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George Washington University School of Business

George Washington University World Executive MBA Program Structure

Each George Washington University World Executive MBA cohort is limited to 25-30 experienced individuals. Participants work cooperatively in study teams while developing individual skills and knowledge. The program is completed in 16 months (fall, spring, and summer semesters). Students attend class bi-weekly on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings and afternoons; the program includes accommodations at a local hotel on Friday nights. Two domestic and two international residencies complement campus-based courses.


The George Washington University World Executive MBA is comprised of 52.5 credits. The program includes 40.5 core credit hours based around three themes: Leading People, Global and Local Environments, and Mastering Business Functions (financial management, decision skills, and marketing). Two integrative courses analyze topics of great relevance to the business community, such as the recent fiscal crisis, and integrate that analysis across business arenas. Elective courses allow students to focus on international business, sustainability, or leadership.

The program includes four residencies in which students address topics intensively over an extended period at a site away from campus and students’ places of business. Two consulting residencies take place in Washington, DC: ten days at the beginning of the program and eight days at the end. These DC residencies include a practicum component with site visits and executive lectures. Two residencies take place in international locations and are each six days long. All residencies contain credit-bearing coursework.

Class Profile

There are 38 students enrolled in the George Washington University World Executive MBA program, 26.3 percent of which are female, with 50 percent minority students, and 10.5 percent international students.

New entrants are, on average, 37-years old and have an average of 15 years of previous work experience.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Total tuition is $120,879. In addition, GWU requires a $1,500 non-refundable enrollment fee.

Most student loans are based on either financial need or creditworthiness and are available only to US citizens and permanent residents. GW students commonly use the Federal Stafford Loan Program, Alternative Education Loans, and the ACCESS Loan Program. Private loans may also be available.

The GWU School of Business is a partner with the American Association of University Women. Members of the AAUW may be eligible for educational grants.


The preliminary application for the George Washington University World Executive MBA provides interested individuals with an opportunity to receive feedback from the admissions committee before completing the entire application. Credentials are evaluated to determine whether applicants are likely to be competitive within the broader applicant pool.

The preliminary application includes submission of the online application with the $75 non-refundable application fee, a current résumé, and a 750-word statement of purpose. Students submitting a preliminary application must also interview with an alumnus in their area.

If the preliminary application yields a favorable response, candidates are encouraged to pursue full admission and will be asked to provide supporting documentation, including official copies of transcripts from each institution attended, two letters of recommendation, official GMAT scores, and an organizational commitment form. A GMAT waiver is available for select students.

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