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Georgetown Executive MBA Introduces New Format, Customization Options

Students in the Executive MBA program (EMBA) at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will now benefit from the flexibility of hybrid courses and further elective customization while maximizing on-campus engagement with the Georgetown community. 

The new format delivers the same top-ranked, rigorous degree program with the added convenience of synchronous courses. Students will attend in-person classes one weekend per month with online sessions one Saturday per month, in addition to five week-long signature experiences throughout the 21-month program.

“There is power in our community and on-campus experiences in Washington, D.C., and we believe our new flexible EMBA program provides students with the opportunity to leverage those benefits while balancing competing responsibilities in their work and personal lives,” said Nick Lovegrove, academic director of the EMBA program. “Our flexibility, combined with a customizable curriculum, offers unrivaled opportunities for students to pursue a degree that supports their unique professional goals.”

The number of electives in the program will increase from seven to 10 to provide greater exposure to a variety of interdisciplinary concepts and to address emerging topics. Pulling from the school’s distinctive strengths in the global capital city of Washington, D.C., at the nexus of business, policy, and government issues, students also gain access to a variety of speakers, conferences, and events, including Georgetown McDonough’s 11 faculty-led centers and initiatives. 

The program will continue to be distinguished by its week-long signature experiences – including three on-campus experiences and two global trips – that immerse students in real-world business projects and foster collaboration across the cohort. The Washington, D.C.-based experiences include: the Opening Residency focused on ethical business decision-making and teamwork; Structure of Global Industries Residency, where students practice concepts in international trade, investment, economic growth, and fiscal policy; and the New Business Ventures course to explore the venture creation process and transform a corporate innovation opportunity into a venture concept. 

Students travel abroad during the signature Global Business Experience consulting projects to solve a real-world business problem for an international client. The program culminates in the Global Capstone – a student-designed, in-country field research project to examine global strategy through the analysis of global industries and environments. 

Guided by Georgetown’s Jesuit values, students learn how to use global business principles to serve the common good. The program carries forward the school’s value of cura personalis, or care for the whole person, to foster a supportive community that helps each individual student find success. 

As the program announces these new changes to its curriculum and modality, the school also welcomed one of its largest EMBA cohorts to date, maintaining a strong representation of women, U.S. diversity, and international students, as well as those with military experience. 

“The nature of work has rapidly changed over the past few years, and our new flexible format aligns with the increasing needs of a hybrid workforce,” said Nita Swinsick, associate dean of executive and graduate degree admissions at Georgetown McDonough. “By leveraging new innovative technologies and teaching formats, we are able to deliver on our distinctive D.C. experiences while supporting the professional and personal needs of our students.”

More information about the EMBA program is available online.

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