McDonough School of Business

Full-time MBA Student Life

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The Full-time MBA program is part of a vibrant community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni who collaborate, mentor, and support one another for a lifetime. From on-campus student experiences through clubs, activities, and events, students create friendships and networks that carry forward into their alumni years. Alumni continue to connect with students through guest speaking opportunities, the MBA Mentorship program, the Executive Challenge, career treks, and more.

Student Organizations

There are more than 40 MBA student-run organizations at the McDonough School of Business: industry-based, affinity-based, social, special interest, and student government.

Student Case Competitions

Participate in case competitions to develop and enhance your critical thinking and leadership skills while connecting with students, alumni, and employers from across the globe.

Diverse Communities

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We seek to foster a welcoming environment for every member of our community and create opportunities where we can learn from each other.

Connect with McDonough Alumni

Gain access to Georgetown’s sizable network of over 200,000 alumni for mentorship, networking, and career support through services like Hoya Gateway – an innovative program that facilitates career-related conversations between current Georgetown students and alumni for in-person or virtual one-on-one meetings in the form of an informational interview, resume review, or mock interview. In addition to Hoya Gateway, students also benefit from ongoing opportunities to engage with alumni through case competitions, events, class discussions, and more.

Leadership Development

We aim to develop principled leaders in line with our Jesuit ethos of cura personalis, or development of the whole person. From a forward-thinking leadership curriculum to experiential leadership opportunities outside the classroom, to our 40+ student organizations, we offer the perfect launchpad to develop your executive leadership skills.

Executive Challenge

Why would someone want to be led by you? That is the key question asked of all Georgetown McDonough MBA students during their Leadership Communications course’s final exam, the Executive Challenge – a day-long, team role-play “case competition” to simulate a day in the life of a senior leader.

DC Advantage

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While attending Georgetown McDonough, you will live and learn at the global nexus of business, policy, and international affairs. As a business hub — particularly for high-tech and entrepreneurial startups — Washington D.C., is home to investment capital firms, start-up incubators, and the most highly educated citizenry of any major metropolitan area in the country.

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Location? Location… Location! Where Is Your B-school and Does It Matter?

In this episode of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions podcast, associate dean of MBA admissions, Shelly Heinrich, talks about the location of an MBA program and the impact it has on studying, learning outside of the classroom, job/internship hunting, and working in the long run.

Service to Others

Curriculum in Service

Our school’s value of service to others is woven throughout all aspects of the MBA Programs. Beginning with MBA Orientation, you will participate in Service Day – an initiative to conduct volunteer projects in our local community. Our coursework further reinforces principles of service and ethics through classes like Consulting Clinic – where you are matched with consulting projects at local small businesses and nonprofits – and Principled Leadership in Business and Society.

Co-curricular Opportunities

Clubs: MBA Volunteers, Net Impact, and other student organizations coordinate opportunities for you to become involved with the local and global community. From serving as a Board Fellow with local nonprofits to raising money for the international justice mission, you’ll have the opportunity to make an impact.

Month of Volunteerism: This monthlong event highlights Georgetown’s service ethic of women and men for others. Each November, Georgetown McDonough students compete to see which cohort can volunteer the most hours at nearly 100 different events. The winning cohort donates $1,000 to the charity of their choice. Since its creation in 2011, students have volunteered nearly 3,000 hours and served more than 60 organizations.

Service Treks: MBA students volunteer to give back in D.C. and around the world. In fall 2016, MBA students went to Guanajuato, Mexico, to help at Casa de los Angeles, a daycare center for orphans and children of single mothers. The students assisted the teachers by feeding, cleaning, and playing with the children and teaching them how to walk. “We left with new friends and a new perspective on Mexico. Most importantly we left with the children we worked with forever in our hearts and memories,” said John Wenstrand (MBA’16).


At graduation, we honor those who have demonstrated a commitment of service to others through the Community Fellows Program. Those students who have devoted at least 100 hours of community service during their MBA studies are designated as Community Fellows and are honored at an end-of-the-year celebration, as well as recognition at Commencement. In 2017, a total of 199 graduating MBA students submitted community service hours — a 14% increase over the previous year — for a total of 6,214 hours logged by the MBA classes. Nineteen students were recognized as Community Fellows.

Hear from Full-time Students

Things I Wish I Had Known

Watch the “Things I Wish I Had Known” YouTube series to hear McDonough students and alumni share their best advice and lessons learned from their experience in the Georgetown MBA program.

Student Ambassadors

We invite you to connect with current students and Admissions staff to hear first-hand about McDonough, the MBA, and life as a Hoya.

Your MBA Program Team

MBA Program Office Team

The MBA Program Office team is here to support you in every aspect of your program experience, both academically and beyond the classroom.