Joint & Dual Degree | MBA Programs

The School of Business offers many joint degree programs. Joint degree programs require students to complete the requirements of both degrees before receiving either degree. In addition to pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB), students may pursue an additional degree at the same time from either the School of Business, The Elliott School of International Affairs, or the Law School.


Joint-Degrees offered by the School of Business


MBA / Master of Science in Finance

MBA / MS Finance

The Master of Business Administration (MBA)/Master of Science in Finance (MSF) joint degree program is a unique opportunity to deepen your education in the fields of finance and business by combining the finest of both programs With today’s job market, the demand is shifting towards having a quantitative background with an ability to understand markets, policies and strategies.

The MBA/MSF program attracts both US and international individuals from diverse professional backgrounds promoting endless global networking possibilities. The unique structure of the program promotes employment in a variety of prestigious financial institutions in the United States and abroad.


Curriculum

Students in the joint MSF/MBA program can choose to participate in one of three MBA programs: the full-time cohort Global MBA (GMBA), the evening Professional MBA (PMBA), or the Healthcare MBA (HCMBA).

The joint degree program curriculum includes all required courses for both the MBA and the MSF. Students in the GMBA program have an additional 4.5 credit hours of international residency. Because courses count toward both degrees, students complete 18 fewer credit hours in the joint degree program than if they were completing each degree independently.


MSF Degree Requirements

Students pursuing an MSF degree may choose between the intensive program and the regular program. Under the intensive program, students take four classes per semester to complete the degree in 12 months, including a summer session. The regular program, which we highly recommend, paces classes over a period of 24 months, including two summer sessions.

Students with very strong backgrounds in a particular subject area can petition to waive a required course to be replaced by an elective as approved by the program director.


MSF Core Curriculum

  • FINA 6271 – Financial Modeling and Econometrics
  • FINA 6272 – Global Financial Markets
  • FINA 6273 – Cases in Financial Management and Investment Banking
  • FINA 6274 – Corporate Financial Management and Modeling
  • FINA 6275 – Investment Analysis and Global Portfolio Management
  • FINA 6276 – Financial Engineering and Derivatives Securities
  • FINA 6277 – Comparative Financial Market Regulation and Development
  • FINA 6278 – Financial Theory and Research
  • FINA 6279 – Real Estate Finance, Fixed-Income Security Valuation
  • FINA 6280 – Financial Institution Management and Modeling
  • FINA 6281 – Cases in Financial Modeling and Engineering
  • FINA 6282 – Advanced Financial Econometrics and Modeling


MBA / Master of Science in Project Management

MBA / MS PROJECT MANAGEMENT

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) / Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) joint degree program is the first of its kind! By embarking on this joint degree program, students will graduate with 2 degrees, both an MSPM and an MBA. The program has a unique blend of modular and traditional courses, experiential learning through capstone courses and residencies, and a discipline-independent approach to business and project management with broad applications.

Students earning an MSPM and MBA at GWSB will be able to take advantage of GW’s position as a leader at the intersection of business and politics. The GWSB programs integrate values of ethics, sustainability, and corporate citizenship in addition to providing strong theoretical and applied knowledge. By earning an MSPM and MBA from GW, students position themselves to shape the future of project-based business.


Curriculum

Students in the joint MSPM/MBA program can choose to participate in one of three MBA programs: the full-time cohort Global MBA (GMBA), the evening Professional MBA (PMBA), or the Healthcare MBA (HCMBA).

The joint degree program curriculum includes all required courses for both the MBA and the MSPM. Students in the GMBA program have an additional 4.5 credit hour international residency. Because courses can be taken and counted toward both degrees, students complete 18 fewer credit hours in the joint degree program than if they were completing each degree independently.

The joint degree program offers an innovative curriculum that combines core principles of project management with general management and business training.


MSPM Degree Requirements

The joint degree program offers an innovative curriculum that combines core principles of project management with general management and business training. Courses that are 3 credits are 14 weeks long, while courses that are 1.5 credits are 7 weeks long, offered in either the first or second half of a semester. Students can choose to participate in the Global MBA (full-time), which includes an additional 4.5 credit hour international residency, or the Professional MBA program.


MSPM Core Curriculum | 24 credits

  • DNSC 6261 Introduction to Project & Program Management
  • DNSC 6251 Optimization Models for Decision Making
  • DNSC 6252 Risk Analysis for Decision Making
  • DNSC 6254 Risk Management
  • DNSC 6257 Cost Estimation and Control
  • DNSC 6258 Executive Decision Making
  • DNSC 6259 Project Portfolio Management
  • DNSC 6267 Planning and Scheduling
  • DNSC 6262 Directed Computational Project Management
  • DNSC 6269 Project Management Application (Capstone)

MBA Core Curriculum | 9 credits

  • MBAD 6211 Financial Accounting
  • MBAD 6221 Judgment Uncertainty and Decisions
  • MBAD 6222 Data Analysis and Decisions
  • MBAD 6261 Organizations and Leadership
  • MBAD 6262 Managing Human Capital


MBA / Master of Science in Information Systems Technology

MBA / MS Information Systems Technology

The Master of Business Administration (MBA)/ Master of Science in Information Systems Technology (MSIST) joint degree is one of the longest running programs teaching technology for today and management skills for tomorrow.

The MSIST Program has a reputation of producing graduates who have a thorough understanding of information systems and technologies along with relevant management, communication, and decision-making skills. Through dynamic, hands-on, laboratory and classroom-based courses and online classes, students learn how to integrate information systems technology expertise and management skills to effectively implement business solutions. This combination of advanced technical knowledge and management skills with proven business strategy put the MSIST graduates in a position to succeed.


Curriculum

Students in the joint MSIST/MBA program can choose to participate in one of three MBA programs: the full-time cohort Global MBA (GMBA), the evening Professional MBA (PMBA), or the Healthcare MBA (HCMBA).

The joint degree program curriculum includes all required courses for both the MBA and the MSIST. Students in the GMBA program have an additional 4.5 credit hour international residency. Because courses can be taken and counted toward both degrees, students complete 18 fewer credit hours in the joint degree program than if they were completing each degree independently.


MSIST Degree Requirements

All fields of concentration require completion of core technology-oriented courses including a capstone project. Each stage of the information systems life cycle is discussed in terms of technologies, impact and management. Topics include structured and object-oriented analysis, prototyping, software reuse, testing, life cycle costs, software development environments, and organizational and behavioral aspects of project development.


MSIST Core Curriculum | 8 Credits

  • ISTM 6201 Information Systems Development
  • ISTM 6202 Relational Databases
  • ISTM 6203 Telecommunication and Enterprise Networks
  • ISTM 6204 Information Technology Project Management
  • ISTM 6205 Internet Computing
  • ISTM 6206 Information Systems Security
  • ISTM 6207 Information Resource Management
  • ISTM 6210 Integrated Information Systems Capstone

MSIST Elective Curriculum | 9 Credits (Choose 3)

Students may choose from a variety of electives to specialize the focus of their experience. Any combination of electives may be chosen from a set of Managerial or Technical based courses.

Managerial Electives

  • ISTM 6221 Management Perspectives of Electronic Commerce
  • ISTM 6222 IS/IT Strategy
  • ISTM 6223 Technology Entrepreneurship
  • ISTM 6224 Management of Technology and Innovation
  • ISTM 6225 Enterprise Architecture

Technical Electives

  • ISTM 6211 Data Warehousing and OLAP
  • ISTM 6213 Enterprise Web and Database Applications
  • ISTM 6214 Advanced Programming and Business Applications
  • ISTM 6215 Human Computer Interaction

Technical Foundation Courses and Waivers

Students may be required to complete up to three of the following technical foundation courses either prior to or within the first year of coursework:

  • ISTM 3119 Introduction to Structured Programming
  • ISTM 4120 Structured Development with CASE
  • ISTM 4121 Database Design and Applications

The foundation courses may be satisfied by prior appropriate undergraduate or graduate coursework or by waiver exam. Professional seminars are not considered as appropriate coursework and may not be used to satisfy a prerequisite.

The foundation courses must be complete prior to registration for the following graduate level courses:

  • ISTM 6201 Information Systems Development requires the Systems Analysis Foundation Course
  • ISTM 6202 Relational Databases requires the Database Foundation Course
  • ISTM 6205 Internet Computing requires the Programming Foundation Course
  • ISTM 6210 Integrated Information Systems Capstone requires all core graduate level courses and all foundation courses to be completed prior to registration.


MBA / Master of Science in Government Contracts

MBA / MS in GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

The Master of Business Administration (MBA)/Master of Science in Government Contracts (MSGC) joint degree program at the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) is the first of its kind! By embarking on this joint degree program, students will graduate with 2 degrees, both an MSGC and an MBA. The program has a unique blend of courses in business taught by the School of Business and government procurement law courses taught by the Law School, and culminates in a capstone research project the student designs with their advisor.

Students earning an MSGC and MBA at GWSB will be able to take advantage of GW’s position as a leader at the intersection of business and government policy. GWSB programs integrate values of ethics, sustainability, and corporate citizenship in addition to providing strong theoretical and applied knowledge. By earning an MSGC and MBA from GW, students position themselves to shape the future of government acquisition.


Curriculum

Students in the joint MSGC/MBA program can choose to participate in one of three MBA programs: the full-time cohort Global MBA (GMBA), the evening Professional MBA (PMBA), or the Healthcare MBA (HCMBA).

The joint degree program curriculum includes all required courses for both the MBA and the MSGC. Students in the GMBA program have an additional 4.5 credit hour international residency. Because courses can be taken and counted toward both degrees, students complete 18 fewer credit hours in the joint degree program than if they were completing each degree independently.The joint degree program offers an innovative curriculum that combines core principles of project management with general management and business training.


MSGC Degree Requirements

The joint degree program offers an innovative curriculum that combines core principles of government procurement law with general management and business training. Courses that are 3 credits are 14 weeks long, while courses that are 1.5 credits are 7 weeks long, offered in either the first or second half of a semester.

Learn more about the MSGC Program


MSGC Curriculum | 24 Credits

  • GCON 6502 Formation of Government Contracts | 3 credits (Law)
  • GCON 6503 Performance of Government Contracts | 3 credits (Law)
  • GCON 6505 Marketing for Government Marketplace | 3 credits
  • GCON 6506 Pricing Issues in Government Contracts | 3 credits
  • DNSC 6261 Introduction to Project & Program Mgt | 3 credits
  • GCON electives | 5 credits (Law)
  • GCON 6501/6504 Capstone Research and Writing Project | 4 credits (Law)

MBA Curriculum | 49.5 Credits

  • MBAD 6211: Financial Accounting | 3 credits
  • MBAD 6213: Managerial Accounting | 1.5 credits
  • MBAD 6224: Decision Making and Data Analysis | 3 credits
  • MBAD 6223: Operations Management | 1.5 credits
  • MBAD 6235: Finance | 3 credits
  • MBAD 6242: Microeconomics for the Global Economy | 1.5 credits
  • MBAD 6245: Global Perspectives | 3 credits
  • MBAD 6263: Organizations and Human Capital | 3 credits
  • MBAD 6289: Business Ethics and Public Policy | 3 credits
  • MBAD 6274: Marketing | 3 credits
  • MBAD 6288: Strategic Management | 3 credits
  • Electives | 21 credits (Business)



Other Joint-Degrees Offered by the University


MBA / Juris Doctor | The Law School

MBA / JD

The GW Law School and The George Washington School of Business offer a joint degree program leading to a Master of Business Administration in combination with the GW Law School Juris Doctor degree (MBA/JD).

Degree Requirements

  • Students must complete all the requirements for each degree. The Law School counts 12 credits of business courses taken as part of the MBA toward the completion of the J.D. degree.
  • The School of Business counts up to 14 credits of course work completed in the J.D. program to count towards completion of the MBA.
  • All requirements for both degrees must be completed before either degree can be conferred.Students can normally complete the two degrees in four years of full-time study.


MBA / Master of Arts | The Elliot School of International Affairs

MBA / Master of Arts

The Elliott School of International Affairs and the George Washington School of Business offer a joint degree program leading to a Master of Business Administration in combination with any of the Elliott School Master of Arts degrees (MBA/MA).

Degree Requirements

  • Students must complete all the requirements for each degree. The Elliott School counts 12 credits of International Business courses taken as part of the MBA toward the completion of the M.A. degree.
  • The School of Business counts up to 12 credits of course work completed in the M.A. program to count toward completion of the MBA.
  • All requirements for both degrees must be completed before either degree can be conferred.Students can normally complete the two degrees in four years of full-time study.

An MBA may be combined with any of the following MA degree options: