MBA/Master of Arts, Elliott School of International Affairs Degree Requirements

MBA/MA in International Affairs is 80.5 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.

Students should refer to their assigned academic advisors in the MBA and MA programs for information on registration, policies, and procedures for the respective programs.  In addition, students should refer to the Current Graduate Student website for complete information on the MBA program.

Program Requirements

  • Achievement of at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the time of graduation
  • Complete all degree requirements within five (5) years

MBA Degree Requirements

Students must complete 40.5 credits of the following coursework to be eligible for graduation.


Core Courses (Global and Healthcare MBA: 31.5 cr.; all other programs: 28.5 cr.)


* Indicates a pre-requisite course which must be completed prior to taking this course.
** Up to 6 credits of core may be waived based on previous academic coursework. See the Core Course Waiver Policy for details.

MBA Electives (Global and Healthcare MBA: 9 cr.; all other programs: 12 cr.)

  • Students in the Healthcare MBA are required to complete their 9 cr. MBA elective requirement with healthcare-focused electives offered through the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.  Students should refer to the Healthcare MBA Degree Requirements webpage for a listing of health-care focused elective options.
  • Internships may not be applied towards the MBA degree requirements.
  • Elective courses must be taken for a letter grade with the exception of courses taken at the GW Law School where courses are letter graded and then converted to a CR on the graduate transcript.
  • Elective credits can be fulfilled by taking 6000+ level courses within the School of Business. In addition, students may enroll up to 12 credits of 6000+ level courses outside of the School of Business at GWU; up to six (6) of the 12 credits can be fulfilled outside of The George Washington University. This 12-credit maximum includes all approved transfer credit, Consortium coursework, and graduate-level courses completed at GWU outside of the GWSB.

MA Degree Requirements (40 cr.)

Students will complete 40 credits of MA coursework of which 12 will be shared with the MBA.  Students must contact their academic advisor at the Elliott School of International Affairs for the MA degree requirements of the joint degree program.