MBA Advanced Access Program

Students in professional attire sitting in front of the Capital Building on the grass working with laptops and notebooks

Application Now Live

Georgetown McDonough is excited to invite you to participate in our new MBA Advanced Access Program (MAAP). This is a deferred MBA enrollment program, which allows those in their final year of undergraduate or graduate school who have not previously had professional full-time work experience to apply for deferred enrollment into our Full-time MBA Program.

By applying through this program, you can secure a place for two years out from the time that you apply, with the option to extend to three or four years.

*During the unprecedented time of COVID and the economic uncertainties faced, we are allowing May 2020 graduates to apply for matriculation in 2022, 2023, or 2024.

Why Apply?

We recognize that determining your ideal path after undergrad can be daunting. The reality is that people change careers and industries multiple times. The benefit of the Georgetown MAAP program is that you can work for two to four years knowing you already have a secured spot in a top-ranked MBA program.

Which Program Will I Attend?

You will receive deferred admission into the highly ranked Full-time MBA program. The Full-time MBA provides a global management degree based upon the foundations of ethics and leadership, preparing you to build a career in today’s increasingly global business environment.

From the opening term course, Structure of Global Industries, to the global discussions infused throughout the curriculum, and class profile with over 42 countries represented, you will develop a global mindset. This 54-credit curriculum provides a blend of both core classes for a strong business foundation, combined with you choice of 100 electives in a variety of elective areas.

Customize your program with the ability to complete certificates in Consumer Analytics and Insights, Nonmarket Strategy, and Sustainable Business, plus participate in other experiential learning opportunities.

Application Processs

All applications must be submitted through our online application. All MAAP applicants are entitled to a reduced application fee of $100.

  • Your online application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the deadline date. Applications that are received after the deadline will be considered for the next admissions round.
  • Documents submitted to the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business become the property of Georgetown University and will not be returned to the applicant.
  • Should you be admitted, you will receive a conditional offer and will be required to complete the following: 
    • Your final transcript grades should not deviate from the academic performance submitted during the application process.
    • You will need to gain two to four years of competitive work experience and develop your leadership experiences as is expected for all incoming MBA students prior to matriculation.  
    • Your personal and professional conduct should be aligned with the values of Georgetown McDonough.
    • You will be required to mail all original/official copies of each application document (test scores, transcripts, degree certificates) to the Admissions Office. Discrepancies between self-reported/unofficial documents and official records may result in an admissions offer being rescinded.
    • If any application materials are found to be forged, falsified, or altered in any way, the university will notify all relevant officials, including the individual or institution issuing the document and, as appropriate, immigration officers. If an offer of admission has been made, it may be rescinded.
  • If you are a visually-impaired applicant and need an accessible application, please contact us at georgetownmba@georgetown.edu and we’d be happy to assist

  • Students are required to complete either the Onsite or Online GMAT or GRE (EA is not accepted for MAAP)
  • To complete your application, you must upload an unofficial, scanned copy of your test score directly into the online application. Official scores only need to be submitted if you are admitted to the program. 
  • Demonstrating English Language Proficiency
    • Applicants who fit the criteria below are required to upload an unofficial English Language Proficiency Exam score report to the online application.
      • Non-U.S. citizens
      • Non-U.S. permanent residents
      • applicants who have not obtained a four-year or advanced degree from a university where the only primary medium of instruction was English
    • You may choose from one of the following three exams to demonstrate your level of competence in English:
      • TOEFL – The minimum required score is 250 (computer-based), 600 (paper-based), or 100 (internet-based). Your test result must not be more than two years old. If you are admitted to the program, official scores must be sent directly from ETS to Georgetown University MBA Admissions using ETS Code Number: 5781.
        • We now accept MyBest Scores. Test dates on your MyBest Scores report that are older than two years are expired and not valid. All dates must be valid.
        • NOTE: The TOEFL will be accessible for virtual testing until testing centers reopen, starting March 26, 2020. Students may begin registering for the next test date.
      • ELTS – We accept only academic module results; the minimum required score is 7.5. Your test result must not be more than two years old. If you are admitted to the program, official scores must be sent directly from Cambridge (IELTS) to Georgetown University MBA Admissions.
      • PTE – The minimum required score is 68. Your test result must not be more than two years old. If you are admitted to the program, official scores must be sent directly from Pearson Vue to Georgetown University MBA Admissions.

  • You are required to be pursuing a four-year bachelor’s degree or master’s degree from an accredited college or university or an equivalent degree from a foreign country. To complete your application, you must upload unofficial transcripts for all academic coursework you’ve taken directly into the online application. Please make sure each transcript document includes:
    • Course names
    • All grades received (including transfer credits and study abroad programs
    • Cumulative or in-progress GPA
    • Degree conferral information (if degree completed)
    • Grading scale
      • For more information on how to submit your grading scale, please view our Grade Scale Guide
    • Degree certificate (international applicants only)
      • For more information on submitting your degree certificate, please view our Diploma Guide.
    • Official transcripts should only be submitted if you are admitted to the program. 

All MAAP applicants will be required to complete the Standard MBA Essay and the Video Essay, but will also be required to complete three short MAAP-specific essays.

Standard MBA Essay

We want to hear your story. When responding to our required essays, be authentic and take time to reflect on your goals and past experiences. Craft a response that explains how these experiences led you to pursue an MBA. 

Our goal at Georgetown McDonough is to craft a diverse class with people who have had varying personal and professional life experiences. As such, we want to give our applicants the opportunity to select one essay (from a list of three) that allows them the ability to best highlight their experiences, characteristics, and values that showcase the value proposition that they can bring to the McDonough community. Please select one of the following three essays to complete in 500 words or less and include the essay prompt and your first/last name at the top of your submission.

  • Essay Option One – Principled Leadership: Georgetown McDonough places a strong emphasis on principled leadership, providing both curricular and co-curricular opportunities to strengthen your leadership skills. Describe a time when you’ve led a team in a professional environment to implement a new idea or process. What leadership characteristics did you utilize? What could you have done to be more effective? And most importantly, what skills will you be able to bring to the teams you lead at McDonough?
  • Essay Option Two – Hoyas for the Common Good: Georgetown McDonough embodies the ethos that people and organizations can and should contribute to the greater good. The admissions committee would like to better understand how you’ve demonstrated these values during uniquely challenging times. Describe a time where you’ve put the needs of others ahead of your own or ahead of the bottom line. We look forward to learning more about the challenge you faced, what unique characteristics you brought to that scenario, and what you learned from it.
  • Essay Option Three – Personal Brand: Think of a business leader or role model you admire or aspire to be. What are the defining characteristics of his or her personal brand that you see in yourself? Give an example of how you have been able to emulate these characteristics in your professional career and how your personal brand will enrich the McDonough community.

Video Essay

What makes you unique? In a one-minute video, describe the most compelling aspects of yourself that you believe make you unique from other MBA candidates. (Hint: one minute goes fast! We already have your resume and goals – share something new!) Use this video as an opportunity to bring life to your application. For more instructions, view our Video Essay Guide.

  • You may use your phone, computer, or other means to record the video, but please ensure all audio and visual components are clear. We recommend a well-lit room and minimal noise distraction. 
  • Upload your video to an accessible website (such as YouTube, Vimeo, Youku, or Tudou), and submit the direct video URL into your online application. 
  • Please note that all videos must remain active and accessible to the admissions committee online for a minimum of five years for record retention purposes.
  • For your privacy: Do not include your name in the title of your video. You may submit “unlisted” videos via YouTube or password protected videos through Vimeo. If using a password, please include immediately after your link in the text box below. [Ex: www.youtube.com/123, password: Hoyas]  
  • Re-Applicant Essay: Required for re-applicants. How have you strengthened your candidacy since your last application? We are particularly interested in hearing about how you have grown professionally and personally. (500 words or fewer)

MAAP Essays

  • Do you have a current employment offer for post-graduation? What type of industries/ functions are you pursuing? Where are you in the employment search process? (250 words or fewer)
  • Why have you chosen to apply through Hoya MAAP (MBA Advance Access Program)? (100 words or less)
  • How do you plan to develop as a leader both personally and professionally during your deferment period? (150 words or less)

Diversity Essay (Optional)

As Georgetown is a diverse, global community, we encourage you to upload a brief statement of approximately 500 words to help the Admissions Committee understand the contribution your personal background would make to our community.

As appropriate, you may wish to address any obstacles or challenges you have overcome; any educational, familial, cultural, economic, and social experiences that have helped to shape your educational and professional goals; or how your background (e.g., first-generation student, resident outside the U.S.) or activities (e.g., community service and leadership) will contribute to the Georgetown community.

Optional Essay

Please provide any information you would like to add to your application that you have not otherwise included. (500 words or fewer)

Re-Applicant Essay

Required for re-applicants. How have you strengthened your candidacy since your last application? We are particularly interested in hearing about how you have grown professionally and personally. (500 words or fewer)

How have you progressed in your career and made an impact in your organization? Use this component of the application process to clearly outline your professional experience and accomplishments. Upload a current resume that corresponds to the information submitted in the “Employment” section of your online application. Your resume should clearly identify part-time and internship experience, as well as months and years in each position. 

We require one *professional recommendation and one professor’s recommendation for the MAAP program. We are interested in gaining insight from someone who can objectively evaluate your professional performance as well as managerial and leadership potential.

Recommenders are required to submit the recommendation forms online and will receive detailed instructions once you complete the “Recommendations” section of your application. The recommender may submit a letter or performance review as part of the online form.

*Professional recommendation can include internship, student volunteer organization, or community organization. We’re allowing two professor recommendations if internships were rescinded because of COVID-19.

Interviews are offered by invitation only. Invitations to interview are extended following each application deadline and will continue up until the decision release date. Additionally, waitlist candidates may be invited to interview after initial decisions are released.

Application Deadline

The application is now live and the deadline to apply is with our Round 4 deadline of April 26, 2021, only after which your application will be reviewed. The initial deposit is $500. Each following year until matriculation, you will be asked to reconfirm that you meet enrollment requirements and make any subsequent deposits.

Application Dates
RoundApplication DeadlineDecision NotificationDeposit Due
4April 26, 2021May 27, 2021June 1, 2021

FAQs

Apply to defer for 2, 3, or 4 years from the date of application. After 4 years, you would have to reapply.

Candidates should submit their initial application for the Full-time MBA program, but applicants can choose to switch their deferment to the Flex MBA Program the year of planned matriculation.

No, while you cannot reapply to MAAP, you can apply to the regular MBA program.

Learn More

If you’d like to learn more, please connect with us for upcoming MAAP Information Sessions to learn about specific application requirements. Join us also to learn more about the MBA Program at any upcoming event. Request more info or email us at georgetownmba@georgetown.edu.