Flex MBA Program Curriculum

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Georgetown McDonough provides the ideal global learning community for working professionals who aspire to lead at a higher level while continuing their careers. The Flex MBA is the next innovative evolution of Georgetown’s highly ranked part-time program and launched in fall 2020. The program is taught by the same faculty, follows the same core MBA courses, and confers the same degree as Georgetown’s Full-time MBA. The Flex MBA will provide greater flexibility in duration of degree (26-60 months), delivery of courses (Saturday electives and more Intensive Learning Experiences), and innovations in using technology (hybrid electives).

Through rigorous coursework, experiential learning, and the case method, the Georgetown McDonough MBA curriculum inspires collaboration among both students and faculty. A challenging core curriculum with an emphasis on ethical leadership provides students with a general management framework that is crucial for continued professional accomplishments.

Key Features and Benefits of the new Flex MBA:

  • Same Curriculum. Same Degree. Same Career Support: Experience the same curriculum taught from the same renowned professors as the Full-time MBA. Graduate with the same MBA degree as our full-time students. Access the MBA Career Center for on-campus recruitment, career conferences and treks, and a career coach tailored toward your career interests.
  • Cohort and Network: Become part of the highly sought after Georgetown student and alumni network by taking your core classes as part a cohort of 55-65 students.
  • Duration Flexibility: Complete the degree in 26-60 months allowing you to customize your work, life, and school balance.
  • Course Delivery Flexibility: Choose to take your electives in a variety of formats. Flex MBA will offer a selection of Saturday electives and more opportunities to take our signature Intensive Learning Experiences.
  • Innovations in Technology: Access a selection of hybrid electives that allow you to access a portion of the course virtually from anywhere in the world and reduces your travel to and from campus.
  • Leverage Prior Graduate Coursework: Transfer up to 12 credit hours of prior graduate coursework not applied toward a previous degree in order to shorten the length of your program.

This image is a visual depiction of the Standard 3 Year course plan shown below for the Flex MBA Curriculum.

This image is a visual depiction of the Standard 26 month course plan show below for the Flex MBA Curriculum.

This image is a visual depiction of the Standard 5 Year course plan for the Flex MBA Curriculum shown below.

The MBA curriculum sequence and courses have been adjusted due to developments related to COVID-19. Students will learn of further updates, if any, from the MBA Program Office.

Second and third year Flex students should refer to Canvas for their curriculum maps

STEM-Designated Management Science Major

The Georgetown MBA offers a variety of coursework focused on quantitative analysis and management science, allowing students to complete a STEM-designated management science major. In addition to 19.5 credits toward the major earned through core courses, first year students must complete 12 credits from this course list to earn the designation. Second and third year students should refer to Canvas for their credit requirement.

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.

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.

  • 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 and Customer Strategy
  • Managerial Statistics
  • Analytical Problem Solving
  • Leading Teams for Performance and Impact
  • Leadership Communications
  • Operations
  • Business and Public 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. This list is a general guide and is subject to change.


  • 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 Organizations
  • 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 and Business Models
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Regression Analysis
  • Supply Chain Risk Management

Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy

  • Advanced Competitive Strategy
  • Antitrust and Business Strategy
  • Beyond Startup: Managing for Growth
  • China: Economy, Politics, and Business
  • Consulting Frameworks, Methods, and Context
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Economics of Strategic Behavior
  • EU: Trade, Labor, and 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 and Intrapreneurship
  • Data Visualization
  • Developing New Business Models
  • Digital Advertising
  • Disruption in U.S. 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, taken for credit at degree-granting institutions, 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, then no transfer credits will be granted.

You must complete a minimum of 75 percent 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. You can 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. Relevant graduate-level classes also may be taken elsewhere within Georgetown University through cross registration. 

Certificates and Experiential Learning

Through certificate programs, academic tutorials, in-class client work, and experiences like the Real Estate Clinic, we bring the real world to the classroom for our students.