Admissions Overview

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 are not required to have completed an undergraduate degree in a field related to the MS in sustainability management program. Applicants currently in an undergraduate program are eligible to apply, though an undergraduate degree must be conferred prior to matriculation to the Kogod graduate program.

Some programs may include pre-requisite courses that should be completed prior to application, or in some cases, may be completed during the first semester of MS enrollment at Kogod.

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 work experience is not required to apply to the MS in sustainability management program.

Current Résumé

A current copy of your resume 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 resumes are welcome. Applicants DO NOT need to edit their resume 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 MS in sustainability management 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 MS in sustainability management 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 graduateadmissionsdocuments@american.edu 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

US MAIL (USPS)
Graduate Admissions
Office of Enrollment
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8001

Transcripts

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 graduateadmissionsdocuments@american.edu.

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 MS in sustainability management program.

GMAT/GRE Score

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:

MS in Sustainability Management (RN4-J4-26)

Kogod GRE score report code:

All Programs (5007)

Supplemental Essay

In lieu of a GMAT/GRE test score, please share details of your academic readiness for the quantitative rigor of a graduate business program. In your essay, consider sharing your success in any of the following areas:

  • Previous undergraduate coursework/degree (mathematics, calculus, economics, statistics, accounting, finance, etc.);
  • Work experience requiring analytical and quantitative skills (research, data projects, budgets, software, etc.);
  • Professional certifications (CPA, CFA, PMP, etc.) and/or an advanced degree, or
  • Other examples from personal experiences (programming language utilization, hobbies, etc.).

We suggest an essay length of approximately 500-750 words.

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 Deposits

If an applicant is admitted to the MS in sustainability management program, a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $500USD 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 kogodgrad@american.edu 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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