The Georgetown McDonough MBA Program: An Overview

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Georgetown University’s McDonough MBA program takes global experience to another level due to its prime location in Washington DC. Not only will you be among a culturally diverse population, you will also gain exposure to other cultures through the program’s strong ties with the diplomatic community. Through Georgetown’s Embassy Series, internationally-oriented events often take place at one of the many Embassies in the city.

One of the other perks of attending Georgetown is that you will get to enjoy its beautiful campus during the two years of the program. We often hear people rave about the majestic sight of Healy Hall as they first set foot on campus. The campus on the hilltop also overlooks the Potomac River, and you can enjoy the view at the school’s library in one of the few rooms reserved specially for graduate students.

Georgetown McDonough MBA Class Profile

Acceptance Rate57%
Class Size247
GMAT Average691
GMAT Minimum650
GMAT Maximum720
GPA Average3.34
Average Age29
Avg. Years Work Experience5.0 years
Diversity Women32%
Diversity Intl.28%
Pre-MBA IndustriesFinancial Services: 20.6%
Teach & New Media: 8.5%
Govt.: 7.3%
Consulting: 6.9%
Non-Profit & Social Impact: 5.3%
Undergraduate MajorsBusiness/Economics: 39%
Computer Sci./Engineering/Math & Physical Sci.: 35%
Humanities/Gov/International Studies: 19%
Other: 4%

The data above is from 2020 and represents the Georgetown McDonough class of 2022.*
See the full report: Georgetown McDonough MBA Class Profile

Student Experiences

Georgetown McDonough MBA Employment Report & Careers

Salary Average$162,869.00
Salary Average is a total of Salary + Signing Bonus
Offers Upon GraduationDoes not disclose
Offers At 3 Mos.93%
Post-MBA IndustriesConsulting: 32%
Financial Services: 24%
Technology: 19%
Social Impact/Nonprofit: 6%
Real Estate: 6%
Manufacturing/Transportation/Energy: 5%
Consumer Goods: 4%
Health Care: 3%
Government: 1%
Post-MBA LocationsDoes not disclose
Post-MBA Companies

Does not disclose

Career Development Resources

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The data above is from 2021 and represents the career statistics of the Georgetown McDonough class of 2020.*
See the full report: Georgetown McDonough MBA Employment Report

Georgetown McDonough MBA Academic Programs

MBA Curriculum

Georgetown McDonough’s curriculum is distributed over the fall and spring semesters of years one and two of the MBA. Before beginning their first fall semester, students complete an opening term, where they take three courses: Leading Teams for Performance and Impact, Structure of Global Industries, and Accounting Fundamentals. Students are required to take 16 courses as part of the core curriculum, including classes in Managerial Statistics, Firm Analysis and Strategy, Analytical Problem Solving, and Ethical Leadership. At Georgetown, the elective curriculum provides students with over 70 course offerings to choose from. Some of these classes cover topics in Negotiations, Applied Data Visualization, Corporate Social Responsibility, Strategic Pricing, and Game Theory.

See a list of course offerings: Georgetown MBA Courses

Majors

Georgetown McDonough’s MBA program does not require its students to declare a major or concentration; however, students may decide to pursue an academic area to help them shape their selection of elective coursework. Georgetown offers a total of six fields that students may choose to explore. 

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Operations and Information Management
  • Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy

Experiential Learning Programs

Through Georgetown McDonough’s experiential learning program, students can choose from several ways to gain practical experience during their MBA. For instance, students can underwrite real estate investments as part of the Real Estate Clinic. Additionally, students can complete an apprenticeship at a Venture Capital or Private Equity Firm through the Venture Fellows Program.

Research Centers

Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business hosts nine research centers and initiatives, including the Center for Business and Public Policy, the Women’s Leadership Institute, and the Global Business Initiative

MBA International Study Programs

Georgetown McDonough’s MBA has a deep emphasis on the global component of the program. The school maintains a strong relationship with the embassies in DC, and regularly hosts events in collaboration through the Embassy Series. Students also have the opportunity to consult for a global company abroad as part of the Global Business Experience’s International Consulting Projects

Video Resources on Georgetown McDonough Academics

Georgetown McDonough MBA Application

The latest application requirements set by the Georgetown McDonough MBA admissions office are described below.

Essays

Here are the prompts for Georgetown McDonough’s 2021-2022 application:

  • Leadership

    Essay Option 1 – Principled Leadership.

    Georgetown McDonough places a strong emphasis on principled leadership, providing both curricular and co-curricular opportunities to strengthen your leadership skills. Describe a time when you’ve led a team in a professional environment to implement a new idea or process. What leadership characteristics did you utilize? What could you have done to be more effective? And most importantly, what skills will you be able to bring to the teams you lead at McDonough? (upload file, 300-350 words)

  • “Greater Good”

    Essay Option 2 – Hoyas Helping Hoyas.

    Hoyas Helping Hoyas. Georgetown McDonough embodies the ethos that people and organizations can and should contribute to the greater good. The admissions committee would like to better understand how you’ve demonstrated these values during uniquely challenging times. Describe a time where you’ve put the needs of others ahead of your own, or ahead of the bottom line. We look forward to learning more about the challenge you faced, what unique characteristics you brought to that scenario, and what you learned from it. (upload file, 300-350 words)

  • Personal Brand

    Essay Option 3 – Personal Brand.

    Think of a business leader or role model you admire or aspire to be. What are the defining characteristics of his or her personal brand that you see in yourself? Give an example of how you have been able to emulate these characteristics in your professional career and how your personal brand will enrich the McDonough community. (upload file, 300-350 words)

  • Diversity Essay

    Essay Option 4 – Contribute to GU Essay (Diversity, Personal Background, and Contributions).

    As Georgetown is a diverse, global community, we encourage you to upload a brief statement to help the Admissions Committee understand the contribution your personal background would make to our community. As appropriate, you may wish to address any obstacles or challenges you have overcome; any educational, familial, cultural, economic, and social experiences that have helped to shape your educational and professional goals; or how your background (e.g., first generation student, resident outside the U.S.) or activities (e.g., community service and leadership) will contribute to the Georgetown community. (upload file, 300-350 words)

  • Video Essay

    Video Essay Prompt: What makes you unique? In a 1-minute video, describe the most compelling aspects of yourself that you believe make you unique from other MBA candidates. (Hint: 1 minute goes fast! We already have your resume and goals – share something new!)

  • Reapplicant Essay

    Re-applicant Essay Prompt: How have you strengthened your candidacy since your last application and why do you feel that you are better-positioned this year to begin the MBA Program? We are particularly interested in hearing about how you have grown professionally and personally. (upload file, 300-350 words or appx 1 pg double spaced or less)

Letters of Recommendation 

The 2021-2022 Georgetown McDonough recommender questions are as follows:

  • Interaction with the applicant — Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and, if applicable, the applicant’s role in your organization. (Text box, 350 characters)
  • Constructive feedback / applicant’s response — Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (Text box, 1500 characters)
  • Comment on your ratings — Is there anything about your ratings on which you would like to comment? (Optional) (Short answer, 50 words)
  • Performance / examples — How does the applicant’s performance compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples. (E.g. what are the applicant’s principal strengths?) (Text box, 1500 characters)
  • Optional — Is there anything else we should know? (Text box, 350 characters)

Video Resources on Georgetown McDonough Admissions

Georgetown McDonough MBA Admissions Interviews

Georgetown McDonough’s MBA interviews are offered by invitation only. Former interviewees report that the interviewers only have access to the applicant’s resumes, and not the entire application package. They also report that several of the questions asked in the interview are behavioral questions or those related to your career goals.

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What Makes Georgetown McDonough Unique?

  • Only-in-DC Experiences: When at Georgetown, “global” takes on a whole new meaning with the city’s and the university’s relationships with the embassies. Moreover, students have access to DC’s lively and growing entrepreneurial hub.
  • Venture Fellows Program: Through the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative, this program offers students a year-long opportunity at a local Venture Capital firm in place of a summer internship.
  • Global Business Experience (GBE): Each MBA student is required to complete a Global Business Experience, where students spend months consulting an international company. During the spring semester, one week of this experience is completed abroad.

*All data retrieved from the Georgetown McDonough MBA Program webpages, unless otherwise stated.