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McDonough School of Business – Georgetown University

Georgetown University Executive MBA Program Structure

The Georgetown University Executive MBA at the McDonough School of Business is characterized by two international and two domestic residencies. Executive MBA classes are taught in cohorts designed to strengthen interpersonal relationships and sharpen business acumen. The program begins in August and spans 20 months, culminating with the Global Capstone Residency, during which teams of students travel the world to study the impact of globalization at the national, industry, and firm levels. Afterward, the teams present their findings during a Capstone Weekend that highlights the school’s themes of globalization, collaboration, and integration of knowledge.


The intensive 20-month course of study includes classes held on Fridays and Saturdays of alternating weekends, as well as four week-long residencies that provide immersion in real-world business projects. Coursework focuses on core business disciplines including Accounting, Decision Sciences, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Strategy.

All students enrolled in the Georgetown University Executive MBA Program complete four integrative projects, or residencies, in addition to their core and elective coursework. Residencies include team-based experiences that immerse students in simulated and real-world business environments to gain practical experience.

The opening residency provides an introduction to the program with an in-depth live case experience focused on a specific industry, such as the wireless services industry. A high-level view of finance, marketing, strategy, and other fundamental business areas is applied to global companies facing real challenges in today’s competitive international marketplace.

The second residency allows students to practice the art of creating and pitching a business plan for an entrepreneurial initiative. With coaching from a faculty advisor, teams of students develop an idea for a new business or a new venture within an existing business. The experience culminates in a Business Plan Competition, during which teams deliver presentations to a panel of judges including successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and faculty.

The penultimate residency is the international project, in which student consulting teams work together to solve a pressing business problem facing foreign organizations or Fortune 500 companies with operations overseas. At the end of the course, the cohort travels abroad to the client’s’ facilities to complete their projects and present recommendations to senior leadership of the companies and organizations. Recent global residency locations have included: Dubai/UAE; Istanbul, Turkey; New Delhi, India; and Shanghai, China.

Finally, student teams focus on the impact of globalization on a particular country/region, industry, and firm abroad. With the guidance of a faculty advisor, each team conducts an international field visit for research and makes a final presentation of findings to the Georgetown community.

Class Profile

The typical Georgetown University Executive MBA class is approximately 57 percent male and 43 percent female, with between 45 and 55 students in each cohort. About 81 percent of matriculated students are U.S. citizens, while 19 percent identify as international. On average, students have 12 years of professional experience when they begin the program. The average age of students enrolled in the MBA programs is 35.


Breaks in the fall and spring term provide opportunities for Career Weeks. During this time off from class, students focus on professional development and trek around the globe to explore career opportunities. Students focus on energy and international development in Washington, D.C., discuss finance on Wall Street, meet with consumer product and consulting executives along the Northeast Corridor, and visit Silicon Valley during CalTrek.

Student clubs and the MBA Career Center organize the treks to promote interaction with alumni and important business leaders in each location. Recent international treks have extended this networking opportunity to Dubai, Hong Kong, and Madrid.

In addition to these experiences, students can access customized career services from the MBA Career Center year-round. Most students choose to spend their summer at internships, gaining weeks of hands-on experience that further focuses their studies in the second year.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The fall 2017 tuition cost for the Georgetown McDonough Executive MBA Program is $137,820. This includes tuition, specified meals during class weekends, and accommodations at off-site and international residencies, consulting project expenses, international travel insurance, and course materials.

The Office of Student Financial Services attempts to assist financially eligible applicants meet their educational and living costs. All United States citizens and permanent residents of the United States may be considered for federally funded programs.

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

Admissions Procedures

Applicants to the Georgetown University Executive MBA Program are required to hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or the equivalent from an international college or university.

Additionally, applicants to the Georgetown McDonough Executive MBA Program must possess a minimum of eight years of work experience and are required to submit for review a resume, a statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation, a letter of support from their current employer, and official transcripts from all academic course work. Applicants must submit a completed application, along with a nonrefundable $175 application fee. International non-native English speaking applicants must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores. EMBA applicants also are required to interview with a member of the Admissions Committee.

Application Deadlines

The Georgetown University Executive MBA program operates on a rolling admissions basis. Applicants may submit their admissions materials at any time before the final deadline. Those who submit a complete application will be considered for a personal interview.

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