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The George Washington University School of Business was ranked 17th for online MBA degrees by TopManagementDegrees.com.
August 24, 2015 – TopManagmentDegrees.com has published its Super Ranking of the Top 50 Online MBA Degrees. We are pleased to announce that George Washington University was ranked #17 overall, for it’s Online MBA Program.
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Congratulations to GWSB’s Online MBA faculty, staff and students!
By Thomson Gilles, MBA 2015
Sunday, August 23 – It’s Sunday afternoon here in DC, and I finally have a few minutes to get some words on paper (or on screen as the case may be) about his past week. The past week was the second of three weeks of the MBA institute. For those who don’t already know, it is a three week long orientation to get us back in the swing of things school-wise. The first week has a lot of events designed to get us excited, but this week was a big eye opener. For starters, we’re earning 3 credits from 2 different classes in the span of 12 days. As you can imagine, we’re all getting bombarded with work. The first class is from the Career Center and is designed to get us prepped for interviews. A lot of the information is given in class, which is nice because our other class is a bit more intense…but more on that later.
At the beginning of the week, we started out with a few math refreshers to get our brains warmed back up. I personally haven’t been out of school for very long, but I have classmates who are in their 30s and 40s. And are married. And have kids. The sessions were a great refresher and I feel more confident moving in to the actual classes. This coming week, we have similar sessions with Excel practice which I’m really looking forward to. I took an Excel class in college, but I pretty much forgot everything (now I see the point of these refreshers).
We also had an Alumni Roundtable event where we had the opportunity to sit with some former GW students (from various decades). I got matched with the two alumni on the list that caught my interest from the get-go (which was nice), and had some great conversations with others over the course of the evening.
Strategy Fundamentals is our second class, and it’s all about business strategy (YA THINK?!). The course involves analyzing a number of different cases and then giving recommendations as to what we would do in that situation. The professor is this sharply dressed German man by the name of Dr. Jorge Walter. He reminds me a lot of my AP Econ teacher in high school, not only in looks but in their sheer furor and excitement about the material. It’s really energizing for us students too, and I’m sure I’m not the only one that looks forward to his class. It is also the first opportunity that we have to do some real work with our team. 50% of the grade is based on a 10-page team paper about one of the cases that is presented in class. We had a chance to sit down a few days to map out our approach to the case. I feel pretty confident going in, and our team is all on board as to how we should do the work. I am a big fan of the logic-based thinking that case studies require, and its making me more comfortable about what is to come.
Speaking of the future, we have a case competition at the end of next week presented by Gartner Inc. Apparently, some of the winners last year were offered internships based solely on the results. How awesome would it be to get my internship search out of the way before the semester even starts? Fingers crossed on that one. Also, one of my classmates (you know who you are) shared my blog with someone, somewhere and now it will be featured on the official GWMBA blog which is super cool. It’s nice to know that someone other than my mom is reading this thing. Shout out to Heidi.
To learn more about Thomson Gilles and his experience at GW, visit www.linkedin.com/in/tjgilles
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GWSB Ranks in Top 20 of Accounting.com’s List of the Best Bachelor and Best Masters Programs in Accountancy
August 18, 2015 – Accounting.com has been a leader in job and career information for nearly 20 years, and we recently decided it was important to expand that offering to information about earning an education in accounting. Part of this effort included a detailed assessment of every accounting program – online and campus-based, and George Washington made two of the lists:
Criteria for selection included academic rigor, commitment to student success, student satisfaction and more.
Congratulations to GWSB’s Accounting faculty, staff and students!
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One of the highlights of the Global MBA programs is the Consulting Abroad Project (CAP). As a first year student, all GMBAs are required to participate in one of several CAPs that place our classmates around the globe and utilize the business skills they spent their first year developing. CAP is an incredible way to finish off your studies while traveling with your friends across the world!
For my CAP project I traveled to Kigali, Rwanda. Having never been to Africa before, or south of the equator for that matter, working in Rwanda forced me to challenge myself and pursue opportunities outside my comfort zone. Coming from a corporate background, doing business in Rwanda meant shedding many of the preconceived notions of business practices I had developed in my professional experiences and replacing those with a more entrepreneurial outlook.
In Rwanda I worked directly with a small-business owner looking to introduce “coffee-tourism” to his already operating coffee plantation. Having survived the 1994 genocide, our client’s goal was to revitalize his community through opportunities at the coffee plantation.
Our team was able to analyze his business plan, forecast his costs and revenues through financial modeling, and develop a brand marketing strategy plan for our client that brought the story of his coffee plantation to life. The highlight of our trip to Rwanda was undoubtedly the relationship we built with our client; from hiking the fields of the plantation to discussing strategy over cups of delicious coffee, we were extremely proud of the final product we were able to deliver to our client and struggled to say goodbye! Thankfully, our client made sure we returned to D.C. with some of his amazing coffee to share with our classmates.
Consulting internationally in Rwanda was a defining moment in my business school career. Not only did the experience introduce me to a part of the world I had never visited previously, it also taught me how to think on my feet and use my business skills to their full potential. And while CAP is an academic experience, we had a lot of fun too; from day-trips to Lake Kivu to a weekend safari, Rwanda allowed me to meet some of the most amazing people, try the tastiest passion fruit, and even get chased by elephants!
There is never a dull moment in the MBA. The past two weeks have been filled with travels. Many of us went to Atlanta where we attended the 2014 National Black MBA Association Career Conference and later Philadelphia where the 2014 National Society of Hispanic MBAs Conference was held. These conferences, which become a staple of any MBA, provide you with the opportunity to network and potentially interview for both internships and full time offers with top Fortune 500 companies including Samsung, General Electric, ExxonMobil, Microsoft, Accenture, Johnson & Johnson, Delta Airlines, GlaxoSmithKline, and many more!
For many of my colleagues, it was their first experience, which was a bit overwhelming. Picture this, a large convention center filled with dozens of booths and several hundred people walking around, waiting in line, talking to recruiters, and hoping to secure some interviews. Sounds like a lot right? At first it could be a bit unnerving, especially when you have to compete with students from other MBAs. Yet, you will have to deal with those types of situations in the business world, so getting practice early in the year is an advantage. It is also a great educational experience that provides perspective on the amount of opportunities there are for people with business degrees and the immensity of companies that are interested in MBA talent. One of the most valuable outcomes of these career fairs is the networking component. You get to meet a diverse group of people and hear about their careers and experiences. You also have the opportunity to share your story and connect with people that may end up providing you with a great opportunity in the future. In the very least, it’s an excuse to travel to a new city!
Aside from the fairs, you have the opportunity to explore the city itself. I had never been to Atlanta or Philadelphia before, but I was able to explore the city with friends. It was a nice way to take a break from the hustle of Washington, D.C. and also a great opportunity to explore other job markets and see whether these cities may potentially be your residence for the summer or for the post-MBA years. There are a couple of other fairs coming up such as the Net Impact Fair in Minneapolis and the National Asian MBA Association in Boston. Now that we are back in D.C., it is time for us to catch up on work and follow up on those career leads. Although I am a bit exhausted, I look forward to the prospect of interviewing with some of the companies I spoke to and see what job offers I end up getting. Stay tuned
What a year! I never expected that my first year of business school at GW would have given me so many experiences. The wealth of knowledge that I gained was immense, and although there were some intimidating times (especially during data analysis and accounting), I welcomed a good challenge. I am not going to lie, I was unsure of myself at first, especially when being surrounded by such smart and intellectual individuals but then I realized that we were all a little unsure of ourselves. Yet, as long as you have a good support network of professors and friends (which all of us had), you will do great. So after a crazy and exhausting 1st year, we welcomed summer with open arms.
What’s the best way to kick-off your summer as an MBA? By going abroad and getting an extraordinary internship of course! The GMBAs had the once in a lifetime opportunity to travel the globe and put their business skills to the test in places such as China, Turkey, India, Rwanda, and Argentina for the Consulting Abroad Projects. Seeing all that hard work pay off and having the experience of spending two weeks in a foreign country with some of your best friends is quite an experience. Throughout the summer my friends and colleagues, had incredible internships in various industries including consulting, finance, marketing, sports, human resources, strategy, and much more. We got to apply the skills we learned in class, solve real-world business problems, make lasting connections, and learn what our ultimate careers would look like. I interned with a federal human capital consulting firm where I got to work on a variety of projects for agencies of the US government including the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.
Looking back at the summer, many of us put our experiences into perspective and realized what an MBA really means. It isn’t just about learning how to manage a business but how to make an impact in a global context and finding your role in the greater scheme of things. Now we look forward to our 2nd years with much enthusiasm and wonder what GW has in store for us. Stay tuned to find out more!
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