Degree Requirements for MBA Concentrations

Students may complete a concentration by completing coursework as outlined by the academic department.

Please note the following:

  • All concentrations require the successful completion of 12 unique credits. Each includes both required coursework (3-6 credits) that must be taken and a list of optional courses to complete the remaining credits (6-9 credits).
  • Courses cannot be shared between concentrations or core requirements. If a course has been taken to fulfill one concentration then it cannot be used toward the requirements of another. A course may not be double-counted between a concentration and a core requirement.
  • If all of the requirements have been met the concentration will appear on the transcript. It will not appear on the diploma.
  • Once a concentration is declared, students must meet all concentration requirements in order to be eligible for graduation. Should a student have adequate credits for graduation but not meet the concentration requirements, s/he will not be cleared for graduation until either the requirements are met or concentration deleted via the Concentration Declaration Form.
  • Students who wish to satisfy a MBA concentration elective requirement with a GW course that has not been pre-approved must submit a Petition for Elective Credit form requesting permission to apply the course to the concentration elective requirements.
  • Concentrations are subject to change.
  • The following concentrations may be completed online:

    • Consulting
    • Finance
    • Global Management
    • Government Contracts
    • Information Systems and Technology Management
    • Project Management

Degree Requirements for MBA Concentrations

Accounting is the management of financial information to provide organizations with the vital financial information they need to function, compete, and succeed. The Accounting & Advisory Services concentration educates students how to access and analyze financial information and present it to clients in a meaningful and useful format, answering questions such as: “How profitable is this business? How solvent? How risky?” This concentration prepares students to function and prosper in the in-demand field of accounting advisory services.

Things to consider:

  • Students must be able to attend classes on-campus to complete the Accounting & Advisory Services concentration.
  • Elective courses are scheduled based on faculty availability and student demand and are not guaranteed to be offered every semester or every academic year.
  • Special Topics courses (typically numbered 6290) are experimental offerings that, depending on demand, may or may not become permanent offerings.
  • Students who wish to satisfy a MBA concentration elective with a course that is not listed below must submit a Petition for Elective Credit form requesting permission to apply the course to the concentration elective requirements.

Course Requirements

Students must complete 12 unique credits to complete a concentration.

Required Course (3 Credits)

Electives (9 Credits)

The Consulting concentration prepares students to enter this fast-growing and lucrative part of the modern economy. With an emphasis on key consulting competencies, this concentration includes courses specifically designed and delivered to broaden students’ understanding of the purpose and function of consulting, provide real-world exposure to the discipline via practicums, and hone interpersonal skills related to effective intervention. The concentration includes a two-course sequence covering client engagement, proposal writing, needs assessment, program design, and outcome demonstration.

Things to consider:

  • Students can complete the Consulting concentration online and on-campus.
  • Elective courses are scheduled based on faculty availability and student demand and are not guaranteed to be offered every semester or every academic year.
  • Special Topics courses (typically numbered 6290) are experimental offerings that, depending on demand, may or may not become permanent offerings.
  • Students who wish to satisfy a MBA concentration elective with a course that is not listed below must submit a Petition for Elective Credit form.

Course Requirements

Students must complete 12 unique credits to complete a concentration. Courses offered online are noted with an *.

Required Courses (6 Credits)

Electives (6 Credits)

**Indicates a short-term study abroad experience

Students pursuing the concentration in Entrepreneurship examine the motivations, reasons, and methods involved in becoming an “entrepreneur” or “social entrepreneur.” Courses focus on the entrepreneurial mindset and explore in detail how new successful business ideas are formed and put in practice. The program also spotlights the use of entrepreneurship to address social problems and advance peace through free-market enterprise. Instruction combines theory and real-world experiences of entrepreneurs in all organizational settings – large, small, public and private.

Things to consider:

  • Students must be able to attend classes on-campus to complete the Entrepreneurship concentration.
  • Elective courses are scheduled based on faculty availability and student demand and are not guaranteed to be offered every semester or every academic year.
  • Special Topics courses (typically numbered 6290) are experimental offerings that, depending on demand, may or may not become permanent offerings.
  • Students who wish to satisfy a MBA concentration elective with a course that is not listed below must submit a Petition for Elective Credit form.

Course Requirements

Students must complete 12 unique credits to complete a concentration.

Required Course (3 Credits)

Electives (9 Credits)

The Finance concentration provides MBA candidates with a graduate-level understanding of finance, including the analytical tools and conceptual framework needed to evaluate financial transactions and firms and make financial decisions. The program helps tomorrow’s business leaders to understand finance from three interrelated perspectives:

  1. Financial management related to capital budgeting, financial structure, financial analysis, working capital management, and dividend policy
  2. Investment and portfolio management related to the valuation of stocks, bonds, and derivative contracts and the construction of efficient portfolios
  3. Money and capital market related to the issuance and investment in financial instruments by banking organizations with emphasis on the consequence of interest rates and interest rate structure on valuation and risk

Things to consider:

  • Students can complete the Finance concentration online and on-campus.
  • Elective courses are scheduled based on faculty availability and student demand and are not guaranteed to be offered every semester or every academic year.
  • Special Topics courses (typically numbered 6290) are experimental offerings that, depending on demand, may or may not become permanent offerings.
  • Students who wish to satisfy a MBA concentration elective with a course that is not listed below must submit a Petition for Elective Credit form.

Course Requirements

Students must complete 12 unique credits to complete a concentration.  Courses offered online are notated with an *.  Students who would like to focus on Corporate Finance, Investment Analysis, or Public Policy should refer to the suggested course listings below.

Required Courses (6 Credits)

Electives (6 Credits)

Suggested Focuses

Corporate Finance Focus

Required Courses (6 Credits)

Electives (6 Credits)

Investment Analysis Focus

Required Courses (6 Credits)

Electives (6 Credits)

Public Policy Focus

Required Courses (6 Credits)

Electives (6 Credits)

The Global Management concentration will help prepare MBA candidates to succeed and lead in today’s global economy. In addition to the general Global Management concentration, candidates have the option of focusing on International Business or on International Development. Candidates completing the Global Management Concentration will be well equipped to do business on a global level.

Things to consider:

  • Students can complete the Global Management concentration both online and on-campus.
  • Elective courses are scheduled based on faculty availability and student demand and are not guaranteed to be offered every semester or every academic year.
  • Special Topics courses (typically numbered 6290) are experimental offerings that, depending on demand, may or may not become permanent offerings.
  • Students who wish to satisfy a MBA concentration elective with a course that is not listed below must submit a Petition for Elective Credit form.

Course Requirements

Students must complete 12 unique credits to complete a concentration. MBAD courses may not double count for a core MBA requirement and a concentration required or elective course. If a MBAD course is listed as a required course the total number of credits required to complete the concentration will not be reduced and the student must replace the core MBAD course with elective credits to fulfill the concentration requirement. Courses offered online are noted with an *. Students who would like to focus on International Development or International Business should refer to the suggested course listings below.

Required Courses (Varies Based on Core Courses Chosen)

  • MBAD 6290 Macroeconomics for the Global Economy (3 cr.)
  • Study abroad (see academic advisor for options)

Electives (Varies Based on Core Courses Chosen)

Suggested Focuses

International Development Focus

Required Courses (4.5 Credits)

Electives (7.5 Credits)

International Business Focus

Required Courses (1.5 Credits Plus Study Abroad Option Chosen)

  • MBAD 6290 Macroeconomics for the Global Economy (3 cr.)*
  • Study abroad (see academic advisor for options)

Electives (Varies Based On Study Abroad Chosen)

Students selecting the Government Contracts concentration attend classes at GW Law School, as part of the world’s leading government procurement law program. This concentration provides students with a solid foundation in public procurement laws, regulations, policies, and best practices within U.S. federal, state, and local governments, and in foreign government procurement practices. The 12-credit concentration includes required courses on the formation of government contracts and the performance of government contracts. Students also select from courses in marketing, pricing, negotiations, intellectual property, anti-corruption, and international business and foreign contracts.

Things to consider:

  • Students can complete the Government Contracts concentration both online and on-campus.
  • Elective courses are scheduled based on faculty availability and student demand and are not guaranteed to be offered every semester or every academic year.
  • Special Topics courses (typically numbered 6290) are experimental offerings that, depending on demand, may or may not become permanent offerings.
  • Students who wish to satisfy a MBA concentration elective with a course that is not listed below must submit a Petition for Elective Credit form.

Course Requirements

Students must complete 12 unique credits to complete a concentration.  Courses offered online are noted with an *.

Required Courses (6 Credits)

Electives (6 Credits)

**Indicates a short-term study abroad experience

The concentration in Information Systems and Technology Management provides MBA candidates with executive-level insight into the components and operations of information technology and information systems. Program coursework focuses on developing an advanced understanding of the IS/IT-specific skills and knowledge needed to lead in the digital information age.

Things to consider:

  • Students can complete the Information Systems & Technology Management concentration online and on-campus.
  • Elective courses are scheduled based on faculty availability and student demand and are not guaranteed to be offered every semester or every academic year.
  • Special Topics courses (typically numbered 6290) are experimental offerings that, depending on demand, may or may not become permanent offerings.
  • Students who wish to satisfy a MBA concentration elective with a course that is not listed below must submit a Petition for Elective Credit form.

Course Requirements

Students must complete the three credit hour prerequisite course in addition to the required 12 credits to complete a concentration. Courses offered online are noted with an *. Students who would like to focus on Technology Management should refer to the suggested course listing below.

Prerequisite Course (3 Credits)

  • ISTM 6290 Python Programming and Database Applications (3 cr.)**

Required Courses (6 Credits)

Electives (6 Credits)

  • ISTM 6XXX Any ISTM course 6000 and above

Courses offered online:

Technology Management Focus

Required Courses (12 Credits)

*Indicates course is offered online

**The prerequisite course credits may be applied towards the MBA general electives requirement.

Technology continues to drive business in the 21st century, and mastery of digital marketing operations and techniques is a prerequisite for success. MBA candidates in the concentration in Marketing Communications and Digital Marketing take required courses in Electronic Marketing and Integrated Marketing Communications/Advertising, and may choose to focus on Digital Marketing or Marketing Communications.

Things to consider:

  • Students must be able to attend classes on-campus to complete the Marketing Communications & Digital Marketing concentration.
  • Elective courses are scheduled based on faculty availability and student demand and are not guaranteed to be offered every semester or every academic year.
  • Special Topics courses (typically numbered 6290) are experimental offerings that, depending on demand, may or may not become permanent offerings.
  • Students who wish to satisfy a MBA concentration elective with a course that is not listed below must submit a Petition for Elective Credit form.

Course Requirements

Students must complete 12 unique credits to complete a concentration. Students who would like to focus on Digital Marketing or Marketing Communication should refer to the suggested course listings below.

Required Courses (6 Credits)

Electives (6 Credits)

Suggested Focuses

Digital Marketing Focus

Required Courses (6 Credits)

Electives (6 Credits)

Marketing Communications Focus

Required Courses (6 Credits)

Electives (6 Credits)

Thorough analysis, careful planning, and logical execution are critical to the successful completion of any project. The Project Management concentration provides MBA candidates with the knowledge and skills needed to manage major projects from conception to implementation.

Things to consider:

  • Students can complete the Project Management concentration online or on-campus.
  • Elective courses are scheduled based on faculty availability and student demand and are not guaranteed to be offered every semester or every academic year.
  • Special Topics courses (typically numbered 6290) are experimental offerings that, depending on demand, may or may not become permanent offerings.
  • Students who wish to satisfy a MBA concentration elective with a course that is not listed below must submit a Petition for Elective Credit form.

Course Requirements

Students must complete 12 unique credits to complete a concentration. Courses offered online are notated with an *.

Required Courses (6 Credits)

Electives (6 Credits)

Sports is big business – and as with all business, the proper understanding and application of proven practices can mean the difference between profitability and loss, and success and failure. The Sports Management concentration guides MBA candidates seeking a successful career in the business of sports through the ins and outs of this increasingly complex – and lucrative – industry. The concentration consists of required courses in sports marketing and sports law (contracts and negotiates), and a choice of electives ranging from sports media and communications to sport and event facility management to issues in global sport governance.

 

Things to consider:

  • Students must be able to attend classes on-campus to complete the Sports Management concentration.
  • Elective courses are scheduled based on faculty availability and student demand and are not guaranteed to be offered every semester or every academic year.
  • Special Topics courses (typically numbered 6290) are experimental offerings that, depending on demand, may or may not become permanent offerings.
  • Students who wish to satisfy a MBA concentration elective with a course that is not listed below must submit a Petition for Elective Credit form.

Course Requirements 

Students must complete 12 unique credits to complete a concentration.

Required Courses (6 Credits)

Electives (6 Credits)

**Indicates a short-term study abroad experience

Over one billion people around the world travel each year. Tourism is now one of the leading industries in the world and professional opportunities abound in this business sector. The MBA concentration in Tourism focuses on sustainable management with instruction that stresses how to optimize tourism’s contribution to economic development, preserve cultural and natural resources in communities around the world, and minimize the negative impact of tourism on environment and society. The concentration offers real-world learning opportunities to help candidates recognize and manage the issues influencing the fast-growing world of tourism.

 

Things to consider:

  • Students must be able to attend classes on-campus to complete the Tourism concentration.
  • Elective courses are scheduled based on faculty availability and student demand and are not guaranteed to be offered every semester or every academic year.
  • Special Topics courses (typically numbered 6290) are experimental offerings that, depending on demand, may or may not become permanent offerings.
  • Students who wish to satisfy a MBA concentration elective with a course that is not listed below must submit a Petition for Elective Credit form.

Course Requirements 

Students must complete 12 unique credits to complete a concentration.

Required Courses (6 Credits)

Electives (6 Credits)

**Indicates a short-term study abroad experience

 

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