American University Kogod School of Business

By - April 17, 2018
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American University is a private college based in Washington DC that was established in 1893. Its total undergraduate enrollment is 7,901. It is ranked as the 69th best national university by US News and World Report. The Kogod School of Business offers an online MBA program that is ranked as the 100th best by US News.

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Kogod School of Business is well connected in Washington DC

This is the oldest accredited business college in the DC metro area, and has partnerships with major corporations, NGOs and government agencies. Many students in the program, whether they are online or on campus, benefit from the school’s DC connections, as well as faculty expertise and the large alumni community in the area.

Kogod School of Business is accredited by AACSB

The AACSB is the oldest and most respected business education accreditation body in the world. The online MBA program and the business school are both accredited by the AACSB. You and potential employers are assured that you are earning a high quality MBA degree that will provide you with the advanced business management skills you need to succeed in your career.

Online MBA can be completed in 15 months

Some students are able to complete this accredited MBA program in just 15 months, if they have the proper prerequisite courses taken before starting the program. Other students can complete the program in 24 months.

The curriculum includes these courses:

  • Management Information Systems
  • Strategic Thinking for Decisions
  • Managerial Economics and Corporate Strategy
  • Marketing Management
  • Financial Management
  • Business Capital Immersion
  • Applied Managerial Statistics

No GRE or GMAT scores needed to apply

This MBA program does not require you to take standardized tests to be considered for admission. This can save you a lot of time and money because you do not need to study for the GRE or GMAT. Instead of making admissions decisions based upon test scores, American University places a strong emphasis on your undergraduate GPA and recommendations. Also important is your managerial work experience and application essay.

Bridge to Business course offered for non-business students

Not every applicant who applies to business school has a lot of business experience and quantitative abilities and backgrounds. The Kogod school encourages people without a strong business background or who have been away from college for many years to apply. It offers the Bridge to Business course to provide a basic understanding of core business principles and is a gateway to the full online program. Students with a heavy liberal arts background may be admitted to the program if they successfully complete the Bridge to Business course.

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Average peer assessment score

US News and World Report has a peer assessment score from 1-5 that indicates how highly the program is regarded by other business schools. The current rank for American University is 2.5, which is about average. Business schools that are more highly regarded tend to be higher quality and have a better reputation in the marketplace.

Most online MBA applicants accepted

American University’s online MBA program has an 83% acceptance rate. This indicates that the school takes most of the people who apply. The more selective the program, the higher quality the education is in most cases. So this could suggest this program is not of the highest quality compared to more selective colleges.

2 immersions in Washington DC are required

This program requires you to report to campus twice during the program. These immersions offer you the chance to expand relationships started online with your colleagues and professors. Students also have the opportunity to hear from top business and government leaders and to work with peers on group projects. Students also explore Washington DC’s famous tourist spots and other destinations of note.

Each immersion lasts three or four days. Some students may find these immersions problematic to attend, but they are required for graduation. On the positive side, flying into and out of the DC area is quite easy and usually inexpensive as there are three local airports to choose from – Reagan, BWI and Dulles.

The Details

General Information

  • Founded in 1893
  • Application deadline: Aug. 1
  • Application fee: $50
  • School type: Private
  • Term Schedule: Semester
  • Location: Washington DC, online
  • Student-faculty ratio: 12:1

Tuition Rates

  • MBA – $1642 per credit hour

Business Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration


  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Cybersecurity
  • International business
  • Business analytics
  • Consulting

Class Profile

  • 365 total students enrolled in online MBA program
  • 509 applicants in 2017 with 424 admitted for an 83% admittance rate
  • 65 months work experience on average
  • Entire university if 63% female and 37% male

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 4 year graduation rate overall is 76%, which is above average
  • 88% of students stay for a second year, which is excellent.

US News Rankings

  • National universities: 69
  • Best online MBA programs: 100
  • Best online graduate business programs (not MBA): 36
  • Best colleges for veterans: 35
  • Best value schools: 61
  • High school counselor rankings: 56
  • Business programs: 91
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