Global MBA students are challenged to view things from a wider perspective—and to make decisions that strive for profit as well as positive impact.
The First Year
Building Core Skills & Values
The full-time, two-year Global MBA program blends rigorous training in traditional business skills with a focus on core values of global leadership, ethics, sustainability, and corporate and social responsibility. Students spend the first year taking required core courses with a cohort of 45-50 classmates, attending lectures, working on case studies and team projects, and participating in experiential learning opportunities. Classes in the first year take place Monday through Wednesday during the day, leaving Thursday and Friday for student organization and career-related activities.
Prior to fall classes, Global MBA students spend their first three weeks on campus in MBA Institute. This orientation program of workshops, team case work, speakers, and social activities introduces new students to the MBA experience, their fellow students, Business School faculty and alumni, resources at George Washington University, and life in Washington, D.C. During this time, students also brush up on quantitative skills.
Consulting Abroad Project (CAP)
Toward the end of the first year, the Consulting Abroad Project (CAP) gives students first-hand experience in doing business abroad. Each nine-week CAP is led by a faculty member who guides a student team through a real-life consulting engagement for a global firm. After spending seven weeks in D.C. doing research and shaping findings, teams travel abroad to the firm’s home country for two weeks to deliver final recommendations to company leaders.
Students work with the F. David Fowler Career Center throughout their first year to shape career goals and target companies of interest for summer internships and beyond. Resumes are edited and updated before the first day of classes, and students meet regularly with the Center’s consultants to craft individual career management portfolios. Students also take advantage of the many opportunities to attend career fairs and participate in D.C. company tours and career treks to New York and San Francisco.
The second year of the Global MBA program is all about preparing for professional life after graduation. After spending the summer at an internship or studying abroad, students take elective courses focused on their areas of interest. With 24 credit hours of electives built into the curriculum, students are able to add up to two Concentrations and/or Certificates to their degrees, choose additional courses from over 200 electives offered at School of Business, or take graduate-level classes offered through other GW schools or area universities. Students can also apply to add a second master’s degree to their MBA through GW’s many joint degree offerings.
Most elective courses are offered Monday through Friday during evenings and afternoons. This allows students to pursue a second internship if they wish and to focus on career search-related activities, polishing their interview skills, networking at recruiting and industry events, and interviewing for post-graduation jobs.