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  Nov 19, 2017
 
 
    
American University Catalog 2017-2018

Business Administration (MBA): Online Professional


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Offered by the Kogod School of Business , the goal of the Online Professional MBA program is to develop practical business managers able to succeed in the complex arena of global organizations. Specifically, students will:

  • Develop a solid foundation in each of the functional areas of business, including accounting and financial analysis, production and marketing of goods and services, management of people and organizations, and information and technology management.
  • Understand critical interrelationships and linkages necessary for developing global business strategy, including strategies and operational issues, functional disciplines, and "hard" and "soft" skills.
  • Appreciate the environment in which business operates, including economic, legal, ethical, and societal dimensions.

In addition, each student is expected to:

  • Demonstrate professional competence in oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Develop competency in the use of productivity tools and software to improve the quality and efficiency of decision making.
  • Understand the nature of group dynamics and lead diverse work teams.

The Online Professional MBA program contains within its required curriculum the business perspectives and core areas required by AACSB.

Admission to the Program


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 whose first language is not English must have a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Students are admitted to the Online Professional MBA program for the October, January, April, or July module start dates. GMAT or GRE scores and prior work experience is recommended with application submission. Additionally, the Kogod School of Business  offers conditional admission to students. Students granted conditional admission must complete  KSB-600 Bridge to Business (3)  and earn a grade of B or better to be fully admitted to the program.

Degree Requirements


  • 48 credit hours of approved graduate coursework, including 36 credit hours of business core, 3 credit hours of capstone experience, and 9 credit hours of electives. A maximum of 6 credit hours (including 3 credit hours required) of KSB-630  may be applied to the degree.
  • Capstone experience: KSB-613 Strategic Decision Making (3) .

Course Requirements


Capstone (3 credit hours)


Electives (9 credit hours)


  • 9 credit hours in approved graduate level coursework, which can include courses to form a concentration of study.

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