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Spring 2015 Schedule Now Posted

The Spring 2015 schedule has now been posted by the Registrar’s Office. To view the most up to date information on available courses, please visit:

http://my.gwu.edu/mod/pws/index.cfm

Registration will begin at 7:00 am on Monday, November 10, 2014.

Please review your remaining course requirements by running your DegreeMAP on GWEB. Please feel welcome to reach out to your academic advisor for assistance in course selection or to answer any questions you may have.

To make an advising appointment, please use the following link:

https://booknow.appointment-plus.com/68jbhqb4/

MBA Programs Announces Walk- In Advising Hours

The MBA Programs Office is pleased to offer walk- in hours where you can meet with your academic advisor without making an advising appointment. Walk- in advising appointments will last no more than 15 minutes and can provide answers to quick questions that you may have.

Topics that can be covered are:

  • Clarification of Policies
  • Concentration Requirements and Changes
  • Curriculum Requirements
  • Quick Reference Information

Walk in hours are as follows:
Mondays, 4:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Wednesdays, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Real Estate Course Offering for Fall 2014: Real Estate Development

If your schedule can support it, here are two classes that you might not have heard about because they are part of an exciting new offering at GWSB. This great finance class is geared toward different aspects of real estate development and law. Class sizes for these two courses will be kept small to allow greater interaction between the students and the professor. If you have any questions about these two classes, please contact Rob Valero at 202-994-0920 or rjvalero@gwu.com.

This course also fulfills one of the six requirements for the new Real Estate Certificate and you may have already met other requirements from other courses you have taken.

Title: Real Estate Development (CRN: 80849)
Instructor: Stan Sloter
Credits: 3

Description: Real Estate Development (FINA 6240) is really about entrepreneurship in the context of real estate development and is taught by developer Stan Sloter. It will explore how value is created and extracted throughout the development process. How does a developer assess the likely success of a particular project? How is capital raised for each step? How are profits shared among the ventures participants? How do we use leverage to create the potential for higher returns (and at what risk)? When and how are guarantees utilized? Answers to these questions will be provided by real life examples and invaluable, well-known, reputable speakers. This is a very practical class that assumes that resources of time and capital are limited in all real estate enterprises and therefore focuses on the decision process for using those resources.

About the instructor: Stan Sloter is the President and founder of the Paradigm Companies. Paradigm is a full-service development, construction and property management firm with operations in Washington, D.C. and throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Paradigm has developed over 10,000 urban and high rise residential apartments, condominiums and townhomes, many as ventures with pension funds, landowners and even local governments. Paradigm’s reputation is built on its ability to conceptualize complex residential projects and follow through with accurate budgets and project oversight such that the investor, the community, and the ultimate residents realize value added throughout the process.

Real Estate Course Offering for Fall 2014: Foundations of Real Estate Law

If your schedule can support it, here are two classes that you might not have heard about because they are part of an exciting new offering at GWSB. This great finance class is geared toward different aspects of real estate development and law. Class sizes for these two courses will be kept small to allow greater interaction between the students and the professor. If you have any questions about these two classes, please contact Rob Valero at 202-994-0920 or rjvalero@gwu.com.

This course also fulfills one of the six requirements for the new Real Estate Certificate and you may have already met other requirements from other courses you have taken.

Title: Foundations of Real Estate Law (CRN: 87171)
Instructor: Peter Smirniotopoulos
Credits: 3

Description:Foundations of Real Estate Law (FINA 6290) takes a pragmatic, transactional approach to real property law in an urban context, with an emphasis on walkable urban places (“WalkUPs”). This provides a framework for students to learn about how a panoply of laws impact, directly and indirectly, a variety of urban real estate transactions and issues, while also addressing the use of a variety of legal agreements to govern particular relationships between the parties. This course—taught in an immersive, interactive classroom environment—offers students an overview of:

  • the manner in which legal issues arise in the course of the
    • selection,
    • acquisition,
    • development,
    • financing,
    • ownership, and
    • management of real estate;
  • the nature of these legal issues; and
  • how these issues may best be identified and resolved.

About the instructor: Peter Smirniotopoulos has over 30 years of hands-on experience in corporate finance, deal structuring and transactional analysis; public finance and other government funding sources and strategies; public outreach and advocacy; strategic thinking and organizational analysis; and the full range of project development, design and financing for large-scale residential, mixed-use, mixed-income, and urban revitalization projects. He has worked for and with private, public-sector, higher-ed, and non-profit organizations and institutions, as well as creating and serving public-private partnerships. He is also a nationally recognized author, speaker, commentator, and opinion writer. Since 1985, Mr. Smirniotopoulos has been a featured speaker at national industry conferences, and he has authored over 50 articles in national print journals and on the web, covering a broad range of topics including urban planning and revitalization; residential and mixed-use development and finance; federal tax and housing policies; affordable and low-income housing revitalization and finance; and education policy.

GWSB Partners with Forté

We are very excited to announce that effective July 1, 2014, the George Washington University School of Business is one of six new academic institutions to join the Forté community. Forté is the leading organization that provides a national infrastructure for women at all stages of the career continuum to access the information, scholarship support and networking connections they need to succeed in business careers. Due to the strategic and deliberate nature of Forté’s sponsor selection process, 2014 is the first year Forté invited U.S.-based business schools to apply since 2011.

“GWSB is working to expand our pool of female applicants with the goal of building M.B.A. and leadership programs where women and men are equally and fully represented in the classroom as well as the boardroom,” said GWSB Dean Linda Livingstone. “Our commitment to diversity and female leadership both inside and outside of the classroom is reflected throughout our initiatives and activities, with Princeton Review recently ranking GWSB fifth on their list of Greatest Opportunities for Women.”

Not only does the George Washington University attract a majority female population, but also the business school consistently boasts a female representation of more than 40 percent. GWSB has a proud commitment to gender inclusion, and has always closely aligned with Forté’s efforts to attract more women to graduate business programs. With strong female leadership GWSB is a valuable partner of the Forté Foundation.

Read the full press release

New Online Course for Fall 2014: Health Care Administration and Affordable Care Act

MBA Programs is pleased to announce a new online healthcare elective for the fall semester!

Title: Health Care Administration and Affordable Care Act (CRN: 87635)
Instructor: Dr. John L Murphy, MPH, PhD, MSW
Credits: 1.5
Module: 1

Description: This course dissects the impact of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (more commonly called the Affordable Care Act or ACA) on individual and organizational behavior, and its broad effect on business and labor decision-making. Much attention and speculation has been given to the ACA. Pundits, practitioners, administrators and laypersons have all opined on the practical impact of the ACA. This course will take an empirical approach to the same. We will examine how the ACA impacts individual behavior in the market, specifically their choices about employment and workforce participation. We will also explore how organizations respond to new legislative mandates and what these additional pressures mean for business and the economy.

New Online Course for Fall 2014: Entrepreneurship II

MBA Programs is pleased to announce a new online management elective for the fall semester!

Title: Entrepreneurship II (CRN: 87670)
Instructor: Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy, Teaching Associate Professor of Management
Credits: 1.5
Module: 2

Description: By now any well-read student knows the basic scenario how established businesses become defunct (Kodak as example) because of disruptive innovation. Nearly two decades of management research, beginning with Clayton M. Christensen’s 1995 HBR article, “Disruptive Technologies: Catching the Wave,” have taught businesses to be on the lookout for upstarts (think Uber). “Who is an entrepreneur and what is entrepreneurial?” have been the key questions in academic entrepreneurship for decades. These upstarts are founded by entrepreneurs! Gartner (1988) challenged the assumption that there is a stereotype of the entrepreneur. However, the question persists despite the claim that it is the wrong question and despite many researchers reaching the same conclusion as Gartner. Policy makers, venture capitalists, researchers and practitioners have not quit searching for the prototypical entrepreneur.

The student taking this course will explore these topics and more by creating their own disruptive business ideas and asking themselves how they fit the mold of an “entrepreneur.” The course combines live interviews with entrepreneurial leaders from Gallup Inc. DC Central Kitchen, National Federation of Independent Businesses, and our own GWSB current MBA graduates.

New Online Course for Fall 2014: Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management

July 30, 2014

MBA Programs is pleased to announce a new online finance elective for the fall semester!

Title: Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management (CRN: 87525)
Instructor: Dr. Isabelle Besnainou, Professor of Finance and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs
Credits: 3
Prerequisite: MBAD 6234

Description: Risk–reward analysis of security investments, including analysis of national economy, industry, company, and market; introduction to portfolio management; emphasis on theory and computer methods.


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