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Applying for Admission to a Graduate Certificate Program

Admission to a Graduate Certificate program is offered in the fall and spring terms. Decisions are made on a rolling basis. Due to the part-time format of certificate study, applicants who require F-1 or J-1 student visa sponsorship are not eligible to apply for admission.

Application Checklist & Instructions

The following is the application checklist for Graduate Certificate admissions consideration:

  • Online Application
  • Application fee of $100 USD
  • Current Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Transcripts from all universities attended
  • Valid TOEFL, IELTS, PTE score (international applicants only)

Official transcripts should be mailed directly to:

Kogod Graduate Admissions
American University's Kogod School of Business
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Kogod School of Business, Room 115
Washington, DC 20016-8044

Program Requirements

Prospective students must meet the minimum American University requirements for graduate study:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a satisfactory GPA.
  • Successfully completed any prerequisite courses as indicated by program.
  • One year of work experience.

Applicability to Kogod Graduate Degree Program 

Up to 12 certificate credits, earned within the minimum academic guidelines, may be applied to a Kogod MS program. In order to apply certificate credits to a degree program, students must apply for and receive admission to one of the MS programs within two years of completing the graduate business certificate. Applicants must meet all of the admissions requirements for the selected degree program and should review the Application Guide for further information.

Additionally, students currently enrolled in a Kogod MBA or MS program may add a certificate designation by speaking with their academic advisor. Interested students should schedule an appointment to discuss the benefits and feasibility of doing so with their academic advisor.


Kogod Graduate Admissions