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 Georgetown McDonough MBA programs, whether they are Full-time, Flex, or Flex Online, come from a wide variety of educational fields of study and professional industries. Our class profiles offer an overview of our most recent cohorts of MBA students in the Full-time, Flex, and Flex Online programs.

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MBA Application Process

The Georgetown MBA application process requires thorough review of each applicant’s submitted components. The process follows a standard order of operations.

Application Deadlines

The application portal to apply for fall 2025 will open in the coming weeks.

The MBA Admissions Team understands that many of you are eager to apply. In the meantime, we highly encourage you to prepare your components to ensure a smooth application process. Please continue to check this page periodically for updated details.

All complete applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on the deadline day.
Application DeadlineDecision Notification1st Deposit Due*2nd Deposit Due*
Early ActionSeptember 9, 2024October 30, 2024November 25, 2024January 8, 2025
Round 1October 1, 2024December 10, 2024February 3, 2025April 8, 2025
Round 2January 6, 2025March 20, 2025April 21, 2025May 20, 2025
Round 3April 2, 2025May 14, 2025June 10, 2025July 1, 2025

*To formally accept an offer of admission, two, non-refundable $2,000 deposits ($4,000 total) are required to reserve your seat in the class.

Early Action Application Deadline

The Early Action round is for those wanting to signal that Georgetown is their first choice and are ready to make a binding commitment to Georgetown’s MBA program. This includes making a binding agreement to attend Georgetown and to withdraw competing applications, as well as not submitting any new applications. Doing so will allow an early decision to allow for advanced planning.

As a further incentive, the Dean’s Fellowship is only offered to Early Action candidates. Additional details and information are forthcoming on the Dean’s Scholarship. Please continue to check this page periodically for updated details. 

Note for international candidates: Those requiring an F-1 visa to study at Georgetown McDonough are encouraged to apply in Early Action, Round 1, or Round 2 to allow sufficient time for I-20 processing.

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.


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 2025 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. 

Personal Essay

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.

Video Essay

We believe a vibrant community is built on diverse and unique individuals, and we want you to bring your whole self to Georgetown McDonough. We’ve learned about your professional and leadership qualities throughout the application, but now we want to know more about you beyond work. Whether it’s a new hobby, a fun adventure, or a simple pleasure, in one minute, share what has recently brought you joy outside of work.

Video Guidelines

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).

Re-Applicant Essay

Required for re-applicants. How have you strengthened your candidacy since your last application? We are particularly interested in hearing about how you have grown professionally and personally (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. 


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. 

To complete the recommendation requirement, your recommender is required to submit a recommendation form. Your recommender will receive this form and detailed instructions once you complete the “Recommendations” section of your application. We recommend allowing your recommender at least one week to complete the form. Your recommender is welcome to attach a letter or Common Letter of Recommendation (LOR) at the bottom of this 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:

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.

*Time Zone Verification: The Flex MBA Online (FXO) program is strictly for students who reside in time zones that are +/- 3 hours of Eastern Time. This program sponsors F-1 visas. Work is not allowed. FXO class times are set to be held on weekdays between 6:30-9:20 pm ET (except for required in-person residencies on our Washington, D.C. campus and the Global Business Experience). If you are admitted to and enroll in FXO, you are expected to attend classes online between these times from any time zone that is +/-3 hours of Eastern Time.

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 time zones that are +/- 3 hours of Eastern Time. This program sponsors F-1 visas. Work is not allowed. FXO class times are set to be held on weekdays between 6:30-9:20 pm ET (except for required in-person residencies on our Washington, D.C. campus and the Global Business Experience). If you are admitted to and enroll in FXO, you are expected to attend classes online between these times from any time zone that is +/-3 hours of Eastern Time.

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 3 deadline of April 2, 2025, 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

This virtual workshop provides an in-depth look at the Georgetown MBA application process. Associate Director of MBA admissions Glen Nuenighoff offers tips on how to best prepare the application components.

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