Master’s in Business Administration

Learn to Lead in Modern Business

MBA@American is the online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program delivered by American University’s Kogod School of Business. MBA@American is designed for mid-career professionals who want to learn strategic management and communication skills that will help them advance into leadership roles.

The Kogod School of Business takes an inclusive and forward-thinking approach to business education, prioritizing diversity and recognizing that 21st century development requires a global perspective. The curriculum focuses on foundational business practices and takes advantage of Kogod’s Washington, D.C. location by giving students the opportunity to create new connections within our nation’s capital during in-person immersions.

AACSB Accredited

AACSB Accredited

American University’s Kogod School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). AACSB accreditation is known worldwide as the longest-standing, most recognized form of specialized and professional accreditation an institution and its business programs can earn.

A Curriculum at the Intersection of Business and Politics

The online MBA program prepares students to apply leadership and financial analysis skills to help businesses operate more effectively across a wide range of industries. The curriculum features in-person immersions, during which students learn from leading experts in business capitals around the world, and the opportunity to select electives that personalize learning toward career goals.

Most students complete the program on a 24-month course sequence, but the program can also be completed on a 12-month, 15-month, or 18-month track.

Program Requirements

48
credits to complete

12
core courses

3
elective courses

2
in-person immersions

Core Courses

  • Business Law, Ethics, and Governance
  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Economics
  • Financial Management
  • Managerial Accounting and Operations Management
  • Management of Organization and Human Capital
  • Manager in the International Economy
  • Managerial Statistics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Strategic Thinking for Decisions
  • Marketing Management
  • Strategic Decision Making

Concentrations

Students can choose from six concentration paths or create their own concentration by selecting electives that best suit their goals. Concentrations include:

Business Analytics

Through the business analytics concentration, students gain data analysis skills to solve a variety of business challenges and help them make data-driven decisions. Courses include Business Insights Through Analytics, Predictive Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Database and Big Data.

Finance

Students in the finance concentration will study how organizations make investments and manage risk in an ever-changing economy. Courses include Fraud Examination and Litigation Support, International Finance, and Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management.

Consulting

Students in this concentration study a wide range of consulting topics and learn problem-solving methods involving research and analysis. This concentration combines analytics and management courses, such as Management Consulting Practices and Methodologies, Business Intelligence, and Integrated Marketing Communication.

International Business

Students choosing an international business concentration will gain insight into foreign economic systems and learn how to manage a company’s international operations. Courses include International Finance, Global Health Politics and Policy, Sustainable Development and Environmental Politics, and Intercultural Communication.

Cybersecurity

In this concentration, students look at cybersecurity through a management lens, focusing on strategies to prepare for, prevent, detect, and respond to cybersecurity attacks. Courses such as Cybersecurity Risk Management, Database and Big Data, and Cybersecurity Governance are designed in coordination with the Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center (KCGC).

Marketing

The marketing concentration explores strategies and tools for creating marketing campaigns, helping students advance their knowledge of brand management, advertising account management, sales promotion, media planning, and market research. Courses include Brand Strategy, Integrated Marketing Communication, and Business Intelligence.

In-Person Immersions

The curriculum includes two in-person immersions that allow students to solve business challenges with real companies. Each year, at least one of these sessions takes place in Washington, D.C., where students collaborate with peers in group projects, network with D.C. professionals and faculty, and explore the nation's capital. Immersions are also hosted in international cities such as Beijing, Madrid, and Brussels that provide students with new perspectives on how different cultures conduct business.

Applying to MBA@American

Candidates must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university to apply. GMAT and GRE scores are not required. To complete the application, you must submit the following:

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Test scores (optional)

Application Deadlines

The MBA program has four start dates throughout the year. Kogod accepts applications on a rolling basis.

Application Deadlines
Program Start Date Priority Application Deadline Final Application Deadline
April 1, 2019 January 21, 2019 February 18, 2019
July 1, 2019 April 22, 2019 May 20, 2019
September 30, 2019 July 22, 2019 August 19, 2019
January 6, 2020 November 2, 2019 December 2, 2019

Get Started

Gain a competitive advantage in business by learning new perspectives and enhancing your strategic thinking skills.

Class Profile

MBA@American students bring a wide range of perspectives and experiences to the classroom.1 The Kogod School of Business is proud to encourage these viewpoints in an inclusive learning environment. Kogod offers students personalized support—giving them access to career resources, alumni events, and one-on-one mentorship from professors.

54%
Male

46%
Female

49%
Minority Students2

11%
Military Members

The Value of an MBA

Earning an MBA continues to prove a wise decision for professionals pursuing fulfilling careers. In 2018, the Graduate Management Admission Council conducted their annual Corporate Recruiters Survey Report that shows quantitative data on the financial value of an MBA:

$105,000
The median starting salary that U.S.-based employers offered MBA graduates in 2018.3

85%
U.S. employers who reported in 2018 that they plan to hire recent MBA graduates.4

Find Out Where an MBA Can Take You

Develop the interpersonal and marketing skills you need to lead diverse teams and make cost-effective decisions. Request more information about the online MBA program today.

1 Data represents all students currently enrolled in the program as of August 10, 2018. Return to footnote reference
2 This information includes: Hispanic/Latino, black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian or Alaska Native students, as well as two or more races, when one or more are from the preceding racial and ethnic categories. Return to footnote reference