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Global MBA students at the GW School of Business (GWSB) are challenged to view things from a wider perspective — and to make decisions that strive for profit as well as positive impact.

Academic Program and Degree Requirements

Our revised curriculum gives Global MBA students the freedom to tailor their studies to their professional interests and goals.

The Global MBA program is 53 credit hours long. Three-credit courses are a full semester long (14 weeks). Courses that are 1.5 credits are seven weeks in length and are offered either in the first or second half of a semester. One-credit courses meet for 12 hours of total class time and are offered in various formats, such as a four-day weekend or four Saturdays in a row.

Core Courses: 32 credits

Consulting Abroad Project (CAP): 3 credits

Analytics/Technology Selectives: 3 credits

Electives: 15 credits 

The Global MBA is a 21-month, full-time program.

*Up to six credits of may be waived based on previous academic coursework.

Global MBA students complete 32 credit hours of core courses and a 3-credit Consulting Abroad Project (CAP):

  • Strategic Management 
  • Financial Accounting
  • Decision Making & Data Analysis
  • Finance
  • Micro for Global Economy
  • Organizations & Human Capital
  • Marketing
  • Business Improv
  • Leadership Lab
  • Accounting for Internal Decision Making
  • Operations Management
  • Competition in the Global Economy
  • Business Ethics
  • Business and Public Policy
  • Technology for Business in D.C.
  • Consulting Abroad Project (CAP)

The GMBA curriculum requires students to complete three credits of analytics- and technology-focused selectives. Additionally, students must complete 15 credits of general electives. In fulfilling these elective credits, students can customize a course of study by adding certificates to their degree or selecting individual courses of interest.


Students can choose from a number of graduate certificate programs at the GW School of Business.

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Elective Requirements

Students can also choose from more than 200 electives offered at the School of Business. Students may take up to 12 elective credits outside the School of Business, but within George Washington University. Additionally, up to six of those 12 credits may be fulfilled by courses taken outside the university.

The First Year

Building Core Skills and Values

The full-time, two-year Global MBA program provides rigorous training in traditional business skills. Students spend the first year taking required core courses in groups of 40-45 classmates, attending lectures, working on case studies and team projects, and participating in experiential learning opportunities. In the first year, most classes take place between Monday and Thursday with co-curricular activities happening throughout the fall and spring semester.

MBA Runway

Prior to fall classes, Global MBA students spend their first three weeks on campus in MBA Runway. This orientation program of core coursework, team case work, speakers, and social activities introduces new students to the MBA experience, their fellow students, Business School faculty and alumni, resources at the George Washington University, and life in Washington, D.C.

Consulting Abroad Program (CAP)

Toward the end of the first year, the Consulting Abroad Program (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. Learn more about the Consulting Abroad Program through the office of Global and Experiential Education.

Career Preparation

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.

Visit the F. David Fowler Career Center for the latest graduate employment statistics and resources, and learn how we connect our students to employers.

The Second Year

Focusing on Your Professional Goals and Building Your Tech and Analytics Toolbox

Building on the foundation of the core curriculum, students in the second year of the Global MBA program focus on 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 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.

In addition to their general electives, students will build their tech and analytics toolbox by completing three credits of tech and analytics selectives. These courses provide a narrow focus on skills and topics in technology and analytics — two areas essential to the modern business world. Students will also complete a tech-focused, experiential course with a company in the Washington, D.C. area, allowing them to see real-world examples and applications of technology in the local business environment.

Most selective and 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.



Next Steps

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