Bridge to Business Course

Kogod encourages MBA@American applicants who may be less confident of their quantitative abilities or who have been away from the classroom for an extended period of time to participate in Kogod’s Bridge to Business course. Kogod’s holistic approach to evaluating potential students allows individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds to contribute unique perspectives to our academic community. The Bridge to Business course builds confidence and ensures each student is prepared to succeed.

This introductory course offers a foundational understanding of core business principles and acts as a gateway to the full online MBA program. Applicants who have a background in liberal arts or other non-quantitative fields may be admitted to MBA@American on the condition that they take the Bridge to Business course. Conditionally admitted students must earn a grade of B or better to fully matriculate into MBA@American.

Course Description

The Bridge to Business course introduces concepts and quantitative tools used in real-world business environments. Students will gain a stronger foundation in core business and finance theories and models, and their course grade will count toward their GPA. The course is offered through the same online platform as all other MBA@American courses. Students attend live online classes via webcam and complete weekly assignments that inform class discussion.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Develop a simple business plan by integrating qualitative and quantitative information
  • Understand time value of money concepts, cost concepts, and break-even analysis
  • Understand financial statements
  • Understand drivers of demand and supply as well as product pricing techniques
  • Perform foundational statistical analyses using Excel
  • Prepare baseline budgets and pro forma financial statements

For more information on Bridge to Business or to discuss your educational background and whether you may be required to take the course, contact an admissions counselor at 855-572-2800 or via e-mail.