Why an MBA?

Learn More About a Georgetown MBA

We recognize there are many graduate degree programs available, and there are more ways than ever to receive your education. A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a brand and designation that resonates in every country and every language. For many, an MBA is the terminal degree for the business world, but it also offers a strong ROI for a broad range of industries as well as a transformative personal experience. 

Versatile Across Industries and Functions

An MBA is not just for those in finance and consulting. Georgetown MBA alumni work across a diverse range of industries and functions.

For detailed employment statistics, please visit the MBA Career Center Website.

We seek students with a variety of experience across these industries and functions, too. This diversity of thought allows for rich and thought-provoking conversations.

We want this diversity so that you can learn just as much from your peers as you learn from your professors.

Headshot of Esme-Thea Rogers (MBA'19), who works in Tech & D&I at Capital One post-MBA, and was a Leadership Fellow, MLT Fellow, Forte Scholar, and CGSM Scholar while doing her MBA. Her picture is surrounded by two wheels of text, one highlighting various industries and the other highlighting various functions
Esme-Thea Rogers (MBA’19), Tech and D&I, Capital One, Leadership Fellow, MLT Fellow, Forte Scholar, CGSM Scholar
More than 70% of our Full-time and Flex MBAs have an undergraduate degree in a specialization other than business.

Transforming your Skills and Expertise

No matter the industry or function, you’ll need skills to manage a budget, manage a team, sell a product, service, or idea, and understand your broader economy or industry. 

In an MBA program, you are expected to get involved outside of the classroom to improve your leadership ability. Here are just a few leadership opportunities at Georgetown McDonough.

Stick people illustrating the various skills of an MBA: networking, career advancement, executive presence, credibility & expertise, critical thinking, managing human capital, and strategy & innovation
  • Student organizations: Students have access to over 40 clubs and 350 board positions available for you to hone your leadership skills.
  • Case competitions: Through industry-specific case competitions, students develop leadership skills, assess problems, and pitch solutions to industry experts within intense 24-48 hour periods. 
  • Consulting experiences: Through the required Global Business Experience (GBE), an international consulting project, and optional consulting experiences through Net Impact’s Service Corps, you can hone your problem-solving abilities by solving real-world client problems. 
  • Global experiences​: From our signature Structure of Global Industries (SGI) course to GBE to international student-led treks, we help you make connections with global executives in business, government, and nonprofit organizations. 

Return on Investment

An MBA does require an investment, but the return on investment is strong. According to GMAC, more than 90 percent of Fortune Global 100 and 500 companies planned to hire MBA talent. At Georgetown, our Full-time MBA class of 2019 earned:

  • Avg. Signing Bonus: $34,707 (U.S. students: $31,529, Intl: $44,548)
  • Avg. Monthly Cash Compensation for Internship: $7,884 (U.S. students: $8,178, Intl: $7,091)
Three tiles that contain three statistics: 99% internships for those that are seeking one; 93% full-time job offers within 3 months of graduation; $128,162 average base salary
Graduate management talent commands salary premium (medium base salary US$). Bar graph that depicts the following stats: MBA - $115k, Master in Management - $75K, Master of Accounting - $75K, Master of Finance - $80k, Master of Data Analytics - $85K, 2020 Corporate Survey by GMAC

Explore more career and internship data in our 2021 MBA Employment Report.

Robust Career Services

Whether you want to enhance your career, switch your career, or launch a company, the career services provided by an MBA program are unmatched compared to other graduate programs. There are often more resources, more staff, and more events to prepare students for landing the perfect summer internship and full-time job. Georgetown McDonough’s MBA Career Center offers:

  • Career advisors focused by industries and functions, with access to a vast job database
  • Webinars and workshops on case-based and behavioral interviewing, and salary/offer negotiations
  • Trips to visit employers, focused on a geographic location or industry (e.g. finance or marketing treks; California or Shanghai)
  • Career fairs and national career conferences (e.g. NBMBAA, Reaching Out, Net Impact)
  • On-campus interviews, employer information sessions, and networking and recruitment with alumni and employers
Four MBAs in formal wear being coached by another MBA in a blue dress

Global Network

In addition to the skills and return on investment, an MBA provides you with a community of peers that will become your network for life. Spread across 189 countries, your Hoya network will become your future business partners, vendors, suppliers, and certainly lifelong friends. 

Three tiles filled with three stats: 200,000+ georgetown alumni, 25,000+ McDonough alumni; 9,500+ McDonough MBA Alumni