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Dual Degree Programs

Dual Degree Programs

The Kogod School of Business offers dual degree programs with the School of International Service and the Washington College of Law. Dual degree study provides graduate students with the opportunity to enhance their study of business with work in another academic field such as law or international relations.

Dual-degree students may be able to count courses toward both programs of study, reducing the number of credit hours that would be required for earning both degrees independently. Students who develop expertise in two disciplines will have a unique set of job skills to offer any potential employer in an increasingly competitive job market.

Dual Degree Admission

Candidates seeking admission to a dual-degree program must apply to and receive admission from each of the unique degree programs of study. The Admissions Committees from each school do not collaborate on the decision-making process.

Further instructions regarding the timing and submission of application materials for all Kogod dual degree programs is provided below.

Requirement for International Candidates

Candidates seeking F-1 or J-1 visa sponsorship from American University should contact the Office of International Scholar and Student Services to ensure that appropriate adjustments are made to cover the duration of dual degree study.

MA/MBA WITH SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

Applicants to the MA/MBA program should complete the Kogod and SIS online application forms, 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.  While applicants are not required to submit a new essay, resume, or letters of recommendation, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a personal statement that speaks directly to the interest in the MA/MBA program.

New Applicants to American University

Applicants considering the MA/MBA are encouraged to apply to both programs during the same application term.  If admitted to both programs for the same term of study, students are encouraged to spend the first year in the MBA program, completing the MBA core curriculum.  During the second and third year of dual degree study, students will take courses at both Kogod and SIS and should be in touch with their academic advisors in both schools prior to registration to ensure that all unique degree requirements are being fulfilled.

Current Degree-Seeking MA Students

Students currently enrolled in the MA program should apply for admission to the Full-time MBA program during their first or second semester of study in the MA program.  Applicants are encouraged to meet with a Kogod Academic Advisor prior to submitting their MBA application to confirm feasibility of dual degree study.

JD/MBA WITH WASHINGTON COLLEGE OF LAW

New Applicants to American University

Applicants considering the JD/MBA are encouraged to apply to both programs during the same application term. Applicants to the JD/MBA program must first receive admission from WCL before being considered for admission to Kogod. After admission or upon enrollment at WCL, applicants should complete the Kogod online application form and request that WCL forward their remaining application materials to Kogod for review and consideration. 

Candidates admitted to Kogod should plan to complete the MBA immersion year following their 1L or 2L year in law school;students must complete their MBA immersion year prior to the beginning of their 3L year. You will be asked to indicate the term in which you intend to begin your MBA immersion year in the Kogod online application.

Current Degree-Seeking JD Students

Students currently enrolled in the JD program are encouraged to apply for admission to the Full-time MBA program during the first year of study in the JD program and must apply no later than the end of their second year of study in the JD program. Students beginning their third year of study in the JD program are no longer eligible to apply for admission to the JD/MBA as the MBA immersion year must be completed following the 1L or 2L year in law school. 

If you are currently in your 1L year, your intended term for MBA immersion may be consistent with your term of application or may be for the following year. If you are currently in your 2L year, your intended term for MBA immersion will be consistent with your term of application.

LLM/MBA WITH WASHINGTON COLLEGE OF LAW

New Applicants to American University

Applicants considering the LLM/MBA are encouraged to apply to both programs during the same application term. Applicants to the LLM/MBA program 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 TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Due to fall exclusive enrollment for the MBA program, applicants admitted to the LLM program for the fall term should plan to begin their studies at Kogod, if admitted to the MBA program. Applicants admitted to the LLM program for the spring term will complete their first semester of studies at WCL before completing a one year MBA emersion at Kogod, if admitted to the MBA program.

Current Degree-Seeking LLM Students

Students currently enrolled in the LLM program may apply for admission to the Full-time MBA program during the first term of study in the LLM program. Applicants who begin LLM study in the fall term should apply prior to the Round 2 MBA deadline. Applicants who begin LLM study in the spring term are encouraged to apply prior to the Round 3 MBA deadline.

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