The application for admission to a Kogod Graduate degree program is available online only. To begin the application process, please create an account along with a username and password. These credentials will provide access to your online application and also a personalized information page throughout the admissions process. As you complete your application, we recommend saving changes on each page as you work. Once you submit your application, your responses will remain final, but you can still access your account to receive updates regarding the status of your application.
We recommend accessing the online application using Internet Explorer. If you encounter technical problems with the online application, please report the issue to Hobson's technical support by clicking on the link within the application page.
Personalized Information Page
A personalized information page will be created for you upon completion of the online interest form or upon initiation of your application for admission. We encourage you to use this page to learn more about your program of interest and to actively manage the status of your application materials. Updates will be made to your application check list upon receipt, so it is the most reliable and efficient way to confirm the status of your application.
In order to ensure that your application receives full consideration, your completed application as well as all required documents and official test scores must be on file in the Kogod Graduate Admissions Office by the application submission dates outlined below.
You may view the current status of your application through the online application system or your personalized information page. When a decision is made, your status will be updated to reflect the admissions decision.
Note that due to INS regulations, we strongly recommend that International applicants seeking an F-1 or J-1 visa submit complete applications as early as possible.
Students applying directly from undergraduate programs with no prior full-time work experience are not eligible for consideration for the MBA program. Internship experience is not considered to be equivalent to full-time professional work experience.
Admission to all MBA programs (Full-time, Professional, dual degrees) is offered in the Fall term only.
MBA admission is currently operating on a space available basis. Decision notification and enrollment deadlines for Fall 2013 applicants will be made on a rolling basis.
International candidates are encouraged to contact the Kogod Admissions Team at KogodGrad@american.edu to determine the feasibility of consideration. Although Fall 2013 admission is possible, most candidates requiring F-1 or J-1 visa sponsorship should be planning to apply Fall 2014 admission.
Candidates considering Fall 2014 admission will need to complete the 2014 application for admission, which will become available in September 2013.
Applications will be reviewed after the final deadline on a space-available basis.
Admission to the MS programs is offered in the Fall and Spring terms.
Decisions on all MS program applicants are made on a rolling basis. Applicants can typically expect notification within four to six weeks of submitting a completed application. Applicants may view the current status of their application through the online application system. When a decision is made, the status will be updated to reflect the admissions decision.
July 5 – Application Deadline
Candidates interested in Fall 2013 admission may apply after the July 5 deadline; applications be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Candidates considering Spring 2014 admission will need to complete the 2014 application for admission, which will become available in September 2013.
Full-time work experience is not a requirement for application to the MS programs. Applicants are not required to have completed an undergraduate degree in a field related to the MS program.
However, some programs may include pre-requisite courses that should be completed prior to application, or in some cases, may be completed during the first semester of MS enrollment at Kogod.
Please review individual program requirements under the Graduate Programs section of this website prior to application.
A personal statement is required and must be uploaded in the online application. We encourage you to use the personal statement as an opportunity to highlight your strengths and compatibility with Kogod.
MBA applicants must submit professional recommendations, and when possible, should include the recommendation of an immediate supervisor.
MS applicants may submit academic and/or professional recommendations.
Recommenders may submit their forms electronically and are encouraged to do so. Once you have identified recommenders, you may enter their names and contact information via the online application system. They will be contacted directly with instructions and provided access to the electronic evaluation forms.
If your recommender cannot complete an electronic form, you may download a copy of the Recommendation for Graduate Study Form in the online application center. You recommender must then complete the form and return it in a signed, sealed envelope directly to the Kogod Graduate Admissions Office.
Transcripts detailing your academic history and record must be provided for all undergraduate and/or graduate institutions attended. Transcripts for courses taken as part of a study abroad program (if listed on your undergraduate transcript) or for courses completed for professional development purposes do not require separate submission.
There are two options for transcript submission:
- You may upload unofficial copies of your transcript(s) directly to the academic background section within the online application. The unofficial document(s) will be used by the Admissions Committee for the preliminary review process. If your application is selected to move past the preliminary review stage, you will be notified that official transcripts are required, and your admissions decision may not be issued until they are received.
- Alternatively, you may choose not to upload any unofficial documents and may indicate that you have requested official transcripts be sent to Kogod from your prior institution(s). Official transcripts sent directly from your prior institution may be submitted electronically or via mail
- Electronic submissions should be sent to Kogod Graduate Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Paper submissions should be mailed to Kogod Graduate Admissions at the following mailing address:
Kogod Graduate Admissions
American University's Kogod School of Business
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Kogod School of Business, Room 115
Washington, DC 20016-8044
Additional Information for Current American University Students and Alumni
Official copies your transcript must be requested directly from the Office of the Registrar Student Record Services. We are not able to secure this document for you so please be sure to review the instructions online detailing how to request your official transcript.
If you are applying for admission prior to graduating from an undergraduate program, you will be required to submit an official copy of your transcript upon completion of the program in order to confirm degree conferral.
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MBA applicants are required to submit a GMAT or GRE score. MS program applicants may request a GMAT/GRE waiver per the waiver requirements detailed on individual program websites. Graduate Certificate program applicants are not required to submit a GMAT or GRE score. GMAT or GRE scores may not be more than five years old. Please arrange for your official score report to be sent directly to the Kogod School of Business.
- Kogod GMAT score report codes:
Full-time MBA (RN4-J4-01)
Professional MBA (RN4-J4-16)
- Kogod GRE score report codes:
All Graduate Programs 4357
If you believe you qualify for a GMAT/GRE waiver, you must initiate an online application and download the Waiver Request Form within the online application. Waiver requests may be submitted prior to completing the online application. Should your waiver request be declined, you will be notified as soon as possible so that you may schedule and begin to prepare for your exam.
Visit the individual program pages on the left for more information.
Interviews are required for admission to the Kogod MBA program. Evaluative interviews are reserved for candidates whose applications have passed the initial screening phase of the application process. Candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted to schedule an interview date and time. Interviews may be conducted in person or via telephone or Skype.
A non-refundable fee of $100 USD is required. Applications without fees will not be processed. Fees can be paid online upon submission of the application form, or via paper check sent to Kogod Graduate Admissions. Application fee waivers are offered to U.S. Military applicants within three years of active duty, employees of American University, and dual-degree applicants who have already paid an application fee to SIS or WCL.
Candidates seeking admissions to a dual-degree program must receive admission from each of the degree programs separately. The Admissions Committees from each school do not collaborate on the decision-making process.
Kogod offers dual degree programs with the School of International Service and the Washington College of Law.
MA/MBA with School of International Service
Applicants to the MA/MBA program should complete the Kogod online application form, but may choose to complete the remainder of the application through either Kogod or SIS. The school to which you submit your full application materials will forward them to the other school for their review and consideration. You should consult with each school separately to ensure transport of application materials.
JD/MBA and LLMB/MBA with Washington College of Law
Applicants to the JD/MBA or LLM/MBA must first receive admission from WCL before being considered for admission to Kogod. After admission to WCL, applicants should complete the Kogod online application form and request that WCL forward their remaining application materials to Kogod for review and consideration, including LSAT scores in lieu of the GMAT.
Applicants seeking re-admission for a later term than their original application must submit a new application form, application fee, updated resume and personal statement. We also encourage you to submit any additional information you would like to have considered. If you completed a full application but did not enroll for any reason within the last two years, the transcripts, letters of recommendation and test scores you submitted will be transferred to your new application. Applications for re-admission are subject to current admissions standards; even if you were previously offered admission, repeated offers of admission are not guaranteed.
Deferrals to the next enrolling semester for a particular program may be requested in writing to the Kogod Admissions Office. Deferrals are offered at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, and are not guaranteed. Deferring students will be required to submit the enrollment deposit, as well as an additional deferral fee, to confirm their place in the following enrolling class.