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McDonough School of Business – Georgetown University


Georgetown University began with the vision of John Carroll, an American-born, European-educated Jesuit priest who returned to the United States in 1773 to establish a preeminent institution of higher learning based in the Jesuit tradition.

In 1789, Bishop Carroll acquired land overlooking the Potomac River outside the village of Georgetown and founded the Academy at George-Town, later Georgetown University. As the oldest Catholic university in America, the school is rooted in the long tradition of Jesuit education as well as the American ideals of open-mindedness and inclusivity of diverse perspectives.

The Georgetown MBA Program began in 1981 and is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In the University tradition of creating a strong sense of community, the Georgetown MBA Program specifically focuses on the larger, global community. As part of a major international research university, the MBA program embodies its founding Jesuit principles in the diversity of its students, faculty, and staff, intellectual openness, and international character.

School Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 24
• Bloomberg: 20 (U.S.); 21 (Global)
• Forbes: 31
• Financial Times: 29
• The Economist: 48


Located just off the Francis Scott Key Memorial Bridge, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is situated in the heart of the Nation’s capital. The concentration of power, influence, and opportunities in Washington DC, is unmatched by other cities and the position of Georgetown University within this environment distinguishes it from other business schools.

Building on its global business focus, Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business has established strong connections with the federal government and the international community. Georgetown students interface directly with a number of Washington DC-based research, government, and cultural institutions.

The business school is located just six miles away from the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.


The 104-acre urban campus of Georgetown University is convenient to the many federal institutions and international organizations with headquarters in the District of Columbia, as well as the surrounding communities of Virginia and Maryland.

The Rafik B. Hariri Building, established in 2009, provides a home for the entire Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Community. With state-of-the-art facilities, students, faculty, and staff at McDonough School of Business now can dedicate even greater focus and resources on learning, teaching, research, career management, and building connections to international business.

With 179,000 square feet, the Rafik B. Hariri Building for McDonough School of Business features: increased seminar, lecture, and conference room spaces; a state-of-the-art 400-seat auditorium for lectures and addresses by heads of state, cabinet officials, and business leaders; tiered classrooms; MBA career management facilities; student services facilities; common space for students to study independently and meet for small-group projects; faculty offices to make room for the new faculty joining the McDonough team; campus views at all levels; and a striking design that complements the historic buildings of Georgetown’s Main Campus.


The McDonough School of Business currently employs 79 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, 33 teaching and other full time faculty, and 50 adjunct faculty.

In addition to teaching classes and advising student organizations, these professors conduct research that impacts the way the world does business. Faculty members regularly contribute to scholarly and trade publications, participate in ongoing debates and conferences, publish pioneering books and papers, and serve as consultants to businesses, governments, and non-governmental agencies throughout the world. By incorporating their scholarship into their teaching practice, Georgetown’s active faculty enhances traditional classroom learning with the latest thinking across each field of study.

Student Body

Every year, the McDonough School of Business enrolls around 300 undergraduate students. The most recent full-time MBA class consisted of 271 students, and the part-time Evening MBA program enrolled 122 students.

MBA Degree Offerings

The McDonough School of Business offers a traditional full-time MBA, as well as the part-time Flex MBA, and Executive and Global Executive MBA programs.


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