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EMBA Adds More Customization; Courses Focused on Global Business, Government, and Policy Nexus

Starting in the fall, students enrolling in the Executive MBA (EMBA) program at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will have greater flexibility in choosing electives and a sharper focus on what it means to learn in the heart of the nation’s capital.

“Our two-century presence in Washington, D.C., combined with the widely acknowledged expertise in other Georgetown schools, makes Georgetown McDonough uniquely poised to prepare our students as leaders who understand the existing complexities of commerce at the nexus of global business, government, and policy,” said Bardia Kamrad, senior associate dean for Executive Degree Programs. “We bring a level of knowledge, distinctiveness, and interdisciplinary focus that differentiates us and can only be revealed in our program and in the Georgetown community.”

The number of electives in the program will increase from five to seven, allowing for greater customization, agility, and adaptability for students. The increase in electives is made possible by transforming the program’s core curriculum: eliminating and combining some courses, while revamping other courses as potential electives. 

Starting next year, all EMBA alumni will have the opportunity to take the new electives as part of the program’s Lifelong Learning (L3) initiative.

Adjustments to the core will help sharpen the school’s distinctive strengths, including Georgetown’s location in the global capital city of Washington, D.C., at the nexus of policy, business, and government. New to the revised core will be the Structure of Global Industries Residency in the spring of the first year, where students will study international trade and investment, trade policy, economic growth, and monetary and fiscal policy. Teaching and learning in this residency takes place partly through lectures and practicums supported by team meetings. The practicums require original, creative work by the teams with immediate application of lectures, allowing integration of the topics in the course. 

In addition, a new course on Strategic Advocacy for Business will explore the intricacies of how business intersects with the policy and government institutions and communities in the District of Columbia, both at the national level and global level, supplementing existing coursework in this sphere. 

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