The concept of being global is multifaceted, which is why the Georgetown McDonough School of Business prepares students to become global-ready leaders by providing a depth of opportunities as only Georgetown can. From international consulting projects to global social internships, our students gain true global experiences. Professors integrate global case studies into the classroom. The school builds a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff with different backgrounds and viewpoints.

Georgetown McDonough's global identity is based on three pillars:

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D.C. as a Global City
Georgetown McDonough students take advantage of Washington, D.C.’s various global institutions. We also host distinguished world leaders to share their insights with our community.

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Tradition of Academic Excellence
Established in 1789, Georgetown University is one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions, offering a unique educational experience that prepares the next generation of global citizens.


Jesuit Values Worldwide
Our students are encouraged to collaborate, forge close friendships, and extend their learning outside of the classroom and beyond campus, even internationally.

Georgetown McDonough created the Global Business Initiative (GBI) to lead the school’s global activities, including the signature Global Business Experience and the new Global Business in Practice MOOC. With an advisory board of accomplished global executives, GBI ensures that Georgetown McDonough students are learning at the forefront of emerging issues and trends.


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The Global Business Experience

Georgetown McDonough provides all students the opportunity to travel abroad to consult either within an industry or with specific Fortune 500 companies. The program is required of all graduate students and is an elective for undergraduates. Working in small teams, students partner with executives from different organizations to address complex business challenges.

Undergraduate students present consulting findings in France
MBA students provide recommendations to Uber based on research in Mexico
Executive MBA students present Capstone project on the Syrian refugee crisis
Executive Master's in Leadership students promote recycling in South Africa

* Additionally, through career treks MBA students travel domestically and internationally to network and learn about specifics industries. Recent locations include Mexico, Tanzania, and Tel Aviv.



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Partnership with the Walsh School of Foreign Service

Georgetown McDonough has partnered with the Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS), Georgetown's premier school of international affairs, to train students for work at the intersection of international public and private sector activities. Our undergraduate students can take advantage of the B.S. in Business and Global Affairs and the Global Business Fellows program, whereas MBA students can pursue a certificate in International Business Diplomacy

Bachelor of Science in Business and Global Affairs
Inaugural Global Business Fellows class graduates
International Business Diplomacy Certificate expands to Evening MBA program
Georgetown launches M.A. in International Business and Policy



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Partnerships with Universities Worldwide

Undergraduate students have access to signature global programs that allow them to further their global experience while completing two business courses in prestigious institutions such as ESADE, Oxford University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Full-time MBA students also can choose from semester abroad programs at the London Business School, Beijing International MBA, HEC Paris, ESADE Business School, and IAE Business School. Global Executive MBA students also attend classes at INCAE Business School and ESADE Business School.

Georgetown McDonough also has partnered with Effat University, the first private institution of higher education for women in Saudi Arabia.



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Meaningful Engagements with the D.C. Community

Georgetown McDonough aims to strengthen the nexus between the international organizations based in D.C. and our student community. We nurture these relationships by providing consulting opportunities to students and through signature events held on our campus or at the host organization's venue.

• New design thinking course focuses on “glocal” community 
Ambassador of Panama visits with Global Business Fellows Program students
MBA students participate in IFC consulting program
Spanish Ambassador speaks on global business to students
MBA Program launches Certificate in Nonmarket Strategy



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Hoyas for Others

The Global Social Internship Program (GSIP) enables undergraduate students to develop transformative leadership skills related to nonprofit and socially focused enterprises. Our MBA students also are increasingly partaking in a community project at the end of their Global Business Experience residency week.

MBA students volunteer at a local school in Mexico
Social Internship Program for undergraduates expands to China
Evening MBA students work on a service project in Peru
Executive MBA students open orphanage in Ethiopia


global news

  • Brooks Holtom in Antarctica
    Holtom’s Antarctica Trip Marks Research on All Seven Continents

    With a recent consulting trip to Antarctica, Brooks Holtom, professor of management and senior associate dean for strategy, finance, and organization, has now conducted research on all seven continents — and this time, he got to see penguins, sea lions, calving glaciers, and enjoy the 28-degree Antarctic summer during his 10-day expedition to the continent last December.

  • Wang's Georgetown Pennant
    Georgetown Soars Into Space Through MBA Student’s Internship

    Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business made its first foray into outer space in late January, when Hall Wang (MBA/MBB'19) sent a Georgetown pennant onboard a New Shepard rocket launch 66 miles above Earth.

  • PizzaALumnus
    Alumnus Brings A Truly Italian Pizza Experience To The East Coast

    We spoke with Edouard Freda (B'15), who recently launched Talia di Napoli, a company that is reinventing the traditional pizza experience by artisanally handmaking it in Naples, Italy, and bringing it to the United States.

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    Estée Lauder CEO Fabrizio Freda on Inspiring the New Generation of Beauty

    Fabrizio Freda, president and CEO of The Estée Lauder Companies, discussed the challenges of leading a global cosmetics brand during an event hosted by the Georgetown Retail & Luxury Association (GRLA) and the GBI on April 8.

our students' global journeys