How to get into Georgetown University School of Business




The McDonough School of Business is a leading MBA program located right in the heart of Washington, D.C. by the Potomac River. According to Senior Associate Dean Prashant Malaviya, three things set McDonough apart:

  • Presence in Washington, D.C. Georgetown has unparalleled access to leaders across the globe, including not only on Capitol Hill but in the neighboring embassies from around the world.
  • Access to other areas of Georgetown University. Georgetown boasts top programs in foreign service, law, medicine, nursing, and public policy.
  • Brings together a 500-year heritage of Jesuit principles. Across all its schools, Georgetown believes in creating students who are continuous learners, know their place in the world and can see the world from others’ eyes.

McDonough offers a two-year full-time MBA program, a Flex MBA (part-time program) and an Executive MBA for students with more work experience. The admissions team is looking for an applicant’s executive presence, critical thinking ability, global mindset and generosity of spirit. The notion of “Do well for yourself and don’t stop there” is a critical part of the Georgetown ethos, and students are encouraged to find multiple ways to put that idea into practice both in their careers and extracurricular activities.



Each class at the McDonough School of Business has about 270 students. All students take core classes including accounting, finance, marketing, strategy, decision sciences, economics, and management in a cohort of about 60-70 students. In the second semester, full-time students can tailor the curriculum to meet their interests by taking elective courses in addition to core classes.

The first part of the MBA experience is an opening term of four weeks that prepares students for the work ahead with courses including “Leading Teams for Performance and Impact.” This early exposure to teamwork sets the stage for the many experiential learning opportunities at McDonough where students work in teams to solve real-world problems. In the spring term of their first year, MBA students participate in an Intensive Learning Course on diverse topics mostly taught by practitioners.

Many of McDonough’s offerings reflect its global mindset, including a second-year Global Business Experience, an actual consulting project with real clients in 10 cities around the world, as well as numerous study abroad programs and student-led international treks focused on culture, career, and service.

Every first-year student also participates in an Executive Challenge, where 130 alumni in senior roles work with students and lead them through simulations using several different cases. This popular activity is the capstone of the Global Leadership course in the first year.

In addition to the MBA in general management, students can choose to earn a certificate in international business and diplomacy, non-market strategy, and consumer analytics and insights.



There are about 46 student organizations to check out that boast many opportunities for student leadership, as well as a Student Government Association. To reflect the school’s Jesuit heritage, many students are involved in organizations serving others across Washington.



Class Size: 270

Average Age: 28

Average Work Experience: 5 years

Women: 29%

Underrepresented Minority: 16%

International Citizenship: 29%

Median GMAT: 700

80% GMAT Range: 650-730

Average Undergraduate GPA: 3.34



  • Consulting: 26%
  • Financial Services: 22%
  • Technology 18%
  • Nonprofit/social impact: 8%
  • Consumer Products: 7%
  • Real Estate: 7%
  • Manufacturing: 6%
  • Health Care: 3%
  • Government: 2%
  • Media/Entertainment/Sports: 2%


  • Hospitality: 2%



  • Outside US: 29%
  • Mid-Atlantic: 35%
  • Midwest: 9%
  • Northeast: 36%
  • South: 7%
  • Southwest: 5%
  • West: 8%


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