Kogod School of Business

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Why Kogod


Uniquely positioned to thrive at the nexus of business, government, and society, at Kogod, we believe that business is a force for meaningful change.

American University is recognized for its strong commitment to public service, cross-disciplinary education, international engagement, and research. The university campus is located in a residential area in the Northwest part of the District of Columbia, less than a mile from the Tenleytown Metro Station and near many embassies, government agencies, international agencies, NGOs, nonprofits, and companies.

The Kogod School of Business (Kogod) was established in 1955. Over the years, Kogod has leveraged American University’s strong reputation to provide many opportunities for students interested in the nexus of private business and public service, giving access to a variety of organizations in the vicinity. In 1979, the school was named after alumnus Robert P. Kogod, a successful real estate developer, in recognition of his generous support. David Marchick has served as dean of Kogod since August 2022. 

Our history and name
Bob and Arlene Kogod’s Impact

Like tens of thousands of students, staff, and faculty who have graced the halls of the Kogod School of Business, I wanted to learn more: who is Bob Kogod, and what makes him tick?

Unparalleled access

We have the access and opportunities you can't get anywhere else.

Kogod’s location in Washington, DC, and connections throughout the world mean you’ll have access to personal and professional opportunities you won’t find anywhere else. And with our small class sizes, you’ll be able to create meaningful relationships with professors and peers that will last a lifetime.

See What Kogod Has to Offer

Students per Class

We keep class sizes small so you can foster meaningful connections with your professors, staff, and fellow students.

Classroom Experience for Online MBA

The QS ranking takes into account the caliber of the learning experience, including regular synchronous classes, physical meetups, and 24/7 tech support.

Among Top US Tech Hubs

The DC metro area ranks third among the top US tech hubs based on employment.

unparalleled access
Kogod Partners with Fortune 500 Company for Summer Internship Program

For the third summer, Beacon Building Products will be welcoming Kogod students as paid interns. “I cannot imagine that there is a Fortune 500 company that employs from one school even half of what Beacon is doing with American University,” says Kogod professor and Beacon’s special advisor for business strategy, Ross Cooper. 

Our Approach to Learning

Our programs are hands-on.

At American University’s Kogod School of Business, experiential learning — learning by doing — is at the center of our business education philosophy. You’ll have opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom to get real-world experience, including internships, pro bono consulting projects, co-op programs, study abroad, the Veloric Center for Entrepreneurship Incubator, capstones and practicums, and professional certifications.

See What You Can Do

Over 100
International Learning Opportunities

Choose from over 100 study and intern abroad programs, including more than 30 accredited and approved business programs in over 20 countries.

Pro Bono Projects
Work for Real DC Organizations

Pro bono consulting projects are open to undergraduate and graduate students from every school.

Student-Led Venture Start-Ups

The Veloric Center for Entrepreneurship, housed in the Kogod School of Business, helps students build successful profit or nonprofit/social entrepreneurial ventures.

Kogod has a profound purpose of making its students masters in real-world experience."

Komi Koffi MS in Analytics Student

Komi Koffi

Current MS in Analytics Student

Our Approach to Learning
Practice Makes Perfect

Kogod students team up to earn résumé-worthy experience as consultants for DC-area clients. “The team far exceeded our expectations," says Karl Scarlett, founder of Great Dwellings. "They have given us insights and perspectives that we certainly would not have had on our own.”

Awards, Rankings, and Recognition

We're good at what we do.

Kogod is globally recognized for our world-class programs, exemplary faculty, and successful graduates. But don’t just take our word for it. See what the top rankings institutions have to say about us.

Check Out Our Rankings

Best Online MBA in the World
Best Graduate Entrepreneurship Program
Princeton Review
Full-Time MBA in International Business
US News & World Report
Awards, Rankings, and Recognition
QS Ranks Kogod’s Online MBA No. 22 Worldwide

Our online MBA was also ranked the no. 8 best in the US, the no. 3 best class experience in the world, and the no. 8 program with the highest proportion of women worldwide.

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