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MBA Certificate in Nonmarket Strategy

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The Certificate in Nonmarket Strategy explores the nexus of business, economics, and public policy.  Certificate study connects the strengths of the Georgetown McDonough faculty and the MBA curriculum to the rich resources of Washington, D.C. Whether through managerial and leadership positions in public and private firms, consulting, board membership, or other specialized roles, certificate-achieving graduates will be poised for extraordinary business leadership and service. The certificate program is open to enrolled MBA students through a competitive selection process. More Information


The MBA Certificate in Nonmarket Strategy offers Georgetown McDonough students unparalleled opportunities for sustained attention to and structured engagement at the intersection of business, economics, and public policy in Washington, D.C., while broadening and reinforcing an understanding of the theory and practice of nonmarket strategy in the classroom. The certificate program elective coursework reinforces and extends the MBA core curriculum. Students develop a sophisticated appreciation and respect for the dynamics and complexity of the nonmarket environment.


At a Glance

  • Designed to promote a deeper understanding of the ways in which business success and principled leadership are shaped by complex regulatory, political, cultural, and social forces beyond the market and the relationships and interactions among firms, governments, and the public.

  • Distinguished by the business sub‐discipline of nonmarket strategy, which brings rigor and managerial perspective to exploration and understanding of the interaction of firm strategy and public policy.

  • 12‐credit sequence of integrated MBA coursework (7.5 overlapping elective credits and 4.5 overlapping core credits) reinforces understanding of the business challenges and opportunities in the nonmarket environment from the perspective of the firm.

  • Three‐semester extended “thread” course (1.5 credits combined) blends classroom instruction with attendance at “only in D.C.” events and other opportunities for students to observe up close and interact directly with business leaders, government officials, members of Congress and other policymakers, members of interest groups and industry alliances, activists, and media.

  • Certificate awarded upon completion of the MBA and all certificate coursework.  Transcript notation:  “Certificate in Nonmarket Strategy.”


Certificate Curriculum Overview

  • Certificate requirements:  4.5 overlapping elective credits

    The Miracle of Markets?  (1.5 cr)

    Strategies Beyond the Market   (1.5 cr)

    The Nonmarket Environment in DC  (1.5 cr)

  • Core overlap:  4.5 overlapping MBA core credits

    Structure of Global Industry  (3 cr)

    Business and Public Policy in a Global Economy (1.5 cr)