MBA/MS in Finance Degree Requirements

The MBA/MS in Finance (MSF) degree program at the GW School of Business (GWSB) is 84 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 MSF programs for information on registration, policies, and procedures for the respective programs.  In addition, students should refer to the MBA Current Students page 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 36 credits of the following coursework to be eligible for graduation.


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

* 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: 4.5 credits; all other programs: 7.5 credits)

  • Students in the Healthcare MBA are required to complete their 4.5 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 GWSB.

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.

Students must complete 48 credits of the following coursework to be eligible for graduation.

Core Courses (48 credits)