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Spring 2016 Graduation Application has opened in GWeb

The Spring 2016 Graduation application is now available on GWeb.

Applying to graduate:

Students who anticipate completing their MBA degree requirements during the Spring 2016 semester should apply using the electronic graduation application in GWeb no later than February 1, 2016. Students will only be eligible for electronic submission after they are registered for the Spring 2016 semester.

Students that are planning to graduate this Summer 2016 and have less than 9 credits remaining should NOT fill out the Spring 2016 application even if they want to participate in Spring Graduation activities.  A Summer 2016 Graduation application will be available once you have been registered for Summer coursework.

Instructions on how to apply can be found at:

http://registrar.gwu.edu/online-graduation-application-instructions

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 Spring 2016 semester – you will need to email diploma@gwu.edu

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

MBA Programs Graduation webpage:

In addition, MBA Programs has a graduation webpage that contains more information about the graduation process including Beta Gamma Sigma, diplomas and more at:

http://business.gwu.edu/current-students-2/graduation/

If you have additional questions, please email your Academic Advisor.

MBA Advising Office Holiday Hours

The MBA Academic Advising Office has suspended walk-in advising hours starting today – Wednesday, December 23 – and will resume walk-in hours on Wednesday, January 6th.  In addition, the Office will follow the University calendar and will be closed on the following dates:

Thursday, December 24
Friday, December 25
Thursday, December 31
Friday, January 1

Have a good break and happy holiday season!

Online Course Registration Has Opened for All MBA Students

MBA Programs is happy to announce that registration for online courses has opened for all MBA students.  A complete listing of our online options is listed in the online schedule of classes.  Students interested in registering for one of our online courses should complete a RTF.  The RTF should then be submitted to your academic advisor.  Please keep in mind that the online Financial Accounting and online Business Ethics and Public Policy courses require registration in a required sync session time.

Students will be registered on a first come, first serve basis.  Once a course has closed, students will be placed on the internal wait list.  Seats will continue to be filled through the end of the first week of the add/drop period.

Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

New Sync Session Time for Online Financial Accounting

A new sync session has opened for the online Financial Accounting course for the Spring 2016 semester.  Open registration for this course has started and all MBA students are eligible to register.  Students interested in adding this course should complete a RTF with the main course CRN in addition to choosing one sync session time (see below).  The RTF should then be submitted to your advisor for processing.  Students will be registered on a first come, first serve basis until the course has filled.

Questions? Please contact your academic advisor.

Course information:

MBAD 6211: Financial Accounting (3 cr., CRN 77194, Online)
Dr. Susan Kulp

Sync session options:

  • Mondays, 8:30 – 9:30 pm (CRN 77698)
  • Tuesdays, 12:00 – 1:30 pm (CRN 77700)
  • Wednesdays, 8:00 – 9:00 pm (CRN 77701)
  • Thursdays, 8:30 – 9:30 pm (CRN 77705)

Seminar in International Banking Offered Spring 2016

The former Deputy Director (retired) of the International Monetary fund will be offering a seminar in international banking during the Spring 2016 semester.  More information on the course is below.  Students interested in registering should do so through GWeb.  Please see your academic advisor with any questions.

Seminar: International Banking (3 cr., CRN 75693)
Alfredo Leone, PhD
Former Deputy Director, International Monetary Fund

Course Offering:

Thursdays, 7:10 – 9:40 pm

Course Description:
This seminar focuses on international banks’ risk measurement and management. It covers: recent trends in international banking and the international environment in which banks operate; sources of risk; regulatory and economic capital; models to measure risk; basic tools for bank risk management; causes and lessons of recent financial crises; and issues on financial regulation.

New Microfinance Course Offering – Spring 2016

The Department of International Business is pleased to announce a new course offering focusing on microfinance.  The course may be applied towards the Global Management Concentration and the Globally Focused Elective requirement.  Do not hesitate to reach out to your academic advisor with any questions.

Microfinance in Developing Markets (3 cr., CRN 76103)
Romi Bhatia
Team Lead/Senior Investment Officer, USAID

Class dates:

March 4 – March 17

Class times:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday – 6:10 pm – 9:30 pm

Course Description:
Microfinance is known worldwide as the provision of financial services – credit, savings, insurance, etc. – for the poor to enable them to finance income-producing activities, build assets, stabilize consumption, and protect against risks. As an industry, it has matured from the early days in the 1970s when it was commonly known as microcredit with pioneer institutions like the Grameen Bank, ACCION International and FINCA International providing small loans primarily to poor women living on an average of less than $2 per day. Microfinance’s growth and popularity has lifted millions of households living in abject poverty but it has also become a lightning rod for criticism – charges of usurious interest rates, over-indebtedness of borrowers and lack of transparency have been levied against microfinance institutions (MFIs) throughout the world from India to Bosnia to Nicaragua. Does microfinance do more harm than good for the poor? Should access to credit be a human right? What is the appropriate role for donor agencies, governments and multilateral institutions in supporting microfinance?

These are amongst the numerous questions that will be addressed during an intensive one-week course designed for new entrants to the microfinance field. The course will include a combination of daily modules, case studies and insights from practitioners so that students can gain a foundational understanding of microfinance and assess how MFIs are becoming sophisticated financial intermediaries operating in highly competitive financial markets that serve the poor. This course is an intensive, three-credit course taught over a one-week period during spring break with two preceding Friday evening to enable students to gain full immersion to microfinance.

Business and Society to be held from January 6th through January 9th

An exciting accelerated course elective is still available for the Spring of 2016. Business and Society, a 4 day on campus residency will be held from January 6th through January 9th. If you are interested in enrolling in this course option please submit a Registration Transaction Form (RTF) to your Academic Advisor for review and processing. Forms will be processed on a first come first serve basis with an internal wait list being created once the course reaches 30 students.

Business and Society Residency (3 credits, CRN 74642)

Meeting Dates:

  • Wednesday through Friday, January 6-8 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, January 9 – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Course Description:

2015 has been deemed the year of the crowd, recognizing that the collaborative economy is increasingly impacting many sectors of society. In this course, students will take an in depth look at how crowdfunding democratizes access to finance for development. Crowdfunding is the process of relaying on a crowd of small contributions for funding rather than relying on funding from a fewer number of big corporations or funding entities. Crowdfunding allows people to raise money outside of institutional systems, which are often encumbered with bureaucracy.

In this course students will review current trends and issues in crowdfunding and how they apply to (economic) development starting by reviewing the Jumpstart Our Business Act (aimed at creating new ways for investors to fund start-up businesses) and financial regulations for crowd funding. During this class students will investigate debt crowd funding models to promote access to finance as well as learn how crowd funding accelerates poverty alleviation.

This course is part of the Business and Society series and is condensed into four days from January 6th through January 9th. Classroom lectures will be complimented by site visits to Crowdfunding platforms (Fundrise) and incubators (1776) in the Washington D.C area.

New Course: Global Connections: Standards in Technology, Business & Public Policy

The Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering has announced a new course.  MBA students may complete up to 12 credit hours of graduate coursework outside of the School of Business, but within GWU.  Students who are interested in registering may do so through GWeb.  Please see your academic advisor with any questions.

Global Connections: Standards in Technology, Business & Public Policy (3 cr., CRN 77520)
Joe Cascio, Esq. and Stephen Crawford, PhD

Thursdays 6:10 – 8:40 PM
Location: Lehman Auditorium, Science and Engineering Hall (SEH)

This new, foundational course, offered in Spring, 2016, covers the creation of national and international technical, business and policy consensus standards, the structure and operation of national and international standards development organizations, the process of standardization, the function and practice of conformity assessment, and the strategic role of standards in society for promoting public policy, safety, interoperability, sustainability and prosperity. A case study on the development of global environmental management standards is interwoven with all class sessions and serves to strengthen and cement concepts on both standards and the international processes that support their development. This course addresses a major gap in professional understanding of the indispensible role and complementarity of such standards to the mandatory rules and regulations from Government. The wheels of industry and technology would come to a screeching halt if such standards did not exist and yet students are graduating from prestigious universities with virtually no knowledge about their existence or how they come about. This inter-disciplinary, graduate-level course is a welcome corrective to that deficiency and fills the gap by developing the students’ knowledge and skills to operate effectively and provide leadership in the standards arena. It gives special attention to the exciting potential for voluntary consensus standards to promote prosperity and safety at a time when governments find it difficult to act.


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