About the School

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.

Key Facts

McDonough Mission

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business prepares students to become globally minded, principled leaders ready to address the most significant challenges and opportunities facing business and society. Concurrently, the school’s faculty engages in research that both creates and enhances knowledge and business practices.

The student experience and faculty research are enhanced by McDonough’s location in the global capital city of Washington, D.C.; by its strong connections with scholars in international relations, public policy, law, health, and other fields across our university; and by its Jesuit traditions, including caring for the whole person, being in service to others, and creating community in diversity.

History of the McDonough School of Business

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business began in 1936 as an undergraduate program within the School of Foreign Service and today is a global leader in business education, business ethics, and social responsibility. It is named for Robert Emmett McDonough (SFS’49), former chairman and CEO of RemedyTemp, who gave $30 million to the school in 1998.

Global Perspective

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.

Rigorous Academics

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.

Culture of Collaboration

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.

View a Georgetown University virtual tour that includes the McDonough School of Business Hariri Building.