Executive MBA Increases Enrollment of Women, Minority, and International Students in 2021

Executive MBA increases diversity

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The Executive MBA (EMBA) program at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business admitted a more diverse class in the fall of 2021, with increases in female,  underrepresented minority, and international students. 

“By building a diverse cohort of students, the EMBA classroom is enriched by a myriad of perspectives and experiences that allows for peer-to-peer learning,” said Nita Swinsick, assistant dean for recruitment and admissions, executive and specialized degree programs. “Our program intentionally has small class sizes, which allows our students to build lifelong connections with their professors and one another, so their learning will continue within their Georgetown network for years to come.”

The 50 students in this year’s incoming class are 44% female (up from 40% last year). A total of  40% are U.S. underrepresented minorities (up from 26% last year), and overall U.S. diversity has climbed to 50% (up from 34% last year). The number of students with international citizenship increased from 19% to 24%, and 49% have international experience. Veterans also comprise 22% of the cohort.

Additionally, the class has an average of 14 years of experience and an average age of 37. They represent a variety of undergraduate fields of study, including humanities/social sciences, business/commerce, engineering/computer science, and mathematics/physical science. The most common industries represented include financial services, government, nonprofit/social impact, construction, technology and new media, and consumer goods and retail.

Georgetown’s EMBA educates leaders who understand the complexities at the intersection of global business, government, and policy. Through an interdisciplinary and experiential curriculum, students engage in coursework and projects that capitalize on the school’s location in the global capital city of Washington, D.C. The program also includes a Global Business Experience consulting project, where student teams solve real-world problems for an organization in another country and then travel to deliver the results, as well as an international capstone research project that student teams customize based on their areas of interest. EMBA also offers mentorship, career services, and a Lifelong Learning program that continues to engage graduates through access to elective courses.