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Areas of Specialization

Students Entering after August 2013

For students entering American University after August 2013, Kogod offers specializations in the following areas of study:




For the Accounting* specialization, students are required to complete the following 12 credit hours. 

  • ACCT-340 - Intermediate Accounting I (3) 
  • ACCT-341 - Intermediate Accounting II (3)  
  • ACCT-345 - Cost Accounting and Strategic Cost Management (3)
  • ACCT-443 - Federal Income Taxation of Individuals and Businesses (3)

*If you are pursuing the CPA, please review the requirements closely on the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy website




The entrepreneurship specialization provides students with the entrepreneurial mind-sets, skills and tools for starting a business and/or being an entrepreneur in corporations, non-profit organizations, government or international organizations.

Students learn how to identify and assess opportunities, develop a new venture business plan, and practice entrepreneurship in multiple environments. This specialization offers the opportunity to learn how to think and behave like an entrepreneur whether you are leading your own new venture or working in an organization. 

  • MGMT-382 - Entrepreneurship and Innovation (3) (formerly MGMT-386)
  • MGMT-383 - Entrepreneurial Business Plans (3)
Plus two of the following:
  • MGMT-360 - Nonprofit and Social Entrepreneurship (3)  
  • MGMT-361 - Global Entrepreneurship and Micro Enterprises (3)
  • MGMT-409 - Leading High Performance Teams (3)
  • MGMT-465 - Negotiations (3)




The finance specialization is designed to meet the growing demand of investment firms, venture capital companies, real estate firms, and major corporations for technically adept experts in finance. Graduates in this highly sought-after specialization enter the marketplace prepared to manage significant financial issues, including portfolio management, sell/lease decision-making, risk hedging, risk management, and debt/equity management.  

Kogod finance students examine real world financial issues by analyzing case studies, performing industry analyses, performing country analyses, and producing investment proposals. Students can create and publish equity research reports on publicly held companies in the Washington metropolitan region that are not routinely covered by financial analysts. 

For the finance specialization, students are required to complete 15 credits as follows:

Required Courses (6 credits):

  • FIN-468 - Intermediate Corporate Finance (3)
  • FIN-469 - Investment Analysis (3)

Additional Courses (6 credits from the following):

  • FIN-460 Financial Modeling (3)
  • FIN-462 Private Wealth Management (3)
  • FIN/IBUS-463 International Finance (3)
  • FIN-464 Financial Markets & Institutions (3)
  • FIN-465 Derivative Securities (3)
  • FIN-467 Mortgage Finance (3)
  • FIN-472 Fixed Income (3)
  • FIN-573 Corporate Valuation and Financial Strategy (3)
  • FIN-574 Quantitative Methods in Finance (3)
  • FIN-575 CFA Level I Intensive Review (3)
  • FIN-576 Student Managed Investment Fund (3 credit maximum)

Plus 3 credit hours from the courses above or from the following:

  • ACCT-340 - Intermediate Accounting I (3)
  • ECON-301 - Intermediate Macroeconomics (3)
  • ECON-322 - Applied Econometrics (4)
  • ECON-341 - Public Economics (3)
  • ECON-345 - Introduction to Game Theory (3)
  • ECON-346 - Competition, Regulation, and Business Strategies (3)
  • FIN-466 - Real Estate Principles and Transactions (3)
  • FIN-475 - Real Estate Management and Development (3)



Information Systems & Technology

The Information Systems and Technology (IST) specialization is designed for those students interested in combining their business education with the evolving field of information technology. Through the extensive application of coursework, students learn to design, construct, and maintain successful systems that enable greater connectivity and competition among businesses and organizations worldwide.

Because it integrates many professional disciplines, the IST specialization provides business students with a tremendous amount of career flexibility. Students graduate with an outstanding foundation and are prepared to excel in many areas of the increasingly competitive and growing field of technology.

For the Information Systems and Technology specialization, students are required to complete the following courses (see course schedule for more information):


  • ITEC-200 The Edge of Information Technology (3)
  • ITEC-355 Production and Operations Management (3)
  • ITEC-455 Business Process and Requirements Analysis (3)
  • ITEC-470 Database and Big Data (3)

Plus 2 of the following:

  • ITEC-320 Business Analytics (3)
  • ITEC-334 Online Business Development (3)
  • ITEC-350 Digital Leadership (3)
  • ITEC-460 Business Intelligence (3)
  • ITEC-466 Cyber Security Risk Management (3)



International Business

The International Business** specialization is a multidisciplinary course of study combining the international aspects of marketing, finance, accounting, and human resource management. This specialization represents a unique Kogod opportunity to combine traditional business disciplines with a global perspective.

For the International Business specialization, students are required to complete 12 credit hours as follows:

  • IBUS-301 - International Marketing (3)
  • IBUS-402 - International Human Resource Management (3)
  • IBUS/FIN-463 - International Finance (3) (formerly IBUS-302)
Plus one of the following:
  • IBUS-303 - Learning from Global Enterprise Failure (3)
  • IBUS-408 - Export-Import Management (3)
  • IBUS-404 - International Accounting and Financial Consulting (3)
  • KSB-596 - Business Consulting Practicum: Peace Through Commerce (3)

**Students who choose a specialization in International Business must satisfy a global experience requirement and demonstrate an intermediate level of a foreign language. The global experience can be met either through completion of an approved study abroad program, an international internship, or successful completion of a comparable American University global immersion course. Exceptions to this requirement may be granted on a case by case basis by the Department of International Business. International students are exempt from this requirement. The language requirement may be met through completion of intermediate-level language courses, or placement into the advanced level on the Language Placement Exam. All International Business students are encouraged to double specialize.




The Management specialization provides professional skills for individuals to succeed as managers and leaders. Students will find these skills make them more successful in their careers, allowing them to take on increasing responsibilities, facilitating promotions, and achieving career enhancing transfers. Specifically, students will be able to take active and productive roles in leading and working in teams, understanding their organization's performance drivers, and managing human capital.

In addition, emphasis on practical skills such as negotiation, consulting/project management, and managing change/innovation or entrepreneurship helps students in careers in large, small, and changing businesses. Students are encouraged to combine the management area of specialization with another Kogod area of specialization.

  • MGMT-381 - Managing Human Capital (3)
  • MGMT-409 - Leading High Performance Teams (3)

Plus two of either of the following:

  • IBUS-402 - International Human Resources Management (3)
  • MGMT-360 - Nonprofit and Social Entrepreneurship (3)
  • MGMT-382 - Entrepreneurship and Innovations (3)
  • MGMT-361 - Global Entrepreneurship and Micro Enterprises (3)
  • MGMT-465 - Negotiation (3)
  • MGMT-484 - Consulting and Project Management (3)




The marketing specialization prepares students for successful careers in advertising, product and market research, consumer behavior, distribution strategy, client management, and sports and talent marketing.

  • MKTG-301 - Consumer Behavior (3)
  • MKTG-302 - Marketing Research (3)

Plus, two of the following:

  • IBUS-301 - International Marketing (3)
  • MKTG-311 - Internet Marketing (3)
  • MKTG-402 - Marketing Strategy (3)
  • MKTG-411 - Advertising and Marketing Communications Management (3)
  • MKTG-412 - Advertising and Promotion Campaigns (3)
  • MKTG-421 - Brand Management (3)
  • MKTG-431 - Direct Response Marketing (3)
  • MKTG-541 - Sports Marketing Management (3) (formerly MKTG-441)
  • MKTG-551 - Marketing for Social Change (3)
  • MKGT-561 - Customer Relationship Management and Database Marketing (3)