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About the School

Our Mission

Located at the intersection of business, government, and international relations, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
develops principled leaders committed to serving both business and society. Through our global perspective, we
prepare students to compete in today’s international business environment.

The Georgetown McDonough Difference

Now more than ever, the world needs global thinkers. We prepare students to hit the ground running in today’s international business environment. Through our globally focused curriculum, faculty from around the world, enriching opportunities abroad, and the access only Washington, D.C., can offer, we ensure our students are ready to compete on the global stage.

Our challenging curriculum is overseen by a diverse faculty that includes world-class scholars engaged in pioneering research, professionals who have corporate, nonprofit, and government leadership experience, and entrepreneurs who mentor students looking to start businesses. We offer a wide variety of programs to accommodate all types of students, from recent college graduates just entering the business world to seasoned professionals looking to transform their careers.

Building on our Jesuit heritage, we emphasize collaboration over competition, resulting in a supportive environment that encourages students to forge close friendships and extend their learning beyond the classroom. This unique atmosphere develops thoughtful leaders who strive not only to succeed in business, but also to have a positive impact on the community.

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Georgetown Community

Established in 1789, Georgetown is the nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university. Georgetown was founded on the Jesuit principles of equality, respect, and cura personalis, or education of the whole person, and those same values define the school today. The McDonough School of Business grew out of the School of Foreign Service in 1957 and is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

By joining the Georgetown McDonough community, you will gain access to more than 179,000 Georgetown alumni. Whether you’re serving the community through volunteer activities, networking through programs like Hoyas Helping Hoyas, or interviewing with alumni for your next career move, our professional network will expand your opportunities. With more than 220 years of excellence in education, all schools within Georgetown University enjoy instant recognition and a stellar reputation throughout the world.


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The McDonough School of Business is led by distinguished scholars and professionals who are recognized as authorities in their fields.

Meet Dean Williamson

Rohan Williamson is the interim dean of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, as well as professor of finance and the Bolton Sullivan and Thomas A. Dean Chair of International Business. A member of the McDonough faculty for nearly 20 years, Williamson has played an integral role in the growth and development of the school, serving as a member of the Academic Leadership Council, as area coordinator for finance, and as chair of the MBA Curriculum Design Committee and the McDonough School of Business Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.

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Board of Advisors

Georgetown McDonough counts many prominent business leaders and policy makers as members of its Board of Advisors. The McDonough School of Business Board of Advisors aims to:

  • Provide a forum for communication between the school and its key constituencies: undergraduate alumni and parents, graduate school alumni, corporations who hire employees or send employees to executive education programs; and/or corporations with which the McDonough School of Business wishes to have a relationship; 
  • Advise the faculty and administration on its competitive plans, programs, and research activities;
  • Provide intellectual capital as the school refines its competitive academic program strategies by anticipating demographic, societal, technological, and corporate changes that will impact the business school;
  • And assist the Dean in developing the financial resources to ensure the future development and academic strength of the school.

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Each year, we celebrate Georgetown McDonough graduates through formal commencement ceremonies. Members of our undergraduate, MBA, Master of Science in Finance, Executive MBA, and Executive Master’s in Leadership communities graduate on Healy Lawn. Gaston Hall is the setting for our Global Executive MBA graduation in July. Learn more about these celebrations on our commencement pages.


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We offer a wide variety of programs for degree and non-degree seeking students. Find out more about our academic programs, or apply now.

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Georgetown McDonough By the Numbers

Georgetown McDonough accepts the best of the best and graduates the best of the best. Here are some of the statistics.

  • 160,000+

    Georgetown University Alumni Network

    Georgetown alumni are loyal to their school and to each other. Residing in all 50 states and 110 countries, they stay connected through the strong alumni network.

  • 1

    McDonough Ranks #1 in Finance

    Businessweek ranks business school programs in several categories each year. In 2013, Georgetown McDonough earned 1st place for Finance.

  • 1789

    Year Founded

    Georgetown University was founded in 1789, celebrating it’s 225th birthday this year