Executive MBA Cohorts
Our EMBA classes are taught in small groups, or cohorts, forging strong bonds among classmates. Over the course of 20 months together, students form close relationships with their fellow cohort members, leaning on each other for advice and support. The cohort format not only provides an incredible support system while at Georgetown, it also creates lifelong friends they can call on throughout their careers.
“The cohort experience was the most amazing part of the program. Over the course of two years you really get to learn about your fellow students, and the diversity and quality of the student mix were continuously inspiring. To get so many critical and valid points of view really expands your mind and challenges your own views. I made many lasting friendships and have developed a personal “board of directors” who I trust will challenge me and deliver critical insights whenever I call.“
– Shye Gilad (EMBA’12)
Local & International Residencies
Opening Residency: Georgetown Means Business
This introduction to the program provides an in-depth, live case experience, focused on a specific industry. This practical learning course focuses on all aspects of ethical business decision-making and teamwork. Students apply a high-level view of finance, marketing, strategy, and other fundamental business areas to global companies facing real challenges in today’s competitive international marketplace. It also sets the tone for the rest of the program as students collaborate with their new classmates to produce a final presentation at the conclusion of the week. The opening residency takes place locally.
Business Planning Residency: Innovation & Entrepreneurship
This residency provides a real-world, hands-on learning experience for starting your own company. In this practical class, students identify a viable business model and are required to get out of the classroom to talk with actual prospective customers, partners, and competitors in the Washington, D.C., area. Applying methodologies such as business model generation and customer discovery, students test their own startup business ideas. At the end of the residency, student teams present their findings to a panel of judges, including entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and faculty.
Global Business Experience: Globalization- Challenges Facing the Firm
In this signature Georgetown McDonough course, student consulting teams work together to solve a pressing business problem facing companies with operations overseas. Each year, the course focuses on one city in one country. Recent locations include Seoul, Istanbul, Dehli, and Dubai. After an on-campus module, students and faculty travel to the host city for a week of organized programs, culminating with EMBA teams presenting recommendations to their clients’ senior leadership. Past clients have included companies from deeply varied industries.
Global Capstone Residency: Issues for Industries Worldwide
Incorporating all fields of the EMBA program, student teams study the impact of globalization at the national and industry levels. With the guidance of a faculty advisor, students travel abroad to conduct field research on a particular industry within the selected country or region and to implement a real-world consultancy project. To complete the residency, students highlight their research in a symposium presentation before a panel of regional and industry expoerts, along with members of the Georgetown community.
Student & Alumni Profiles
Nathan Ruiz (EMBA’16)
Director, Client Services
OptoroRead Nathan’s Story
Micah Marie Chi (EMBA’17)
Senior Marketing Manager
Charles Schwab & Co.Read Micah’s Story
Ron DeSantis (EMBA’01)
ExxonMobilRead Ron’s Story
Sekhar Puli (EMBA’04)
Founder | Managing Partner
REAN CloudRead Sekhar’s Story
The Mentorship Program
As part of our continued effort to provide EMBA students with rich learning opportunities outside the classroom, we have developed an exclusive mentoring program. Thoughtfully designed to incorporate best practices and alumni feedback, the program is focused on facilitating career advancement. Interested students are selected based on academic performance, a program application, an interview, and any professor recommendations. Once participants are paired with leaders from corporate and government organizations, they align on specific goals for the year-long mentorship engagement.
The Alumni Experience
At Georgetown McDonough, we believe leaders never graduate. This mindset inspired the creation of our Lifelong Learning initiative, which supports the professional and personal growth of our alumni forever. Drawing from the Jesuit principle of cura personalis, or “care for the whole person,” we are committed to providing our students with a transformational experience for life. The Lifelong Learning program lets executive degree alumni return to campus and audit up to one elective course per year alongside current Executive MBA students. Through the program, our alumni attain new business competencies, reconnect with faculty and peers, and extend their professional networks beyond their program and cohort.
The Global Network
Our students have access to a diverse, distinguished network of 190,000 Georgetown University alumni, from the business school as well as other programs. This map highlights some of the regions where graduates of our Executive MBA program live and work.
North America | 175,000+ Georgetown Alumni
|Chicago, IL||Phillippe De Dreuzy||AXA Partners||EMBA ’03|
|San Francisco, CA||Annie Gottbehuet||TIAA-CREF||EMBA ’13|
|Atlanta, GA||Benjamin Behrend||MHP – Porsche||EMBA ’17|
|Houston, TX||Ron DeSantis||ExxonMobil||EMBA ’01|
|Provo, UT||Josh Ellars||Patri||EMBA ’15|
|Washington, DC||Helena Hwang||The World Bank||EMBA ’12|
South America | 1,300+ Georgetown Alumni
|Kingston, Jamaica||Michael Causwell||EML Developments||EMBA ‘13|
|Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago||Heidi Alert||InvesTT||EMBA ‘10|
Africa | 300+ Georgetown Alumni
|Nairobi, Kenya||Caesar Argwings-Kodhek||West Palm Logistics||EMBA ‘08|
Europe | 3,500+ Georgetown Alumni
|Gelves, Spain||Juan Gonzalez-Escalada||SAMU||EMBA ‘06|
|Brussels, Belgium||Benoit Simon||Orange Business Services||EMBA ‘04|
Asia | 3,750+ Georgetown Alumni
|New Delhi, India||Gaurav Malik||NorthCanal Group||EMBA ‘12|
|Chennai, India||Anupam Pahuja||PayPal Inc.||EMBA ‘98|
|Singapore||Clark Beyer||Rio Tinto Uranium||EMBA ‘97|
Executive Degree Brochure
At Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, we design our executive degree programs to give professionals a distinct career advantage and a worthwhile return on investment. Take a look at our executive degree brochure to learn more about our programs.