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    Dec 03, 2023  
American University Catalog 2023-2024 
    
American University Catalog 2023-2024

International Affairs Policy and Analysis (MA) and Business Administration (MBA)


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In this dual degree program, graduates receive an International Affairs Policy and Analysis (MA)  through the School of International Service  (SIS) and a Business Administration (MBA) [Full-Time]  through the Kogod School of Business  (KSB). The MBA degree will be conferred no earlier than the semester in which the SIS graduate degree is completed.

Admission to the Program


Applications are submitted to both SIS and KSB. Students must be admitted separately to each program. While students are encouraged to apply for admission to both programs simultaneously, students can apply to the second program after admission and matriculation in the first program. Students must be admitted to the second program and begin their studies prior to conferral of the degree from the first program. Applicants to the MBA program must also have completed two undergraduate courses, one in micro and one in macro economics (or the graduate equivalent), prior to entering the program.

The full-time MBA is a cohorted two-year program. During the first year of the MBA students complete 24 credit hours in KSB, and during the second year of the MBA students complete 6 credit hours in KSB, including the MBA capstone in the spring semester. Sequencing and timing of SIS coursework depends on the chosen program. Generally, dual degree students begin their academic programs at KSB, but this is not required. The dual degree between SIS and KSB may not be completed in conjunction with any other dual degrees at AU. Applicants are considered and admitted to the MBA for the fall semester only.

Dual Degree Requirements


  • 57 credit hours of approved graduate work, including 27 credit hours of MA coursework in SIS, and 30 credit hours of MBA coursework in KSB

SIS Degree Requirements


MBA Degree Requirements


  • 30 credit hours of approved graduate work
  • Capstone Experience: KSB-613 Strategic Decision Making (3)   
  • Orientation Requirement: All students are required to participate in the Full-Time MBA Orientation prior to the start of the program
  • The MBA degree will be conferred no earlier than the semester in which the SIS graduate degree is completed

MBA Course Requirements


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