The GW School of Business

 

photo - GW School of Business students in front of Duquès Hall

Students in front of Duquès Hall, the home of the GW School of Business in Washington, D.C.

For more than 200 years, the George Washington University has offered the advantages of a major private university while providing the personalized attention students would expect in a more intimate academic setting. International recognition and top research faculty — coupled with small class sizes and a forward-thinking curriculum — gives students the strategic perspective necessary to succeed in today's global marketplace.

Since 1928, GW School of Business (GWSB) students have utilized our global presence to pursue practical, insightful expertise in the world of business from an enviable vantage point. One of the most diverse cities in America, D.C. is home to more than 1,000 internationally owned companies, more than 400 international associations, and nearly 180 foreign embassies, residences, chanceries, and diplomatic missions — many of them less than one mile from the GW campus.

View the 2020-2021 GWSB Annual Report

 


 

students discuss an upcoming career fair at the GW School of Business

 

 

Vision

To cultivate ethical, inclusive, and entrepreneurial leaders that make a positive impact on the environment, society and governance locally and globally through:

  • market-responsive lifelong learning programs,
  • innovative research, and
  • outreach to the business and policy community.

 

GWSB students attend their graduation celebration in May 2018

 

 

Mission

Our mission is to lead with the GWSB S.P.I.R.I.T. by:

  • placing Students first
  • improving student Placement outcomes
  • leveraging our International advantage and reputation
  • enhancing our Research impact
  • being Inclusive, and
  • professionally collaborating to realize this vision Together.

 

 

aerial photo of downtown Washington, D.C. with GW campus

 

 

Goals

  1. Leverage our Washington, D.C. location to enhance the school’s research, teaching, and outreach for maximum impact.
  2. Advance diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in everything that we do.
  3. Leverage our full capacity in thought leadership, experiential learning, and connections with government, industry, and society to advance student lifelong learning and placement outcomes.
  4. Enhance our research impact and reputation to empower our faculty through local and global research contributions and thought leadership. 
  5. Advance the school’s engagement with various stakeholders within Washington, D.C., across the region, and around the world.

 

 

GWSB graduate students at an Industry Roundtable event in January 2020

 

 

Core Values

We are committed to:

  • DEI - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: we demonstrate ethical leadership and societal impact by ensuring a diverse, equitable and inclusive community through creative student, faculty and staff initiatives. We nurture this through education, scholarship and community engagement.
  • ESG - Environmental, Social & Corporate Governance: making a positive impact on environmental, social, and governance-related issues by incorporating them within our activities: teaching, research, and practice.  
  • Continuous Improvement using performance measurement and feedback: we continuously consider feedback as part of our continuous improvement process. 
  • Professionalism: promoting a culture of civility, trust, appreciation, recognition, and creativity.

 

The vision, mission, goals and core values of the GW School of Business are part of the school’s strategic plan approved by faculty in December 2021.

 


History

The GW School of Business (GWSB) was born in a spirit of innovation. You might say it’s our oldest — and proudest — tradition. Since our founding in 1928, we’ve stood on the cutting edge of bold new ideas. Today, that’s still where you’ll find us: creating and building for a new century.

In 1928, the school was founded on the idea, new for its time, that business and government might become partners in promoting national prosperity and international development. Beginning with a $1 million endowment from the League of Masonic Clubs, GW President Cloyd H. Marvin established what was known as the School of Government, with degree programs that integrated business and politics on the national and international levels.

In the years following World War II, change came rapidly. In 1960, the school was renamed the School of Government, Business, and International Affairs. Then, in 1966, President Lloyd H. Elliott split its faculties into a new School of Government and Business Administration (SGBA) and a School of International Affairs — which today bears President Elliott’s name. The SGBA was renamed the School of Business and Public Management in 1990. In 2004, it became the School of Business.

Fully dedicated to the proud traditions of growth, excellence, and innovation, Dean Phillips helped forward GWSB’s expertise in preparing the business leaders of tomorrow.

In January 2006, the GW School of Business opened its new location: the newly constructed Ric and Dawn Duquès Hall and the renovated Norma Lee and Morton Funger Hall. This complex provides students, faculty and staff with a unified center for study and career-development activities.

Throughout its history, GWSB has attracted some of the nation’s most outstanding leaders from academia, government, and the business world, including former deans F. David Fowler, a managing partner of KPMG Peat Marwick and Susan M. Phillips, former member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. 

Over the course of the years, and through the various stages of its evolution, the GW School of Business has assembled an impressive roster of distinguished alumni, including: U.S. Senators Jean Carnahan, Kent Conrad and Michael Enzi; Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan; General Colin Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and U.S. secretary of state; Mary-Beth Morgan, former director of cybersecurity, U.S. Department of Defense; Michelle Knox-Zaloom, U.S. Olympian (women’s rowing team, 1992 and 1996); and Chicago Bulls and White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, to name just a few.

 


Location

In Washington, D.C., when you stand at the center of the nation's political and economic power, responsible global business leadership is not merely a privilege, it is standard operating procedure. Rather than only adapt to the shifts in the global economy, the GW School of Business (GWSB) acts as one of its agents of change. 

With established relationships with the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the U.S. Department of State (all located just blocks away), students learn first-hand how to see beyond the bottom line and consider the big picture of international affairs, finance, sustainability, ethics and corporate responsibility — often all at once. Together with our customized programs (including online options), this global presence enables our students to pursue practical, insightful expertise in the world of business from an enviable vantage point. 

 

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Directions and Parking

The George Washington University School of Business is located at:

Duquès Hall
2201 G Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20052

Located in downtown Washington, D.C., the George Washington University School of Business is easily accessible by taxi, rideshare, bus or subway (Metrorail) from the region's airports.

From Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), take the Blue Line of the Metrorail from the Ronald Reagan National Airport Station to the Foggy Bottom-GWU Station.

From Dulles International Airport (IAD), take the Silver Line Express bus to the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station, and then take the Silver Line to the Foggy Bottom-GWU Station. You may also take the Washington Flyer private bus service directly to many downtown hotels.

From Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), take the Super Shuttle or Amtrak train directly to Union Station in downtown Washington, D.C., then take the Metrorail Red Line from Union Station to the Metro Center Station and transfer to the Blue, Silver or Orange Lines to go to the Foggy Bottom-GWU Station.

The Foggy Bottom-GWU Metrorail Station is located on campus. It offers access to Metrorail’s Blue, Orange and Silver lines. For more information on Metrorail, visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

The GW School of Business is located in Duquès Hall, just two blocks from the Foggy Bottom-GWU Station. Upon exiting the station, you will find yourself on 23rd Street NW. Walk directly across 23rd Street NW onto I Street NW. Take a right onto 22nd Street NW and walk South approximately two-and-a-half blocks. The main entrance to Duquès Hall will be on your right on 22nd Street NW halfway between H Street and G Street NW.

From North:

  • Take Interstate 95 South to Interstate 495 North toward Silver Spring/Northern Virginia
  • Take Exit 33, heading south on Connecticut Avenue for about nine miles
  • Turn right onto Florida Avenue (just past the Washington Hilton) and then turn left immediately onto 21st Street NW
  • The visitor entrance to the G Street Garage is on the left between G and F Streets NW

From Northwest:

  • Take Interstate 270 to Interstate 495 North toward Silver Spring/Northern Virginia
  • Follow directions as shown above in “From North”

From West:

  • Take Interstate 66 or Route 50 to the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge
  • Cross the bridge and exit left at E Street NW, then again at Virginia Avenue NW
  • Stay to the left, following signs for 23rd Street NW
  • Turn left onto 23rd Street NW and continue a few blocks to campus
  • Turn right onto H Street
  • The visitor entrance to the University Parking Garage is on the left on H Street between 23rd and 22nd Streets

From South:

  • Interstate 95 to Interstate 395, Arlington Memorial Bridge Exit
  • Cross the bridge and stay to the left at the Lincoln Memorial
  • Turn left onto 23rd Street NW
  • Turn right on H Street
  • The visitor entrance to the University Parking Garage is on the left on H Street between 23rd and 22nd Streets

University Parking Garage

Access on H Street NW between 22nd and 23rd Streets NW. Located under the Science and Engineering Hall.

Hours: Open 24 hours a day

This is a self-service garage for visitors. This garage only accepts MasterCard, American Express, and Visa for payment. Rates:

  • 1 hour: $10
  • Up to 2 hours $16
  • Daily Maximum: $22
  • Weekend Daily Maximum: $12
  • Evening Maximum Rate (after 5 p.m. until midnight): $10

G Street Garage

Access from both 20th Street NW and 21st Street NW between F and G Streets NW.

Hours: Open 24 hours a day

This is a self-service garage for visitors. This garage only accepts MasterCard, American Express, and Visa for payment. Rates: see University Parking Garage rates.

University Student Center Garage

Access on H Street NW between 21st and 22nd Streets NW.

Hours: Open Monday–Friday from 7:00 a.m. to midnight. Closed on weekends and holidays.

This is a self-service garage for visitors. This garage only accepts MasterCard, American Express, and Visa for payment. Rates: see University Parking Garage rates.

Elliott School Garage

Access on 19th Street NW near E Street NW.

Hours: Open Monday–Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Closed on holidays and weekends.

This is a self-service garage for visitors. This garage only accepts MasterCard, American Express, and Visa for payment. Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour: $10
  • Up to 2 hours: $17
  • Daily Maximum: $26
  • Evening Maximum Rate (5 p.m.-11 p.m.): $14

Ambulatory Care Center Garage

Patients and visitors of the George Washington University Hospital and of the Ambulatory Care Center are welcome to park at the Ambulatory Care Center Garage. In the event that this garage is full, patients may park at the other university visitor parking locations.

For more information, visit GW’s Transportation website.