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Experience Matters

At Kogod School of Business, we believe in learning by doing. Our on-campus Full-time MBA (FTMBA) program equips you with the business knowledge and real-world skills you need to launch or advance your career. Participate in hands-on projects, go on company site visits, and attend networking events with DC business professionals.

What else sets the Kogod MBA apart?

Get the Expertise you Need

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Experiential learning is at the heart of the FTMBA curriculum.

You’ll work on cross-functional teams to complete projects and analyze real-life business cases. The curriculum offers a specialized consulting track and a myriad of electives, allowing you to customize your degree based on your interests.

The 49 credit program is typically completed in 21 months, with the majority of core courses taken in the first year.

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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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Network with Industry Experts

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Dine and learn with industry leaders at our Business Leadership Luncheons. These regularly-scheduled events feature speakers who offer valuable perspective and professional insight. Past speakers have included Bruce Hoffmeister, CIO for Marriott International; Robert Noonan, Senior Vice President for Booz Allan Hamilton; and Jeff Franco, Executive Director and Vice President for City Year.

Site visits to DC companies, where you’ll meet and network with top-level executives, are also a regular part of your coursework.

Study in the Nation’s Capital

Washington, DC offers exceptional networking and job opportunities in the private, public and non-profit sectors. Kogod FTMBA graduates are employed in a wide range of industries, including consulting, financial services, and manufacturing.

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

Develop a Global Perspective

The global consulting project is a highlight of the program.

You’ll collaborate with an international client to solve a problem that is integral to their company’s operation. The project culminates with a site visit to the client company where you’ll present recommendations and explore the local culture. Past classes have traveled to Israel, China, Colombia, New Zealand, and the Philippines.

See our global project experience videos above for an inside-look at the student experience.



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