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Master's/MBA Dual Degree

At a Glance

Offered by the Kogod School of Business and the School of International Service, the dual master's/MBA program provides solid business skills and an understanding of the international landscape—a particularly valuable benefit as business becomes increasingly global, and international organizations adapt their practices to serve diverse audiences.

31 Credit Hours
In MBA courses
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Why get a master's/MBA at American University?

Network in One of the World's Most Economically and Internationally Connected Cities

Our prime location in Washington, DC, means you'll have access to some of the biggest financial and political institutions in the world, including the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, World Trade Organization, US Department of State, US Institute of Peace, US Agency for International Development, and more. With ample networking, internship, and employment opportunities, you’ll be able to make an impact locally, nationally, and internationally.

Learn by Doing

International business is hands-on, and so is our curriculum. As part of your MBA experience, you'll travel to an international business capital to implement a real project for a real client. In your master's program, you'll have the opportunity to spend a semester working for US and international government agencies, nonprofits, or businesses to conduct policy and program analyses. You'll also have access to intensive workshops designed to develop international affairs-specific career skills.

Study at Top-Ranked Schools

Kogod's full-time MBA is ranked no. 13 for international business by US News & World Report. Foreign Policy magazine ranked the graduate international relations programs at AU's School of International Service among the top ten in the US.

Choose the Degree That Will Advance Your Career

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Program Highlights
MBA students in Kenya

MBA Global Project Experience

Work on an international consulting project with other MBA students. Past teams have traveled to countries like China, Colombia, and India to work on projects for Bloomberg, Cisco, Etihad Airways, and local organizations in a wide range of industries.

Project Management Practicum

Project Management Practicum

Spend a semester abroad or locally working in teams with clients, including US and international government agencies, nonprofits, and businesses, to conduct policy and program analyses.

Skill institutes

Skills Institutes

Taught by experienced practitioners from many fields, these courses are designed to introduce you to professional skills relevant to careers in international affairs. These intensive workshops are experiential and often include a final deliverable that can be added to your professional portfolio.

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Internships in the Nation's Capital

DC means access to exceptional summer internship opportunities in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Past internships include the Democratic National Committee, FINRA, Indo American Center, Mpower Financing, OP Works, Phone 2 Action, Sirius XM, and more.

MBA Business Leadership Luncheon

Business Leadership Luncheons

We offer weekly private talks with industry leaders and local business executives. Past speakers include senior executives from Booz Allen Hamilton, IBM, Marriott International, Merck, PayPal, and United Way Worldwide.

Kogod Case Competition

Case Competitions

Participate in local, regional, and national case competitions under the guidance of Kogod faculty. Showcase your analytical, financial, and strategic skills and expand your professional network.

What You'll Study

Kogod School of Business Coursework

The business core requirements comprise 24 credit hours and give you a solid foundation in accounting, management, statistics, marketing, and other related topics. You will also take two introductory and professional skills workshops worth .5 credit hours each to help you develop your leadership abilities.

Two of the most pivotal components of the curriculum are the Global Project Experience and the Capstone Project, which are each 3 credits. Both projects place students in real-world situations where they can apply their hard-earned skills.

MBA Degree Requirements

School of International Service Coursework

The number of credits completed in SIS depends on the number of credits required for the master's program, which ranges from 36-42 credits.

Dual degree students may count up to 9 credit hours from their Kogod degree requirements toward their SIS degree requirements with approval of the SIS program director. This typically includes the 6 credit hour methodology requirement and the 3 credit hour elective. Students must otherwise complete all requirements as listed for the SIS graduate degree.

SIS Master's Degrees

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