McDonough School of Business
McDonough School of Business

Executive MBA Application Process

How to apply.

To Apply, Applicants Should:

Application Deadlines For Fall 2023

RoundDate
Round 1September 15, 2022
Round 2October 15, 2022
Round 3November 15, 2022
Round 4December 10, 2022
Round 5January 22, 2023
Round 6February 15, 2023
Round 7March 15, 2023
Round 8April 15, 2023
Round 9May 15, 2023
Round 10June 15, 2023

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:

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.


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 (Optional)

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 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 Essay

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:


Re-Applicant Essay

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:


Recommendation

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) via email to emba@georgetown.edu.
    • 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

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

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

Questions? Contact our EMBA Admissions Team

emba@georgetown.edu / +1 (202) 687-8863 / Frequently Asked Questions