McDonough School of Business
McDonough School of Business

EML Student Experience

Expand your network and develop lifelong connections.

A Design for Working Professionals

The EML program begins each year with a June intake and is delivered over a 12-month period in a hybrid format.* Classes are held in-person every six weeks for a long weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and then alternating Saturdays online (see calendar below for class times), in addition to three in-person residencies throughout the year. 

The format was designed to both maximize the work-school-life balance of the executive students enrolled in the program and simulate how management and collaboration is evolving as organizations adapt to new working paradigms. This is accomplished while retaining the small class sizes, personal connections, and academic rigor that is the hallmark of the Georgetown McDonough’s experience.

Learn From A Diverse Set of Peers

Over 12 months, EML students participate in intensive group-work and experiential residencies that help build a true cohort of peer leaders and mentors that learn from each other. The cohort format allows students to build trust-based relationships that endure long after the completion of the program.

The diversity of experiences and perspectives made for stimulating discussions in each and every class. The student collaboration and discussions led to friendships and associations that will go forward well beyond the program. The residencies also were valuable because, in many ways, they were an extension of the discussions we had in class.

Gerald Bruce (EML’12)

Class Profile

The average EML cohort is composed of a diverse group of 25-30 students with varied professional, academic, and personal experiences.

Below is the profile of the 18th cohort of our EML program.

Demographics, Experience, and Education


average age


average years of work experience


average years of managerial experience




underrepresented minorities


U.S. diversity


military experience


students with advanced degrees


lived or worked abroad

Industries Represented

  • Government 29%
  • Education 24%
  • Nonprofit/Social Impact 19%
  • Consulting 10%
  • Other 10%
  • Energy & Clean Tech 5%
  • Manufacturing 5%

Area of Bachelor’s

  • Humanities/Social Sciences 52%
  • Business/Accounting 24%
  • Science 14%
  • Engineerings 10%

Average Years of Work Experience

  • <8 years 19%
  • 8-15 years 38%
  • 15+ years 43%

Recalibrate Your Career

Throughout their EML journey, students focus on defining and planning for their future leadership growth and development by using the concepts learned throughout the program to inform their personal and professional goals.

Our EML programs further supports students by offering:

Leadership Coaching

Receive sustained one-to-one engagement with an executive coach to enhance your personal understanding of yourself and others. These coaching sessions are woven into the academic experience and ultimately serve as an accelerant, giving you a structured way of thinking about your leadership capabilities and the science behind what you should be asking yourself.

Career Management Support

The executive career management team provides support via assessment tools to help you map out your career strengths and career options while fine-tuning your professional narrative. Offerings also include in-class sessions and tutorials on career and leadership topics and one-on-one career coaching.

Judy Jenkins

The 1:1 coaching gave me an opportunity to be selfish and work on me. It provided additional skills that have helped me manage my time and prioritize my work projects. The coaching included self-assessments and activities to help me identify the key areas I needed to improve to make my work more fulfilling and efficient.

Judy Jenkins (EML’14)

Alumni Profiles

More Alumni Perspectives

Scott Montgomery
Chief Pilot, Commandant’s Flight Detachment at U.S. Marine Corps

Meet Scott

Elena Polomoshnova (EML’08)
Senior Manager at Deloitte”

Meet Elena
Mary M. Gillam, Ph.D. (EML’17)

Mary M. Gillam, Ph.D.
President at Executive Leadership Enterprise and Management Services, LLC”

Meet Mary

The Alumni Experience

Making the decision to enroll in a Georgetown McDonough executive degree program is more than a career-building move — it is a life-changing experience.

Lifelong Learning Program

We believe leaders never graduate. This thinking has inspired the creation of our Lifelong Learning Program, which supports our students’ professional and personal growth for a lifetime. Through this program, you may audit up to one elective course per year with our current Executive MBA students. This is a unique opportunity to return to the classroom and refresh your knowledge, attain new business competencies, reconnect with faculty, and meet other executive degree students and alumni. Recent elective courses include:

• Advanced Competitive Strategy
• Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital
• Effective Decision-Making
• Mergers and Acquisitions
• Design Thinking and Service Consulting

Alumni Network & Opportunities

EML alumni join a distinguished and diverse global Georgetown University network of more than 190,000 alumni with deep and varied professional experience spanning business, multinational corporations, and government and non-governmental agencies.

Alumni also have access to professional alliances and over 50 regional alumni clubs on six continents.