The George Washington University School of Business (GWSB)

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GWSB Facts

GWSB has 23 student organisations and clubs

There are 53,000 GWSB alumni

There are more than 15 concentrations students can choose

Students at GWSB can chose from 200 electives

The GWSB student population consists is 40+% female

50% of the GWSB student body comprises of international students

GWSB offers 29 study abroad programs across 18 different countries

Global MBA
Global MBA students are challenged to view things from a wider perspective—and to make decisions that strive for profit as well as positive impact. 
Our revised curriculum gives Global MBA students the freedom to tailor their studies to their professional interests and goals.
The Global MBA program is 55.5 credit hours long. Three-credit courses are a full semester long (14 weeks). Courses that are 1.5 credits are seven weeks in length and are offered either in the first or second half of a semester.
Core Courses: 28.5 credits*
*Up to six credits of may be waived based on previous academic coursework
Consulting Abroad Project (CAP): 3 credits
Electives: 24 credits
The Global MBA is a 21-month, full-time program.
Required Courses
Global MBA students complete 28.5 credit hours of Core courses and a 3-credit Consulting Abroad Project (CAP):
  • Strategy Fundamentals
  • Micro for Global Economy
  • Financial Accounting
  • Organizations & Human Capital
  • Marketing
  • Decision Making & Data Analysis
  • Financial Markets
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Global Perspectives
  • Business Ethics & Public Policy
  • Operations Management
  • Consulting Abroad Project (CAP)
  • Strategic Formulation & Implementation
Elective Requirements
The GMBA curriculum allows for 24 credits to be to be taken as Electives. In fulfilling these credits, students can customize a course of study by adding Concentrations and/or Certificates to their degree or selecting individual courses of interest.
Each Concentration satisfies 12 credits, and up to two Concentrations can be listed on degree transcripts and diplomas. Students can choose from 15 MBA Concentrations:
  • Accounting and Advisory Services
  • Consulting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Global Management
  • Government Contracts
  • Information Systems Technology Management
  • Marketing Communications & Digital Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Sport Management
  • Tourism
  • Certificate in Responsible Management
  • Certificate in Business Analytics
  • Certificate in Nonprofit Management
Professional Certificates
  • Certificate in Walkable Urban Real Estate Development
  • Sports Philanthropy Executive Certificate
  • Certified Sports Administrator (CSA) Certificate
Elective Courses
Students can also choose from more than 200 Electives offered at the School of Business. Students may also take up to 12 Elective credits outside of the School of Business, and up to six of those credits may be fulfilled by courses taken outside the university.
Online MBA
The Online MBA is embedded in the center of Washington, DC, where the private, public and NGO sectors meet and interact. Our institutional and professional relationships in the area enable us to provide our distance-learning students with opportunities to immerse themselves through a four-day residency course in DC, class projects, digital course materials, live learning opportunities, and co-curricular experiences.
Students may begin the program in the Fall, Spring or Summer semesters (August, January, or May). Generally students will take six credit hours per semester.
With the exception of the Business and Society Residency, all coursework is offered completely online. Cutting-edge, digital courses are organized into learning episodes and are comprised of videos, video cases, podcasts, animations, and other pre-recorded content in addition to traditional reading assignments. Students progress within each learning unit at their own paces, but must complete the learning unit by assigned target dates.
Two to three times during each course, students participate in guided live classroom sessions consisting of lectures, case discussions, and/or group activities. These live sessions are offered during evenings/weekends and are announced by the instructor at the beginning of each course. They also are recorded and made available to students within the digital platform. These sessions provide participants with real-time contact with faculty and other students. This mix of digital and live sessions maximizes learning and flexibility.
In addition to live classroom discussions, faculty are available to students during online office hours offered through the digital classroom platform. Office hours afford students the opportunity to interact informally with faculty and ask questions about course material and assignment feedback.

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Some Think Business is the Problem. We Think Smarter Business is the Answer.

By combining business and analytical skills with an ethical focus, we’re educating our MBA students on how to solve business problems that benefit their organizations as well as society.

Our location is not just where we are, it shapes who we are. Our MBA programs are embedded in the center of Washington, D.C., where the private, public, and NGO sectors meet and interact. For our students, it means an extraordinary opportunity to be involved in current international and national debates, engage with prominent global leaders and business executives, and project a clear and informed voice as they move forward in their careers.

Only in Washington, D.C., do so many students, working in so many sectors—federal government, private business, nonprofit, military, international firms—come together and collaborate so well. Our students bring their unique work and life experiences to the table, making for dynamic and diverse teamwork. This is a “who’s-helping-who”—not a “who’s-better-than-who”—learning environment. At GWSB, our MBA programs are designed to meet the needs of today’s students and specialization demanded in today’s job market. Our Global MBA is perfect for students who wish immerse themselves in a full-time, on-campus program where they study alongside and travel abroad with a cohort of peers. Our Professional MBA program gives working professionals the flexibility to complete their degree at an accelerated pace of 21 months or in up to 5 years. Additionally, Professional MBA students can take all of their courses on campus or elect to take some via distance learning in our Online MBA program.

For those interested in an Executive Education experience, the World Executive MBA program prepares high-level working professionals for the demands of the C-Suite, including cyber threats, in a 16-month, weekend-only format.


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Application Deadlines (2016/2017)

  • October 17th, 2016
  • January 4th, 2017
  • March 13th, 2017
  • May 1st, 2017

Essay Questions:

  1. Discuss why you are interested in pursuing an MBA at this point in your career (250 words), why GW—and the specific program to which you have applied—is the best fit for your MBA experience (250 words), and discuss how you will leverage both your professional and academic experiences thus far to achieve your post-MBA career goals (250 words). Dual/joint degree applicants should answer each topic with your specific degree experience in mind.
  2. Please answer three of the following six discussion questions. For each short answer, respond in a maximum of 100 words.

    -GW graduates use business to create positive, sustainable change. I make an impact by…
    -The best piece of advice I have ever received is…
    -GW students embody a global perspective. During my time as a student,
    -I plan to enhance my international outlook by…
    -I stand out in GW’s MBA applicant pool because…
    -With a location at the heart of Washington, DC, I plan to leverage GW’s strategic location by…
    -If I could do it over again, I would take advantage of…

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