McDonough School of Business
McDonough School of Business

Veterans at McDonough

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Our veterans represent a significant part of our community and hail from every branch and role within the U.S. military. Through their unique experiences, they have honed valuable skills in leadership and conflict resolution that primes them for a business career. Georgetown McDonough is committed to equipping our veterans with the tools to exceed their expectations.

Pre-MBA Resources

Application Support

As you begin your McDonough application, access these external resources to strengthen your candidacy and simplify the process.

Sharpen Your Business Skills

Access these resources to brush up on your academics as you prepare for the classroom.

Participate in these hands-on events to build your network and hone the skills required to succeed at business school.


Funding Your MBA

Veterans Benefits

Georgetown University is a proud participant of the Yellow Ribbon Program, which is available to military students who are 100% eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and are not on active duty or receiving transferred benefits from a spouse on active duty.

The Veterans Office serves as a liaison and advisor to ensure prospective and current military students receive accurate and comprehensive information about finances and access to veterans benefits.

To have an idea of what benefit award packages may look like, download our sample MBA tuition scenarios.

Scholarship Opportunities

There are numerous military-connected scholarships that can help subsidize your McDonough education. To expand your search, you also can access the Office of Student Financial Services’ database of external scholarships.


Student Life

McDonough seeks to make the transition back to the classroom as seamless as possible. Before class even begins, we host a Vet Pre-Orientation to set expectations and highlight resources to prepare you for the coursework. Questions as simple as what to wear to class (casual, unless otherwise specified) will be covered, as we know that some of our veteran students will be making a cultural transition as well by returning to school.

Student Activities for Veterans

The McDonough Military Association (MMA) is a group of veteran students who form both a social and professional network to promote engagement and outreach. This organization facilitates career-oriented professional development and provides opportunities to serve the broader community.

Some highlighted activities:

Additional Resources For Your Life at McDonough

For students who are relocating to be closer to McDonough, the Office of Neighborhood Life has numerous resources to find housing in our local neighborhoods. Georgetown University also provides the GUTS shuttle system to provide free transportation to campus from surrounding locales. For students with families, Georgetown Partners and Families provides a social and professional and network for spouses and partners as they also make the transition to a new community and Georgetown McDonough.


Meet our Students

We have veterans from various backgrounds pursuing their careers in business. If you would like to connect with a current student, please contact the McDonough Military Association at mba-vets@georgetown.edu.

Joey Abla

Joey Abla

Joey Abla is the President of the McDonough Military Association and a full time MBA student. Prior to McDonough, he was enlisted in the Virginia Army National Guard for three years and an active duty Army Engineer Officer for seven years. He led engineer units in Hawaii and Korea, and completed his service with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington D.C. He calls Virginia home and is pursuing a career in management consulting.

Chris Forst

Chris Forst

Chris Forst is the Executive Vice President of the McDonough Military Association and is a former active-duty Air Force officer. He served as a Special Agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations while stationed in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. He is originally from New Jersey and is pursuing a career in cryptocurrency and blockchain innovation.

Kendall Veasaw

Kendall Veasaw

Kendall Veasaw is a former Active Duty Air Force Intelligence Officer with assignments to Texas, South Korea, Florida, Afghanistan, and Qatar. She currently is a Reservist assigned to the Pentagon supporting the Headquarters Air Force Intelligence Directorate. Kendall is one of the Vice Presidents of Admissions for the McDonough Military Association. Originally from a small town in upstate New York near Binghamton, she received her B.A. in History with a minor in Environmental Studies from Siena College in Albany New York in 2014.

Kyle Wagner

Kyle Wagner

Kyle Wagner is a former active-duty Navy Supply Officer currently serving in the Navy Reserves. He was stationed on USS Stethem (DDG-63), DLA Aviation, and Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella while on active duty. Kyle is the Vice President of Admissions of the McDonough Military Association. He originally is from Georgia and is pursuing a career in consulting or international development. He is also a dual degree student (MBA/MSFS).

Philip Busick

Philip Busick

Philip Busick is Vice President of Admissions for the McDonough Military Association (MMA) and a Full-time student in the MBA program. Prior to attending Georgetown, he served as U.S Army Officer on active duty. Philip began his career in logistics assigned to Airborne units in Germany, Italy, and North Carolina. During the second half of his career, he transitioned into U.S. Army Special Operations community. He currently serves in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Psychological Operations Officer. Philip participated in multiple deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Latvia. Philip is originally from the Washington D.C., area and currently is pursuing a career in consulting.

McDonough Veterans in the News

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Honoring Our Veterans at Georgetown McDonough

Our veterans represent a significant part of the Georgetown McDonough community and hail from every branch and role within the United States military. They have honed valuable skills in leadership…

November 11, 2022

Phil Gasparovic (MSBA'23) on Taking the Leap to Pursue Graduate Education as a Military Student

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Phil Gasparovic (MSBA’23) on Taking the Leap to Pursue Graduate Education as a Military Student

Our veterans represent a significant part of the Georgetown McDonough community and hail from every branch and role within the United States military. They have honed valuable skills in leadership…

November 11, 2022

Philip Busick (MBA'23) on the Decision To Pursue a Business Education After 10 Years as an Active-Duty Army Service Member

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Philip Busick (MBA’23) on the Decision To Pursue a Business Education After 10 Years in the Army

Our veterans represent a significant part of the Georgetown McDonough community and hail from every branch and role within the United States military. They have honed valuable skills in leadership…

November 11, 2022