Admissions Overview

Candidates seeking admission to the dual MA/MBA degree must receive admission from each of the degree programs separately. The admissions committees from the School of International Service (SIS) and the Kogod School of Business do not collaborate on the decision-making process.

Applicants to the MA/MBA program should complete the Kogod and SIS online application forms but may choose to submit the remainder of the application supplemental materials to either Kogod or SIS. Upon your request, the school to which you submit your full application materials will forward them to the other school for their review and consideration. You should consult with each school separately to ensure transport of application materials. Requests to the Kogod School of Business can be sent to and requests to the School of International Service can be sent to

Please email if you have any concerns regarding receipt of your documents. While applicants are not required to submit an additional résumé or an additional letter of recommendation, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an additional statement of purpose that speaks directly to the interest in the MA/MBA program if the initial statement of purpose does not address the dual-degree program.

Admissions Requirements for All Applicants

Academic Prerequisites

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for graduate study, applicants must have earned an undergraduate bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a satisfactory grade point average.

Applicants whose first language is not English must have a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Work Experience

Full-time post-undergraduate work experience of two or more years is strongly preferred for the full-time MBA program, but we will consider meaningful internships and other criteria as part of our holistic application review process.

Current Résumé

A current copy of your résumé is required and must be uploaded in the supplemental items section of the online application. Please include months when referring to employment and education history. Full-length or long-format résumés are welcome. Applicants DO NOT need to edit their résumé down to a one-page version.

Statement of Purpose Essay

A statement of purpose of approximately 750 words in length is required for the full-time MBA program. The prompt for the statement of purpose is:

Tell us about your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the Kogod School of Business.

Please be sure to answer each of the following:

  • What short-term goals do you intend to achieve one (1) to five (5) years AFTER completing your degree?
  • What long-term goals do you intend to achieve five (5) to ten or more (10+) years AFTER completing your degree?
  • How will this degree help you in achieving these goals?

Letter of Recommendation

One letter of recommendation is required for the full-time MBA program.

The letter of recommendation should be coordinated electronically; however if this is not possible, recommendations may be submitted by the recommender using the email or mailing options listed below. Letters submitted directly by the applicant will not be accepted.

Electronic Submission

Once you have submitted the application form, you will add your recommender information for the required recommendation in the supplemental items section available on your personalized information page. Once a recommender has been added, the system will notify your recommender and they can complete the entire recommendation online. This also includes the option for your recommender to upload a letter. Once the recommendation has been received, an email notification will be sent to you confirming receipt.

Email Submission

The recommender can email their recommendation directly to with the subject line “Kogod Recommendation Enclosed–APPLICANT NAME.” Letters submitted by the applicant will not be accepted.

Mail Submission

The recommender may mail their recommendation using one of the mailing methods below. The letter must be sent directly from the recommender and must be in a signed, sealed envelope.

Courier Address/Overnight: (FEDEX-UPS-DHL, etc.)

Graduate Admissions
Office of Enrollment
4801 Massachusetts Ave NW
Suite 218
Washington, DC 20016-8001


Graduate Admissions
Office of Enrollment
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8001


Transcripts detailing your academic record must be provided for all undergraduate and/or graduate institutions attended.

Transcripts for courses taken as part of a study abroad program (if listed on your undergraduate transcript) or for courses completed for professional development purposes do not require separate submission.

  1. You may upload unofficial copies of your transcript(s) directly to the supplemental items section of the application. The unofficial document(s) can be used by the admissions committee to render a decision on your application. If you are admitted to your program, you will be notified that official transcripts are required prior to matriculation.
  2. You may request for official transcripts to be sent to Kogod from your prior institution(s) prior to application review. Official transcripts sent directly from your prior institution may be submitted electronically or via mail. A transcript is only considered official if it comes to us in a sealed envelope from the issuing school or is sent in a password protected PDF from the issuing school.

Official transcripts are sent directly from your former institution, either in a sealed envelope or via a direct link from the university. Copies that have been issued to students must remain in a sealed envelope. Once opened, the transcripts are no longer official. Unofficial transcripts can typically be downloaded from a university's student portal or through the office of the registrar.
Transcripts that are not in English must be accompanied by an official English translation. Many schools will be able to accommodate your request to have your transcripts issued in English. While not required, we will also accept a transcript evaluation*. These services will also ask that you send them an official transcript.

*WES, AACRAO, and, for transcripts from China, CDGDC are our accepted credential evaluation services.

Official electronic submissions should be sent from your university registrar to Kogod Graduate Admissions at

Official paper submissions should be mailed from your university registrar to Kogod Graduate Admissions at the following mailing address:

Via US Mail (USPS)
Kogod Graduate Admissions Office of Enrollment
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8081

Courier Address/Overnight: (FEDEX/UPS/DHL, etc)
Kogod Graduate Admissions Office of Enrollment
4801 Massachusetts Ave NW
Suite 218
Washington, DC 20016-8081

Additional Information for American University alumni and current American University undergraduate students

The Kogod School of Business will work with the university registrar to receive an official transcript and confirm degree conferral. Alumni applicants are welcome to submit an official transcript but are not required to if they have already uploaded an unofficial transcript.

Additional information for all non-American University current undergraduate students

If you are applying for admission prior to graduating from an undergraduate program, you will be required to submit an official copy of your transcript upon completion of the program to confirm degree conferral prior to matriculation to the full-time MBA.


At Kogod, we believe in a holistic application review and consider an entire application when evaluating candidates for admission. We believe that a test score is only one piece of an application and is not a sole indicator of success in our programs. That said, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a GMAT or GRE score as part of their application, as additional funding may be available for applicants who submit scores. If you have not taken, and do not plan to take the GMAT or GRE, you may submit a supplemental essay in lieu of submitting a test score.

To submit official GMAT or GRE scores, please refer to the reporting codes below. Unofficial GMAT or GRE Scores can be uploaded into the supplemental items section of the application and can be used to move an application forward in the review process; however, official scores are required should you be offered and accept admission and matriculate into the university.

Kogod GMAT score report codes:
Full-time MBA (RN4-J4-01)

Kogod GRE score report code:
All Programs (5007)

Supplemental Essay

The essay is completed within the application in the standardized test section. The prompt for the supplemental essay is:

Please share with us a specific example(s) of when you have used quantitative methods or data to drive a decision-making process.

Examples can be from your academic, professional, or personal experiences (research, projects, job responsibilities, hobbies, etc.). We suggest a length of approximately 500-750 words.

Interview (by Invitation Only)

An interview is required for admission to the full-time MBA. Evaluative interviews are reserved for candidates whose applications have passed the initial screening phase of the application process and are offered by invitation only.

Candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted to schedule an interview date and time. Applicants are encouraged to conduct their interviews in person; however, we understand this may not be possible for all applicants. Applicants who reside outside the DC metropolitan area will be interviewed by video via Skype.

Due to COVID-19, all admissions interviews will be conducted via Skype or Zoom until further notice.

Application Fee

A non-refundable fee of $100 USD is required. Applications without fees will not be processed. Fees can be paid online upon submission of the application form.

Application fee waivers are offered to:

  • Active-duty members or veterans of the US military
  • Active or returned Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, or Teach for America volunteers
  • City Year corps members, staff, and alumni
  • American University alumni
  • American University employees
  • Dual-degree applicants who have already paid an application fee to the School of International Service (SIS) or the Washington College of Law (WCL)
  • Established university partners
  • Applicants who attend an admission event
Enrollment Deposit

If an applicant is admitted to the full-time MBA, a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $1,000 USD is required to confirm your place in the class. Enrollment deposits are due by the response date in your admit letter. The full amount of your enrollment deposit is applied to your tuition bill for the first term upon matriculation into the program.

Enrollment deposits are waived for active-duty military and military veterans, American University employees, or eligible dependents utilizing tuition remission.

If you qualify for a waiver, please contact us at after you have accepted admission and request that we process the waiver. All other applicants are required to submit an enrollment deposit.

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