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Take the next step in your career with an MBA from the Kogod School of Business at American University.

Kogod’s Full-time MBA (FTMBA) Program prepares students to excel as leaders in a wide range of business areas, including accounting, finance, marketing, and information technology.

The FTMBA program is rich in experiential learning opportunities, including a global consulting project that culminates in a site visit to the client’s offices.

A Dynamic, Diverse Curriculum

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FTMBA students can complete the majority of the core curriculum in the first two semesters, allowing them to explore electives during their second year. The program’s cohort-based classes emphasize collaboration and teamwork, and encourage students to form lasting professional bonds with their peers.

Kogod is proud to offer a specialized consulting track, or students may focus on entrepreneurship, management, finance, marketing, information technology, accounting, or international business. Courses are taught by distinguished faculty who bring decades of experience to the classroom.

At the end of the first year, students complete a global consulting project with an international client, including foreign travel. This project provides real-world experience, challenging students to work directly with a global company to solve a problem central to their successful operation.

The global consulting project capitalizes on Kogod’s experiential learning philosophy, and is one of several ways that the FTMBA curriculum shapes students’ education through hands-on projects rooted in the business world outside of the classroom.

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Alumni of the MBA program at American University are seeing incredible success in Washington, D.C.'s thriving business environment, implementing the networks and skills gained at Kogod to excel in their careers. Many have experienced life-changing opportunities.

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Kogod MBA students participate in global consulting projects, allowing them to apply the skills learned in the classroom to the real world of international business. These consulting engagements give students first-hand experience working with senior executives in globally active companies.

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The faculty of the Kogod School possess deep expertise and broad industry experience in accounting, finance, strategic management, information technology, and other areas. Kogod leverages these faculty resources to advance the careers of Full-Time MBA students.

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Capital Location

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MBA students at Kogod take advantage of the many advantages Washington, DC has to offer.

The nation's capital offers exceptional networking and job opportunities in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Kogod FTMBA graduates gain employment in a wide range of industries, including consulting, financial services, technology, manufacturing, healthcare, government, and non-profits.

Top MBA employers are the Inter-American Development Bank, Raytheon, Avaya, Inc, and Fannie Mae.

Upcoming MBA Events

October 29


American University’s Kogod School of Business invites you to visit campus for our Fall 2016 Discover Kogod event. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about Kogod’s Full-time MBA program including an admissions and academic overview.

If you would like to attend please register here.

Online MBA Information Sessions

Thursday, October 20 2016Register
Wednesday, November 9 2016Register
Thursday, December 8 2016 Register
Wednesday, January 18 2017 Register


MBA Degree Careers

88% of the class of 2015 graduates seeking employment received a job offer within three months of graduation.*

85% of these students accepted their offers.



MBA Degree Jobs by Industry

While consulting in the federal sector represents the greatest number of Kogod full-time MBA hires, our graduates receive positions in a wide variety of industries.


ConsultingFinancial ServicesManufacturingNon-ProfitReal EstateTechnologyOther 36% 9% 9% 5% 18% 5% 18%
Industry Percentage
Consulting 36
Financial Services 18
Manufacturing 5
Non-Profit 18
Real Estate 5
Technology 9
Other 9


* Data reported is in adherence with MBA CSEA standards; based on data from 95% of the class of 2015.


Leadership Luncheons

Kogod's Business Leadership Luncheon is an exclusive program for first year FTMBA students. This weekly event features presentations by business leaders from the Washington D.C. area, including distinguished Kogod alumni who reflect on their post-MBA trajectories.

Case Competitions

FTMBA students participate in local, regional, and national case competitions under the guidance of Kogod faculty. These competitions provide an opportunity for FTMBA students to leverage the analytical, financial, and strategic tools learned in the classroom and to expand their professional networks.

Summer Internships

With the support of the Kogod Center for Career Development, FTMBA students undertake internships during the summer between the first and second years of the program. These internships include engagements with private companies and public agencies in the Washington D.C. area.

Global Experience

In the spring semester of the first year, Kogod FTMBA students execute live consulting projects with corporate partners worldwide. The FTMBA teams undertake two weeks of intensive field work in the target countries, then return to Washington to prepare and deliver their reports to our global clients.


The amount of time it takes to complete the program can range from 30 to 37.5 credit hours. Students with undergraduate accounting degrees can complete the program in one calendar year by completing 15 graduate accounting hours and 15 graduate elective hours. Students with an undergraduate degree in other business disciplines can complete the program in one year as well (21 graduate accounting hours and 9 hours of graduate electives), but it could take those without a business background 1.5 to 2 years to finish. Flexibility is offered for working professionals.

The FTMBA program is 49 credits and is completed in two years (four semesters). The first year is dedicated to core course work, including the global consulting project, with courses offered during the day on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Students typically engage in internships during the summer, and return in the second year to finish their remaining few core courses and explore a variety of elective offerings. In the second year, students are able to take both daytime and evening courses.

Application Information

FTMBA applications are accepted on a rolling basis through July 1, 2017. Application deadlines are listed to the right.

For detailed information on the admissions process, visit our graduate admissions page. Grad admissions can also be reached at or 202-885-1913.

2017 MBA Application Deadlines

Round 1November 15, 2017
Round 2February 1, 2017
Round 3May 1, 2017