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Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business


School Data

Annual Tuition: 56,892

Acceptance Rate: 40

Average GPA: 3.36

International: 33%

Minority: 25%

Mean Age: 28

Average GMAT: 700

GMAT Range (mid-80%): 640-740

Female: 31%

GPA Range (mid-80%): 2.92-3.77

Full-Time Enrollment: 540

Male: 69%

Admission Deadlines for Full-Time Class of 2017 & Evening Program Class of 2018:

Round One: 10/1/15
Round Two: 1/5/16
Round Three: 4/1/16
Round Four: 5/10/16 (Evening Program Only)

On-Campus MBA Information Sessions:

October 5, 2015 5:30-8:30 pm
November 17, 2015 5:30-8:30 pm
December 9, 2015 5:30-8:30 pm
January 13, 2016 5:30-8:30 pm
February 22, 2016 5:30-8:30 pm
March 22, 2016 5:30-8:30 pm

Focus on Diversity Event:

November 7, 2015 9:00-6:00 pm

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.

The McDonough School of Business

The curriculum is composed of 60 credits. Students take a number of core courses, ranging from financial accounting and applied business statistics to organizational behavior and management communication. In the latter part of the curriculum, students begin to tailor the curriculum to their interests and professional goals by choosing from over 70 elective courses in six different elective areas: accounting, finance, management, marketing, operations and information management, and strategy. Students also may complete one- to two-week Intensive Learning Experiences for three-hours of academic credit on topics such as social entrepreneurship, real estate, national security, and energy policy.

In addition to regular coursework, students complete a Global Business Experience. Student teams partner with executives from Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and NGOs to address complex business challenges. After spending six to eight weeks on campus applying strategic and analytical theory to develop client solutions, the experience culminates in a week-long in-country presentation to clients.

The McDonough School is led by Dean David Thomas who is currently in his fifth year as Dean. Prior to coming to Georgetown he directed Harvard Business School’s organizational behavior group. Dean Thomas has enhanced academic and professional opportunities for the school’s students to ensure that they acquire a global business mindset and become nimble innovative thinkers and principled leaders in service to both business and society. Such efforts include a major redesign of the MBA curriculum and expansion of the MBA career management activities.

Ranking Analysis:

During the past five years, Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business has launched a new MBA curriculum focused on the school’s tenets of principled leadership, a global mindset, and service to business and society. At the same time, the MBA Admissions and MBA Career Center teams have instituted innovative changes in how they recruit students to the program and then prepare them for success after graduation. The result is a school on the rise in the rankings.

Last year, McDonough advanced from 30th to 24th in the Businessweek rankings, fueled by greater marks in both the employer and student satisfaction surveys. Its best showing is 20th in the United States, as reported by the Financial Times Global MBA ranking. The school’s focus on global programming and international representation among faculty, students, and the school’s leadership help to boost performance by that publication.

McDonough remains relatively steady in the U.S. News and Economist rankings, which measure a host of factors, including peer and employer assessment, post-graduation success, and academic quality.

MBA Program Consideration Set:

Stretch Schools: UCLANorth CarolinaTexas at AustinEmory
Match Schools: IndianaUSCMinnesotaNotre Dame
Safe Schools: Washington UniversityRiceVanderbiltTexas A&M

Top 5 Feeder Schools (Enrolled Students)

  1. University of Virginia
  2. Georgetown University
  3. New York University
  4. United States Military Academy
  5. University of Pennsylvania

Contact Information

Rafik B. Hariri Building,
37th and O Streets, NW,
Washington, D.C. 20057
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Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world business and policy in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 1,200 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. The school aims to provide a transformational educational experience, preparing students to become principled leaders with a global mindset and to be in service to business and society.

For more than 50 years, the McDonough School has been preparing the business world’s most respected leaders. Our rigorous curricula, diverse community, vibrant location, and commitment to ethics come together to create a unique educational experience.


As the premier destination for global business education, Georgetown McDonough offers the following graduate degree programs: 

Full-time MBA Program

The Full-time MBA Program at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business delivers a global management degree that provides students with core business knowledge and analytical skills to manage and lead a 21st-century organization. The curriculum allows students to select and tailor their electives toward highly individualized career aspirations.

The Full-time MBA Program centers on student success.  The program’s unique integrative core curriculum better prepares students for internships, jobs, and entrepreneurial endeavors.  Students learn the analytical and persuasive skills needed to succeed in business and understand when to use them and how to evaluate their decisions ethically.  The school has an active commitment to educate principled, ethical leaders with a global mindset who are ready to serve business and society.

Students’ transformation begins with an opening term that includes an intensive course on the Structure of Global Industries.  Students reexamine their understanding of global industries through the economic, political, and cultural factors that influence these arrangements.  The course also integrates ethical decision-making. Students also complete a course in Accounting Fundamentals, a pre-requisite for quantitative coursework in following semesters.

Summer internships, along with several integrative learning experiences throughout the curriculum, extend formal learning from the classroom to the business world. Through McDonough’s signature Global Business Experience, students gain hands-on experience and a global mindset that will last a lifetime.

Admissions: (202) 687-4200 or georgetownmba@georgetown.edu

MBA Evening Program

The three-year[1] Georgetown Evening MBA Program features the same courses and faculty and confers the same degree received by graduates of Georgetown’s Full-time MBA Program. Through a convenient schedule of classes that meet on campus two evenings per week, students experience hands-on learning in a collaborative environment of cohorts, gain access to student clubs and campus activities, and complete the signature Global Experience. Students learn to apply quantitative tools strategically, manage with emotional intelligence, and consider multiple bottom lines. The Evening MBA Program helps students gain the skills needed for career advancement while maintaining their current employment.

Georgetown McDonough graduates thrive in international organizations. The Evening MBA Program prepares students for a constantly growing and changing global marketplace. Similar to its Full-time MBA counterpart, first-year Evening MBA students begin their studies with a three-week, highly integrated course on the Structure of Global Industries. In this experiential learning course, students examine their understanding of global industries through the economic, political, and cultural factors that influence these arrangements. The opening term also covers ethical decision-making, a basic accounting course and establishes student cohorts. With a range of elective course offerings and personalized focus areas to complement a comprehensive core of coursework in general management, Georgetown’s Evening MBA Program is well suited for professionals from a number of fields seeking to advance or change their current careers.

Admissions: (202) 687-4200 or georgetownmba@georgetown.edu

Executive MBA

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business offers a world-class Executive MBA (EMBA) that accommodates the fast-paced schedule of today’s busy executive. The dynamic 20-month curriculum is a personal and professional transformational experience that emphasizes a global business focus and Georgetown’s presence in Washington, D.C.

All students engage in two international residencies during which they providing consulting services to Fortune 500 companies abroad and study the impact of globalization in a foreign country at the national, industry, and firm levels.

Career Development: Georgetown McDonough is committed to helping EMBA students retool, maximize their high potential, and cultivate grater stature as business leaders through career seminars, coaching, and executive alumni events.

Admissions: (202) 687-2704 or emba@georgetown.edu 

Global Executive MBA

The Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA offers classes in six modules around the globe during a 14-month program. In partnership with Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, this dynamic program is carefully designed for highly accomplished executives. This unique and powerful partnership includes a broad view of geopolitics, policy, and regulation to bring a greater richness to the program.

For their classes, GEMBA students travel to Bangalore, Barcelona, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Doha, Madrid, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, and Washington, D.C. These intensive learning experiences provide a broad view of geopolitics, policy, international business, and strategy, as well as opportunities to interact with authors, business leaders, researchers, COEs, and policymakers. Graduates receive MBA diplomas granted by both Georgetown University and ESADE Business School.

Admissions: (202) 687-2704 or globalemba@georgetown.edu

Executive Master’s in Leadership

The Executive Master’s in Leadership is for executives aiming to advance their leadership skills and gain a deeper understanding of management strategy. The program is tailored to the fast-paced schedule of today’s busy executive.                   The 13-month course of study integrates practical management skills and advanced leadership theory to enable students to effect change within their organizations. Conducted on Fridays and Saturdays of alternating weeks.

Leading in an international context, all students participate in our signature global experience where they put concepts learned in the classroom into practice in a foreign location for one week.

The program offers one-on-one coaching to help students maximize their potential, improve performance, and increase productivity.

Admissions: (202) 687-4055

[1] Can be completed in two-and-a-half if schedule is condensed.