MSB Admissions Director Interviewed in Financial Times and CNBC, Explains Ex-Military Are Sought-After Students by Business Scho

August 16, 2007

Like many people who work in business schools, Monica Gray, Director of Admissions for the full-time MBA program at the McDonough School of Business, knows that the military has become fertile ground for recruiting talented students. Ms. Gray was interviewed in the July 31st issue of the FINANCIAL TIMES and the same day on the CNBC show "On the Money."

In the interviews, Ms. Gray described how business schools have begun to target recruiting efforts at members of the military. Business schools have discovered that corporate recruiters are eager to hire former military officers, especially those with security clearances. Clearances have become a valuable asset to companies that do business with the government.

Ms. Gray explained to FT that military officers possess skills that are sought by companies because their abilities "have been tested during wartime. It's not just a theoretical testing of leadership; it's a testing of leadership in a challenging environment. Most of the people we see have been in the Middle East and have seen combat operations."

According to information in the FT article and on the Graduate Management Admissions Council's website, close to 40,000 servicemen and women leave the military each year, and of that number approximately 1,000 go on to get an MBA. In an effort to retain trained personnel, the Department of Defense has begun encouraging officers to stay in the military by offering to pay graduate school tuition.

About the Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located in the nation's capital. Founded in 1957 to educate undergraduate business students through the integration of liberal arts and professional education, the McDonough School today welcomes approximately 1,300 undergraduates, 620 MBA students, and more than 500 participants in its executive education programs annually. For more information about the McDonough School, visit

About Georgetown University

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