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Course Registration

Incoming students are registered for their first semester by their academic advisor. Thereafter, students are responsible for registering themselves. Since classes may fill up early, students are encouraged to register on the first day of registration.  

Common Questions

Below are common questions regarding registration and some registration tips. Contact your academic advisor with any questions about registration.

When can I register?
How do I know if I have a hold on my account?
Do I have to meet with my academic advisor before I register?
Where can I find the online schedule of classes?
How do I register?
Is there a waitlist system if a class closes before I register?
What are Module A and B classes?
What is the last day I can add or drop a class?
If I can’t take classes, may I take a leave of absence?
How do I register an internship for credit?
How do I register for an independent study?
How do I find a class in the Consortium?

When can I register?

The weekly KSB Bulletin will alert graduate business students about important registration information, including when registration opens. All graduate students are eligible to register on the first day of registration which is indicated on the Office of the Registrar’s academic calendar, as long as they have no holds on their accounts. In general, registration for the spring semester starts the end of October, and registration for summer and fall semesters opens the end of March.

How do I know if I have a hold on my account?

See your "Student Snapshot" on my.american.edu to check if you have a stop(s) on your account. Contact Student Accounts at (202) 885-3541 to resolve any financial obligations.

Do I have to meet with my academic advisor before I register?

No. All graduate business students are cleared to register once registration opens; however they are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor at least once a semester to ensure they are completing the necessary degree requirements.

Where can I find the online schedule of classes?

The online schedule of classes can be found on the registrars website. Graduate level classes are 500-level and above. Classes in the business school can be found under the following prefixes: KSB, ACCT, FIN, ITEC, IBUS, MGMT and MKTG.

How do I register?

Students register online through the portal (my.american.edu) under “Course Registration.” Download the registration tutorial for assistance.

Is there a waitlist system if a class closes before I register?

Yes. The online course registration screen includes a “waitlist” option. The default for this field is NO. Students who wish to have their names added to the waitlist for closed sections should update this field to YES. Students will then receive confirmation that the course is closed and that they have been added to the waitlist. 

Their class schedule will confirm the status of these sections as “waitlist.” If a space becomes available, the student who is first on the waitlist will be granted permission to register. At 6:00 p.m. daily, eligible students will receive an email from the University Registrar, sent to their AU email address alerting them that a space has become available in their waitlisted section. To claim this space, students must register for the waitlisted section prior to 6:00 p.m. the following day. Should a student fail to register for the waitlisted course within the twenty-four hour period, their waitlist status expires and the space becomes available for the next eligible student. 

Students can check their position on the waitlist, by clicking on “View My Waitlisted Sections” under “Academics” on the portal.

What are Module A and B classes?

The Kogod School of Business offers 3-credit classes, which run the entire semester, and 1.5-credit classes, which run only half a semester. Module A classes are 1.5-credit classes that take place the first half of the semester and are indicated with an “A” after the section number (i.e., ITEC-618-003A). Module B classes take place the second half of the semester and are indicated with a “B” after the section number. The online schedule of classes indicates the week module classes start and end.

What is the last day I can add or drop a class?

The deadlines to add or drop a class are included in the weekly KSB Bulletin and the Registrar’s academic calendar. These dates are set by the Office of the Registrar and are firmly established. After the first drop date, students will not receive a full refund. Students are encouraged to check with their academic advisor before dropping a class.

If I can't take classes, may I take a leave of absence?

Yes. Students may take up to TWO semesters in total of a leave of absence. Students who cannot take classes in any given semester should email their academic advisor before the semester begins stating the reason they cannot take classes. Their academic advisor will place them on a leave of absence.

How do I register an internship for credit?

Kogod graduate business students are not required to complete an internship. Eligible students who want, or need, to register their internship for credit, however, should review the following instructions.  Graduate students may register an internship for 0 or 1.5 credits. International students, however, who will be authorized through CPT to do paid work as part of an internship must register their internship for 1.5 credits.

Graduate Internship Instructions - Summer/Fall 2010

Students may not register for an internship online. Instead, they must complete the Internship Registration Form, meet with the designated faculty supervisor, obtain his or her signed approval, and return it to their academic advisor to obtain “Department Chair or Dean” and “Academic Advisor” approval signatures.  

Students are evaluated by their faculty supervisor as stated in the Internship Syllabus. Check the KSB Bulletin, the academic calendar, or your academic advisor for the deadline to register an internship for credit.

How do I register for an independent study?

Students who have approval from their academic advisor to register for an independent study, need to complete the Independent Study Registration Form and the Internal Independent Study Approval Form. Students may not register for an independent study online. Both forms should be returned to the academic advisor, after a student has met with his or her faculty supervisor, for the “Department Chair or Dean” and “Academic Advisor” approval signature. Check the KSB Bulletin, the academic calendar, or your academic advisor for the deadline to register an independent study for credit.

How do I find a class in the Consortium?

Students who have permission from an academic advisor to register for a class in the Consortium can find class schedules for Consortium schools through the links listed below. Consortium schools include George Mason - Fairfax campus only, George Washington - DC main campus only, Georgetown, Howard, University of Maryland - College Park campus only, section numbers 0101, 0102.

Once you have identified a course, send the course information (course number, section, name, description) to your academic advisor who will review it. Approval by the academic advisor, department chair, and dean is required on the Consortium Registration Form. Students cannot take a course through the Consortium if the same course is offered at American University. Approved consortium registration requests may only be submitted to the Office of the Registrar the week before the class starts. Requests will be processed only if there is space available in the class. Students may not register for a closed class.

Registration Tips

  • Read the weekly KSB Bulletin for registration information.

  • Online registration is available 24 hours, 7 days a week during the registration period. 

  • Register early for your preferred courses.

  • Note course availability, prerequisites, meeting times and dates to avoid schedule conflicts.

  • Stay abreast of the deadlines to add or drop a course.

  • Periodically check the online schedule of classes as course availability and professors may change.

  • Check your American University email every day so you don’t miss the opportunity to register for a course for which you are on the waitlist.