The Kogod MBA core curriculum is designed to build foundation analytical skills in economics, accounting, and quantitative methods, as well as, conceptual and critical thinking abilities in strategic thinking and decision-making. The school’s elective portfolio provides students the opportunity to choose from a selection of courses at Kogod or other AU graduate schools, focus on a particular concentration, or design their own concentration.
To hone professional skills, Kogod requires MBA students to complete courses and engage in individual coaching for career management and professional development.
Completion of the MBA requires 54-credit hours of coursework comprised of 36 credit hours of core curriculum and 18 credit hours of electives. The degree may be achieved in two years through the full time program.
Rankings Analysis: American University’s Kogod School of Business came in at a rank of 83 on the PoetsandQuants’ composite list of the best MBA programs of 2012. That was down just one notch from the year earlier but also a decline from a rank of 77 in our inaugural ranking in 2010.
The school only manages to crack two of the five most influential MBA rankings: The biennial Forbes’ list, which measures schools on return-on-investment, and U.S. News & World Report. In 2011, Forbes placed Kogod 68th in the U.S., down from 59th in 2009. In U.S. News’ 2012 ranking, the school placed 94th.
Tuition & Fees: $30,374
Median GMAT: 570
GMAT Range (mid-80%): 530-650
Average GPA: 3.20
Acceptance Rate: 45%
Full-Time Enrollment: 159
African American: 7%
Asian American: 11%
Hispanic or Latino American: 5%
Mean Age: 27
Median Base Salary: $75,000
Median Signing Bonus: $8,900
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: 22%
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers Three Months Later: 48%