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Applying to the Kogod School of Business

Step-by-step application guide to any of Kogod's on-campus graduate programs

The following application guide applies to the Kogod campus-based degree and certificate granting programs. If you are interested in our Online MBA or Online Analytics program, please call 855-572-2800 or visit the Online Admissions overview.

The application for admission to all Kogod Graduate degree programs and Graduate certificate programs is only available online. To begin the application process, please create an account along with a username and password. These credentials will provide access to your online application along with 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. If something should change after you have submitted your application, please email us at kogodgrad@american.edu.

Steps to Apply

  1. Create an account in the American University Application System.
  2. 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.
  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.
  4. Submit Letter of Recommendation Request.
  5. If you are an international student who will require a visa, scroll down to the International Applicants section to see if you are required to submit an English Proficiency score and to find the school code to submit scores.
  1. Once all of your uploaded supporting documents, letter of recommendation and any required test scores have been received, the Admissions Office will notify you that your application is complete.
  2. If you feel your application is complete, but have not received an email you can always contact the Admissions Office at kogodgrad@american.edu.
  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.

Application Deadlines

To ensure that your application receives full consideration, your completed application as well as all required documents and test scores should be on file in the Kogod Graduate Admissions Office by the dates outlined below.

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

The Kogod Full-time MBA program only begins in the Fall semester.

Round Application Due Decisions Released Response from Applicant
1 Oct 15, 2017 Dec 20, 2017 Feb 15, 2018
2* Jan 15, 2018 Mar 9, 2018 Apr 13, 2018
3**       Mar 15, 2018 Apr 27, 2018 Jun 1, 2018
4 May 15, 2018 Jun 15, 2018 Jul 13, 2018

*Priority Scholarship Consideration Deadlines
**International Applicant Deadlines
After Round 4, applications will be accepted up to July 1, 2018 with consideration based on seat availability.

All MS programs offer admission in the Fall term. In addition to the deadlines below, applications for Fall will be accepted up to July 1st with consideration based on availability.

In the Spring term, admission is also available for the MS Accounting, MS Finance, MS Real Estate, and MS Taxation programs.

Fall 2018 MS Deadlines
January 15, 2018
Deadline 1 & Priority Scholarship
March 15, 2018
Deadline 2 & International Student Deadline
April 15, 2018
Deadline 3 & Priority Course Registration
Spring 2018 Deadlines (MSA, MSF, MSRE, and MST only)
October 15, 2017
Deadline 1, International Students & Priority Scholarship Consideration Deadline
December 8, 2017
Deadline 2, Final Deadline for Domestic Students

Decisions on all MS program applicants are made on a rolling basis. Applicants can check the status of their supplemental documents in the Personalized Information Page. Once an applicant receives email confirmation that their application is complete, they can expect an update or admissions decision within fifteen business days from the time that all required supplemental items have been received.

Application Due Semester
December 8, 2017
Deadline to be Eligible to Take 600-Level Courses during the Spring Semester
June 15, 2018
Deadline to be Eligible to Take 600-Level Courses during the Fall Semester

Requirements

Full-time work experience of 2+ years is strongly preferred for the Full-time MBA program, but we will consider meaningful internships and other criteria as part of our holistic application review process. Full-time work experience is not required to apply 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 are eligible to apply, though an 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.

A current copy of your resume is required and must be uploaded in the supplemental items section of the online application. Full-length or long-format resumes are welcome. Applicants DO NOT need to edit their resume down to a one-page version.

A statement of purpose is required for all graduate programs, including certificate programs, and can be completed on the application form. The prompt for the statement of purpose is:

Tell us about your decision to pursue a graduate degree or certificate at the Kogod School of Business. How does this degree help you to achieve both your short-term and long-term goals? What skills will you combine with this degree to achieve them? Please be sure to answer each part of the question.

We suggest a length of approximately 750 words.

One letter of recommendation is required for all MS and the MBA programs. Certificate programs do not require a letter of recommendation.

The letter of recommendation should be coordinated electronically, however if this is not possible, recommendations may be submitted using the email or mailing options listed below. 

Electronic Submission: Once you have submitted the application form, you will add your recommender information for the required recommendation in the Supplemental Items section available on your personalized information page. Once a recommender has been added, the system will notify your recommender and they can complete the entire recommendation online. This also includes the option for your recommender to upload a letter. Once the recommendation has been received an email notification will be sent to you confirming receipt.

Email Submission: The recommender can email their recommendation directly to graduateadmissionsdocuments@american.edu with the subject line ‘Kogod Recommendation Enclosed–APPLICANT NAME’.

Mail Submission: The recommender may mail their recommendation using one of the mailing methods below. The letter must be sent directly from the recommender and must be in a signed, sealed envelope.

Courier Address/Overnight: (FEDEX-UPS-DHL, etc.)

Graduate Admissions
Office of Enrollment
4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW
SUITE -218
Washington,DC20016-8001

US MAIL (USPS)

Graduate Admissions
Office of Enrollment
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8001

Transcripts detailing your academic 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.

  1. You may upload unofficial copies of your transcript(s) directly to the supplemental items section of the 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. A transcript is only considered official if it comes to us in a sealed envelope from the issuing school, or is sent in a password protected PDF from the issuing school.

Official transcripts are sent directly from your former institution, either in a sealed envelope or via a direct link from the university. Copies that have been issued to students must remain in a sealed envelope.Once opened, the transcripts are no longer official.Unofficial transcripts can typically be downloaded from a university's student portal or through the office of the registrar.

Transcripts that are not in English must be accompanied by an official English translation. Many schools will be able to accommodate your request to have your transcripts issued in English.While not required, we will also accept a transcript evaluation*. These services will also ask that you send them an official transcript.

* WES, AACRAO, and, for transcripts from China, CDGDC are our accepted credential evaluation services.

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:

Courier Address/Overnight: (FEDEX-UPS-DHL, etc.)

Graduate Admissions
Office of Enrollment
4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW
SUITE -218
Washington,DC 20016-8001

US MAIL (USPS)

Graduate Admissions
Office of Enrollment
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8001

Additional Information for American University Alumni and current American University Undergraduate Students

The Kogod School of Business will work with the University Registrar to receive an official transcript and confirm degree conferral. Alumni applicants are welcome to submit an official transcript,but are not requiredto,if they have already uploaded an unofficial transcript.

Additional Information for All non-American University 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 to confirm degree conferral prior to matriculation to your graduate program.

MS in Finance

Applicants to the MS Finance program are required to submit an official GMAT or GRE score, unless they meet the waiver criteria outlined below. To submit official GMAT or GRE scores, refer to the reporting codes below. Unofficial GMAT or GRE Scores can be uploaded into the Supplemental Items section of the application, and can be used to move an application forward in the review process however official scores are required before an admission decision can be released. If you meet the GRE/GMAT Waiver requirements, follow the instructions to download and submit the waiver request.

Kogod GMAT score report code:

Official GMAT Scores must be submitted by the testing agency using the school code RN4-J4-21. 

Kogod GRE score report code:

Official GRE Scores must be submitted by the testing agency using the school code 5007.

MS Finance GMAT/GRE Waiver Criteria

An applicant must meet one (1) of the conditions below and must apply for the waiver using the instructions below:

  • A minimum of three years of work experience in the finance industry
  • Successful completion of the CFA Level 1
  • An undergraduate business degree with a minimum 3.25 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from an AACSB-accredited business school
  • A graduate degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from an AACSB-accredited business school

To apply for a GMAT/GRE waiver, please complete the MS Finance GMAT/GRE Waiver Application form. Submit this form via email to kogodgrad@american.edu and attach appropriate supplemental materials to support your waiver request, based on the criteria you noted above (updated resume, CFA Level 1 completion, proof of minimum GPA from an AACSB-accredited institution, etc.)

Full-time MBA and all other MS programs (Accounting, Analytics, Marketing, Real Estate, Sustainability Management, or Taxation)

Applicants to these programs are encouraged to submit a GMAT or GRE score as part of their application, however if you have not taken, nor plan to take the GMAT or GRE, you may submit a Supplemental Essay in lieu of submitting a test score. The Supplemental Essay is NOT an option for MS Finance applicants.

To submit official GMAT or GRE scores, please refer to the reporting codes below. Unofficial GMAT or GRE Scores can be uploaded into the Supplemental Items section of the application, and can be used to move an application forward in the review process however official scores are required before an admission decision can be released.

Kogod GMAT score report codes:

  • Full-time MBA (RN4-J4-01)
  • MS in Accounting (RN4-J4-62)
  • MS in Analytics (Campus Program)(RN4-J4-07)
  • MS in Finance (RN4-J4-21)
  • MS in Marketing (RN4-J4-05)
  • MS in Real Estate (RN4-J4-94)
  • MS in Sustainability Management (RN4-J4-26)
  • MS in Taxation (RN4-J4-28)

Kogod GRE score report code:

  • All Programs (5007)

Supplemental Essay:

The essay is completed within the application in the Standardized Test section. The prompt for the supplemental essay is: "Tell us about a time that you have used quantitative methods or data to drive a decision-making process, either as a professional, or in your academic experience." We suggest a length of approximately 500-750 words.

An interview is required for admission to the Full-time 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 outside the DC Metropolitan area will be interviewed by video via Skype.

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 US 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 the School of International Service (SIS) or the Washington College of Law (WCL)

If an applicant is admitted to a program, a non-refundable enrollment deposit is required to confirm your place in the class. For the Master of Science (MS) programs,the enrollment deposit is $500 USD and for the full-time MBA program the enrollment deposit is $1,000 USD. Enrollment deposits are due by the response date in your admit letter. The full amount of your enrollment deposit is applied to your tuition bill for the first term upon matriculation into the graduate program.

Enrollment deposits are waived for active duty military and military veterans. Enrollment deposits are also waived for American University employees or eligible dependents utilizing tuition remission. If you qualify for a waiver, please contact us at kogodgrad@american.edu after you have accepted admission and request that we process the waiver. All other applicants are required to submit an enrollment deposit.

Applicant Information

Applicants whose native language is not English and who do not meet the English Proficiency Test Waiver requirements outlined below must demonstrate English language proficiency through completion of one of the following exams:

  • TOEFL
    • Minimum required score of 100 or higher is required for the internet-based test (IBT)
    • Submit official scores to code 5007 through testing center. Unofficial test scores may be uploaded into supplemental items of application and used to move an application forward in the review process, but official scores are required to release an admissions decision.
  • IELTS
    • Minimum score of 7 or higher is required.
    • Submit official scores by having testing center mail the scores using one of the mailing methods below. Unofficial test scores may be uploaded into supplemental items of application and used to move an application forward in the review process, but official scores are required to release an admissions decision.

Via US Mail (USPS)
Kogod Graduate Admissions Office of Enrollment
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-8081

Courier Address/Overnight: (FEDEX/UPS/DHL, etc)
Kogod Graduate Admissions Office of Enrollment
4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW Suite 218
Washington, D.C. 20016-8081

If an applicant fails to meet the minimum score they may be considered for American University's Masters Accelerator Program.

Waiver of the English Language Proficiency Test

Applicants may qualify for a waiver if they meet one of the qualifications listed below. Waivers are not permitted for applicants who have completed coursework in English outside of the approved countries listed or who have completed an English language certificate program but have not earned an undergraduate or graduate degree in an one of the listed countries as outlined in the policy below.

  • Waiver Requirements: An applicant has completed and been conferred an undergraduate bachelor’s degree where at least 2 years of study was completed in one of the following countries OR a graduate master’s degree where all coursework was completed in one of the following countries: United States, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, or the United Kingdom.

The Kogod Admissions office reserves the right to conduct an English communication assessment with any applicant whose native language is not English over video-enabled Skype or in-person.

Information for International Applicants/Visa Request

International students admitted to a graduate degree program who need 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 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.

Current American University undergraduate students, including those not part of the Kogod School of Business, have the option to apply for admission to MS programs as combined bachelors/masters (Bach/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 the Bach/MS program should complete their application during the academic term prior to when they would like to take shared credits/graduate level classes. Students must be admitted and submit the enrollment deposit before they will be allowed to register for 600-level courses.

The application deadlines to be considered for the Bach/MS programs at Kogod are different from the regular MS deadlines. Please find the Bachelor's/Master's programs application deadlines above.

Students interested in admission to a Kogod School of Business MS program as a Bach/MS applicant should refer to information regarding next steps.

Kogod offers dual-degree programs with the School of International Service (SIS) and the Washington College of Law (WCL).

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 is provided below.

MA/MBA with School of International Service

Applicants to the MA/MBA program should complete the Kogod and School of International Service (SIS) online application forms, but may choose to submit the remainder of the application supplemental materials 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.

Please email kogodgrad@american.edu if you have any concerns regarding receipt of your documents. While applicants are not required to submit an additional resume, or an additional letter of recommendation, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an additional statement of purpose that speaks directly to the interest in the MA/MBA program if the initial statement of purpose 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 School of International Service(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 School of International Service (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 Washington College of Law(WCL)

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 Washington College of Law (WCL) before being considered for admission to Kogod. After admission or upon enrollment at WCL, applicants should complete the Kogod online application form and then 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, and after completingtheir 1L 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 at the Washington College of Law (WCL)are encouraged to apply for admission to the full-time MBA program during the first year of study (1L) in the JD program and must apply no later than the end of their second year of study (2L) in the JD program.Students beginning their third year of study(3L)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 3Lyear in law school.

If you are currently in your first year of study (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 second year of study (2L) year, your intended term for MBA immersion will be consistent with your term of application.

LLM/MBA with Washington College of Law(WCL

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 the Washington College of Law (WCL) before being considered for admission to Kogod. After admission to WCL, applicants should complete the Kogod online application form and then 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. Spring applicants to the LLM program are ineligible for the LLM/MBA program.

Applicants re-applying to Kogod must submit:

  • New application form
  • Application fee
  • Updated resume
  • 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 but may reapply during the next available term of enrollment.

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 at kogodgrad@american.edu

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.

Kogod's graduate programs provide strong opportunities for active duty and veteran members of the armed forces.

Applicants to American University's Kogod School of Business graduate programs who have served in any branch of the U.S. military on active duty within the past three years will qualify for an application fee waiver. Applicants interested in learning more about our participation in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program should visit the Yellow Ribbon section of the Financial Aid website for more information.