Acceptance Rate
Average Undergrad GPA
Years Work Experience
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Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
660 - 720


Round 1
September 30

Round 2
January 6

Round 3
March 24

Round 4
April 27

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Faculty Information

Students Say

Located in Washington, D.C., Georgetown’s access to international interests in both business and policy make it a desirable choice for career-minded students. The school offers an MBA with “a global approach,” with the second year ending in a nine-day international consulting experience. Due to this and other factors, students are “impressed with their global focus and their emphasis on using business to help society.” Because the business program “is not focused on any one particular aspect of business,” Georgetown “gives its students a true understanding of business from many points of view around the world, allowing for international opportunities for growth.”

Those hoping for a foundation in ruthless business practices will not find it here. McDonough fosters a “collaborative spirit when it comes to both learning and practicing business.” In fact, “the Georgetown MBA program was the first institution to implement a business ethics course as a requirement for graduation.” The school “pushes integrity across all levels,” the result being a “high caliber of business professionals” among the graduates. Some students hope to see more “emphasis on sustainability/green trends in coursework.”

Georgetown has “an excellent reputation for being academically rigorous, diverse, and high quality,” and regarding the business school specifically, students consider McDonough the “highest caliber school in the region,” a school that will “afford me better opportunities than other programs in this area.” Students enjoy that the “smaller program size is more intimate compared to other large business schools.”

A newly designed MBA Curriculum launched in the Fall of 2012 to replace the former modular system; it is filled with both classroom and experiential learning, and provides greater rigor, greater emphasis on quantitative and analytical skills, and a focus on principled leadership. One student in particular recognizes this fact yet remarks that “at the end of a course, I still come out learning more than what I bargained for.”


International Business
JD/MBA - Dual Degree
MD/MBA - Dual Degree
MS/MBA - Dual Degree

Specialized Masters

Business Administration
International Business

Certificate Programs

International Business
Strategy & Leadership

Center for Research

International Business
Non-Profit Management/Public Administration
Real Estate

Specialities of Faculty

Academic specialties of faculty

International Business Diplomacy Certificate

Georgetown Entrepreneurship

Center for Business & Public Policy

Women's Leadership Initiative

Real Estate Initiative

Center for Financial Markets and Policy and Real Estate Initiative

Georgetown Institute for Consumer Research

Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics


Courses in Sustainability

Sustainability course is

STRT 610: Corporate Social Responsibility This course provides an overview and examination of the rationale, role, and practices of corporations in building on business objectives and strategically applying core competencies to do well (improve financial performance and build wealth for shareholders) and at the same time to do good (improve society and create social value for multiple stakeholders). Business leaders increasingly recognize that fulfilling their responsibilities in public life will determine how well we do as a society and how well they do as corporations. This is not a new idea. Companies have long been involved in social initiatives. But these initiatives are now becoming more integral to the core business enterprise and more related to corporate success. Social involvement is no longer just about writing a check --although corporate philanthropy is a useful strategy and should also be core to the business. It also is about employing social marketing, engaging company employees as volunteers in key enterprises and utilizing strategic business practices, such as reducing supply chain costs in an environmentally friendly way. It is about building profit centers around water preservation in an era of climate change and pursuing wellness and disease prevention as a business endeavor. In essence, it is about the bottom line, and about social change. Strategy 567: Impact Investing The future of successful business leaders will be defined by the ability to create, build, and sustain organizations with and for mission and finance related returns. In light of changing organizational structures (from C corp. to B corp.), the infusion of private capital for social good, and the increased integration of responsibility and ethics into the corporate workplace, emerging leaders should be prepared to understand the core concepts of investing for impact to retain a competitive advantage as a leader and organization.  Marketing 551: Marketing Research Marketing research is a process for obtaining information to support management decision-making and strategic recommendations for serious consulting projects. The course structure follows the scientific method, which includes problem definition, research design, data collection, data analysis, and the interpretation and communication of findings. It is taught as a workshop with a live project and requires students to use statistical software for analysis. The course is deigned primarily for first-year MBA student who are interested in pursuing careers in marketing and consulting. In particular, the lecture/case from one class session addresses the power of affect and water recycling. Marketing 570: Consumer Behavior Course content relies heavily on CSR issues, including Sustainable Consumption and exploring the intersection of “green” and brands.” Students are required to conduct data analyses around sustainable consumption and primary research using video ethnographic methods on the role, issues surrounding, and complexities of green brands. This course takes an in-depth look at the social science processes and phenomena that underline the behaviors of consumers in traditional and e-commerce marketplaces. The purpose is to provide a background into the theories that attempt to explain behavior so that students explore the implications of those theories for improving marketing practice. While focusing on behaviors of final consumers, the concepts developed throughout the course provide insights into decision making more generally, leading to developing better communications, policies, and programs in any exchange setting. Marketing 608: Business in the European Union This course addresses issues in conducting business in the European Union, both for insiders and outsiders. Topics addressed include emissions trading and various regulatory issues in the EU.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability

Georgetown MBA students have the opportunity to pursue independent studies during their second year, which are tailored to their specific interests. Several of these independent studies over the last years have focused on sustainability topics. Examples include Marketing in Sustainability-focused Small Business, Research Solar Energy Industry Association, Current Financing Issues facing Alternative Energy, Corporate R&D Strategy, Advanced Course on Corporate Social Responsibility, Global Business Experience projects, Seminar in Strategic Corporate Responsibility and several student driven initiatives.

School's environmental commitment 1:
MBA students have formed the Energy and Cleantech Club, whose mission is to expose interested students to various career opportunities and trends within the energy industry through an annual conference, guest speaker events, energy-specific treks, and group discussion. The club will address the areas of clean technologies and energy, including oil, gas, electric, renewable and clean technology, energy conservation, consulting, investments, management, trading, corporate finance, asset development, energy services, strategy and planning, business development, and policy.

School's environmental commitment 2:
The Social Impact Internship Fund provides financial support to first-year Georgetown MBA students interested in summer internship opportunities within nonprofit organizations worldwide. The fund enables many students to make an impact in organizations supporting the environment or sustainability issues.

School's environmental commitment 3:
Georgetown University's Rafik B. Hariri Building, which is the home of the McDonough School of Business, was awarded LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. The certification is based on five broad categories: sustainable site design and development, water efficiency, energy, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. The Hariri Building’s green features include: • An expected energy savings of 15 percent through efficient lighting design and controls, including the extensive use of dimmable high-efficiency fluorescent fixtures, optimized garage exhaust fan controls, and ultra low-flow lavatory fixtures; • A 41 percent water use reduction through use of ultra low flow fixtures and dual-flush water closets; • Water-efficient landscaping; • Operable exterior windows that contribute to indoor environmental quality; • Building materials that contain recycled content and were manufactured locally; • More than half of the construction waste – 800 tons – was recycled and re-used; • Bicycle storage facilities, proximity to public transportation, and several preferred parking spaces for hybrid and electric vehicles; • Highly reflective materials that were used to pave 68 percent of the non-roof impervious surfaces; • Low-emitting paints, adhesives, sealants and carpeting; • Manufacturing 25 percent of the total building materials using recycled materials; and • Local products, in that nearly 31 percent of the total building materials were extracted, harvested, or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the project site.

Career Overview

Average Starting Salary
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation

Finding Jobs & Internships

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Students Say

Career-minded students should find no shortage of post-school opportunities thanks to a “strong alumni network,” “great networking connections,” and “good access to recruit- ers.” Some suggest that “due to its smaller size (compared to other business schools), some employers do not spend as much time as they might at other institutions,” but because McDonough boasts “proximity to power sources in D.C.,” hard-working grad- uates can expect a “great upward trajectory” provided they take advantage of the “great recruiting sessions” and “strong career connections in the business world.” Though “the administration is relatively new,” students say they are “dedicated to improving the school.” An integral part of that is a new Director of Career Management, who works to be “extremely helpful in providing advice and consultation.”

Employers who have hired McDonough graduates include: Citigroup, Booz Allen Hamilton, Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, AES, America Online, International Finance Corporation (IFC), 3M, American Express Company, Avaya, Bank of New York, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Ford Motor Company, and JPMorgan Chase.

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 31% $127,500 $127,258 $93,000 $150,000
Finance / Accounting 24% $122,500 $116,457 $80,000 $170,000
Marketing / Sales 18% $108,000 $108,231 $60,000 $145,000
General Management 17% $111,000 $114,596 $80,000 $180,000
Operations / Logistics 7% $105,192 $99,784 $45,000 $130,000
Other 4% $117,500 $109,000 $71,000 $135,000
Strategic Planning 3% $120,000 $110,286 $71,000 $135,000


Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 26% $135,000 $129,698 $93,000 $180,000
Financial Services 22% $125,000 $118,430 $83,200 $150,000
Technology 18% $125,000 $116,834 $45,000 $170,000
Non-profit 8%
Consumer Products 7% $105,000 $102,167 $80,000 $120,000
Real Estate 7% $110,000 $112,500 $100,000 $130,000
Manufacturing 6% $106,500 $104,690 $80,000 $130,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 3% $140,000 $123,736 $80,000 $147,680
Government 2% $95,750 $94,725 $71,000 $116,400
Media / Entertainment 2%
Other 1%

Prominent Alumni

Ann Sarnoff
Chairperson and CEO, Warner Bros.

Mohammed Dewji
President, Mohammed Enterprises Tanzania Limited (METL)

Tim Tassopoulos
President and COO, Chick-Fil-A, Inc.

Dan Helfrich
Chairman and CEO, Deloitte Consulting

Brian Quintenz
Commissioner of the U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission


Application Deadlines
Jun 1

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Underrepresented Minorities

30% female
70% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Life at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University is one of constant challenge, with academics the focus of most days. “Georgetown’s MBA is all-consum- ing,” students say, but “in a good way.” Indeed, “it is often difficult to find a group study room or classroom not filled with students studying on an evening or weekend.” Students feel they are encouraged to work hard, “especially when [they] see [their] peers working just as hard.” The school’s collaborative, often non-competitive environment helps foster an atmosphere in which the “intense” workload is not overwhelming; it is just a fact of life. “Life at McDonough is rigorous and community-driven,” attendees insist. “Students work extremely hard and take great pride in the Georgetown brand.”

However, McDonough students do find time to relax. There is a “very social atmosphere with many social activities planned for students.” “Post-class happy hours” take place, though most say that school activities are preferred, including “clubs, student govern- ment associations, and community service projects.” Living in or around the D.C. Metro area offers ample things to do outside of school. “Wine tours, sports and activities on Capitol Hill” and more are regularly on the agenda, as well as volunteering with school and local organizations, music clubs, museums, and more. Even with all those oppor- tunities, the “intense school spirit” present throughout the Georgetown student body means that for many it is school first, even when it comes to leisure time.One student sums it up: “Students are engaged in campus life, however [they are] mostly focused on business school events and activities.”

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Campus-wide Internet Network

Internet Access for All Students

Admissions Office Contact

Shelly Heinrich
Associate Dean and Director of Admissions

Rafik B. Hariri Building
37th & O Street, NW
Washington, DC 20057
United States

(202) 687-4200

(202) 687-7809


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