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.


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.


  • Analyzing Earnings Quality
  • Cases in Financial Statement Analysis
  • Corporate Financial Reporting
  • Corporate Taxation
  • Forensic Accounting
  • 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 and Crises
  • Fixed Income Securities
  • Global Financial Institutions
  • International Finance
  • Investment Banking
  • Personal Wealth Management
  • Private Client Wealth Management
  • Private Equity
  • Project Finance
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Capital Markets
  • Valuation


  • Advertising Strategy
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Consumer Products and Services
  • Global Marketing
  • How to Build Strong Brands
  • Innovation Design and Development
  • Marketing Research
  • Social Media
  • Strategic Market Segmentation
  • Strategic Marketing Planning


  • Advanced Oral Presentations
  • Critical Conversations
  • Defending the Bottom Line
  • Design Thinking and Service Consulting
  • Developing Women Leaders
  • Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Orgs
  • Meditation and Leadership
  • Negotiations
  • Sports Leadership

Operations and Information Management

  • Business Forecasting
  • Computer-Based Decision Support Systems
  • Data Mining: Intro to Business Analytics
  • E-Business and Social Networking
  • Global Logistics
  • Project Management
  • Regression Analysis


  • Advanced Competitive Strategy
  • Consulting Frameworks, Methods, and Context
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Doing Business in the European Union
  • Entrepreneurial Consulting Clinic
  • Entrepreneurship Practicum
  • Game Theory
  • Global Strategy
  • Impact Investing
  • Launching the Venture
  • Leading Management Consulting Firms
  • Managing Corporate Change
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Organizational Design Strategy
  • Preparing to Launch
  • Price/Value/Profitability
  • Strategic Pricing
  • 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.

  • Advertising Campaign
  • Business of Water
  • China Jobs Lab
  • Crisis Management
  • Customer Experience Engineering
  • Data Visualization
  • Developing New Business Models
  • Energy Policy in the Age of Climate Change
  • Infrastructure Finance
  • Managing Cross‐cultural & Diverse Teams
  • Managing Cyber Risk to the Firm
  • Mobile Strategies, Products, and Business
  • Mutual Funds
  • National Security and the Global Economy
  • Net Assessment Strategy
  • Political Risk Analysis
  • Project Finance (Arab-Gulf)
  • Startup Factory
  • Statistical Process Control & Six Sigma
  • Strategy Stress Test
  • The Life of Work (Leadership Conversations)

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.