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Kogod Business Honors Program

A Differentiated Academic Experience for Kogod’s Highest Achievers

The Kogod Business Honors program is designed for our most talented and ambitious students who desire to pursue academic challenges beyond the standard course work. By invitation only, this program allows students to enroll in honors-designated courses. Honors classes have substantively more depth and aim to further advance analytical and critical thinking skills. In addition, Honors courses emphasize experiential learning and data-driven, interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving.


Rigorous Research Opportunities

All Honors Students complete a senior capstone project. Projects center on a contemporary business topic of the students’ choice, which they begin exploring upon entering the program. Guidance is provided by a faculty or business leader, further deepening students’ knowledge of the field.

Additional research opportunities are provided through students’ coursework. Honors courses strongly integrate academic findings into the curricula, giving students a strong knowledge of contemporary research topics. Students are encouraged to advance their own research skills by exploring these topics while collaborating with faculty and their peers.

Hands-On Learning

Enrichment outside the classroom is a core element of the program. Honors students are expected to participate in unique extracurricular and experiential activities, and engage in a mentoring program. These opportunities help students sharpen their leadership and networking skills with dynamic, real-world experiences. Students are required to participate in at least two extracurricular activities per semester. Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Leadership lunches
  • One-on-one meetings with deans, department chairs, and other AU thought-leaders
  • Small group meetings with distinguished Kogod guests
  • Dean’s dinners and other high-profile Kogod events
  • AU’s Toastmaster club and other on-campus leadership clubs

Mentorship is a key dimension of the Kogod Business Honor students’ experience. Students are paired with alumni to give them an academic and professional sounding board. This connection helps build a professional mindset, and serves as a valuable networking opportunity.


Kogod Business Honors Curriculum Plan

Students must complete at least two core courses and the capstone course, MGMT-458, to meet the curricular requirements of the Kogod Business Honors Program.

Fall 2016 MKTG-300 Principles of Marketing
Spring 2017 MGMT-353 Organizational Behavior
FIN-365 Corporate Finance
Fall 2017 IBUS-300 Fundamentals of International Business
ITEC-355 Production/Operation Management
Spring 2018 MGMT-458
Business, Policy, and Strategy
MKTG-300 Principles of Marketing
Fall 2018 IBUS-300 Fundamentals of International Business
Business, Policy, and Strategy
Spring 2019 FIN-365 Corporate Finance
Business, Policy, and Strategy

To Apply

While a strong academic background is a key criteria for admission, we are also seeking students with a keen sense of curiosity. The desire for deep questioning, exploration, and growth is a defining characteristic of the Kogod Business Honors Student.

Eligible students are invited to apply to the program upon the completion of 40-65 credits. To apply, students will submit the following:

  • A personal essay detailing why they want to join the program
  • A pitch for their capstone project
  • Their current resume
  • An unofficial transcript

Applications are due October 1, 2016 and March 1, 2017, with admit decisions made shortly thereafter.

For more information, contact Professor Ayman Omar, Kogod Business Honors Program Director, at or 202-885-1995.