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New Online Healthcare Focused Elective

MBA Programs is excited to announce a new online healthcare focused elective for the Spring 2016 semester.  Students with questions on how to register or how it will fit into your current schedule should contact their academic advisor.

Business Value of Healthcare – Management (1.5 cr., CRN 77837 – online)
Jennifer Ford, MBA, PMP

Module 3 (January 11 – March 7)

Course Description:

Once a healthcare organization determines its strategy and what investments will be made, how do organizations know if the benefits from those investments are being realized? This course will explore the business problems of healthcare organizations and the measured effect an investment is expected to contribute to solving an organization’s business problem. Creating evidenced-based decision making capabilities for leaders to use for future improvements in business value and investments is paramount to an organization’s success and sustainment in the industry.

New Spring 2016 Elective: Responsible Investment in Today’s Market

The Department of Strategic Management & Public Policy has announced a new course for the Spring 2016 semester.  Details are listed below.  Please see your academic advisor with any questions you may have.

Responsible Investment in Today’s Market (1.5 cr., CRN 77677)
Instructors: Mike Lombardo and Paul Bugala

Module 4 (March 8 – April 25)
Mondays, 7:10 – 9:40 pm

This course fulfills the Sustainability Selective requirement for those students on the old curriculum.

Course Description:

What is responsible investment and why do investors believe this leads to long-term shareholder value? What are the core environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues that responsible investors consider in their investment decisions? With the proliferation of ESG data, what are the broad implications across different asset classes, companies, and stakeholders? This introductory course will provide a practitioner’s integrated perspective on responsible investment, including the topics above, with specific examples of ESG frameworks and analysis across industries, and of investor corporate and public policy advocacy.

Spring 2016 Schedule of Classes Has Posted

MBA Programs is pleased to announce that the Spring 2016 Schedule of Classes has posted.  We strongly encourage everyone to take a moment to review the offerings and to make an appointment with their academic advisor to discuss their spring options.  In addition students should review their DegreeMAPs to ensure they are making academic progress and to determine which requirements that they may still need to complete.

Things to keep in mind:

  • All courses with the section numbers ON and HC are restricted to the programs listed in the comments for the course. Students may request to be added to an internal wait list via RTF. Seats will open two weeks prior to the start of the spring semester.
  • Courses listed as GMBA courses are restricted to those in the Global MBA program.
  • Courses listed as PCMBA only courses are restricted to those in the Professional Cohorted MBA program.

For more information on registration please visit:



Last Day to Drop Module 2 Courses Without Penalty – Sunday, Oct. 25 at 10:00 pm

Students who need to drop Module 2 courses for the Fall 2015 semester must do so via RTF no later than 10:00 pm on Sunday, October 25, 2015. All courses dropped after this date will be subject to the GWSB’s refund schedule.

Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Spring 2016 Registration Holds Due to Unpaid Balances

The Office of Student Accounts will begin placing registration holds on Friday, October 16th for all students who have an outstanding account balance.  All students should log into GWeb to check their student account balance and make any payments needed.

Early Registration for the Spring 2016 semester will begin on Monday, November 9th at 7:00 am.  Students who have a registration hold placed on their account will be blocked from early registration for the Spring 2016 semester until the hold is cleared.

Change in Ordering Process and Design of Business Cards

The process to order business cards will soon be centralized for the University. Through the new system, students will be able to order and pay for their business cards online and have them sent directly to an address of their choice. In addition, there is also going to be a change to the design of the business card (please see the latest student engagement newsletter for a template of the new design).

If you prefer the older card style, there is limited time to place an order. If you wish to do so please use the link below and email Will Smith (wilsmith@gwu.edu) to confirm receipt of your order. The deadline for submitting orders for the older style is Sunday, October 18th, 2015:


Beginning Monday, October 19th, 2015, all students must use the new system through the following link :


The link for the new design is now active and available. Please feel free to contact Will Smith if you have any questions.

Fall 2015 Graduation Application Due Oct. 1st

Students who anticipate completing their MBA degree requirements during the Fall 2015 semester should apply using the electronic graduation application in GWeb no later than October 1, 2015. Students will only be eligible for electronic submission if they are registered for the Fall 2015 semester.

Instructions on how to apply can be found at:


If you are unable to apply as your MBA curriculum is not appearing in GWeb as a graduation option and you are registered for the Fall 2015 semester – you will need to email diploma@gwu.edu

Students who apply after the October 1st deadline are required to fill out a paper application and will be charged a $35 late fee.

Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Accelerated Course Opportunity Available for Fall 2015

Professor Ayman El Tarabishy and Professor Paul Swiercz have announced an accelerated course opportunity for Fall 2015. The course will include 5 webinars and three days of mandatory courses on campus.

International Management Experience (3 cr., CRN 67634)
Drs. Ayman El Tarabishy and Paul Swiercz (email: ayman@gwu.edu)

Course Online Webinars:

  • Webinar #1: Tuesday, September 8th at 9 pm EST
  • Webinar #2: Wednesday, September 16th at 8 pm EST
  • Webinar #3: Tuesday, September 22nd at 8 pm EST
  • Webinar #4: TBD
  • Webinar #5: TBD

Mandatory On-Campus Meetings:

  • Meeting #1: Wednesday, October 14th
    Time: 3 pm – 6 pm
    Location: GWSB
  • Meeting #2: Thursday, October 15th
    Time: 11 am – 6:30 pm
    Location: The World Bank
  • Meeting #3: Friday, October 16th
    Time: 8 am – 10:30 pm
    Location: GWSB and City View

Course Description:
The idea of international social entrepreneurship is relatively new we are still in an experimental period with much to learn. Like most big ideas its origins are difficult to trace but most would agree that that a break through moment was the invention of microfinance. It’s pioneer Muhammad Yunus, recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, has become a powerful exemplar of social entrepreneurship. Micro finance services now reach perhaps 100 million people worldwide, illustrating both the great potential and the challenges of social entrepreneurship.
Over time there have been on-going debates about the definition of social entrepreneurship. The Center for Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University defines social entrepreneurship as “an approach to creating social value that embraces the fundamental principles of entrepreneurship.”

This course will provide an opportunity for a deep exploration of the theory and practice of social entrepreneurship yet integrated into the broader topic of global entrepreneurship. This course will be part of the GW Global Entrepreneurship Conference (www.GWOctober.org). It will also have a strong Asia focus and in particular Korean Management with an in-depth analysis of CJ Corporation. The CJ Corporation is a 30 billion dollar South Korean conglomerate holding company headquartered in Seoul. It comprises numerous businesses in various industries of food and food service, pharmaceutics and biotechnology.

Through guest speakers, case discussion, lecture, and student presentations this course will explore this emerging field. Students will deepen our understanding of social entrepreneurship and be expected to develop a social entrepreneurship concept for a social enterprise. The course will be structured around three elements interwoven throughout: The field of social entrepreneurship from individual, organizational and external environment perspectives; the business structures, individuals, and systems used by social entrepreneurs.

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