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Kogod Application Guide

Applying to the Kogod School of Business

Please follow the steps below to apply to the on-campus programs at the Kogod School of Business and become a student in one of our graduate programs.

If you’re not quite ready to apply, consider registering for a Kogod Admissions Event to learn more about the program(s) you are considering.


  1. Create an account in the American University Application System

  2. Review the Application Guide for the application requirements for your application.

  3. Begin your application.

  1. Review the Deadlines Dates for the Kogod Graduate Programs.

  2. Submit the completed application form.

  3. Submit the USD 100 non-refundable application fee.

  1. From your My Account page, find the Supplemental Items list and upload all required documents, including unofficial transcripts.

  2. Applicants to all programs, except the MS in Finance, are encouraged to submit a GMAT or GRE score as part of their application. Applicants to these programs may choose to submit a Supplemental Essay in lieu of a GMAT or GRE score. Review the Application Guide for school codes.

  3. MS Finance applicants are required to provide either a GMAT or GRE score unless they meet one of the criteria outlined in the MSF GMAT/GRE Waiver Request Form. Review the Application Guide for school codes.

  4. If you are an international student who will require a visa, review the Application Guide to see if you are required to submit an English Proficiency score and to find the school code to submit scores.

  1. In the Supplemental Items section, you can request a recommendation entirely electronically or by mailing in letters of recommendation.

  1. Once you have uploaded all required supporting documents, two letters of recommendation have been received, and any required standardized tests have been received, the Admissions Office will review your application to confirm receipt of all items and mark your application complete.

  2. You will receive an email from Admissions once your application has been marked complete.

  3. If you feel your application is complete, but have not received an email you can always contact the Admissions Office at

  1. Once your application is marked complete you will be contacted by Admissions within 15 business days.

  2. If more than 15 business days have passed, or if you have any questions about the status of your application, please email us at

  1. The Full-time MBA, MS in Analytics, and MS in Marketing programs all require an interview. Applicants are invited to interview after a preliminary review of their application is completed.

  2. We will contact you via email to schedule your interview.

  3. Interviews are by invitation only.

  4. Interviews generally last 30 minutes.

  1. For programs that do not require an interview, you will be notified of a decision within 15 business days of your application being completed.

  2. For programs that do require an interview, you will be notified of a decision within 5 business days of your interview date.

  3. Notifications are sent as an email to the email address you used on your application.

  4. Log back into your Application Account to view your decision.

  1. Your admission letter will indicate if you have also been selected for a scholarship.

  2. Please be sure to note the response deadline in the letter. If we do not hear from you by that deadline we may withdraw the offer of admission.

  3. Once you are ready to accept or decline the admission offer, please click the corresponding button at the bottom of the admission letter.

  1. Once you have accepted the offer of admission, we will send you an email on how to submit your non-refundable enrollment deposit.

  2. The entire enrollment deposit is applied towards your first semester tuition.

  3. You will receive an email confirming we have received your deposit once payment has been fully processed.

  1. International students will receive an email with instructions on how to submit visa documentation after your deposit has been received.

  2. Your academic adviser will contact you a few days after receipt of your deposit about next steps in preparation for the program, including when and how to register for courses.

If you have any questions about the application process we encourage you to first thoroughly review the Application Guide and if you still have questions, please email us at