Full-time MBA Program Curriculum

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 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. 

Opening Term

Your MBA studies will begin with a week-long course, Leading Teams for Performance and Impact, which draws from behavioral science research and professional practice to provide an interactive, engaging, and focused experience in leadership development.

During your next three weeks, you will be introduced to a highly integrated and global view of business in the Structure of Global Industries course (SGI). 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’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 Leading Teams for Performance and Impact and the Global Business Experience – and provide a foundation for managerial success in the global marketplace.

  • Leading Teams for Performance and Impact
  • Structure of Global Industries
  • Accounting Fundamentals
  • Corporate Financial Reporting
  • Financial Analysis for Managers and Investors
  • Firm Analysis and Strategy
  • Financial Markets and Corporate Decision Making
  • Marketing Analysis & Customer Strategy
  • Managerial Statistics
  • Analytical Problem Solving
  • Leadership Communications
  • Operations
  • Business and Policy in a Global Economy
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Global Business Experience


Although you do not have to choose an area of concentration, you can customize your academic experience by selecting electives from more than 70 course offerings. 


  • Corporate Financial Reporting
  • 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 Analysis and Modeling
  • Financial Markets and Crises
  • Fixed Income Securities
  • Global Financial Institutions
  • Hedge Fund Investing
  • Investment Analysis
  • Investment Banking
  • Private Equity
  • Project Finance
  • Real Estate Public Debt
  • Real Estate Private Debt
  • Real Estate Public Equity
  • Real Estate Private Equity
  • The Fintech Revolution
  • Valuation


  • Advertising Strategy
  • Applied Product Management
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Customer Analytics
  • Effective Channel Strategy
  • Global Marketing
  • How to Build Strong Brands
  • Leveraging Social Media
  • Strategic Market Research


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

Operations and Information Management

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

Strategy, Economics, Ethics & Public Policy

  • Advanced Competitive Strategy
  • Antitrust & Business Strategy
  • Beyond Startup: Managing for Growth
  • China: Economy, Politics & Business
  • Consulting Frameworks, Methods, and Context
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Economics of Strategic Behavior
  • EU: Trade, Labor & the Market
  • Game Theory
  • Global Strategy
  • Impact Investing
  • Launching the Venture
  • Leading Management Consulting Firms
  • Lean Startup Principles
  • Managing Corporate Change
  • Organizational Design Strategy
  • Peer to Peer Economies
  • Ready to Launch
  • Seed Investment Practicum
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Business Analytics
  • Strategic Pricing
  • Strategies Beyond the Market
  • The Miracle of Markets?
  • 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 one and a half or 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.

  • Business of Defense
  • Business of Lobbying
  • Business of Water
  • Coaching High Performance Teams
  • Conversations in Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Innovation & Intrapreneurship
  • Data Visualization
  • Developing New Business Models
  • Digital Advertising
  • Disruption in US Healthcare
  • Effective Crisis Management
  • Ethics in the Digital Era
  • Fundamentals and Techniques of Value Investing
  • Information Based Investment Strategies
  • Infrastructure Finance
  • Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances
  • Managing Cyber Risk to the Firm
  • Managing Technology Disruption
  • Mobile and AI Strategies, Products, and Business Models
  • Mutual Funds
  • National Security and the Global Economy
  • Net Assessment Strategy
  • Public/Private Ventures
  • Real Estate Development
  • Recovering Failed Projects
  • Startup Factory
  • Strategic Management of Social Networks
  • Strategy Stress Test
  • The Life of Work

Transfer Credit Policy

Georgetown McDonough MBA students may petition for the transfer of a maximum of 12 credits for specific courses taken at an accredited institution prior to their matriculation at McDonough. Only courses that satisfy the following requirements will be considered for transfer credit:

  • Course must be graduate level, relevant to the MBA, and meet McDonough academic standards as determined by the Associate Dean of MBA Programs in consultation with appropriate faculty.
  • Only courses completed in the last seven years (from time of request) for which you earned a “B” or better (or the equivalent) will be considered.
  • Courses applied toward a previous degree cannot be approved for transfer. If the course to be transferred is on a transcript for a previous degree, it must be clearly noted that it was not used to satisfy any degree requirements.
  • Transfer credit requests for core courses will only be approved if you also pass a waiver exam proving mastery of core concepts. If the waiver exam is not passed, no transfer credits will be granted.

You must complete a minimum of 75% of the credits required for the MBA at Georgetown McDonough. Therefore, transferring credits may limit opportunities for registration in Consortium of Universities in D.C. courses, cross registration at Georgetown University and study abroad.

Requests for transfer credit will be reviewed for Flex MBA students after admission to McDonough is granted; full-time students’ requests will be reviewed after being admitted and submitting a deposit.

Registration Outside the MBA Program

As an additional way to customize your MBA, we offer you the opportunity to request to take up to 13.5 elective credits outside of the McDonough School of Business. Relevant graduate-level classes may be taken elsewhere within Georgetown University through cross registration. You can also pursue courses through the Consortium of Universities in D.C., such as: American University, George Mason University, Howard University, The George Washington University, and the University of Maryland at 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.

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