American University’s Kogod School of Business believes in using business as a force for meaningful change. The school equips and empowers its community to make a difference in the world through the knowledge, skills and experience it offers. Graduates are leaders on Wall Street and in the corporate world, but also work for non-profits, government agencies and social-service organizations.
Kogod fosters a diverse and inclusive environment—an endeavor we believe deepens our understanding of the complex, global business world. Students work alongside professors on hands-on projects, grounding our programs in experiential, applied learning. Our faculty and staff help build the path from passion to success, offering students the knowledge, skills and experiences they need to turn aspirations into outcomes.
Kogod is the oldest accredited business school in Washington, DC. The school is accreditedby The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), which represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.
Kogod offers both an on-campus and online full-time MBA program, as well as seven specialized master’s programs in accounting, analytics, finance, marketing, real estate, sustainability management, and taxation. The school also offers an online analytics program, three dual degrees and certificates in forensic accounting, entrepreneurship, real estate, non-profit management, taxation and Islamic finance.
The full-time MBA program is designed as a career catalyst for ambitious professionals. The 49-credit program can be completed in 21 months, giving students the knowledge, skills, and experience they need to turn aspirations into outcomes. Students complete their core courses in the first year, leaving the second open to electives.
The global consulting project is a highlight of the program. Students work with an international client to solve a problem integral to the company’s operation. The project culminates in a site-visit where students present their findings and recommendations in the client’s home country. Past MBA cohorts have traveled to China, Colombia, India, Israel, Poland, New Zealand, the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates.
In Kogod’s seven master of science programs, students receive advanced training from real-world professionals and thought leaders. They gain expertise in their chosen field through a combination of classroom, practical, and career management experience. Kogod leverages its connections within each industry to help students broaden their knowledge about career options, current industry trends and the general industry landscape.
Professional Development and Career Resources
Office of Career Engagement
Kogod’s Office of Career Engagement empowers students and alumni to build meaningful relationships and careers. We provide the guidance, skills and networking opportunities to turn aspirations into meaningful outcomes.
Students receive one-on-one guidance on relationship building, transitioning to new business jobs, crafting their resumes, and utilizing social media in their job searches. We also partner with employers to connect them with students and alumni who align with their professional needs.
The Office of Career Engagement helps build the path from passion to success, helping students, alumni and employers make informed and intentional career decisions.
Center for Business Communications
Kogod's Center for Business Communications was founded to help students develop strong writing, public speaking and presentation skills.
KCBC counselors provide individualized support on a by-appointment basis. Typical sessions include help with written assignments, practicing elevator pitches and interview skills, organizing team assignments, and more.
The Center’s Audience Dog Program is a highlighted offering. Students practice class presentations in front of dogs, giving them the chance to rehearse in front of a non-judgmental, friendly audience.
Tax Policy Center
The Kogod Tax Policy Center was launched in 2011, capitalizing on the school's MS in taxation program. The research center promotes independent research and expands knowledge with respect to tax policy, tax planning and tax compliance for small and mid-size businesses, entrepreneurs and middle income taxpayers.
Cybersecurity Governance Center
The Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center aims to promote "good cybersecurity governance" by providing Board-level leaders and their designees with thoughtful, practical, timely and well-supported guidance on the cybersecurity issues that are essential to their core stakeholder responsibilities.
The Center conducts original cybersecurity governance research, offers classes and workshops, and hosts events for the cybersecurity community.
American University Center for Innovation
The American University Center for Innovation (AUCI) brings together prospective student entrepreneurs and educators across campus to study entrepreneurship and to launch new ventures. The Center sponsors faculty research, entrepreneurship courses for students and the incubator, which provides funding and mentorship for students starting their own businesses.