Full-time MBA Program Curriculum

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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. 

  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.

Current first and second year Full-time students should refer to Canvas for their curriculum map.  

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 the STEM-eligible credits you will take as part of the core curriculum above, students must complete 12 elective credits during the MBA program from this course list to earn the designation.

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.

  • 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. 


  • Taxes & Business Strategy
  • Startup Law


  • Investment Analysis 
  • Derivatives and Financial Markets 
  • Real Estate Private Equity 
  • Project Finance 
  • Real Estate Public Debt 
  • Real Estate Private Debt 
  • Real Estate Public Equity 
  • Private Equity 
  • Entrepreneurial Finance & Venture Capital 
  • Valuation 
  • Applied Value Investing
  • Financial Analysis & Modeling 
  • Financial Markets & Crises 
  • Fintech


  • Strategic Marketing Research
  • Applied Product Management 
  • Consumer Behavior 
  • How to Build Strong Brands 
  • Data and Society 
  • Customer Analytics 
  • Practicum: Consumer Analytics 
  • Global Marketing 
  • Social Marketing for Global Good


  • Critical Conversations 
  • Understanding Social Innovation
  •  Managing the Enterprise 
  • Innovation Through Inclusion
  •  Impact Investing  
  • Lean Startup Principles
  • Design Thinking & Service Consulting 
  • Globalization & Wine Industry
  • Building Entrepreneurial Ventures 
  • Growing Entrepreneurial Businesses 
  • Defending the Bottom Line 
  • Understanding Entrepreneurship
  • Consulting Methods & Methods 
  • Consulting Strategic Analysis 
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Advanced Oral Presentations  
  • Meditation and Leadership 
  •  Leadership & Management of Nonprofit Organizations 
  • Sports Leadership
  •  Negotiations 
  • Advanced Coaching: Leadership Fellows

Operations and Information Management

  • Decision Support Systems
  • Decision Theory: Small Data 
  • Environmentally Sustainable Operations & Business Models 
  • Regression Analysis 
  • Sustainable Business Practicum 
  • Data Science for Business Decisions 
  • Analytics Advantage 
  • Database Development & Management
  • Applied Data Visualization
  •  Global Supply Chain Management 
  • Internet Business Technologies 

Strategy, Economics, Ethics & Public Policy

  • The Non-Market Environment in DC 
  • The Miracle of Markets
  • Strategies Beyond the Market 
  • Tech Disruption & The Future of Work
  •  Peer to Peer Economies 
  • Economics of Strategic Behavior 
  • Organizational Design Strategy 
  • China: Economy, Politics, & Business
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Game Theory
  • Technology Strategy 
  • Antitrust & Business Strategy 
  • Strategic Pricing 
  • Global Strategy

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.

  • Infrastructure Finance
  • Understanding Mutual Funds
  • Startup Factory 
  • The Life of Work
  • Net Assessment Strategy 
  • National Security & The Global Economy 
  • Mobile and AI Strategies, Products & Business Models
  • Core Principles of Data Visualization 
  • Developing New Business Models
  • Effective Crisis Management 
  • Women and Leadership 
  • Fundamentals & Techniques of Value Investing
  • Information-Based Investment Strategies 
  • Joint Ventures & Strategic Alliances
  • Coaching High Performance Teams 
  • Corporate Innovation & Intrapreneurship 
  • Venturing for Business & Social Value 
  • Digital Advertising
  • Real Estate Development 
  • The Business of Defense
  • Disruption in US Healthcare 
  • AI, Talent Analytics, & the Future of Work
  • Commercial Approaches to the Public Sector

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, 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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