Application Requirements

Candidates for all Business@American programs must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in order to apply. To complete your application, you must submit the following:

Upcoming Application Deadlines

Program Start DatePriority Application DeadlineFinal Application Deadline
July 2023
April 24, 2023
May 22, 2023

To complete your application, you must submit the following:

Online Application

The online application is available here.

Application Fee

Applicants to all Business@American programs must submit a $100 nonrefundable application fee.

Personal Statement

You will submit responses to two essay prompts. The first serves as your personal statement. It should highlight your strengths, how your background has prepared you to succeed in a graduate program, and reasons for pursuing your degree at Kogod. The second essay addresses how your prior experience, academic and/or professional, signals your readiness for graduate business study.


You must upload a current résumé in the online application.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. Business@American applicants must submit professional or academic recommendations and, when possible, should include the recommendation of an immediate supervisor.


Many schools issue transcripts electronically, either through their own Web services or through vendors. If this option is available through the institutions you attended, please specify that your transcripts be sent to This will expedite the delivery of your transcripts and the completion of your application.

You must submit official transcripts from all institutions you have attended. Transcripts can be sent to:

American University
Application Processing Center
PO Box 30096 001-001
College Station, TX 77842

Students who completed degrees at institutions outside the United States are required to submit a transcript evaluation (and a translation, if applicable) in addition to original transcripts. Please contact your admissions counselor for specific information about acceptable transcript evaluation services.

Please note: To be considered an official transcript, the transcript must be sent directly from your institution(s) or through an electronic transcript vendor retained by that institution. Transcripts submitted by enrolled or prospective students are considered unofficial documents, even if they are in a sealed envelope provided to you by the issuing university.

Test Scores

GRE and GMAT scores are not a requirement for application to Business@American programs. Though test scores are not required for these two programs, applicants may choose to submit their test scores as part of the application. If you choose to submit scores, you must submit official score reports.

The institution codes for Kogod online programs are:

  • GRE: 1424
  • GMAT MBA@American: RN4-J4-14
  • GMAT Analytics@American: RN4-J4-47

International Applicants

American University and the Kogod School of Business are pleased to welcome international students for graduate study. Our online business programs allow students from around the world to study the same curriculum as those who attend on-campus, and learn from the same American University faculty.

Coursework for our online business programs can be completed 24/7 from any Internet-enabled device, and students will have the option to select from a range of course times to help best fit our renowned degree programs into their lives.

English Language Proficiency Assessments

ExamKogod CodeMinimum Score
100 IBT

1 Request scores to be sent to American University Kogod School of Business 

English Language Proficiency Waiver

Waiver of the English Language Proficiency requirement is possible in the following scenarios:

  • Applicants who have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in a country in which the native language is English (includes USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland only).
  • Applicants who have studied abroad or completed dual or joint degree programs permitted the duration of study in the English speaking country is a minimum of 3 or more years.

Official Transcripts

Applicants whose previous degree program(s) were not in English should request an official copy of their transcript (including grade sheet and diploma certificate, if completed) from their undergraduate institution along with an official English translation. If the undergraduate institution does not provide English translation, applicants must locate a certified translator. Transcripts or translations certified by Notary Publics will not be accepted by the Admissions Office.

We recommend that international applicants utilize the translation and verification services of World Education Services and will accept WES evaluations as official documents. We reserve the right to independently seek credentials certification through WES for any official documents whose authenticity we may wish to confirm.

Applicants who cannot request an official transcript from the undergraduate institution but who are in possession of an official copy should request that a certified copy be made by either an Embassy or Consular Official, or through the official EducationUSA advising office in their home country. For EducationUSA office locations, please visit the EducationUSA website.

Note for Chinese Applicants: Applicants who completed university study in China will be notified if they proceed beyond the preliminary review process and will be required to request official evaluations of their academic background from China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) to be submitted directly to the Kogod Graduate Admissions Office by CDGDC. Alternatively, evaluations from World Education Services (WES) will be accepted. There will be no exceptions to this policy. As these evaluations may take up to 4 weeks to reach us, we recommend that you make your request as early as possible as you prepare your application materials.

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