Students in the part-time online MBA program at George Washington University (GWU) can choose whether to complete the 55-credit course completely online and at their own convenience, or take some coursework on-campus, and other lessons online.
The program ranked No. 54 (tie) in the 2018 US News & World Report ranking, and accepts students in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
Students applying to the program must submit their transcripts and GMAT or GRE scores along with their applications, a letter of recommendation, personal essay, and resume. Test score waivers are available for students on a case-by-case basis if they can show that they’ve had five years of full-time, professional work experience in a related field.
At $1,765 per credit hour, the full program is estimated to cost $97,075, placing it among the more expensive online MBA programs. The school has a 63% acceptance rate according to US News & World Report, with 317 applications applying last year, and 201 being accepted. Only 26% of applicants provided their undergraduate GPAs, and the average undergraduate GPA was 3.1. Only 6% of applicant submitted their GMAT scores, and 10% submitted their GRE scores for consideration, and every single applying student has some work experience.
ONLINE OR OFFLINE, YOUR CHOICE
Students in the GWU part-time online MBA program need to take 28.5 credit units of core courses, and 27 credits of electives. The estimated duration a student will take to complete the program is three years if they take at least six credit units every semester, and 7.5 in at least one semester.
For many people, we learn best in different environments with different topics, and GWU understands this. Making use of technology, all of the resources needed for this program can be found online for students, whether it’s a video, case study, podcast, or animation, and students can access them in their own time, as long as the unit is completed before the assigned target date.
Students can also register to join in live online classroom discussions that are recorded and made available to digital students. This allows a student to directly engage with classmates in case discussions or group activities, rather than remain insular where human engagement would truly bring a discussion to life.
Core classes that students have to take include Business Ethics and Public Policy, and Decision Making and Data Analysis, where students could have richer experiences by participating in live discussions.
AN MBA FOCUSING ON HEALTHCARE
As the healthcare industry continues to grow with medical scientific and technological developments, GWU also has an online MBA program specifically for individuals to pick up business skills for healthcare organizations. While some of the core courses taken by students in the online Healthcare MBA program will be the same ones students in the Global MBA program, even taught by the same full-time faculty, the school reports that most of their admitted work directly in healthcare, with many already working as physicians.
CAREER SERVICES INVOLVING ALUMNI
The GWU online MBA program boasts great support for their students both in terms of working with them on their resume and skills, and helping to broaden their network. The school offers monthly digital networking opportunities, as well as online career development sessions to bring students, past and present, together. This means GWU students can look for opportunities, and GWU grads can look for talent to join their teams.
To further engage their students, alumni are invited to participate in interviews, podcasts, and video cases that are used in the curriculum, as well as join in classroom discussions, while giving feedback to students on their assignments and client presentations. The result is a close-knit community of learners that are proud to support one another.