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General Information
Applying to the MBA Program
Submitting Academic Documentation
External Coursework and Prior Study
International Students
Costs and Financial Aid

 

General Information

What is the focus of your MBA Program?
Founded in 1983, the Georgetown MBA provides a global management degree in line with Georgetown’s Jesuit heritage. Students learn the core components of an MBA through the lens of principled leadership, a global mindset, and service to business and society. Students are prepared to establish careers in business, nonprofits, governmental organizations, and entrepreneurial ventures after graduation.

Is Georgetown's Program accredited?
Georgetown University's MBA Program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Where is Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business located?
The MBA program is located on Georgetown University’s main campus in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, which houses all aspects of the business program under one roof. The 179,000-square-foot Hariri Building opened to students in 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.

Is the student body diverse?
The Georgetown MBA is centered on a commitment to diversity in all of its various dimensions -- race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and personal and professional interests, as well as diversity of thought. The student body is diverse across all of these dimensions.

How global is Georgetown’s MBA?
A global mindset has been part of Georgetown’s character since its founding in 1789. Students begin the program with the Structure of Global Industries course, which lays the foundation upon which the MBA curriculum is built. Courses include global cases, students may participate in globally oriented clubs, and many students are either international or have lived or worked abroad. While most business schools incorporate some MBA study abroad component, Georgetown pioneered the Global Business Experience, in which MBA students execute a global consulting project with a Fortune 500 company as part of their MBA program.

How do Georgetown MBA students take advantage of being in Washington, D.C.?
Washington is the point of convergence between business and public policy, and the city serves as an extension of the classroom. Students often visit Washington-based organizations, attend on-campus lectures from global leaders, and have access to the many internships and jobs at Washington-based organizations, ranging from local startups to international corporations to governmental and nonprofit groups.

Georgetown University is located in the heart of the nation’s capital, and students have easy access to all that the city has to offer. Students can take advantage of museums, concerts, and shows as well as speakers and special events in and around Washington. Students are encouraged to take advantage of all the city has to offer.

In addition, McDonough School of Business is home to many centers doing cutting-edge research on the financial markets, business and public policy, real estate, consumer behavior, and many other areas. These create events and academic opportunities for students outside of the classroom, taking advantage of Georgetown’s Washington, D.C., location. Learn more about these at [link to centers].

How does Georgetown incorporate service into its MBA program?
At Georgetown, “men and women for others” and “cura personalis” – Latin for “education of the whole person” – describe the university’s educational philosophy. Service to others and community service are important components of the Full-time and Evening MBA Programs, embodied in parts of the curriculum and in co-curricular clubs and activities, from student involvement in the Month of Volunteerism to support of the Nonprofit Internship Fund to to running a nationally recognized Net Impact Club.

How can I optimize my MBA ROI?
The ROI (return on investment) for your MBA will be a factor of the quality of the education you receive and how well it prepares you for a better – and better-paying – job upon graduation and throughout your earning years. At Georgetown McDonough, students transform their career potential through their studies, involvement in campus organizations, and by expanding their personal and professional network to include classmates and Georgetown University alumni around the world. The MBA Career Center also offers a variety of programs and services to help student maximize their ROI. Learn more here [link to career center employer report].

 

Applying to the MBA Program

What are the required admissions materials?

  • Application Form (online)
  • Personal Essays (online)
  • Current Resume (online)
  • One Professional Recommendation (online)
  • Transcripts/Academic Documents/Translations (online; official copies must be submitted once you have been admitted and prior to matriculating into the program)
  • GMAT or GRE Score (online; an official score report must be submitted once you have been admitted and prior to matriculating into the program)
  • Demonstration of English Language Proficiency, if applicable - TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Test of English Score (online; an official score report must be submitted once you have been admitted and prior to matriculating into the program)

What is the application fee?
The application fee is $175 and is non-refundable. The McDonough School of Business will grant an application fee waiver or reduction to candidates who qualify.

When are the application deadlines?
Georgetown McDonough offers three rounds of applications, with deadlines in October, January, and April. Students are notified of the Admissions Committee's decisions in December, March, and May. View the current application deadlines [link to application page].

When must my application arrive on the deadline date?
The online application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the deadline date.

Can I join the program in January?
The Georgetown MBA Program offers fall admission only.

In my essays, how focused do my career goals need to be?
It is important to have clarity with regard to your career goals, as corporate recruiting begins within two months of the start of the MBA Program. If you need to gain focus on your goals, you may want to consider Career Leader®, a tool that is available for purchase at www.mba.com.

Is a minimum GPA required for admission? What is Georgetown's average GPA for applicants?
There is no minimum GPA required for admission. The Admissions Committee reviews each applicant holistically and takes into account both quantitative and qualitative indicators. The GPA is evaluated within the context of the school and program in which it was earned. The average GPA for the Full-time MBA class entering in the fall of 2013 is 3.34. However, the mid-80 percent range is a useful benchmark, and each program’s information can be found within their incoming class profiles.

Are interviews required for admission?
Yes, interviews are required for admission to the Georgetown MBA Program. Interviews are conducted by invitation of the Admissions Committee only.

Does the Georgetown MBA Full-Time Program accept three-year undergraduate degrees?
Sixteen years of education are required for admission to the MBA program. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis for three-year degrees.

Is there a minimum GMAT score required for admission? What is the average GMAT score of applicants?
There is no minimum GMAT score required. The Admissions Committee reviews each applicant holistically and takes into account both quantitative and qualitative indicators. The average GMAT score for the class entering in the fall of 2013 is 688. However, the mid-80 percent range is 640 to 730 and is a useful benchmark. Please note that you must submit an official copy of a GMAT taken within the past five years. The MBA program also accepts GRE scores from applicants.

What is the average amount of work experience that Georgetown MBA students have before they start the program?
Applicants typically have an average of five years of post-undergraduate, professional work experience. However, the mid-80 percent range of years of work experience is three to nine years.

Is work experience required?
We strongly recommend that candidates for admission have a minimum of two to three years postgraduate work experience. We typically do not admit students directly from undergraduate programs.

Is there a field or type of work experience that is more favorable than others?
There is no one career track that ensures admission to the program. In fact, one of the strengths of the Georgetown MBA Program is the diversity of professional experiences that our students bring.

I do not have very much international work experience. Am I at a disadvantage when applying?
International experience is not a requirement for admission to our program. Successful candidates will have a global perspective and/or international experience.

How long does it take to process my application?
You can submit your application at any time before the set deadline for your application round. However, your application will take several weeks from the application deadline date to be processed.

How can I see the status of my application?
You will receive an automated email once your application has been processed. At this time, you may check the status of your application by logging onto your online application.

Does the Georgetown MBA Program release decisions prior to the set notification dates?
The Georgetown MBA Program does not release decisions prior to the notification date. On the notification date, students can expect their decision to reach them no later than close of business that day.

If I am placed on the wait list, can I send in additional materials to help my application?
In the event that you are placed on the wait list, you will be notified about how and when to submit additional materials that you believe will strengthen your application.

How many people are on the wait list? Is the wait list ranked?
The Admissions Committee does not have a set number of applicants on the wait list at any given time, and the number of applicants on the wait list varies throughout the year. The wait list is not ranked.

Do you offer application feedback to candidates who have been wait listed or denied admission?
Unfortunately, due to our high volume of applications, we are unable to provide individualized feedback. We suggest that you review your application with an objective eye, referencing the previous year’s class profile, to ascertain areas in which you might strengthen your application should you wish to re-apply.

Are there any dual-degree programs?
The Georgetown MBA program offers dual degrees in partnership with the School of Foreign Service (MBA/MSFS), the Law Center (JD/MBA), the McCourt School of Public Policy (MBA/MPP), and the Medical School (MD/MBA).

How do I apply to a dual-degree program?
Applicants apply to each school separately and should follow the deadlines and application process for each program. Please note that admissions decisions for each program are made independently of one another.

I am a re-applicant. How will that affect my new application?
We welcome applicants with a passion for Georgetown and strongly encourage applicants who applied in the previous year to highlight the changes in your application. Email the Admissions Office at GeorgetownMBA@georgetown.edu with the subject "APPLICATION RESET REQUEST" to reset your account.

 

Submitting Academic Documentation

How do I submit my transcript and diploma? Do they come from my university directly?
Copies of all academic coursework (including any undergraduate transfer coursework) can be uploaded directly into your online application. Upon admission to the program, official transcripts of all academic coursework must be submitted in sealed envelopes signed by the appropriate university official. Transcripts also may be sent directly from your university to the Georgetown MBA Admissions Office. Transcripts from institutions at which you studied abroad do not need to be sent separately provided that the study-abroad courses and grades are reflected on your undergraduate transcript.

What should I do if my institution issues only one academic document? Will you accept a copy?
If your institution issues only one original document, upload a copy of this document into your online application. After submitting your application, inform us of your situation by emailing the Admissions Office at GeorgetownMBA@georgetown.edu. You will be required to bring these original documents to the MBA Admissions Office for verification before matriculating into the program.

If my transcripts or academic documents have to be translated, how should these be submitted?
If your original documents are not in English and require translation, you must upload both the certified translation as well as the original documentation. Translations alone are not sufficient for the review of your application. Once admitted and prior to matriculating into the program, translators are required send our MBA Admissions office both the original documentation and certified translation in a signed and sealed envelope. Your translator should certify that the original documentation was received in a sealed envelope from the institution. Do not submit a translation only.

I have had a variety of academic work. Which transcripts should I submit?
You should upload transcripts from each institution from which you received a degree directly into the online application. Transcripts are required for any additional coursework you have completed regardless of whether it was part of a degree-granting program. Official copies of transcripts will be required from applicants once they are admitted and prior to matriculating into the program.

 

External Coursework and Prior Study

Can I take a class outside of Georgetown University and have it count toward my MBA credit requirements?
MBA students are eligible to take courses at universities that are members of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. All courses must be graduate level, must be related to and enhance the MBA curriculum, must not already be offered at Georgetown, and must be approved by the MBA Program. Students may take up to 12 credit hours outside of the MBA Program, six of which may be taken at consortium member schools.

Does Georgetown waive or remove requirements based upon prior study?
Waivers are not granted based on prior study. However, waivers may be granted through successful completion of an exam for the following core courses: Financial Accounting I and II, Management Accounting, Finance I and II, and Quantitative Methods I and II. Waiver exams are held during orientation and are administered by the MBA Program Office.

Does Georgetown consider transfer credit?
Because the Georgetown MBA is a lock-step program we are unable to accept transfer credit. The core courses and Global Experience are an integral part of the Georgetown MBA Program.

 

International Students

How do I secure a student visa for study in the United States?
Georgetown’s Office of International Programs assists candidates with the visa process after the individual is admitted to the program. Once an I-20 is issued, you will arrange for a U.S. visa interview with your nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate.

What should I do if I already have a visa?
If you have a visa, please contact our Office of International Programs for a specific answer, which is based on the type of visa you hold.

Is an English competency examination required?
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English (PTE) is required of all non-U.S. applicants unless they have obtained a bachelor's degree or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction.

Is there a minimum score for the TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Test of English?

  • TOEFL: The minimum required score is 250 (computer based), 600 (paper based), or 100 (Internet based).
  • IELTS: We accept only academic module results; the minimum required score is 7.5.
  • PEARSON TEST OF ENGLISH: The minimum required score is 68. Scores must not be more than two years old.

 

Costs and Financial Aid

What is the cost of the Georgetown MBA Program?
The most current information about the cost of the program can be found on the Costs and Financial Aid page.

What kind of financial aid does Georgetown offer?
MBA students are eligible for scholarships and loans. Scholarships are awarded and announced at the time of admission. Federal financial aid (in the form of loans) is available to all eligible U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Students applying for federal financial aid work with the University’s Office of Student Financial Services.

Are international students eligible for financial aid?
While international students are not eligible for federal loan money from the United States government, they are certainly eligible for scholarships through the MBA Program. Scholarships are awarded and announced at the time of admission. For further information and resources on available funding for international students, please review the Student Financial Services website section for international students at http://www.georgetown.edu/students/student-aid/internat.htm.

Do my student loans cover my living expenses?
Yes, indirect expenses such as living expenses are considered part of your Georgetown University student budget. A student can borrow student loans up to the budget amount.

What kinds of scholarships does Georgetown offer?
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit. Georgetown reserves its scholarship funds for those students that have given up full-time work to pursue graduate studies. Every applicant who is offered admission to the Full-time program is considered for a scholarship award. No additional application materials are necessary. Priority consideration for scholarships is given to applicants applying in Round 1 and Round 2.

Does the Georgetown MBA offer graduate assistantship opportunities?
Yes, MBA students serve as graduate research and teaching assistants within the School of Business. These opportunities are posted at the beginning of the academic year, and stipends range from $1,100 to $2,200 per semester. Positions are announced and applications are considered during orientation at the start of the program.