Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business

Georgetown's McDonough School of Business is ranked 23rd among the best U.S. B-schools by Poets&Quants.

23. Georgetown University

McDonough School of Business

Rafik B. Hariri Building, 37th and O Streets, NW
Washington, D.C. 20057
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Admission Deadlines for Class of 2014:
Round One: 10/15/11
Round Two: 1/5/12
Round Three: 4/1/12

Georgetown’s full-time MBA Program yields a general management degree that provides students with the functional knowledge and intellectual skills to manage and lead an organization. Each incoming class is divided into cohorts of approximately 60 students who share core classes and student activities.

In the fall semester of the first year, students take a number of core courses, ranging from financial accounting and applied business statistics to organizational behavior and management communication. In the spring of the first year, students begin to tailor the curriculum to their interests and professional goals by taking elective courses in addition to core. Throughout the second year, student coursework is almost entirely made up of electives.

In addition to regular coursework, students complete four residencies—intensive, week-long courses that challenge students to put their learning to work in simulated and real-world business experiences. During one residency, the Global Residency, student consulting teams tackle a problem for real-world international corporations and travel abroad to present their work to the client’s senior leadership.

Latest Up-To-Date MBA Rankings:

Poets&Quants (2011): 23
BusinessWeek (2010): 33
Forbes (2011): 35
U.S. News & World Report (2011): 25
Financial Times (2011): 38 (Global), 17 (U.S.)
The Economist (2011): 44 (Global), 27 (U.S.)

Ranking Analysis:

Georgetown’s McDonough School held on to its Poets&Quants’ inaugural rank of 23rd in 2011 despite losing ground in two of the four major rankings published in the year. If not for this slippage in the Forbes and U.S. News lists, McDonough would have overtaken the University of Southern California’s Marshall School which sat in 22nd place. Even so, the school managed to narrow the gap to a mere .4 of a point in the index numbers underlying the rank from a full three points a year earlier.

  • EP

    One of the biggest factors that drove me to Georgetown was that the faculty always make themselves available to the students and mentor them to succeed in what they choose to do post-grad.

    The cohort system, like most bschool programs, is phenomenal and creates a tight-knit community with diverse fields of experience to tackle current issues.

    I feel that the school is underrated in these rankings but I’d imagine that has to do with its relatively ‘young age’ compared to the top 10 that have been around for much longer. The full time program was initiated only in the 70s and the part-time program just graduated its 5th year I believe. I’d imagine it will easily eclipse top 10-15 in the coming decade.

  • Julie

    What I love the most about G-town MBA is the culture of healthy competition. You will know what I mean if you come here. We are like best team who learn and grow up together. This peer learning tool is just so powerful…

  • Dan

    I too would appreciate some insight into the Georgetown programs brand, job prospects, culture, education etc. I am trying to decide between Emory and GTown, but I am leaning heavily towards Emory for a variety of reasons. I know you can’t go wrong with either, but I would need a nudge in the direction of GTown to pass up on the Emory opportunity.

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  • Edward

    I’d like to second Kevin’s question

  • Kevin Sheehy

    How is Georgetown’s reputation as a business school? Everyone has lauded its foreign policy and law program — but not much is known about its MBA program. Is there an extensive alumni network and how about the ‘brand name’ of the school compared to the the other top 20 schools? Any advice/feedback will be appreciated!