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Academic Program

Year 1

The GW Global MBA is comprised of 57 credit hours delivered in a modular format. The first-year core curriculum centers on our values of ethics, leadership, globalization, and teamwork. These values form the cornerstone of the program and are integrated throughout the curriculum. Module I centers on the program values and includes courses such as Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Leadership and Organizations, and Global Perspectives. Module II and III emphasize tools for business analysis with courses on Micro and Macro for the Global Economy, Data Analysis and Decisions, Financial and Managerial Accounting, and Financial Markets. Module IV is heavy with international coverage with courses in International Management including an International Practicum and Residency.

In addition to the core courses, the program is designed for extensive support from the F. David Fowler Career Center. Career Center staff provide workshops and individual sessions to help build individual career management portfolios. There are also value-added activities including the MBA In- Action Roundtables where alumni and high profile leaders speak on a variety of industry topics.

Cohort Experience

In the first year, the core curriculum is completed within an active and integrated cohort of 45 students. Students develop first-hand experience in communicating and studying as a group, crucial skills for professionals today. Within the cohorts, students are formed into five- and six-member teams, which are designed to strengthen the overall MBA experience by meshing people of different ages, genders, professional backgrounds, and cultures.

Year 2

In the second year, the curriculum consists of electives and our capstone courses in entrepreneurship and business strategy. Both courses have intramural case-based competitions which provide for integration of the core knowledge and strategic analysis. Students can customize their programs by choosing 12 elective courses from over 15 knowledge domains. The program is completed in two years (21 months).

GW Global MBA Curriculum

Year 1

Pre-Term (August)

MBAD 200 - Quantitative Methods & Computing Technologies; Career Management, Team Building


MODULE I - Values

MODULE II - Business Tools

MBAD 211 - Financial Accounting I

MBAD 212 - Financial Accounting

MBAD 221 - Judgment , Uncertainty & Decisions

MBAD 222 - Data Analysis

MBAD 241 - Global Perspectives

MBAD 242 - Micro for the Global Economy

MBAD 261 - Organizations and Leadership

MBAD 262 - Managing Human Capital

MBAD 281 - Bus. Responsibility & Sustainability

MBAD 272 - Marketing I

MBAD 291 - Business Communications



MODULE III - Business Tools

MODULE IV - Int'l Management

MBAD 213 - Managerial Accounting I

MBAD 234 - Financial Management

MBAD 223 - Operations Strategy

MBAD 244 - International Management

MBAD 233 - Financial Markets

MBAD 204 - Int'l Residency Practicum

MBAD 243 - Macro for the Global Economy

MBAD 284 - Business and Public Policy

MBAD 273 - Marketing II

Elective 1

MBAD 204 - International Residency



Year 2




MBAD 266 - Entrepreneurship

MBAD 285 - Business Law & Communications

ISTM Elective

MBAD 286 - Business Strategy

Sustainability Selective






Winter Break



MODULE IV (Available for the following)


Optional Elective


Self-Pacing Make-Ups


Double Major, Joint Degree Options


Early Completion

Knowledge Domains

Click here for a list of knowledge domains, areas of specialization from which you can choose electives. The Department of Strategic Management and Public Policy offers a number of electives that focus on ethics, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility; click here to view a list of current and previous courses. 

Joint Degrees

Through special credit-hour transfer arrangements, students may earn an MBA and another degree at GW: JD with the Law School, Master of Arts with the Elliott School of International Affairs, Master of Science in Finance, Project Management or Information Systems Technology.