McDonough School of Business

Executive MBA Application Process

How to apply.

To Apply, Applicants Should:

Application Deadlines For Fall 2024

*After June 15th, applications will be considered on a rolling basis
Round 1October 15, 2023
Round 2November 15, 2023
Round 3December 15, 2023
Round 4January 15, 2024
Round 5February 15, 2024
Round 6March 15, 2024
Round 7April 15, 2024
Round 8May 15, 2024
*Round 9June 15, 2024*

Executive MBA (EMBA) 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.

Admissions Policies

Application Requirements

The EMBA 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:

Required Components

*You may qualify to waive the demonstration of English Language Proficiency requirement. Please see this section for details.
**The reapplicant essay is required for applicants who previously applied and were not accepted.

Optional Components

International Applicants

Online Application Form


Applications must be submitted through our online application portal.

CV or Resume


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

Personal Essay


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 the 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 personal statement, 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.

Video Essay


This optional video essay provides you the opportunity to bring life to your application and share with the Admissions Committee things about yourself not immediately evident in other components of the application.

Video Essay Prompt: Please introduce yourself to your future cohort members.

Video Guidelines:

When reviewing your video essay, the Admissions 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.

Scholarship Essay


The Executive MBA (EMBA) 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 EMBA 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:

Diversity, Personal Background, and Contributions Statement


Prompt: As Georgetown is a diverse, global community, we encourage you to upload a brief statement of up to 500 words to help the Admissions Committee understand the contribution your personal background and individual experiences would make to our community. As appropriate, you may wish to address 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 diversity of perspectives and ideas at Georgetown University.

Essay Guidelines:

Additional Information


Prompt: Please provide any information you would like to add that you have not otherwise included in other sections of your application. For example, you can use this space to describe inconsistent academic performance, gaps in employment, or any other relevant information.

Guidelines & Formatting:

Reapplicant Essay

Required for applicants who previously applied and were not accepted.

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:

Standardized Test Scores

Optional or required if requested

Submission of a GRE, GMAT, or Executive Assessment test score is optional. If you wish to submit test scores, upload an unofficial copy of your test score (no more than five years old) directly into the online application. All score reports should include your name and test date.

Official scores only need to be submitted if you are admitted to the program. Discrepancies between self-reported/unofficial documents and official records may result in an admissions offer being rescinded.



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.

You can submit your application for review before these letters have been completed. Please note, however, that a final decision cannot be rendered until your recommendations have been received.

Academic Records


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. Students who have attended or graduated from a non-U.S. college or university should review the instructions under the International Applicants section.

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 proof a degree was conferred and the date of graduation.
  3. 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: EMBA 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 or Parchment) via email to:
    • requested from the appropriate institution’s registrar, returned to you, and submitted unopened.

Application Fee


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.

International Applicants

Non-U.S. College or University Academic records

Required for International Applicants

Students who have attended or graduated from a non-U.S. college or university should follow these instructions:

  1. 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 a credential evaluation. While this service is not required, we recommend the World Education Services (WES) ICAP evaluations. Credential evaluations may take the place of official transcripts, as long as they come to Georgetown McDonough directly from the evaluation service provider and include a copy of the official transcripts you had evaluated.
  2. 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.

Demonstration of English Language Proficiency

Required for qualifying applicants noted below or required if requested

Applicants who fit the criteria below are required to upload an unofficial English Language Proficiency Exam score report to the online application.

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

The Office of Admissions reserves the right to ask an applicant to submit proof of English Language Proficiency.

You may choose from one of the following three exams to demonstrate your level of competence in English.

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

Join Our August 2024 Intake

The next Executive MBA intake launches in August 2024. We welcome the opportunity to connect with you throughout the admissions process to learn more about your background and interests.

Questions? Contact our EMBA Program Admissions Team / +1 (202) 687-8863 / Frequently Asked Questions