McDonough School of Business
McDonough School of Business

Full-time MBA Program Curriculum

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Through complex coursework, experiential learning, and the case method, the Georgetown MBA curriculum inspires collaboration among both students and faculty. A challenging core curriculum with an emphasis on ethical leadership provides students with a global management framework that is crucial for continued professional accomplishments. Specialized electives and intensive learning experiences allow students to tailor their coursework and further strengthen their professional skill set to advance in today’s global marketplace.

All students begin by taking individual core classes including finance, marketing, strategy, decision sciences, economics, and management in a cohort of approximately 60-70 students. Starting in the second semester, full-time students begin to tailor the curriculum to meet their interests by taking elective courses in addition to core classes. 

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  The MBA curriculum sequence and courses have been adjusted due to developments related to COVID-19. Students will learn of further updates, if any, from the MBA Program Office.

Current first and second year Full-time students should refer to Canvas for their curriculum map. 

Stem-Designated Management Science Major

The Georgetown MBA offers a variety of coursework focused on quantitative analysis and management science, allowing students to complete a STEM-designated management science major. In addition to the STEM-eligible credits you will take as part of the core curriculum above, students must complete 12 elective credits during the MBA program from the designated list to earn the designation.

Opening Term

Your MBA studies will begin with a week-long course, Leading Teams for Performance and Impact, which draws from behavioral science research and professional practice to provide an interactive, engaging, and focused experience in leadership development.

Core Courses

Our 15 core courses are offered in sequence with the same cohort – with the exception of Leading Teams for Performance and Impact and the Global Business Experience – and provide a foundation for managerial success in the global marketplace.

Electives

Although you do not have to choose an area of concentration, you can customize your academic experience by selecting electives from more than 70 course offerings. 

Accounting

Finance

Marketing

Management

Operations and Information Management

Strategy, Economics, Ethics & Public Policy

Intensive Learning Experiences

Intensive Learning Experiences (ILEs) are elective courses offered in short time periods (one to two weeks) and provide one and a half or three hours of academic credit. These courses use innovative pedagogies, such as experiential learning, client-centered work, and off-site visits that take advantage of the concentrated time format. This list is a general guide and is subject to change.

Transfer Credit Policy

Georgetown McDonough MBA students may petition for the transfer of a maximum of 12 credits for specific courses taken at an accredited institution prior to their matriculation at McDonough. Only courses that satisfy the following requirements will be considered for transfer credit:

You must complete a minimum of 75% of the credits required for the MBA at Georgetown McDonough. Therefore, transferring credits may limit opportunities for registration in Consortium of Universities in D.C. courses, cross registration at Georgetown University, and study abroad.

Requests for transfer credit will be reviewed for Flex MBA students after admission to McDonough is granted; full-time students’ requests will be reviewed after being admitted and submitting a deposit.

Registration Outside the MBA Program

As an additional way to customize your MBA, we offer you the opportunity to request to take up to 13.5 elective credits outside of the McDonough School of Business. Relevant graduate-level classes may be taken elsewhere within Georgetown University through cross registration. You can also pursue courses through the Consortium of Universities in D.C., such as: American University, George Mason University, Howard University, The George Washington University, and the University of Maryland at College Park.

Certificates and Experiential Learning

Through certificate programs, academic tutorials, in-class client work, and experiences like the Venture Fellows Program and Real Estate Clinic, we bring the real world to the classroom for our students.

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