At a Glance
The Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business educates future business leaders of the highest ability, integrity, and commitment to improve the world. Faculty foster a learning environment based on teaching and research that challenge students to take an active role in the education process. The school is committed to developing leaders capable of making complex business decisions in a global environment and who are dedicated to serving their companies, society, and humanity.
David A. Thomas
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business 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 McDonough School of Business has 96 full-time and 58 adjunct professors teaching in during the 2011-12 academic year.
• Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
• Master of Business Administration, Full-time and Evening Programs
• Executive MBA
• Georgetown-ESADE (Spain) Global Executive MBA
• Executive Master’s in Leadership
Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business is known for its interdisciplinary focus in finance, international business, and public policy. Core MBA courses in the traditional disciplines of accounting, finance, marketing, management, operations and information management, ethics, and decision sciences support these areas of focus, as do the undergraduate majors of accounting, finance, international business, management, marketing, and operations and information management. Interwoven into all levels of the curriculum are classes on leadership.
Distinctive Programs, Research Institutes, and Initiatives
• The Center for Financial Markets and Policy at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business offers an array of research, commentary, and dialogue regarding critical public policy issues relating to financial markets. The center sponsors original research, provides thoughtful commentary, and hosts dialogues and conferences involving scholars and practitioners on key financial market issues. Through these activities, the center enriches the intellectual life of the University and the Washington-based policy community, and contributes to an informed public discussion regarding critical financial market debates.
The center's Real Estate Finance Initiative seeks to elevate the role the McDonough School of Business plays in real estate finance by developing future business leaders interested in careers in real estate finance. In addition, the initiative aims to make Georgetown a forum for industry leaders to gather to discuss changing industry trends and share their knowledge.
• The Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy in the McDonough School of Business is a non-partisan research center that encourages dialogue, documentation, and dissemination of knowledge on a range of issues in the public interest confronting American and international businesses today. Senior Policy Fellows at the Center for Business & Public Policy contribute to current economic policy issues through both shorter economic policy vignettes and longer, more detailed academic papers examining competition and innovation.
• The Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business engages corporations, nonprofits, government, and other stakeholders to advance the understanding of social enterprise. The initiative’s goal is to prepare current and future leaders to make responsible management decisions that create both economic and social value.
• The Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative seeks to develop the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders through inspiration (encouraging entrepreneurial thinking and activity, building an entrepreneurial culture and a community of support, and attracting top students interested in entrepreneurship); teaching (offering a comprehensive curriculum on entrepreneurial topics and providing robust extracurricular and experiential programs to help students learn beyond the classroom); connecting (fostering meaningful connections among students, alumni, experts, and private sector business leaders; and building bridges across Georgetown's campus in all disciplines); and creating (launching real, successful businesses; supporting groundbreaking research; and building enduring campus programs).
• The Georgetown Women’s Leadership Initiative provides a forum for dialogue, the dissemination of knowledge and best practices, and skill-building for female leaders.
• The Financial Times in 2011 ranked McDonough’s MBA Full-Time Program No. 17 in the United States, as well as No. 3 in the world for international business. In 2011, the Executive MBA Program was ranked 9th in the United States, including honors for No. 1 for alumni career progress and salary increases.
• U.S. News & World Report ranked Georgetown's MBA program No. 25 in the country and the MBA Evening Program No. 21 in its “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2012.”
• Businessweek ranked Georgetown’s undergraduate business programs No. 10 in 2011.
• In 2011, The Aspen Institute ranked the MBA program 49th in the world on the "Beyond Grey Pinstripes" Global 100 list of schools that put an emphasis on social responsibility, ethics, and the environment.
According to recent surveys of McDonough School of Business graduates, the four most common industries upon graduation from the undergraduate program are:
• Financial Services
• Marketing/Communications/Advertising/Public Relations
The 179,000-square-foot Rafik B. Hariri Building houses all aspects of the business program at Georgetown University under one roof. It opened to all students in the fall of 2009 and features 15 classrooms, 34 breakout rooms, 15 conference rooms, 11 interview rooms, a 400-seat auditorium, two large student lounges, and 120 faculty offices. Student space is replete with data ports, flat-screen monitors, and videoconferencing capabilities, allowing for global connectivity.
The abundant aesthetics of the building include a blend of stone masonry and steel on the south elevation reminiscent of the university’s original architecture combined with a panoramic glass pavilion on the east elevation. Together these designs symbolize the mix of traditional business foundations and forethought apparent in the education offered at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. A soaring glass atrium serves as the core new building, providing literal transparency of students’ education—putting business on display.