The George Washington University School of Business – Washington, D.C.

February 22nd, 2013 by

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The George Washington University School of Business - Washington, D.C.

Key Differentiators

The George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) is deeply passionate about changing the world through delivering intellectually challenging, cutting-edge business education in a collaborative environment.  Their teaching curriculum is focused on ethical leadership, globalisation, sustainability and social responsibility and provides students with experiential learning opportunities that will prepare them to master the fundamentals of business as a global leader.

GWSB has 11 different research centres designed to address the most impactful world problems and find solutions to them.  The school has always prided themselves on their intense focus on research and believe that “it’s not about what side you’re on, it’s about finding the answers.”  They also state that they are at the intersection between business and society in Washington D.C. and serve as a location where important global conversations take place.

GWSB is also known for their international business programmes and hands-on opportunities that students are given when enrolled at the university. Instead of solely focusing on China and India, GWSB also provides studying and consulting opportunities in Rio de Janeiro, Istanbul and Mexico City, where the latest emerging markets are forming and rapidly expanding.  The university believes that businesses and universities have a responsibility to positively transform society and the planet through international awareness and diversity.

Washington D.C. has over 20 museums and national memorials and over 180 foreign embassies, providing students with a rich, culturally intellectual environment to learn and grow in.  Many alumni have close ties with institutions and companies in D.C., working as consultants, advisors and interns.



GWSB offers a vast array of MBA programmes to suit the specific needs of students and executives.  The MBA’s offered are:

  • The Global MBA
  • Professional MBA
  • Accelerated MBA
  • Healthcare MBA
  • Online MBA

All of the MBA programmes have a global scope and emphasize the quantitative and qualitative aspects of business practice.  They focus on corporate responsibility, ethics, sustainability and global leadership, plus deliver a basic foundation of traditional business competencies.  Below is a diagram containing all the details of the three global, professional and accelerated MBA programmes, provided by GWSB.

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The Global MBA Programme is 16 to 21 months, full-time and emphasizes global leadership at the intersection of business and society.  Students learn in cohorts of 40 to 60 students through analysing case studies, consulting with international companies and choosing from 15 different electives.

The Professional and Accelerated MBA Programmes are for working professionals and can be completed in two to five years in a self-paced format.  The accelerated programme gives students a cohort experience and the programmes are based off of the traditional MBA curriculum.  Both programmes also offer a chance to study abroad for two weeks and classes are occasionally offered online or intensive weekend formats to add flexibility.  Below is a diagram of the curriculum for both programmes, provided by GWSB.

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The new Online MBA Programme is geared towards professionals who want a rigorous curriculum but don’t have the ability to relocate to D.C. and complete the programme on campus.

The World Executive MBA is a 16-month programme that features two domestic and two international residencies, a business challenge that has students solve a problem within their own company and one-on-one leadership coaching.  The classes occur on Fridays and Saturdays and students learn in 25 to 30 member cohorts, working in teams to analyse real-world situations and innovate solutions together.

During the programmee, students will focus on the core themes of leadership global and local environments and the master of key business fundamentals.  Students also create their own personal leadership development plan and take on a unique business challenge that represents real-life business issues.  During the course of the programme, students must complete 52.5 credits.

GWSB also offers a variety of Global Leadership Programmes in open-enrollment formats. Courses are offered in the areas of:

  • Global Business Management
  • Global International Trade
  • Global Healthcare Policy
  • Global Business, Science and Technology
  • Global Sustainability


Global MBA Rankings
Although Forbes and US News do not rank MBAs globally, they were included for their impact in the US


Job Integration Rate
According to Bloomberg Businessweek’s Business School Ranking

  • High: 85% job offer three months post-graduation


Social Media Presence



General Information

School of Business, George Washington University
2201 G Street, NW, Duquès Hall
Washington, D.C. 20052
United States

t: +1 202 994-1000