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Kogod School of Business

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The Kogod School of Business offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Information Technology Management (MSITM), Master of Science in Accounting (MSA), and Master of Science in Taxation (MST) as well as a joint degree in Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA), Master of Arts in International Affairs and Master of Business Administration (MA/MBA), and Master of Laws/Master of Business Administration (LLM/MBA). Other programs include cross-registration through the Washington, D.C. Area Consortium of Schools, cooperative education programs, and international and domestic internships. The strongest areas of study are accounting, finance, marketing, management of global information technology, real estate, and international business. The most popular courses are in finance and marketing. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. Distinguished speakers from major corporations regularly make presentations during the academic year.

Fifty-one total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 20 elective credits. Required courses include:

  • Managerial Economics
  • Accounting Concepts and Applications
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Managerial Statistics
  • Marketing Management
  • Financial Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Business Law
  • Business and Society
  • Applied Strategic Management in a Global Environment
  • Field Practicum
  • Applied Production and Operations Management
  • Strategic Decision-Making in a Global Environment

Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 18 months; maximum, 4 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 2 1/2 years; maximum, 4 years.

There are 59 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 96% hold a doctorate; there are 14 part-time faculty. Faculty salaries are rated above average for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 3; average business class size is 35.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.8 and a GMAT score of 520. Most important admissions factors are work experience, GMAT results, and a successful interview. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 410; 225 were accepted; 87 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.01; average GMAT score was 565. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by special opportunity awards and through BMBA and HMBA annual conferences.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall and spring. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $75, 2 letters of recommendation, an essay, and a resume. The application deadlines are June 1 for fall entry; November 1, spring. Students are notified of the admissions decision on a rolling basis. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is August. Once accepted, students may defer admission for no more than 2 semesters, on a case-by-case basis only.

Financial Aid

About 80% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $20,000 annually; maximum $40,000. Stipends and programs available for minority students include Special Opportunity Assistantship awards based on academic merit. The FAFSA and the previous year’s tax return are required. The application deadlines are February 1 for fall entry; October 1, spring.

Tuition for all students is $1048 per credit, or $27,404 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $14,430; books and supplies, $950; personal expenses, $1650; and other fees, $380, for an estimated annual total of $44,814. Graduate student housing is available off campus. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


Thirty-seven percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 99% have had an average of 3 to 5 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from District of Columbia (59%). Forty percent are women, 14% are minorities, and 23% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 28; ages range from 23 to 60. One percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 8% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 36%, business; 15%, engineering; 12%, humanities; 12%, social sciences; and 3%, math and science. About 1% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 95% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 182 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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