Master of Business Administration (MBA) Online

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Online

When is the next start date?

When is the next deadline?

January

Round 1

April

Round 2

July

Round 3

October

Round 4

At a Glance

Our online MBA program is designed for professionals who want
to learn strategic management and communication skills that will
help them advance into leadership roles. As an online MBA
student, you will gain foundational business insights, engage in
immersive experiences, and can choose an industry-specific focus
area to customize your education to your interests.

Our online MBA program is designed for professionals who want to learn strategic management and communication skills that will help them advance into leadership roles. As an online MBA student, you will gain foundational business insights, engage in immersive experiences, and can choose an industry-specific focus area to customize your education to your interests.

Immersive learning experiences.
Personalized career guidance.
Global business connections.

Program Objective

Preparing students to develop a competitive advantage in business by learning new
perspectives and enhancing strategic thinking skills.

Preparing students to develop a competitive advantage in business by learning new perspectives and enhancing strategic thinking skills.

Develop Strategic
Decision-Making Skills

Understand critical interrelationships and linkages necessary for developing global business strategy, including strategic and operational issues and relationships among functional disciplines.

Study Functional Areas of Business

Learn accounting and financial analysis, production and marketing of goods and services, management of people and organizations, and information and technology management.

Apply Classroom Learnings

Utilize quantitative information, tools, methods, and professional judgment to solve current and future business problems.

Apply Classroom Learnings

Utilize quantitative information, tools, methods, and professional judgment to solve current and future business problems.

Develop Business
Communication Skills

Learn how to demonstrate professional competence in oral and written communication within a business setting.

Develop Business
Communication Skills

Learn how to demonstrate professional competence in oral and written communication within a business setting. 

Grow as a Leader

Identify different leadership styles and demonstrate the ability to work effectively in diverse teams.

Gain a Global Perspective

Understand the global environment in which business operates, including economic, legal, ethical, and societal dimensions.

American University’s Kogod School of Business seeks candidates who want to advance as business leaders in their organizations.

Online MBA candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university to apply. GMAT and GRE scores are not required. The program has four start dates throughout the year: January, April, July, and October. Applications are accepted and admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.

To complete your application, you must submit the following:

*for international applicants

Curriculum

Our online MBA program curriculum features 13 core courses, two in-person immersions—during which students learn from leading experts in Washington, DC, and other global business capitals—and the opportunity to select a predesigned focus area or a range of electives to personalize your education and meet your career goals.

 

Most students complete the 48-credit program on a 24-month course sequence, but the program can also be completed on a 12-month, 15-month, or 18-month track.

Business Fundamentals

The program begins with the Business Fundamentals course, during which you will build a solid understanding of core business principles, learn to think critically about all aspects of business, and develop a strong foundation before diving further into advanced concepts in your core courses.

Advanced Standing

Students with exceptional professional experience may be considered for advanced standing. If you apply to the program and are granted Advanced Standing, you will not take the Business Fundamentals course. Instead, you will take an additional elective of your choosing, totaling 9 elective credits.

Analytics Certificate

You will have the option to pursue an analytics certificate in addition to your MBA degree, for no additional cost or time to complete, by selecting three analytics electives. The certificate is designed to prepare you to predict behaviors and make sound business decisions using data analysis.

 

Explore the online MBA degree curriculum and course descriptions.

One-Year MBA Online

Our online MBA one-year track is available for students who are not working full time and have the focus, drive, and motivation to complete a rigorous business education on an accelerated timeline.

 

Designed for professionals with a solid foundation in business, the one-year track provides the same high-quality MBA education as the 15-month, 18-month, and 24-month course sequences. This gives students the opportunity to complete their degrees in less time and prepare to advance their career quickly.

 

Whether interested in launching, re-launching, or transitioning careers, students of all experience levels can take advantage of this one-year MBA program to develop critical business management and leadership skills.

Focus Areas

Select one of seven predesigned focus areas or create your own self-designed path by combining
electives from different areas. Focus areas include:

Entrepreneurship

Learn how to develop, pitch, launch, and lead successful and socially responsible businesses.

Finance

Study how organizations make investments and manage risk in an ever-changing economy.

Business Analytics

Gain data analysis skills to solve a variety of business challenges and make data-driven decisions.

Cybersecurity

Focusing on strategies to prepare for, prevent, detect, and respond to cybersecurity attacks.

Consulting

Study a wide range of consulting topics and learn problem-solving methods involving research and analysis.

Legal Studies

Develop an understanding of the U.S. legal system and learn how to deal with contracts and other business procedures.

Marketing

Explore strategies and tools for creating marketing campaigns and advance your knowledge of brand management, media planning, market research, and more.

A Curriculum at the Intersection of Business and Politics

Learn more about how our curriculum will prepare you to advance your career in business.

As an online MBA student, you will learn from the same experienced Kogod faculty who teach on campus. Made up of entrepreneurs, CEOs, educators, executives, and board members of Fortune 500 companies, our faculty and staff are dedicated to lending support and remaining accessible to their students.

Learn more about some of our faculty members below:

Work with Accomplished Faculty

Find out how we will help you achieve your short- and long-term professional goals. 

Enhancing Your Career Path

Due to the wide range of topics covered in the online MBA
program and our specialized focus areas and elective
options, you will be prepared to apply your learnings in many
different roles and settings.

Due to the wide range of topics covered in the online MBA program and our specialized focus areas and elective options, you will be prepared to apply your learnings in many different roles and settings.

Financial Manager

$134,180

Human Resources Manager

$121,220

Below, explore career opportunities you may pursue with an MBA from American University.

Financial managers are responsible for planning for the long-term financial health of public or private organizations. On a daily basis, they produce financial reports, direct investments, and develop financial management strategies.
  • The job outlook for financial managers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2019 to 2029.8
  • The median annual salary for financial managers in 2020 was $134,180.9
HR managers plan, direct, and coordinate all of the administrative roles of an organization. This includes recruiting, interviewing, and hiring new staff as well as working with top-level executives on long-term hiring plans.
  • The job outlook for HR managers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2019 to 2029.10
  • The median annual salary for HR managers in 2020 was $121,220.11
Management analysts advise companies on how to increase efficiency, reduce costs of operations, and increase their profits. They typically work for large consulting organizations or can also be employed in-house.
  • The job outlook for management analysts is projected to grow 11 percent from 2019 to 2029.12
  • The median annual salary for management analysts in 2020 was $87,660.13
Marketing managers lead strategies that increase interest in their organization’s products or services. This involves estimating demand, analyzing the existing market, and discovering new markets to generate sales.
  • The job outlook for marketing managers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029.14
  • The median annual salary for marketing managers in 2020 was $142,170.15

Hear From Our Graduates

Gain a Competitive Advantage. Elevate Your Career.

Learn more about how our online business program can set you up for career success.

Student Experience

The Kogod School of Business has always been committed to a collaborative, immersive, and personalized learning experience. This is no different with our online programs.

 

Created specifically for the online space in 2015, our online MBA program increases access to a Kogod education for working professionals located anywhere in the world, enabling you to join a global community of diverse peers.

We Bring AU to You

Our digital campus was intentionally designed based on extensive research behind what makes online learning successful. We combine advanced technology, hands-on experiences, and full access to the American University and Kogod communities. Here, you’re not an online student, you’re an AU student.

As a student you will:

Attend immersive online classes

You will engage in live seminar-style discussions, where you can enter breakout rooms for smaller discussions with classmates or one-on-one sessions with your professor.

Complete interactive course work

You will work at your own pace to complete weekly assignments that supplement what you learn in your classes.

Gain hands-on knowledge

Through in-person experiences, you will apply your learnings to solve conflicts faced by real businesses.

Gain hands-on knowledge

Through in-person experiences, you will apply your learnings to solve conflicts faced by real businesses.

Receive dedicated support

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Receive dedicated support

Our support staff, engaged faculty, and career services are available when you need help with updating your resume, networking, and more.

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Career Access

You will apply the skills you develop in Kogod’s online master’s programs to connect with job posters, view salary insights, and more.

Business In The Capital

One of the greatest components of the online MBA program is the exposure to domestic and global businesses and cultures you gain through Business in Capitals Immersions. These three- to four-day in-person experiences are offered once per term and occur on the American University campus in Washington, DC, and in other international and domestic business hubs.

Immersions complement online learning by furthering your connections with peers and faculty and applying your business knowledge in real-world settings.

Connections in Washington, DC

At least one immersion a year will take place in Washington, DC, on American University’s campus. This allows you to explore the unique culture of business in the nation’s capital while immersing yourself in American University’s home city.

 

You will have opportunities to visit local companies and network in this international business hub and learn how Washington, DC, organizations are making a global impact through service, business excellence, and community engagement.

Domestic and International Exposure

Our international immersions enable you to experience different business capitals across the globe. You will immerse yourself in the local culture and gain an understanding of how the city’s industry fits into the global business ecosystem.

 

You can elect to complete an extension after the international immersion for an additional 3 credits. Extensions count as an elective and are a continuation of what you learn in the prior immersion.

Networking Opportunities

Immersions are designed to strengthen your connections with your peers during the program and with business professionals who can help you continue to advance your career long after graduation. During the immersions, you will:

* Come face to face with executives at top companies in Washington, DC, and other global business capitals.
* Interact with your classmates who come from different industries and have unique perspectives.
* Develop lasting relationships with faculty who have extensive connections in the field and the experience to advise and support you throughout your career.

Class Profile

Our online MBA students bring a wide range of perspectives and experiences to the classroom.16 The Kogod School of Business is proud to encourage these viewpoints in an inclusive learning environment.

Where Can AU Connections Get You?

Your classmates and online MBA alumni are located across the world with connections to top US and international corporations. This network is in addition to the larger AU and Kogod alumni bases that you will join when you graduate. No matter where you live and what industry you work in, our alumni are available to help you reach your career goals.

Data represents all students currently enrolled in the program as of April 26, 2021.

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. 

The map displays states of residence for all students enrolled in the MBA program since the inception of the online program, including: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, DC, and West Virginia.

Build a Strong, Lasting Network with AU’s Online MBA

Learn more about how our online MBA program can help you develop the skills to lead diverse teams, make effective business decisions, and advance your career.

Military Education Benefits

American University’s Kogod School of Business is dedicated to
supporting military service members, veterans, and their families.

Military-connected students are able to apply their VA education
benefits when they enroll, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the
Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB), Tuition Assistance (TA), and the Yellow
Ribbon Program for those who qualify.

As an online MBA student, you can earn your degree no matter
where you live or are stationed—and translate your military

American University’s Kogod School of Business is dedicated to supporting military service members, veterans, and their families.

 

Military-connected students are able to apply their VA education benefits when they enroll, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB), Tuition Assistance (TA), and the Yellow Ribbon Program for those who qualify.

 

As an online MBA student, you can earn your degree no matter where you live or are stationed—and translate your military

experience and leadership skills into new career possibilities
across a variety of industries and organizations.

Applicants who have served in any branch of the U.S. military on active duty within the past three years are eligible to waive
their application fee.

 

Learn more about how to apply for military benefits.

experience and leadership skills into new career possibilities across a variety of industries and organizations.

 

Applicants who have served in any branch of the U.S. military on active duty within the past three years are eligible to waive their application fee.

 

Learn more about how to apply for military benefits.

A Top-Ranked Online MBA

Kogod’s online MBA has earned global respect and the following recognition:

Learn to Lead in Modern Business

Find out more about the online MBA program today.

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13 Management Analysts Pay, BLS. Accessed May 2021.

14 Marketing Managers Job Outlook, BLS. Accessed May 2021.

15 Marketing Managers Pay, BLS. Accessed May 2021.

16 Data represents all students currently enrolled in the program as of April 26, 2021.

17 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.