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Georgetown University McDonough School of Business

Washington, DC
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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 9-day international consulting experience. Due to this... More More

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Rafik B. Hariri Building

37th & O Street, NW

Washington, DC 20057


Phone: (202) 687-4200

Fax: (202) 687-7809


Curriculum / Academic Overview
Academic Calendar: Semesters are divided into 2 modules
Degrees Offered: MBA Full-Time Program - 21 months MBA Evening Program - 3 years Executive MBA - 20 months Global Executive MBA - 14 months Executive Master's in Leadership - 12 months Corporate International Master's in Business - 1 year Master of Science in Finance (Online) - 20 months
Joint / Combined Degrees Offered: MBA/MSFS - 3 years; MBA/JD - 4 years; MBA/MPP - 3 years; MBA/MD - 5 years
Concentrations: International Business, JD/MBA - Dual Degree, MD/MBA -- Dual Degree, MS/MBA -- Dual Degree
Study Abroad Options: Active exchange programs with ESADE (Spain) and HEC (France). 2015 Global Business Experience locations include: Johannesburg, Shanghai, Barcelona, Abu Dhabi, Mumbai, Sao Paolo, Istanbul, Italy and Hong Kong.
Online Course Catalog: http://courses.georgetown.edu
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Academic specialties of facultyURL
Global Business Experiencemsb.georgetown.edu/mba/academics/global-experience
International Business Diplomacy Certificateibd.georgetown.edu/certificate/
Entrepreneurship Initiativestartuphoyas.com
Global Social Enterprise and Development Fellows Programsocialenterprise.georgetown.edu/
Center for Business & Public Policycbpp.georgetown.edu/
Women's Leadership Initiativeguwli.georgetown.edu/
Real Estate Initiativerealestate.msb.edu/
Center for Financial Markets and Policy and Real Estate Initiativefinpolicy.georgetown.edu/
Business, Society, and Public Policy Initiatiavemsb.georgetown.edu/bspp
Georgetown Institute for Consumer Researchhttp://msb.georgetown.edu/faculty-research/centers-initiatives/consumerresearch
Courses in Sustainability: Yes
Sustainability course is: Optional
Description: 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: Yes
Description: 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. Learn more at http://georgetownenergy.org/Welcome.html.
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.
3: Georgetown University’s new 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.
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Academic Support Services Offered
Non-US Student Support Groups:Yes
Description:In the Student Government Association, the VP for International students is tasked with: representing international students in the MBA program; promoting the McDonough School of Business abroad and generating additional applications from international students; serving as a liaison to other international student organizations at Georgetown; identifying concerns of foreign students and initiating programs to facilitate their adaptation in the student body; assisting the Admissions Office in welcoming new international students; assisting international students seeking employment in the U.S.; developing programs to integrate and mix international students both socially and academically within the larger community. Another resource is the Office of Global Services (OGS): http://globalservices.georgetown.edu/ The MBA Program Office also has an advisor dedicated to advising international student groups on events and initiatives.
Women Support Groups:Yes
Description:Georgetown Women in Business is a chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA), an organization dedicated to educating and promoting the role of women in the workplace. Georgetown Graduate Women in Business seeks to accomplish this goal by providing networking, recruiting, and career-building events and opportunities for women throughout the Georgetown MBA Program. The McDonough School of Business also is home to the Georgetown Women's Leadership Initiative, which is dedicated to promoting the development and advancement of women leaders. The McDonough School of Business also is home to the Georgetown Women's Leadership Initiative, which is dedicated to promoting the development and advancement of women leaders.
Minority Support Groups:Yes
Description:Members of the Black MBA Association (BMBAA) are committed to making a difference in local, regional, and global communities through the investment of individual and collective professional resources in activities that promote ethical business strategy and compassionate social interaction. The association’s purpose is threefold: to encourage excellence in academic preparation and professional development of MBA candidates of African descent, to cultivate the presence of students of African descent as members of the Georgetown community and enrich the academic and professional environment at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, and to engage in structurally organized activities in the areas of recruitment, retention, and placement of students of African descent in the Georgetown MBA Full-Time Program.
Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Support Groups:Yes
Description:The Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GALA) serves members of the Georgetown MBA Program who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT), as well as those who support this community. The mission of GALA is to foster a supportive environment for professional development, provide a forum for the discussion of business issues related to sexual orientation, and facilitate social interaction and networking among students, alumni, and professionals.
Academic Prep Programs for Incoming Students:Yes
Peer Tutoring Programs:Yes
Description:The MBA Program Office offers free peer tutoring services to first-year students in core subject areas. Students in need of a tutor do not need to make an appointment, they can simply stop by during specified office hours. The tutors are faculty recommended second-year students who have excelled in the core subject areas. Writing tutors are also available for the entire student body.
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