McDonough School of Business
McDonough School of Business

Application Components

The Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach to the evaluation process, meaning we consider all aspects of your application to determine if you can handle the rigor of the Georgetown MBA Program and to discover if our program is the best “fit” for you. Each element of the application is reviewed by the Admissions Committee to learn about you as a student, a professional, and on a personal level.

Students in the Full-time and Flex MBA Programs at Georgetown McDonough come from a wide variety of educational fields of study and professional industries. Our Full-time and Flex MBA Program class profiles offer an overview of our most recent class of MBA students.

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All complete applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on the deadline day.

All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on the deadline day.
Application DeadlineDecision NotificationDeposit Due*
Round 1October 2, 2023December 7, 2023February 1, 2024
Round 2January 4, 2024March 18, 2024April 18, 2024
Round 3March 26, 2024May 1, 2024May 13, 2024
Round 4April 30, 2024May 29, 2024June 5, 2024

*To formally accept an offer of admission, an initial, non-refundable $2,000 deposit is required to reserve your seat in the class. Expect a second deposit requirement. Details will be shared with you at a later date.

Application Components

Preparing your MBA application can be a lengthy process. That is why we’ve carefully chosen our admissions components so you only have to submit one written essay, one video essay, one letter of recommendation, and unofficial documents to apply.

The Admissions Committee reviews completed applications that include the components listed below. Please allow several weeks after the application deadline for your application materials to be processed and for our team to update your application status online. Decisions are released through your online application by the published notification date.

*Flex MBA and Flex MBA Online applicants may qualify for a test waiver. Review our Flex MBA test waiver policy.


Application Form

All applications must be submitted through our online application by creating your application account. If you are a visually-impaired applicant and need an accessible application, please contact us at We would be happy to assist.

Test Score Requirements

Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) / Graduate Record Exam (GRE)/Executive Assessment

Scores accepted to the Full-time MBA Program  include:

Scores accepted to the Flex MBA Program and Flex MBA Online Program include:

Scores accepted to the MAAP MBA Program include:

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. 

GMAT Program Codes

If you would like to test your GMAT skills prior to taking the test, take this GMAT mini quiz.

GRE Program Code

Executive Assessment

International applicants are required to submit additional application components.


You are required to hold a four-year bachelor’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 have taken directly into the online application. Please make sure each transcript document includes:

Official transcripts should only be submitted if you are admitted to the program. 

Fall 2024 Essays

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 three) 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 two pages, double spaced) and include the essay prompt and your first/last name at the top of your submission.


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. 


Only one recommendation is required for the Georgetown MBA application. We are interested in gaining insight from someone who can objectively evaluate your professional performance as well as managerial and leadership potential. We discourage letters from university faculty, family members, and additional letters of recommendation. A current supervisor is strongly preferred for Full-time MBA applicants and required of Flex MBA and Flex MBA Online applicants. 

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.

Application Fee

You are required to submit a $175 non-refundable application fee, payable online via credit card. We are unable to accept personal checks and money orders.

You may receive an application fee waiver if you belong to one of the following groups. Waivers will be applied automatically when you submit your application.

*Fee waiver only applied to an applicant’s 2nd and 3rd applications. Prior to submitting these applications, please email for further instructions.

You automatically qualify for a reduced application fee of $100 if you meet the criteria below:

Attendees of an event listed below will be eligible to receive an application fee reduction code for the current application cycle. Instructions will be sent via email within three business days of the event. Please apply this code when you complete the application and the reduction will be applied to your account. Only one application fee reduction code may be applied.

If you have already applied or are applying through the Consortium, then we regrettably cannot refund the amount of the application fee waiver or reduction. 

If you are currently furloughed or laid off due to unforeseen national economic circumstances, please reach out to for information about application fee waivers.


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.


If you submitted an application and received a final decision for the Georgetown MBA Program within the last year and would like to reapply, please email the MBA Admissions Office at to reset your application account. Please include “Application Reset Request” in the subject line of the email. You will not be able to access the new application until this is completed.

As a re-applicant, you will need to submit the following information:

* Flex MBA and Flex MBA Online applicants may qualify for a test waiver. Review our Flex MBA and Flex MBA Online test waiver policy.

We are happy to offer our reapplicants the following benefits:

International Applicants

Students who have attended or graduated from a non-U.S. college or university must submit their academic documents according to World Education Services (WES) standards, as described below.

If your academic documents are in a language other than English, you must submit the certified translation as well as the original documentation for review. Once admitted and prior to matriculating into the program, translators are required to send our office both the original documentation and certified translation in a sealed envelope. Your translator should certify that the original documentation was received in a sealed envelope from the institution.

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.

You may choose from one of the following three exams to demonstrate your level of competence in English.

*Time Zone Verification: The Flex MBA Online (FXO) program is strictly for students who reside in the United States, including international students who have permanent residency in the United States or already reside in the United States on a visa (this program does not sponsor F-1 visas). FXO class times are set to be held on weekdays between 6:30-9:20 p.m. ET (except for required in-person residencies on our Washington, D.C., campus and the Global Business Experience). If you are admitted and enroll to FXO, you are expected to attend classes online according to Eastern Time from any time zone within the United States.

MBA Advanced Access Program

Georgetown McDonough is excited to invite you to participate in our new MBA Advanced Access Program (MAAP), 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.

During your deferral period you will gain access to select speakers and events and have the opportunity to engage and learn more about our community.

MAAP Application Deadline

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 Workshop

MBA Application Workshop

Tips for Completing Your MBA Application

This virtual workshop provides an in-depth look at the Georgetown MBA application process. Assistant Dean of MBA Admissions Anne Kilby offers tips on how to best prepare the application components.

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