School of Business The George Washington University

School of Business The George Washington University

Washington, DC
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
April 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
12 Departments and Programs
departments and programs


From the Heart of the Nation's Capital

Graduate students at the internationally renowned School of Business at the George Washington University in downtown Washington, D.C., have the advantage of being in the exciting center of the nation's capital -- within walking distance of the White House, the World Bank, the State Department, and the International Monetary Fund, not to mention a high concentration of headquarters and offices of thousands of national and multinational corporations, non-profits, and non-governmental organizations.

The graduate programs in business and management at the School of Business (GWSB) are internationally acclaimed and provide highly respected M.B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degree programs that give job candidates a strong competitive edge in the marketplace. As leading business practitioners, the GWSB faculty members bring the real world of finance, business, management, and entrepreneurship into the classroom. On average, GWSB graduate students enter the program with 5 years of work experience in many diverse professional backgrounds such as multinational corporations, non-governmental organizations, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and the military. Students also come from a variety of industries including finance, education, consulting, government, international development, and non-profit management,

In keeping with its mission statement, the George Washington University School of Business delivers an outstanding education, advances knowledge, and provides practical experience in diverse organizational settings, leveraging the unique advantages of the Washington, D.C., location. As a result, GWSB helps students to become productive and principled members of society.

A Washington, D.C. icon, GWSB offers a variety of M.B.A. degree programs customized to students' needs for full-time, part-time, and online graduate studies. Graduate students can also choose from 7 specialized master's degrees in accountancy, business analytics, finance, government contracts, information systems, project management, and tourism administration.

GWSB provides complete flexibility and customization

The School of Business at George Washington University offers a variety of graduate M.B.A. degree programs both on campus and online. The portfolio of programs includes a 2-year full-time curriculum, a multi-year part-time option in both cohort and self-paced formats, and a curriculum that combines classroom and experiential training. Graduate students can also pursue one of 7 specialized master's degrees in accountancy, business analytics, government contracts, finance, information systems, project management, and tourism administration. The school also offers several joint-degrees, certificates, and cross-discipline curricular coursework.

To ensure the most effective educational experience for M.B.A. degree program students, faculty members typically use a combination of lecture, case method, project work, simulations, client work, group papers, and presentations.


Not only do GW students learn concrete business skills, but they also get a front-row seat to see -- and experience -- how business is conducted. GW is located just a few blocks away from global institutions like the World Bank and IMF, as well as thousands of global businesses and non-profits. This proximity allows for a level of involvement and activity, and students gain access and experiences that simply cannot be matched. They're afforded the opportunity to work as consultants, researchers, and interns throughout the city, and make an impact in politics, business, and government. It's because of this that GW is able to attract business leaders like Ben Bernanke (former chairman of the US Federal Reserve) to teach and engage with students, allowing them to learn first-hand about how business can impact organizations and society.


They are diverse in age, race, experience and background, but share the same thirst for knowledge, and drive to affect the world. As one of the most internationally diverse student bodies in the world, the student body of GW brings a wealth of insights, perspectives, and experiences into the classroom.

What separates GW students is their pervasive entrepreneurial spirit, and how they work to affect bottom lines, as well as society. Such is evident in the GW Business Plan Competition Finals that culminates a yearlong series of educational workshops and mentorship on an innovative venture creation. The competition awards over $100,000 in cash prizes to teams of students, faculty members, and alumni.


GW's curricula provides proficiency and influence in the global economy: where worldviews, products, and ideas interchange. Through collaborative and experiential learning, students acquire traditional business skills and mesh them with an ethical focus.

Graduate and undergraduate programs give students the freedom to personalize their educations and carve out their niches. Students also have the choice to earn dual degrees with unique concentrations.

GW's programs and location grant access to people and resources not available elsewhere. Whether spearheading a Five-Year Economic Development Strategy for the District of Columbia, or consulting a leading automotive manufacturer in India, the students gain the essential, real-world experience needed to succeed in today's job market.

At GW, students' academic life is rich. They have opportunities to engage in research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and their interaction with professors is lively and thoughtful. The university's professors, often world-renowned experts in their fields, teach against the backdrop of our nation's capital, a city rich in intellectual resources, as they empower the next generation of leaders. Courses unfold in small classesrooms, seminars and experiential learning initiatives.

GWSB is renowned for its international business programs and the hands-on opportunities our students receive. Many schools concentrate only on India and China, and yes, GWSB has students there as well. We also have students in Argentina, Turkey, Rwanda, Ghana, Serbia, and Vietnam - just to name a few!


It's easy to understand why so many students are drawn to George Washington's M.B.A. degree program. For starters, with its "focus on the global economy and global business," GW has a "good reputation for international business." Beyond the international bent, GW places an "emphasis on both social impact and social enterprise." And it's also known for doling out "generous aid packages." Additionally, GW's accelerated M.B.A. degree program has proven to be especially valuable to professionals in the DC area. This is because it "allows students to complete their M.B.A.s in 2 years while working full-time." And, fortunately, the "cohort style classes and highly structured curriculum...allow for strong connections to be formed and rigor to be maintained" despite the part-time nature of the program.

By and large, GW M.B.A. students are pleased with their instructors. Indeed, the university is told that the "professors with real world business experience are outstanding." And most professors hold "students to high standards, efficiently manage class time, keep students engaged, and pair appropriate assignments with in-class learning." Unfortunately, the administration is in a time of "transition." Hence, some students report that "things are not running as smoothly as they could." However, others insist that the "administration works very hard to help students and to meet their requests and desires." Finally, these M.B.A. students give their facilities high marks, noting "the business school building itself is a modern, state-of-the-art facility with several breakout conference rooms for students and technology wired classrooms."

Career and Placement

We are acutely aware that our students are not simply here for an academic credential but a professional degree that will serve them well in the real world. And serve them well, indeed: GWSB students go on to exciting, fruitful careers in the upper echelons of everything from consulting, finance and industry to government and nonprofit management and more. Given the select opportunities to network both within the school and throughout the DC area, GW's Global MBA students uncover a path that promises professional fulfillment - and fulfills professional promise.

We don't just believe in giving our students a head start in their careers, we practice it: Before you even set foot on campus, you will work directly with the seasoned career consultants at GWSB's F. David Fowler Career Center. Starting with virtual career advising appointments and online instruction throughout the summer and proceeding to in-person consultations, they will assist you in developing your network and preparing you with lifelong career management skills.

Our students work and/or intern at top firms such as; Booz Allen Hamilton, Citibank, Deloitte, ExxonMobil, General Electric, IBM, Inter-American Development Bank, The World Bank, The International Monetary Fund, Johnson & Johnson, the US Government, and many others.

Indeed, "GW is in perfect position capitalize on key industries in the area (consulting, IT, government, hospitality, international business, etc)." Certainly, students have "amazing access to local resources such as congressmen, government officials, foreign dignitaries, lawyers, lobbyists, and business leaders." And for prospective students anxious about networking, fear not; George Washington is the place to be! As one second-year student boasts, "There are so many opportunities for networking here-- every week we have a new panel discussion, lecture, networking event, etc. I have met so many professionals in the area that have helped me create a better strategic plan and have connected me with others that can help."

Student Life and Environment

The cohorts at George Washington are "relatively small by business school standards." And this is an attribute that students here relish. Indeed, the size "creates a very close-knit student body." Moreover, the atmosphere fostered is one of collaboration and students say their peers are "very friendly and helpful." As another second-year student further explains, "While the work can be heavy at times, everyone is friendly and wants others to succeed. No one tries to be cutthroat, although some students are definitely more ambitious than others...Ultimately, people want the best for everyone."

Outside of the classroom, both GW and DC provide plenty of stimulation and distraction. For example, "there are plenty of networking activities and clubs, and there are trips planned during school breaks...that are affordable and fun." Additionally, "there are a number of bars on or nearby campus that are great for happy hour and congregating after class." Of course, life is a tad more hectic for part-time students. As one knowing M.B.A. candidate shares, " revolves around classes, parking, and anything that adds to the convenience of classes. We're an overbooked group of folks who are adept at getting things done quickly - and well. It's tough to keep up at first, but once you join the race, it's a whirlwind of fun...I've had my share of sleepless nights and difficult projects, but I learned a ton and I wouldn't trade this experience for any other." Overall, M.B.A. students at GW declare life to be "great!"


Admission to GW's School of Business is competitive. The school tends to take a well- rounded approach so academic performance, test scores, work experience, personal state-ments, interview performance, and letters of recommendation will all be closely analyzed. GW prides itself on the diversity of its student body so applicants of all backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to apply. Finally, interviews will be granted by invitation only.

Location & Contact

School of Business

The George Washington University

2121 I Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
United States

Dr. Linda Livingstone


Christopher Storer

Executive Director, Graduate Admissions

Phone: 202-994-1212

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Business Administration And Management Professional Certificate
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA)
      Master of Accountancy (M Accy)
      Master of Business Administration (MBA)
      Master of Business Administration/Master of Arts (MBA/MA)
      Master of Science (MS)
      Master of Science in Finance (MSF)
      Master of Science in Information Systems Technology (MSIST)
      Master of Tourism Administration (MTA)
      Professional Master of Business Administration (PMBA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 849
    • Doctoral Degrees 11
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


57% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 2,776
    • Accepted 1,593
    • Acceptance Rate 57
    • Enrolled 714
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline April 1st Not Reported Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGMAT or GRE
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsApril 1
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Institutionally-sponsored Loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students2092
    • Female Percentage49%
    • Male Percentage51%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students2092
    • Part-time Percentage44%
    • Full-time Percentage56%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino7%
    • Black / African American17%
    • White / Caucasian56%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian12%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown6%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty130
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage28%
    • Male Percentage72%




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