, and instead takes a holistic approach to reviewing applications.

While hiring practices differ from organization to organization, Business@American graduates find career success by applying their new business expertise to their roles in real time. Graduates of the online MBA program at American University have been employed or continue to be employed at leading organizations such as Amazon, Citibank, ExxonMobil, JPMorgan Chase, and Lockheed Martin.

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