New MBA Curriculum Prepares Global, Innovative, Principled Leaders

March 02, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC – Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will launch a newly designed MBA Curriculum this fall. This new curriculum applies to both the school’s Full-time MBA program and its MBA Evening program.
“As the global business landscape is continuously changing, MBA programs must equip their students with the skills to be innovative leaders—whether they are joining established organizations or becoming entrepreneurs,” said David A. Thomas, dean and William R. Berkley Chair, Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. “This new curriculum will strengthen our MBA program and provide our students with the knowledge and confidence to advance their careers and make a difference in the world.”
From the very start of the program, the new curriculum is filled with both classroom and experiential learning that will develop Georgetown McDonough students into innovative, principled, and entrepreneurial leaders with a global perspective to make a substantial impact on business and society.
A Look at the New MBA Curriculum
  •  Integrative Teaching: Five courses are being designed from scratch to involve cross-disciplinary teams of faculty. Faculty members are collaborating to make select courses integrated—ranging from design to delivery—to create dialogue and debate as well as help students make connections across subjects.
  •  Greater Rigor: Most core courses have been lengthened to a semester format as opposed to a modular format to allow students more time to absorb and examine the material—providing greater rigor in understanding and application.
  •  Greater Emphasis on Quantitative and Analytical Skills: The business world is more data intense today, and this trend is projected to increase exponentially. Students will need to be skilled in analyzing and interpreting data to make sound business decisions. This course will be developed and delivered by an interdisciplinary team of faculty with the objective of training students in the reflective use of modern analytical tools to address a wide range of business situations.
  • Deeper Commitment to Developing Principled Leaders with a Global Mindset in Service to Business and Society: A new course with the working title Principled Leadership for Business and Society addresses this commitment. It will integrate knowledge and perspectives from leadership, ethics, and corporate social responsibility to explore the challenges of modern business decision making. 

Re-imagining the Global Experience
“Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business was a pioneer in offering a required working global experience 18 years ago in 1994,” said Prashant Malaviya, chair of the MBA Curriculum Task Force and associate professor of marketing. “We are infusing our entire curriculum with global issues to prepare our students to work in the expanding world of business—not just for today, but for the future.”
  • Global Business Education Begins with an Opening Immersion Course, “The Structure of Global Industries”: First-year MBA students will start their studies with a three-week, highly integrated course on the Structure of Global Industries. This experiential learning course will teach them to identify and understand global markets, ethical decision making, the fundamentals of team dynamics, and persuasive communication skills. 
  • Global Discussions Infused in the Classroom: Global conversations will prevail throughout the students’ classes to ensure that they are prepared for a global marketplace. All core courses will include a significant amount of global content, such as case studies, articles, and books.  
  • Expanded Global Business Experience: Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business MBA programs will culminate in a broadened Global Business Experience (formerly the Global Residency program), which will empower students to more fully understand how business is conducted around the world—learning first-hand as well as from the experiences of their classmates. The Global Business Experience begins in the Fall semester of the MBA students’ final year with both classwork and hands-on experiences consulting for organizations around the world. The program has been expanded such that students will have the opportunity to work with international organizations in a greater number of locations and on more project topics. The Global Business Experience will culminate with the students organizing and hosting a Global Business Conference at the end of the Spring term, where they will share their global experiences with fellow students and business leaders from around the world. This conference will extend the Global Business Experience as a signature element of a Georgetown McDonough business education.

About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
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 over 1,200 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit