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 accounting, 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. The two-year Georgetown University Full-time MBA Program curriculum is as follows:

MBA Full-time curriculum

Opening Term

Your MBA studies will begin with a three-week, highly integrated course on the Structure of Global Industries (SGI's) and Accounting Fundamentals. SGI is an experiential learning course that teaches ethical decision making, the fundamentals of team dynamics, persuasive communication skills, and how to identify and understand global markets. It also serves as the foundation upon which the rest of the MBA curriculum is built. It's a semester's worth of information in less than a month.

Accounting Fundamentals provides a foundation for how economic activity is translated into financial information. Understanding a company’s financial performance and financial position is a crucial component of strategic and operational decision-making.


Core Courses

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

  • Structure of Global Industries
  • Accounting Fundamentals
  • Firm Analysis and Strategy
  • Financial Markets and Corporate Decision Making
  • Marketing Analysis & Customer Strategy
  • Managerial Statistics
  • Financial Reporting
  • Analytical Problem Solving
  • Leadership and Social Intelligence
  • Leadership Communication
  • Operations
  • Business and Public Policy in a Global Economy
  • Financial Analysis for Managers and Investors
  • Principled Leadership in Business and Society
  • Global Business Experience


You can customize your academic experience by selecting electives from more than 70 course offerings. This list is a general guide and is subject to change.


  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Law for Managers
  • Performance as Value Creation
  • Taxes and Business Strategy


  • Corporate Restructuring
  • Corporate Risk Management
  • Derivatives and Financial Markets
  • Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital
  • Financial Markets: Insitutions and Regulations 
  • The Fintech Revolution
  • Fixed Income Securities
  • Global Financial Institutions
  • Hedge Fund Investing
  • Investment Analysis
  • Investment Banking
  • Personal Wealth Management
  • Private Client Wealth Management
  • Private Equity
  • Project Finance
  • Real Estate Private Debt
  • Real Estate Private Equity
  • Real Estate Public Debt
  • Real Estate Public Equity
  • Valuation


  • Advertising Strategy
  • Applied Product Management
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Customer Analytics
  • Data and Society
  • Effective Channel Strategy 
  • Global Marketing
  • How to Build Strong Brands
  • Strategic Marketing Research 


  • Advanced Oral Presentations
  • Critical Conversations
  • Defending the Bottom Line
  • Design Thinking and Service Consulting
  • Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Orgs
  • Leading Organizational Change
  • Meditation and Leadership
  • Negotiations
  • Power and Politics
  • Sports Leadership
  • Understanding Social Innovation 

Operations and Information Management

  • Computer-Based Decision Support Systems
  • Data Science for Business Decisions
  • Decision Theory: Small Data
  • E-Business and Social Networking
  • Environmentally Sustainable Operations and Business Models
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Regression Analysis
  • Supply Chain Risk Management 


  • Beyond Startup: Managing for for Growth
  • Business and Competitive Policy
  • Consulting Frameworks, Methods, and Context
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • EU: Trade, Labor, and the Market
  • Game Theory
  • Global Strategy
  • Impact Investing
  • Launching the Venture
  • Leading Management Consulting Firms
  • Managing Corporate Change
  • The Miracle of Markets?
  • The Nonmarket Environment in DC

  • Organizational Design Strategy
  • Peer to Peer Economies
  • Ready to Launch

  • Seed Investment Practicum

  • Social Entrepreneurship

  • Strategic Business Analytics

  • Strategic Pricing
  • Strategies Beyond the Market
  • Technology Strategy
  • Understanding Entrepreneurship


Intensive Learning Experiences

Intensive Learning Experiences (ILEs) are elective courses offered in short time periods (one to two weeks) and provide 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.

  • The Business of Defense

  • The Business of Lobbying

  • The Business of Water

  • China Value Chain
  • Coaching High Performance Teams and Individuals
  • Conversations in Corporate Governance

  • Crisis Management
  • Data Visualization
  • Digital Advertising
  • Ethics in the Digital Era

  • Information-Based Investment Strategies

  • Infrastructure Finance
  • Innovation and Intrapreneurship
  • Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances

  • The Life of Work

  • Managing Cyber Risk to the Firm
  • Mobile Strategies, Products, and Business
  • Mutual Funds
  • National Security and the Global Economy
  • Net Assessment Strategy
  • Real Estate Development
  • Startup Factory
  • Statistical Process Control & Six Sigma
  • Strategic Management of Social Networks
  • Strategy Stress Test
  • Value Investing

Cross Registration

As an additional way to customize your MBA, we offer you the opportunity to request to take up to 12 elective credits outside of the McDonough School of Business. All 12 may be taken from other graduate-level courses provided at Georgetown University, and six of the 12 may be completed at another Washington, D.C., area accredited business school.

Participating universities: American University, George Mason University, Howard University, George Washington University, and University of Maryland – 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.