Kogod School of Business

Kogod School of Business
Type Private
Established 1955
Parent institution
American University
Dean John T. Delaney, PhD
Academic staff
60 full-time[1]
Undergraduates 1,600
Postgraduates 1,000
Location Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Campus Urban
Nickname Kogod
Website american.edu/kogod

The Kogod School of Business, commonly referred to as Kogod, serves as the undergraduate and graduate business school at American University in Northwest Washington, DC. Kogod is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Kogod offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. In 2016, graduate enrollment for on-campus programs was roughly 700; online program enrollment was around 300. Undergraduates numbered 1600, with 1200 majors and 400 minors. In 2016, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Kogod's Full-time MBA program #43 in the US. U.S. News and World Report ranked Kogod #80 for Best Undergraduate Business Programs, and Princeton Review voted the school #9 for Best Opportunities for Women. In 2015, Kogod's Full-time MBA program was ranked # 58 by Businessweek, # 65 by Forbes, and # 78 by Poets & Quants.


Founded in 1955 as the School of Business Administration, the School was housed in the McKinley Building. In 1979, Robert Kogod, a major real estate developer and president of the Charles E. Smith Companies, made a major donation to rename the school the Robert P. and Arlene R. Kogod College of Business Administration. In 1999, the school moved into its current location, formerly the John Sherman Meyer Building, vacated by the Washington College of Law. The building received a major renovation, and the school changed its name to the Kogod School of Business. In 2009, the school opened a 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) expansion. This addition houses a Financial Services and Information Technology Lab, Behavioral Research Lab, a center for career development, seven additional classrooms, three breakout rooms, and a student lounge.


Academic departments

Kogod Centers

Tax Policy Center

The Kogod Tax Policy Center was launched in 2011, capitalizing off the school's respected MS in Taxation program. The research center promotes independent research and expands knowledge with respect to tax policy, tax planning and tax compliance for small and mid-size businesses, entrepreneurs and middle income taxpayers. Professor Donald Williamson serves as executive director; Caroline Bruckner is managing director. It is located near the main American University campus.

Cybersecurity Governance Center

The Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center aims to promote "good cybersecurity governance" by providing Board-level leaders and their designees with thoughtful, practical, timely and well-supported guidance on the cybersecurity issues that are essential to their core stakeholder responsibilities.

The Center conducts original cybersecurity governance research, offers classes and workshops, and hosts events for the cybersecurity community.

AU Center for Innovation

The AU Center for Innovation seeks to develop and leverage innovation and entrepreneurship through training, application and research.

Professional Development and Career Resources

Kogod Center for Career Development

Kogod's Center for Career Development (KCCD) offers students one–on-one guidance on relationship building, transitioning to new business careers, crafting their resumes, and searching for jobs. Students can make appointments with staff members, or meet with a peer consultant.

The KCCD also sponsors industry days, which include a panel of experts in a business area, as well as networking with companies in a career fair setting.

Kogod Center for Business Communications

Kogod's Center for Business Communications was founded to help students develop strong writing, public speaking and presentation skills.

KCBC counselors provide individualized support on a by-appointment basis. Typical sessions include help with written assignments, practicing elevator pitches and interview skills, organizing team assignments, and more.

The Center’s Audience Dog Program is a particularly distinctive offering. Students practice class presentations in front of locally-sourced dogs, giving them the chance to rehearse in front of a non-judgmental, friendly audience. The program was founded to help ease students’ public speaking anxiety and develop confidence in their presentation skills.


Kogod Leadership and Applied Business (K-LAB) offers programs and activities designed to hone students’ leadership and management skills. K-LAB supports a wide range of clubs for undergraduate and graduate students, such as the graduate business association (GBA), 1955 Club, the Entrepreneur’s Club, Kogod Women in Business, and Net Impact.

K-LAB also sponsors the business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma, as well as Kogod’s annual case competition. The lab’s L.E.AD. (Leadership Education and Development) program provides additional opportunities for service learning, mentorship and networking.

Notable undergraduate programs include:



Kogod undergraduates can choose from five degree programs: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Business, Language and Culture, Bachelor of Science in Business and Entertainment, and Bachelor of Science in Finance.[2] Students majoring in business administration can specialize in the following areas: Accounting, Finance, Information Systems and Technology, International Business, Management, Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship. A self-designed BSBA is also available.

Graduate programs

Kogod offers an on-campus and online Full-Time MBA program, and seven specialized Master of Science (MS) degrees in Accounting, Analytics, Finance, Marketing, Real Estate, Sustainability Management, and Taxation. The MS Analytics program is also available online.

The Kogod MBA offers concentrations in Accounting, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Consulting, Marketing, Global Emerging Markets, Leadership and Strategic Human Capital, Management, and Real Estate. In addition, customized MBA concentrations can be formed through tailored curriculum and independent study opportunities.[3]

Graduate Certificates

Graduate business certifications are an ideal option for individuals seeking specialized knowledge and core competency within a specific area of business. Certificate programs provide support for career enhancement or transition, and are pursued with a highly manageable program format. Each program requires 12–15 credit hours of study and is completed on a part-time basis.

Programs are offered in:

Dual Degrees

Kogod offers four different dual degree programs: a BS/MS, MA/MBA, JD/MBA, and LLM/MBA.

Study abroad

Kogod offers business experiences and programs abroad in high demand arenas for business in diverse global locations. Students may spend the semester or academic year in France (Skema Business School), Germany (WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management), Kuwait (Kuwait University), Monaco (International University of Monaco), and Italy (Arcadia University Rome Business Program). In addition, Kogod offers short-term (one to two week) International Management Practices courses in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. All Full-time MBA students complete a global consulting project, which culminates in a site visit to the client's home country.

Notable alumni

Accreditation and rankings

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accredits the Kogod School of Business.[4]

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs


See also


Coordinates: 38°56′16.5″N 77°5′16.4″W / 38.937917°N 77.087889°W / 38.937917; -77.087889

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