McDonough School of Business
McDonough School of Business

Executive MBA Student Experience

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. 

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EMBA Cohort Experience

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Benefits of Georgetown’s EMBA Program

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Why Georgetown?

Local & International Residencies

EMBA students Opening Term

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.

Opening Residency
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Structure of Global Industries
The Structure of Global Industries residency in the spring of the first year offers an integrated framework to study and practice concepts in international trade and investment, trade policy, economic growth, and monetary and fiscal policy. Teaching and learning in this on-campus residency takes place partly through lectures and principally through practicums supported by team meetings. The practicums require original, creative work by the teams of students who create a business, determine the locations of production and markets, and recommend adjustments to shocks in the business environment. The course is an on-campus residency customized to leverage courses in the preceding modules.

Structure of Global Industries
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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.

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Global Business 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 of their choosing within the selected country or region and 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 experts, along with members of the Georgetown community.


Executive Career Resources

The Executive Career Management team supports each student with advisory, coaching, and guidance throughout the Georgetown Executive MBA journey. They help students understand their values, leadership style, motivation, and aspirations; explore their options; make meaningful career connections; and crystalize their career narrative and personal branding while also preparing for a career move.

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.

Research Centers and Initiatives

From Sustainability to Entrepreneurship, our EMBA students have a variety of professional and academic interests that goes beyond the classroom experience. Students can work with eleven faculty-led centers and initiatives to generate research, convene with industry leaders, or practice impact.

The Alumni Experience

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At Georgetown McDonough, we believe leaders never graduate. This thinking has inspired the creation of our Lifelong Learning Program, which supports our students’ professional and personal growth. Georgetown’s EMBA alumni have the opportunity to extend their learning and attain new business competencies for a lifetime. Through the Lifelong Learning Program, alumni may engage in educational opportunities offered by the Graduate and Executive Degree programs at the McDonough School of Business, including returning to campus to audit courses from a select set of electives. Reconnect with faculty and peers while extending your professional network outside of your 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.


Georgetown Alumni in North America


Georgetown Alumni in Latin America


Georgetown Alumni in Africa and Middle East


Georgetown Alumni in Europe


Georgetown Alumni in Asia

Join Our August 2023 Intake

The next Executive MBA intake launches in August 2023. We welcome the opportunity to connect with you throughout the admissions process to learn more about your background and interests.

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