American University Online Master of Business Administration 

Why American University? 

A private, federally chartered research university, American University offers an online Master of Business Administration degree program through its Kogod School of Business. There is no minimum GPA to apply and standardized test results are not required for your application. You can apply with an undergraduate degree in any subject. 

Program Snapshot

University Name American University
Location Washington
State DC Grade A-
Name of Degree Master of Business Administration
School or Department Administering Program Kogod School of Business.
Credits 48
Cost per credit $1,866.00
Tuition for Entire Program $89,568.00
Test Requirements none
Minimum GPA none
Prerequisite Courses and Skills none
Campus Visit Required? yes
Typical Time to Complete 2 years
When Can Students Start the Program? Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Program Concentrations
  • entrepreneurship
  •  finance
  •  business analytics
  •  cybersecurity
  •  consulting
  •  legal studies
  •  marketing
Synchronous classes yes
Required Courses
  • Business Fundamentals
  •  Business Law, Ethics, and Governance
  •  Financial Accounting
  •  Managerial Economics and Corporate Strategy
  •  Financial Management
  •  Managerial Accounting and Operations Management
  •  Management of Organizations and Human Capital
  •  Manager in the International Economy
  •  Applied Managerial Statistics
  •  Managing Digital Organizations
  •  Strategic Thinking for Decisions
  •  Marketing Management
  •  Strategic Decision Making
Does the Program Include a Capstone? no
Does the program include a practicum or internship? no
Other Features that Make the Program Unique 2 required in person immersions, in Washington DC and international locations, involving collaboration with companies and peers;  opportunity to pursue additional analytics certificate; throughout program students work virtually as pro-bono consultants for DC-based firms; students have access to Innovation Incubator  think tank for pitch days, competitions, guest speakers, etc. 
Program Objectives (quoted directly from the program) The curriculum focuses on foundational business practices and takes advantage of Kogod’s Washington, D.C. location by giving students the opportunity to create new connections within our nation’s capital during in-person immersions.
Program Description   Students can specialize within 7 concentration areas: entrepreneurship; finance; business analytics; cybersecurity; consulting; legal studies; marketing. The curriculum emphasizes entrepreneurial skills and gives students ample opportunity to work with business partners to apply skills to real-life problems. 48 credits are required, with no requirements for practicum or internship.  


What will I Learn?

The program focuses on core business principles and takes use of Kogod’s Washington, D.C. location by offering students the chance to make new relationships inside our nation’s capital during in-person immersions.

Foundational courses required are Business Fundamentals; Business Law, Ethics, and Governance and Financial Accounting. The role of leadership in business is considered in  Managerial Economics and Corporate Strategy, Financial Management, and the Manager in the Digital Economy.

Students learn the nuts and bolts of the managerial role in Managerial Accounting and Operations Management,  Management of Organizations and Human Capital, and Applied Managerial Statistics. Innovation and decision-making are the focus of Managing Digital Organizations; Strategic Thinking for Decisions, Marketing Management, and Strategic Decision Making.

Students can choose to specialize in one of the following concentrations: entrepreneurship, finance, business analytics, cybersecurity, consulting, legal studies and marketing.

How much will the program cost?

Students finish their degree within 2 years and pay $1,866.00 per credit for a total of 48 credits, or just under $90,000.

How does the program fit into my life?

In AU’s synchronous online courses, students and teachers meet live online at a prearranged time each week. Within 2 years, students will complete the whole curriculum. The program offers flexible study options, such as full-time, accelerated, and part-time enrollment.

Students will be required to participate in two in-person immersion experiences, offered in Washington DC and in international locations. Scheduling these commitments should be considered when planning your program.


With two required in-person experiences and all-synchronous online classes, AU offers connection, personalization and rigor for its higher price tag. Students have access to an innovation incubator think tank offering pitch days, guest speakers, and other programming. They also have the opportunity to pursue an additional analytics certificate while they complete MBA coursework.

Throughout their time at AU, online students work as pro-bono consultants for DC-based firms, and collaborate with peers and employers to build experience and expertise. Therefore this program will be attractive for students who are ready to hit the ground running.