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Frequently Asked Questions

Pre-Application | Application Process | GMAT/GRE | Interviews | Financial Aid | International Applicants | The Kogod School of Business


Is work experience a requirement for applying?
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 equivalent to full-time professional work experience. Prior work experience is not necessary for applicants to the MS programs.

Application Process

What is rolling admissions?
MS applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. This means that applicants will receive admissions decisions on an ongoing basis throughout the admissions cycle.

Who reviews my application?
Applications are reviewed by members of the Kogod Graduate Admissions Committee.

If something is missing from my application, will it still be reviewed?
Applicants will not begin the review process until all required materials have been received and processed by the Kogod Admissions Office. Please refer to the Deadlines & Decision Timeline section of the Application Guide for additional details.

When will I receive a decision on my application once it is submitted?
MS program applicants can expect to receive a final admissions decision within approximately 4–6 weeks of submitting a completed application. MBA applicants should refer to the schedule of Rounds outlined in the MBA Deadlines section of the application guide.  

If I am admitted, can I defer admission?
Applicants who are offered admission may request deferral consideration from the Admissions Committee. Requests for consideration must be submitted in writing prior to the applicant’s enrollment decision deadline and are granted at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. 

Applicants who defer will be required to pay both the enrollment deposit fee and an additional deferral confirmation fee, both of which are credited towards their AU student account upon enrollment.

If I applied last year and was not accepted, how do I reapply?
Applicants who are not offered admission may reapply within two years of the original decision by submitting a new online application, updated resume and personal statement as well as any other updated materials they wish to submit. All official application materials will be retained by the Admissions Office for two years and may be reused if they are still valid.

Do you accept Full-time and Professional MBA students in the Fall and Spring?
All Kogod MBA programs enroll in the Fall semester only.

Is there any preference for letters of recommendation?
Applicants to the MBA program should request letters of recommendation from professional references. Applicants to the MS programs should request at least one professional and one academic reference. Please refer to the Letters of Recommendation section of the application guide for additional information.


Will I be permitted to submit GRE scores instead of GMAT scores for my application?
Yes, we accept official GMAT or GRE scores for application to all of our graduate programs. JD/MBA applicants may submit LSAT scores. 

Is there a minimum GMAT/GRE score required for admission to the program?
There is no minimum GMAT or GRE score required for application to graduate programs but applicants are encouraged to consult the most recent class profile for the average score of the program of interest to them.

How does the Admissions Committee consider multiple GMAT/GRE scores?
If an applicant submits multiple official test scores, the Admissions Committee considers an applicant’s highest score only regardless of the order in which the tests have been taken.


Is an interview required for all programs?
Interviews are required for admission to the Kogod MBA programs only. Evaluative interviews are reserved for candidates whose applications have passed the initial screening phase of our admissions process. Candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted by phone or email to schedule an interview appointment.

Do I have to come to campus for my interview?
We encourage all candidates to come to campus for their admissions interviews. Candidates living in the DC metropolitan area are required to come to campus. Candidates living internationally or residing beyond the DC metropolitan area will be offered the option of a telephone interview.

Financial Aid

How much is tuition?
Details of tuition and fees for all Kogod graduate degrees can be found on the Financing Your Education page.

Does American University have in-state tuition?
American University offers one flat tuition rate for both DC and non-DC residents.

How do I apply for scholarships?
All graduate admissions candidates are reviewed for merit awards. A separate application is not required for consideration however those seeking consideration should apply by the appropriate application deadline for full consideration.

How can I find out about need-based financial aid?
For further information as a prospective Kogod graduate student, please visit the AU Office of Financial Aid's website.

International Applicants

What exactly defines an "international applicant"?
International applicants are those applicants who are not U.S. citizens or do not have U.S. Permanent Resident status.

If I am an international student when should I complete my application to Kogod?
International applicants are encouraged to apply by the appropriate application deadline.

I have lived in the U.S. for many years. Must I take the TOEFL or IELTS?
English proficiency examination requirements may be waived for applicants who have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in a country in which the native language is English (USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland).

If I have a 3-year undergraduate degree, will I be considered for admission?
Applicants with 3-year undergraduate degrees may apply for admission, and will receive full consideration.

As an international student what documents do I need to submit that are different from a US citizen?
International applicants must submit official TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores, as well as official transcripts and diplomas sent directly from the undergraduate institution. Applicants are strongly encouraged but not required to use a document verification service such as World Education Services (WES) to supplement their academic materials. Applicants from China must contact CDGDC for credentials verification.

What documents do I need to submit to obtain my I-20?
If offered admission, international applicants must first pay the enrollment deposit, and then submit the Certification of Finances for International Students (CFIS) form or Immigration Transfer Form as well as the required financial documentation in order to receive a student visa. Please note the Immigration Transfer Form is only for use with international applicants currently studying in the United States. Financial documentation is not required to be considered for admission.  

How long does it take for an I-20 to be processed and when does the processing start?
Processing of I-20 paperwork begins when all required materials have been received, including the enrollment deposit, from the applicant. I-20 processing can take up to two weeks.

The Kogod School of Business

When was the Kogod School of Business founded?
American University's School of Business was founded in 1955 as the first university-level school of business in the District of Columbia. It was named after Robert and Arlene Kogod in 1979. Mr. Kogod is a 1962 alumnus of the undergraduate program and former Co-Chairman/Co-CEO of the Charles E. Smith Commercial Realty and Charles E. Smith Residential Realty companies.

Is Kogod accredited and if so what does the accreditation mean?
Kogod is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which is the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.

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