McDonough School of Business
McDonough School of Business

EML Application Process

Executive Master’s in Leadership candidates bring diverse professional backgrounds and experiences to the program. They display high leadership potential and have a deep interest in shaping the global business environment and leading in their organizations.



*Priority Scholarship
Round 1*9/1/22
Round 2*10/1/22
Round 3*11/1/22
Round 4*12/11/22
Round 5*2/1/23
Round 63/1/23
Round 74/1/23


The EML Admissions Committee uses a holistic approach when making an admissions decision. Therefore, it is necessary to submit all application components so the Admissions Committee can make an informed decision about your application.

The Admission Committee will only review completed applications that include the following components:


Applications must be submitted through our online application portal.


Submit a current CV or resume in month/year format that corresponds to the information submitted on your online application.


Our goal at Georgetown McDonough is to craft a diverse class of students with varying personal and professional life experiences. As such, we want to give our applicants to opportunity to select an essay prompt that best showcases their experiences, characteristics, and value proposition that they can bring to the McDonough community.

Essay Options: Please select one of the following essay options:

Essay Guidelines:

When reviewing your essay, the Admissions Committee will consider your written communication skills – taking into account grammar, structure, and cohesion of your essay – along with the content of the essay itself. The personal statement provides personalization to your application, and you should ensure that your essay both fully addresses your chosen prompt and remains focused on your own experiences and goals.


This optional video essay provides you the opportunity to bring life to your application. In one minute or less, we ask that you answer the prompt below.

Video Essay Prompt: Please introduce yourself to your future cohort members. In a one-minute video, describe the most unique and compelling aspects of yourself that you’d like to share with your future classmates. (Hint: one minute goes fast! We already have your resume and goals – share something new!) Use this video as an opportunity to bring life to your application.

Video Guidelines:

When reviewing your video essay, the Admission Committee will consider your verbal communication skills along with the content of the essay itself. The video essay provides personalization to your application along with demonstrating how you present yourself to the Admissions Committee. We encourage you to appear in front of the camera throughout your video essay and discourage you from including other speakers.


The Executive Master’s in Leadership (EML) program offers merit-based program scholarships. Applicants interested in being considered for a merit-based program scholarship must include a scholarship essay with their applications. The Admissions Committee will typically release scholarship award notifications with their admissions decision.

Essay Prompt: For scholarship consideration, please explain why you are applying to the EML program at Georgetown McDonough with an emphasis on the values and unique contribution you will bring to the cohort and the Georgetown community.

Essay Guidelines:


As Georgetown is a diverse, global community, we encourage you to upload a brief statement of approximately 500 words to help the Admissions Committee understand the contribution your personal background would make to our community. As appropriate, you may wish to address any obstacles or challenges you have overcome; any educational, familial, cultural, economic, and social experiences that have helped to shape your educational and professional goals; or how your background (e.g., first-generation student, resident outside the U.S.) or activities (e.g., community service and leadership) will contribute to the Georgetown community.

Essay Guidelines:


Required for all applicants that previously applied and were not accepted.

Essay Prompt: How have you strengthened your candidacy since your last application? We are particularly interested in hearing about how you have grown professionally and personally.

Essay Guidelines:


The Admissions Committee is interested in gaining insight from individuals who can objectively evaluate your professional performance, as well as your managerial and leadership potential.

We require that you identify one recommender. This recommendation must be from a current or former (recent) direct supervisor. An optional second recommendation may be from a former supervisor, a current indirect supervisor, or a client. Note that the Admissions Committee will not read more than two recommendations per application.

All recommendations must be submitted electronically via the application system. Recommenders will receive detailed instructions once you complete the “Recommendations” section of your application.


Applicants to Georgetown McDonough are required to hold a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or an equivalent degree from a foreign country.

To apply: We require that you upload unofficial copies of your transcripts from all institutions that have you have attended (e.g. undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D., M.D., J.D., etc.).

If admitted/enrolled: All applicants that are admitted and enroll will be required to submit official transcripts from all institutions that have conferred a degree to you. Georgetown McDonough reserves the right to withdraw any offer of admission if there is a discrepancy between the uploaded unofficial transcript and/or translation, and the official original language transcript and/or the official translation.

Instructions for transcripts:

  1. All submitted transcripts must display the following*:
    • course names
    • all grades received (including from transfer credits and study abroad programs)
    • cumulative GPA
    • grading scale
    • type of degree and degree conferral information
  2. We require that all transcripts be submitted in English.
    • Most major foreign universities will issue official transcripts in English themselves. However, if your institution is unable to do this, you are responsible for providing Georgetown McDonough with an English translation of your transcript. Your translator must certify that the original documentation was received in a sealed envelope from your university or issuing institution. After translating, your translator should enclose both the original (non-translated) and the certified translation in an envelope and seal and sign the envelope. The transcript should be enclosed in the signed, sealed envelope and submitted by mail to Georgetown McDonough.
    • As an alternative to an individual translator providing certified translations, international applicants who attend institutions outside of the United States may submit their transcripts in the form of World Education Services (WES) ICAP evaluations. You should note that official transcripts are delivered electronically with their evaluations through WES. WES evaluations may take the place of official transcripts as long as they come to Georgetown McDonough directly from WES and include a copy of the official transcripts you had evaluated. Use of the WES service is not required.
  3. We require proof a degree was conferred and the date of graduation. Some international transcripts do not explicitly state that a degree was conferred or the date of graduation.
    • If your transcript does not explicitly state that a degree was conferred or the date of graduation, you should obtain an official letter from your university indicating the date of your graduation and the degree conferral date. This letter should be enclosed in a signed, sealed envelope and included with your transcript.
  4. A transcript is official when:
    • submitted in an envelope which is issued by your institution(s) and sealed by your university’s registrar’s office (or equivalent office) to the address below:Attn: EML Admissions
      Rafik B. Hariri Building, Suite 474
      37th & O Streets, NW
      Washington, DC 20057
    • submitted from your institution via a secure electronic delivery (such as Scrip-Safe) via email to
    • requested from the appropriate institution’s registrar, returned to you, and submitted unopened.


International students are required to demonstrate a level of competence in English sufficient to meet the admission requirements of our Executive Degree Programs. All non-native English speakers are required to submit a current TOEFL, IELTS, or the Pearson Test of English result if their admissions counselor has requested it or if they wish to voluntarily submit one.

Account Name: Georgetown University Sch of Business- MiM, MA-IBP, MSBA
Address: Executive and Specialized Degree Programs
37th and O Streets
Rafik B. Hariri Building, Suite 359
NW Washington, DC 20057

Please note: If you meet any of the following criteria, you are not required to submit a TOEFL/IELTS score:


Applicants must submit a $175 non-refundable application fee, payable online via credit card or e-check. Please do not send a personal check or money order. Application fee waivers will be granted to candidates who are active duty, reservists, or veterans of the United States military.


For additional information, please contact the EML Admissions Team at +1 (202) 687-4055 or