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About the School

About the School

Located at the intersection of business, government, and international relations, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business develops principled leaders with a global mindset to be in service to business and society. Guided by that purpose, we are a business school that produces knowledge and educates leaders to address the most significant challenges and opportunities facing business and society today.

Culture and Tradition

Established in 1789, Georgetown is the nation's oldest Catholic and Jesuit university. Georgetown was founded on the Jesuit principles of equality, respect, and cura personalis, or education of the whole person, and those same values define the school today.

Georgetown McDonough’s rigorous academic program is supported by a strong culture that encourages students to collaborate, forge close friendships, and extend their learning outside of the classroom and beyond campus. 

A diverse group of students have the opportunity to join or lead many campus organizations, to hear from leading business leaders and policy makers who visit campus, and to pursue service opportunities. Because much of the business school curriculum focuses on cohorts and experiential learning, students have multiple opportunities to collaborate while working in small groups and studying overseas. They are encouraged to support one another in exploring new goals and achieving them.

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Meet Dean Thomas

David A. Thomas is Dean and William R. Berkley Chair of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He has led many of the school’s recent initiatives, including redesigning the new MBA curriculum, increasing the number of research activities, and diversifying the faculty and student body. A recognized thought leader in organizational behavior and strategic human resource management, Dr. Thomas’ research focuses on issues related to executive development, cultural diversity in organizations, leadership, and organizational change.

Thomas, who joined Georgetown in August 2011 following a two-decade career at Harvard Business School, has led many changes to the MBA curriculum to ensure that students acquire a global business mindset, become nimble innovative thinkers and principled leaders in service to others, in both business and society at large.

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Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is led by distinguished scholars and professionals recognized as authorities in their fields. Click on the leadership categories below to view their bios

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Board of Advisors

Georgetown McDonough counts many prominent business leaders and policy makers as members of its Board of Advisors. The McDonough School of Business Board of Advisors aims to:

  • Provide a forum for communication between the school and its key constituencies: undergraduate alumni and parents, graduate school alumni, corporations who hire employees or send employees to executive education programs; and/or corporations with which the McDonough School of Business wishes to have a relationship; 
  • Advise the faculty and administration on its competitive plans, programs, and research activities;
  • Provide intellectual capital as the school refines its competitive academic program strategies by anticipating demographic, societal, technological, and corporate changes that will impact the business school;
  • And assist the Dean in developing the financial resources to ensure the future development and academic strength of the school.

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Diversity and Inclusion

Since its founding in 1789, Georgetown has welcomed a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff.

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Key Facts

Learn more about the students, faculty, and staff who make up the Georgetown McDonough community.

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Maps and Directions

Maps and directions to Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.

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Each year, we celebrate Georgetown McDonough graduates through formal commencement ceremonies. In May, members of our undergraduate, MBA, Master Science in Finance, Executive MBA, and Executive Master's in Leadership communities graduate on Healy Lawn. Historic Gaston Hall is the setting for our Global Executive MBA graduation in July and our District of Columbia Executive Master's in Leadership program in December. Additionally, our Corporate International Master's in Business Administration holds a ceremony each October in Brazil. Learn more about these celebrations on our commencement pages.

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Georgetown McDonough By the Numbers

Georgetown McDonough accepts the best of the best and graduates the best of the best. Here are some of the statistics.

  • 160,000+

    Georgetown University Alumni Network

    Georgetown alumni are loyal to their school and to each other. Residing in all 50 states and 110 countries, they stay connected through the strong alumni network.

  • 1

    McDonough Ranks #1 in Finance

    Businessweek ranks business school programs in several categories each year. In 2013, Georgetown McDonough earned 1st place for Finance.

  • 1789

    Year Founded

    Georgetown University was founded in 1789, celebrating it’s 225th birthday this year