McDonough School of Business

MBA Advanced Access Program

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Georgetown McDonough is excited to invite you to participate in the MBA Advanced Access Program (MAAP). This is a deferred MBA enrollment program which allows those in their final year of undergraduate or graduate school who have not previously had professional full-time work experience to apply for deferred enrollment into our Full-time MBA Program.

By applying through this program, you can secure a place for two years out from the time that you apply, with the option to extend to three or four years.

Why Apply?

We recognize that determining your ideal path after undergrad can be daunting. The reality is that people change careers and industries multiple times. The benefit of the Georgetown MAAP program is that you can work for two to four years knowing you already have a secured spot in a top-ranked MBA program.

Which Program Will I Attend?

You will receive deferred admission into the highly ranked Full-time MBA program. The Full-time MBA provides a global management degree based upon the foundations of ethics and leadership, preparing you to build a career in today’s increasingly global business environment.

From the opening term course, Structure of Global Industries, to the global discussions infused throughout the curriculum, and class profile with over 42 countries represented, you will develop a global mindset. This 54-credit curriculum provides a blend of both core classes for a strong business foundation, combined with your choice of 100 electives in a variety of elective areas.

Customize your program with the ability to complete certificates in Consumer Analytics and Insights, Nonmarket Strategy, and Sustainable Business, plus participate in other experiential learning opportunities.

Application Process

All applications must be submitted through our online applicationAll MAAP applicants are entitled to a reduced application fee of $100.

  • Your online application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on the deadline date. Applications that are received after the deadline will be considered for the next admissions round.
  • Documents submitted to the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business become the property of Georgetown University and will not be returned to the applicant.
  • Should you be admitted, you will receive a conditional offer and will be required to complete the following:
    • Your final transcript grades should not deviate from the academic performance submitted during the application process.
    • You will need to gain two to four years of competitive work experience and develop your leadership experiences as is expected for all incoming MBA students prior to matriculation.  
    • Your personal and professional conduct should be aligned with the values of Georgetown McDonough.
    • You will be required to mail all original/official copies of each application document (test scores, transcripts, degree certificates) to the Admissions Office. Discrepancies between self-reported/unofficial documents and official records may result in an admissions offer being rescinded.
    • If any application materials are found to be forged, falsified, or altered in any way, the university will notify all relevant officials, including the individual or institution issuing the document and, as appropriate, immigration officers. If an offer of admission has been made, it may be rescinded.
  • If you are a visually-impaired applicant and need an accessible application, please contact us at and we’d be happy to assist.

  • Students are required to complete either the Onsite or Online GMAT or GRE (EA is not accepted for MAAP).
    • Discounted GMAT pricing for undergraduate students
    • GMAT Program Code for Full-time MBA: JT7-G0-20
    • If you would like to test your GMAT skills prior to taking the test, you can take this GMAT mini quiz
    • GRE Program Code: 7821
  • To complete your application, you must upload an unofficial, scanned copy of your test score directly into the online application. Official scores only need to be submitted if you are admitted to the program. 
  • Demonstrating 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.
      • Non-U.S. citizens
      • Non-U.S. permanent residents
      • Applicants who have not obtained a four-year or advanced degree from a university where the only primary medium of instruction was English
    • You may choose from one of the following three exams to demonstrate your level of competence in English:
      • TOEFL – The minimum required score is 250 (computer-based), 600 (paper-based), or 100 (internet-based). Your test result must not be more than two years old. If you are admitted to the program, official scores must be sent directly from ETS to Georgetown University MBA Admissions using ETS Code Number: 5781.
        • We now accept MyBest Scores. Test dates on your MyBest Scores report that are older than two years are expired and not valid. All dates must be valid.
        • NOTE: The TOEFL will be accessible for virtual testing until testing centers reopen, starting March 26, 2020. Students may begin registering for the next test date.
      • ELTS – We accept only academic module results; the minimum required score is 7.5. Your test result must not be more than two years old. If you are admitted to the program, official scores must be sent directly from Cambridge (IELTS) to Georgetown University MBA Admissions.
      • PTE – The minimum required score is 68. Your test result must not be more than two years old. If you are admitted to the program, official scores must be sent directly from Pearson Vue to Georgetown University MBA Admissions.

  • You are required to be pursuing a four-year bachelor’s degree or master’s degree from an accredited college or university or an equivalent degree from a foreign country. To complete your application, you must upload unofficial transcripts for all academic coursework you’ve taken directly into the online application. Please make sure each transcript document includes:
    • Course names
    • All grades received (including transfer credits and study abroad programs)
    • Cumulative or in-progress GPA
    • Degree conferral information (if degree completed)
    • Grading scale
      • For more information on how to submit your grading scale, please view our Grade Scale Guide
    • Degree certificate (international applicants only)
      • For more information on submitting your degree certificate, please view our Diploma Guide
    • Official transcripts should only be submitted if you are admitted to the program

All MAAP applicants will be required to complete the Standard MBA Essay and the Video Essay, but also will be required to complete three short MAAP-specific essays.

Standard MBA Essay

We want to hear your story. When responding to our required essays, be authentic and take time to reflect on your goals and past experiences. Craft a response that explains how these experiences led you to pursue an MBA. 

Our goal at Georgetown McDonough is to craft a diverse class with people who have had varying personal and professional life experiences. As such, we want to give our applicants the opportunity to select one essay (from a list of four) that allows them the ability to best highlight their experiences, characteristics, and values that showcase the value proposition that they can bring to the McDonough community. Please select one of the following three essays to complete in 500 words (approximately one page, double spaced) and include the essay prompt and your first/last name at the top of your submission.

  • Essay Option One – Georgetown Community
    Our mission is rooted in Jesuit principles of equality and respect for everyone and an ethos of caring for the whole person. Inclusivity and diversity are core to supporting a community of people with an intersectional understanding of themselves and the world around them. Share how your educational, familial, cultural, economic, social, and/or other individual life experiences will contribute to the diversity of perspectives and ideas at Georgetown University.
  • Essay Option Two – Leave Your Legacy
    Commitment to service and community is an important value that Hoyas share across Georgetown McDonough’s 40+ MBA student-run clubs and organizations, nine centers and initiatives, and various other co-curricular activities. What do you want your legacy to be as a McDonough student and alumni? Be as specific as possible.
  • Essay Option Three – Magis
    Magis is a Jesuit value that instills the sense of achieving “more” or “greater” excellence. Share how you achieved magis during a professional experience as evidenced on your resume. Describe why this experience exemplified excellence and what about your involvement (i.e. strengths or skills) contributed to the excellence.  

Video Essay

Building a cohort of diverse and unique individuals is important to the admissions team. We want you to bring your whole self to Georgetown McDonough. Throughout the application, we’ve learned about what you would add as a professional and leader. Just as important is learning about your interests outside of work. In one minute, please share 5-10 random facts about yourself that are not on your resume and how these facts contribute to who you are as a professional and leader.

Video Guidelines

  • You may use your phone, computer, or other means to record the video, but please ensure all audio and visual components are clear. We recommend a well-lit room and minimal noise distraction. 
  • The admissions committee would like for you to appear in person during part of your video.
  • We recommend unscripted, conversational videos – help us get to know the real you!
  • Upload your video to an accessible website (such as YouTube, Vimeo, Youku, or Tudou), and submit the direct video URL into your online application. 
  • Please note that all videos must remain active and accessible to the admissions committee online for a minimum of five years for record retention purposes.
  • For your privacy: Do not include your name in the title of your video. You may submit “unlisted” videos via YouTube or password protected videos through Vimeo. If using a password, please include immediately after your link in the text box below. [Ex:, password: Hoyas]

MAAP Essays

  • Do you have a current employment offer for post-graduation? What type of industries/ functions are you pursuing? Where are you in the employment search process? (250 words or fewer)
  • How do you plan to develop as a leader both personally and professionally during your deferment period? (150 words or less)

Optional Essay

Please provide any information you would like to add to your application that you have not otherwise included. (300-350 words, approximately one page, double spaced)

How have you progressed in your career and made an impact in your organization? Use this component of the application process to clearly outline your professional experience and accomplishments. Upload a current resume that corresponds to the information submitted in the “Employment” section of your online application. Your resume should clearly identify part-time and internship experience, as well as months and years in each position.

We require one *professional recommendation and one professor’s recommendation for the MAAP program. We are interested in gaining insight from someone who can objectively evaluate your professional performance as well as managerial and leadership potential.

Recommenders are required to submit the recommendation forms online and will receive detailed instructions once you complete the “Recommendations” section of your application. The recommender may submit a letter or performance review as part of the online form.

*Professional recommendation can include internship, student volunteer organization, or community organizationWe’re allowing two professor recommendations if internships were rescinded because of COVID-19.

Interviews are offered by invitation only. Invitations to interview are extended following each application deadline and will continue up until the decision release date. Additionally, waitlist candidates may be invited to interview after initial decisions are released.

Application Deadline

The application will be live by August 2023 and the deadline to apply is with our Round 4 deadline of April 30, 2024, only after which your application will be reviewed. The initial deposit is $500. Each following year until matriculation, you will be asked to reconfirm that you meet enrollment requirements and make any subsequent deposits.

Application Dates
RoundApplication DeadlineDecision NotificationDeposit Due
4April 30, 2024May 29, 2024June 5, 2024


Apply to defer for 2, 3, or 4 years from the date of application. After 4 years, you would have to reapply.

No, while you cannot reapply to MAAP, you can apply to the regular MBA program.

As long as you are in your final year of your undergraduate or graduate program and have not previously had professional full-time work experience, you are eligible to apply to MAAP.

For example, if you meet the criteria above and are graduating in December 2023, you may apply by 2024’s Round 4 application deadline, which is in April 30, 2024.

MAAP students are required to have at least two years of professional, full-time work experience when they matriculate into the Full-time MBA program.

Learn More

If you’d like to learn more, please connect with us to learn about specific application requirements.