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Kogod Application Guide

Applying to the Kogod School of Business

The following application guide applies to the Kogod campus-based degree granting programs only. If you are interested in our Online MBA or Online Master of Science in Analytics program, please call 855-572-2800 for more information.

The application for admission to a Kogod Graduate degree program is available online only. To begin the application process, please create an account along with a username and password. These credentials will provide access to your online application and also a personalized information page throughout the admissions process.

As you complete your application, we recommend saving changes on each page as you work. Once you submit your application, your responses will remain final, but you can still access your personalized information page to check on missing items.

Personalized Information Page
A personalized information page will be created for you upon completion of the online interest form or upon initiation of your application for admission. We encourage you to use this page to learn more about your program of interest and to actively manage the status of your application materials. Updates will be made to your supplemental items checklist upon receipt, so it is the most reliable and efficient way to confirm the status of your application.

Deadlines & Decision Timeline

In order to ensure that your application receives full consideration, your completed application, as well as all required documents and official test scores, must be on file in the Kogod Graduate Admissions Office by the application submission dates outlined below.

When a decision is made, you will receive an email notifying you that it is available. Your decision letter will be available through your personalized information page.

MBA Deadlines

Admission to all MBA programs (Full-time, Professional, dual degrees) is offered for the Fall term only.

International applicants and those who wish to be considered for merit scholarship are encouraged to apply during Rounds 1 and 2.

Students applying directly from undergraduate programs with no prior full-time work experience are not eligible for consideration for the MBA program. Internship experience is not considered to be equivalent to full-time professional work experience.

Fall 2016

MBA admissions decisions are made within rounds as detailed:

MBA Round

Application Submission

Decision Notification

Round 1

November 15

January 15

Round 2*

February 1

April 1

Round 3

May 1

June 15


*International applicant and merit scholarship priority consideration deadline

If your application is not completed by the application submission date during the round you wish to be considered, your application may be moved to the next round for consideration. You will be notified by email should this apply to you.

Applications will be reviewed after the May 1, 2016 deadline on a space-available basis. All applications for both MBA programs should be submitted by July 1, 2016.

MS Deadlines

Admission to the MS Accounting, MS Finance, MS Real Estate and MS Taxation programs is offered in the Fall and Spring terms. Admission to MS Analytics, MS Marketing and MS Sustainability Management is offered in the Fall term only.

Decisions on all MS program applicants are made on a rolling basis. Applicants can typically expect notification within four to six weeks from the time the application and all required supplemental items have been received. Applicants can check the status of supplemental documents in the Personalized Information Page.

Spring 2016

November 15 – International Applicant and Scholarship Priority Deadline
December 10 – Final Domestic Applicant Deadline

Fall 2016

March 1 – International and Scholarship Priority Deadline
May 1 – Final Scholarship Consideration Deadline

All applications for Fall 2016 MS admission must be submitted by July 1, 2016.

Application Requirements

Eligibility
Full-time work experience is not a requirement for application to the MS programs. Applicants are not required to have completed an undergraduate degree in a field related to the MS program. Additionally, applicants currently in an undergraduate program can apply, though your undergraduate degree must be conferred prior to matriculation to the Kogod graduate program. Some programs may include pre-requisite courses that should be completed prior to application, or, in some cases, may be completed during the first semester of MS enrollment at Kogod. Please review individual program requirements under the Graduate Programs section of this website prior to application. 

Resume
A current copy of your resume is required and must be uploaded in the supplemental items section of the online application.  

Personal Statement
A personal statement is required and must be uploaded in the supplemental items section of the online application. We encourage you to use the personal statement as an opportunity to highlight your strengths and compatibility with Kogod.  

Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation are required.  

MBA applicants should submit professional recommendations, and when possible, should include the recommendation of an immediate supervisor.  

MS applicants may submit academic and/or professional recommendations.  

Recommendations should be coordinated electronically, if possible. Once you have submitted the application form, you will add recommender information in the supplemental items section, available on your personalized information page. Once a recommender has been added, the system will notify your recommender. They can complete the entire recommendation online. Once the recommendation has been received, you will receive an email confirmation.

If your recommender cannot complete an electronic form, they can send a recommendation in a signed, sealed envelop directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. Please have the recommender mail the documents to:

Via U.S. Mail (USPS)
Kogod Graduate Admissions
Office of Enrollment
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8081

Via Courier/Overnight (FedEX/UPS/DHL/etc.)
Kogod Graduate Admissions
Office of Enrollment
3201 New Mexico Avenue NW
STE B1
Washington, DC 20016-8081
USA

Alternatively, the submission may be made by email to graduateadmissionsdocuments@american.edu with the subject line "Kogod Recommendation Enclosed—APPLICANT NAME."

Transcripts
Transcripts detailing your academic history and record must be provided for all undergraduate and/or graduate institutions attended. Transcripts for courses taken as part of a study abroad program (if listed on your undergraduate transcript) or for courses completed for professional development purposes do not require separate submission.  

There are two options for transcript submission:

  1. You may upload unofficial copies of your transcript(s) directly to the supplemental items section within the online application. The unofficial document(s) can be used by the Admissions Committee to render a decision on your application. If you are admitted to your program, you will be notified that official transcripts are required prior to matriculation.
  2. You may request for official transcripts to be sent to Kogod from your prior institution(s) prior to application review. Official transcripts sent directly from your prior institution may be submitted electronically or via mail.
    • Electronic submissions should be sent to Kogod Graduate Admissions at graduateadmissionsdocuments@american.edu.
    • Paper submissions should be mailed to Kogod Graduate Admissions at the following mailing address:

      Via U.S. Mail (USPS)
      Kogod Graduate Admissions
      Office of Enrollment
      4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
      Washington, DC 20016-8081

      Via Courier Service (FedEx/UPS/DHL/Etc.)
      Kogod Graduate Admissions
      Office of Enrollment
      3201 New Mexico Avenue NW
      STE B1
      Washington, DC 20016-8081

Additional Information for Current American University Students and Alumni

Official copies your transcript must be requested directly from the Office of the Registrar Student Record Services. We are not able to secure this document for you so please be sure to review the instructions online detailing how to request your official transcript.

Additional Information for All Current Undergraduate Students

If you are applying for admission prior to graduating from an undergraduate program, you will be required to submit an official copy of your transcript upon completion of the program in order to confirm degree conferral prior to matriculation to your graduate program.

GMAT/GRE Scores and Test Optional Applications
Applicants to the MS Accounting, MS Analytics, MS Sustainability Management, MS Real Estate, and MS Taxation program may be able to apply Test Optional. Applicants to these programs who wish to apply test optional must have either:

  • Completed an undergraduate or graduate business degree from an AACSB-accredited institution or
  • Completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

When you apply to one of the above programs you will have the opportunity in the Test Scores section to apply Test Optional. Your selection will be reviewed by the Admissions Office and you will be notified if you are not approved. If you are approved to apply Test Optional, you will be required to complete an evaluative admissions interview with the faculty program director or appointed faculty member in lieu of submitting a GMAT/GRE score. There are no other options to apply for a test waiver for the above programs. If you do not meet the criteria to apply Test Optional you will need to submit a GMAT or GRE score to be considered for admission.

Applicants to the Full-time MBA, Professional MBA, MS Finance, and MS Marketing programs are required to submit a GMAT or GRE score. The Kogod School of Business does not prefer one test over the other and we encourage applicants to take the test on which they feel they will do best.

Each of the above programs offers criteria whereby an applicant can be considered for a GMAT/GRE waiver. The GMAT/GRE waiver criteria are:

Full-time MBA and Professional MBA

  • Completion of a graduate level degree (Master's level of above) from a regionally accredited college or university.

MS Finance

  • A minimum of five years of work experience in the financial industry, or
  • Successful completion of the CFA Level 1, or
  • An undergraduate business degree with a minimum 3.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from an AACSB-accredited business school, or
  • A graduate business degree with a minimum 3.3 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from an AACSB-accredited business school.

MS Marketing

  • A minimum of two years of full-time work experience in a field directly related to marketing, or
  • A minimum 3.3 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in a major related to Marketing or Communications.

If you believe you may qualify for a GMAT/GRE waiver, you may download and complete the Waiver Request Form. Waiver requests may be submitted prior to completing the online application. Should your waiver be declined, you will be notified as soon as possible so that you may schedule and begin to prepare for your exam.

  • Kogod GMAT score report codes:
    Full-time MBA (RN4-J4-01)
    Professional MBA (RN4-J4-16)
    MSA (RN4-J4-62)
    MSAn (RN4-J4-07)
    MSF (RN4-J4-21)
    MSMKTG (RN4-J4-05)
    MSRE (RN4-J4-94)
    MSSM (RN4-J4-26)
    MST (RN4-J4-28)
  • Kogod GRE score report code:
    All Program (5007)

English Proficiency Tests
Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency through completion of the TOEFL or the IELTS. TOEFL test takers should send their scores to code 5007 and must score 100 or better on the internet-based test. IELTS test takers should send their scores to "American University-Kogod School of Business" and must score a 7.0 or better. If an applicant fails to meet the minimum score they will not be offered admission.

Waiver of the English language proficiency test requirement is permitted if:

  • An applicant has completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland, or
  • An applicant has completed a dual/joint degree program and three or more years of the duration of study was completed in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland.

Interviews

Interviews are required for admission to the Full-time MBA, Professional MBA, and MS Marketing programs. Evaluative interviews are reserved for candidates whose applications have passed the initial screening phase of the application process and are offered by invitation only. Candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted to schedule an interview date and time. Applicants are encouraged to conduct their interviews in person however we understand this may not be possible for all applicants. Applicants who reside beyond the D.C. Metropolitan area or abroad will be interviewed by Skype, or in some cases, provided with the alternative to interview by phone.

Application Fee
A non-refundable fee of $100 USD is required. Applications without fees will not be processed. Fees can be paid online upon submission of the application form. Application fee waivers are offered to:

  • Active duty members or veterans of the U.S. military
  • Active or returned Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, or Teach for America Volunteers
  • City Year corps members, staff, and alumni
  • American University alumni
  • American University employees
  • Dual-degree applicants who have already paid an application fee to SIS or WCL

International Applicant Information

International students admitted to a graduate degree program needing a visa to study at American University will be required to complete and submit the CFIS Form or Immigration Transfer Form along with documentation of financial support. Submission of either document is not required to be considered for admission;however, admitted students planning to enroll will need to submit the documentation in order to initiate the issuance of the I-20.

Additional information about the Immigration process, including required documentation, is available online through American University's Office of International Student and Scholar Services.

AU BS/MS Applicant Information

Current American University undergraduate students have the option to apply for admission to MS programs at the Kogod School of Business as combined bachelors/masters (referred from now as BS/MS) applicants while still enrolled in their undergraduate program. Applicants are recommended to have already completed 75 undergraduate credit hours at the time of application.

Students interested in admission to a Kogod School of Business MS program as a BS/MS applicant must:

  1. First meet with a Kogod undergraduate academic advisor to confirm that their degree plan is designed to best accommodate the BS/MS option, if admitted. Please call 202-885-1914 to schedule a BS/MS advising appointment.
  2. Next, meet with a Kogod graduate academic advisor by scheduling an appointment, or contact ksbgradadvising@american.edu to schedule an appointment.
  3. Lastly, complete the full Kogod graduate application process, including submission of all official supplemental application materials according to deadlines. When applying, select the corresponding BS/MS program. Applications will not be reviewed for applicants who have not first met with both an undergraduate and graduate advisor to determine eligibility for shared credits.

Specific requirements for certain MS programs are listed below. MS programs not noted here do not have special requirements.

Program Requirements

MS Accounting and MS Taxation
Current Kogod undergraduate students:

  • 3.3 GPA or higher
  • Minimum grade of B+ in ACCT-240, ACCT-241, and FIN-365

Current AU undergraduate students, non-Kogod majors:

  • 3.3 GPA or higher
  • Minimum grade of B+ in STAT-202 or STAT-203 or higher, ECON-100 and ECON-200

MS Analytics
Current Kogod undergraduate students:

  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Minimum grade of B in ITEC-200
  • Minimum grade of B+ in STAT-202

Current AU undergraduate students, non-Kogod majors:

  • 3.0 GPA or higher

MS Finance
Current Kogod undergraduate students:

  • 3.3 GPA or higher
  • Minimum grade of B+ in ACCT-240, ACCT-241, and FIN-365

Current AU undergraduate students, non-Kogod majors:

  • 3.3 GPA or higher
  • Minimum grade of B+ in STAT-202 or STAT-203 or higher, ACCT-240, ECON-100 and ECON-200

MS Marketing
Current Kogod undergraduate students:

  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Minimum grade of a B in MKTG-300

Current AU undergraduate students, non-Kogod majors:

  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Minimum grade of B in MKTG-300 or MKTG-250

MS Real Estate
Current Kogod undergraduate students:

  • 3.0 GPA or higher

Current AU undergraduate students, non-Kogod majors:

  • 3.0 GPA or higher

Dual-Degree Admission

Kogod offers dual-degree programs with the School of International Service and the Washington College of Law. Candidates seeking admission to a dual-degree program must receive admission from each of the degree programs separately. The Admissions Committees from each school do not collaborate on the decision-making process. Further instructions regarding the timing and submission of application materials for all Kogod dual-degree programs are provided below.

MA/MBA with the School of International Service

Applicants to the MA/MBA program should complete the Kogod and SIS online application forms, but may choose to submit the remainder of the application to either Kogod or SIS. The school to which you submit your full application materials will forward them to the other school for their review and consideration. You should consult with each school separately to ensure transport of application materials.  While applicants are not required to submit resume, or letters of recommendation, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an additional personal statement that speaks directly to the interest in the MA/MBA program if the initial personal statement does not address the dual degree program.

New Applicants to American University

Applicants considering the MA/MBA are encouraged to apply to both programs during the same application term. If admitted to both programs for the same term of study, students are encouraged to spend the first year in the MBA program, completing the MBA core curriculum. During the second and third year of dual-degree study, students will take courses at both Kogod and SIS and should be in touch with their academic advisors in both schools prior to registration to ensure that all unique degree requirements are being fulfilled.

Current Degree-Seeking SIS Graduate Students

Students currently enrolled in the MA program should apply for admission to the Full-time MBA program during their first or second semester of study in the MA program. Applicants are encouraged to meet with a Kogod Academic Advisor prior to submitting their MBA application to confirm feasibility of dual-degree study.

JD/MBA with the Washington College of Law

New Applicants to American University

Applicants considering the JD/MBA are encouraged to apply to both programs during the same application term. Applicants to the JD/MBA program must first receive admission from WCL before being considered for admission to Kogod. After admission or upon enrollment at WCL, applicants should complete the Kogod online application form and request that WCL forward their remaining application materials to Kogod for review and consideration. 

Candidates admitted to Kogod should plan to complete the MBA immersion year following their 1L or 2L year in law school;students must complete their MBA immersion year prior to the beginning of their 3L year. You will be asked to indicate the term in which you intend to begin your MBA immersion year in the Kogod online application.

Current Degree-Seeking JD Students

Students currently enrolled in the JD program are encouraged to apply for admission to the Full-time MBA program during the first year of study in the JD program and must apply no later than the end of their second year of study in the JD program. Students beginning their third year of study in the JD program are not eligible to apply for admission to the JD/MBA as the MBA immersion year must be completed prior to the 3L year in law school. 

If you are currently in your 1L year, your intended term for MBA immersion may be consistent with your term of application or may be for the following year. If you are currently in your 2L year, your intended term for MBA immersion will be consistent with your term of application.

LLM/MBA with the Washington College of Law

Applicants considering the LLM/MBA must apply to both programs during the same application term. Applicants to the LLM/MBA program must first receive admission from WCL before being considered for admission to Kogod. After admission to WCL, applicants should complete the Kogod online application form and request that WCL forward their remaining application materials to Kogod for review and consideration, including TOEFL or IELTS scores.

The MBA program only begins in the fall semester, therefore, applicants admitted to the LLM program for the fall term must begin their studies at Kogod, if admitted to the MBA program. Applicants admitted to the LLM program for the spring term will complete their first semester of studies at WCL before completing a one year MBA immersion at Kogod, if admitted to the MBA program.

Re-Applying

Applicants re-applying to Kogod must submit a new application form, application fee, as well as an updated resume and personal statement. We also encourage you to submit any additional information you would like to have considered. If you completed a full application within the last two years, the transcripts, letters of recommendation, and test scores you submitted may be transferred to your new application. Applications for re-admission are subject to current admissions standards;even if you were previously offered admission, subsequent offers of admission are not guaranteed. Applicants who were denied admission are not eligible for readmission during the same application term and may reapply during the next available term of enrollment.

Deferrals

Admitted students may be granted a deferral to the next term of enrollment upon request. Requests for deferral must be made in writing to the Kogod Admissions Office. Deferrals are offered at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, and are not guaranteed. Deferring students will be required to submit the enrollment deposit to confirm their place in the following enrolling class.