Dual and Joint MBA Degree Requirements

The School of Business offers many joint degree programs. Joint degree programs require students to complete the requirements of both degrees before receiving either degree. In addition to pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB), students may pursue an additional degree at the same time from either the School of Business, The Elliott School of International Affairs, or the Law School.

Requirements of Dual and Joint MBA Degrees Offered by the GW School of Business

MBA/MS Finance

The Master of Business Administration (MBA)/Master of Science in Finance (MSF) joint degree program is a unique opportunity to deepen your education in the fields of finance and business by combining the finest of both programs With today’s job market, the demand is shifting towards having a quantitative background with an ability to understand markets, policies and strategies.

The MBA/MSF program attracts both US and international individuals from diverse professional backgrounds promoting endless global networking possibilities. The unique structure of the program promotes employment in a variety of prestigious financial institutions in the United States and abroad.

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)

MBA/MS Project Management

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) / Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) dual degree program is the first of its kind! By embarking on this dual degree program, students will graduate with 2 degrees, both an MSPM and an MBA. The program has a unique blend of modular and traditional courses, experiential learning through capstone courses and residencies, and a discipline-independent approach to business and project management with broad applications.

Students earning an MSPM and MBA at GWSB will be able to take advantage of GW’s position as a leader at the intersection of business and politics. The GWSB programs integrate values of ethics, sustainability, and corporate citizenship in addition to providing strong theoretical and applied knowledge. By earning an MSPM and MBA from GW, students position themselves to shape the future of project-based business.

Because courses can be taken and counted toward both degrees, students complete 24 fewer credit hours in the dual degree program than if they were completing each degree independently.

The dual degree program offers an innovative curriculum that combines core principles of project management with general management and business training.

The MBA/MS in Project Management (MSPM) dual degree program at the GW School of Business is 64.5 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 MSPM programs for information on registration, policies, and procedures for the respective programs. In addition, students should refer to the MBA Current 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 43.5 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: 12 credits; all other programs: 15 credits)

  • Students in the Healthcare MBA are required to complete 12 credits of 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.

MSPM Degree Requirements

Core Courses (21 credits)

MSPM Electives (3 credits)

  • Please see your MSPM academic advisor for more information on MSPM elective options.

MBA/MS Information Systems Technology

The Master of Business Administration (MBA)/ Master of Science in Information Systems Technology (MSIST) dual degree is one of the longest running programs teaching technology for today and management skills for tomorrow.

The MSIST Program has a reputation of producing graduates who have a thorough understanding of information systems and technologies along with relevant management, communication, and decision-making skills. Through dynamic, hands-on, laboratory and classroom-based courses and online classes, students learn how to integrate information systems technology expertise and management skills to effectively implement business solutions. This combination of advanced technical knowledge and management skills with proven business strategy put the MSIST graduates in a position to succeed.

Because courses can be taken and counted toward both degrees, students complete 24 fewer credit hours in the joint degree program than if they were completing each degree independently.

The MBA/MS in Information Systems Technology (MSIST) dual degree program at the GW School of Business is 64.5 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 MSIST 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 43.5 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 MBA and Healthcare MBA: 12 credits; all other programs: 15 credits)

  • Students in the Healthcare MBA are required to complete 12 of their 21 credits 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.

MSIST Degree Requirements

Students must complete 21 credits of the following coursework to be eligible for graduation:

Core Courses (21 credits)

***The foundation courses must be completed prior to registration.
****Requires all core graduate level courses and all foundation courses to be completed prior to registration.

MSIST Electives

The MSIST program will accept 12 credits of MBA coursework to be applied towards the MSIST elective requirements.

Technical Foundation Courses and Waivers

Students may be required to complete up to three of the following technical foundation courses either prior to or within the first year of coursework:

The foundation courses may be satisfied by prior appropriate undergraduate or graduate coursework or by waiver exam. Professional seminars are not considered as appropriate coursework and may not be used to satisfy a prerequisite.

MBA/MS in Government Contracts

The Master of Business Administration (MBA)/Master of Science in Government Contracts (MSGC) joint degree program at the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) is the first of its kind! By embarking on this joint degree program, students will graduate with 2 degrees, both an MSGC and an MBA. The program has a unique blend of courses in business taught by the School of Business and government procurement law courses taught by the Law School, and culminates in a capstone research project the student designs with their advisor.

Students earning an MSGC and MBA at GWSB will be able to take advantage of GW’s position as a leader at the intersection of business and government policy. GWSB programs integrate values of ethics, sustainability, and corporate citizenship in addition to providing strong theoretical and applied knowledge. By earning an MSGC and MBA from GW, students position themselves to shape the future of government acquisition.

Because courses can be taken and counted toward both degrees, students complete 18 fewer credit hours in the joint degree program than if they were completing each degree independently.The joint degree program offers an innovative curriculum that combines core principles of project management with general management and business training.

 

Learn more about the MSGC Program

The MBA/MS in Government Contracts (MSGC) dual degree program at the GW School of Business (GWSB) is 65.5 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 MSGC 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 and the MSGC website for more information on the MS 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 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: 9 credits; all other programs: 9 credits)

  • Students in the Healthcare MBA are required to complete 12 of their 21 credits 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.

MSGC Degree Requirements

Students must complete 25 credits of the following coursework to be eligible for graduation.

Core Courses (19 credits)

Students must also choose one of the following writing-intensive courses:

MSGC Electives (6 credits)

  • Please visit the MSGC page for more information on how to fulfill the MSGC electives requirement.

MBA/Master of Human Resource Management

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) / Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) dual degree program will allow students at GWSB to combine a general focus on business administration and management with a focus on the latest human capital theories and proven, cutting-edge practices within the important area of human capital and leadership.

Because courses can be taken and counted toward both degrees, students complete 21 fewer credit hours in the dual degree program than if they were completing each degree independently.

The dual degree program offers an innovative curriculum that combines core principles of HR management with general management and business training.

The MBA / Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) dual degree program at the GW School of Business is 64.5 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 MHRM programs for information on registration, policies, and procedures for the respective programs. In addition, students should refer to the MBA Current Student web 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 43.5 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: 12 credits; all other programs: 15 credits)

  • Students in the Healthcare MBA are required to complete 12 credits of 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.

MHRM Degree Requirements

Students must complete 21 credits of the following coursework to be eligible for graduation:

Core Courses (12 credits)

Leadership Elective (3 credits)

Students must choose one of the following:

MHRM Electives (6 credits)

Requirements of Dual and Joint MBA Degrees Offered by Other Schools at GW

MBA / JD

The GW Law School and The George Washington School of Business offer a joint degree program leading to a Master of Business Administration in combination with the GW Law School Juris Doctor degree (MBA/JD).

The MBA/JD program is 113.5 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 JD programs for information on registration, policies, and procedures for the respective programs. In addition, students should refer to the MBA Current 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 41.5 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: 10 cr.; all other programs: 13 cr.)

  • Students in the Healthcare MBA are required to complete their 10 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.

JD Degree Requirements (72 cr.)

Students must contact their academic advisor at the GW Law School for the JD degree requirements of the joint degree program.

MBA / Master of Art

The Elliott School of International Affairs and the George Washington School of Business offer a joint degree program leading to a Master of Business Administration in combination with any of the Elliott School Master of Arts degrees (MBA/MA).

Degree Requirements

  • Students must complete all the requirements for each degree. The Elliott School counts 12 credits of International Business courses taken as part of the MBA toward the completion of the M.A. degree.
  • The School of Business counts up to 12 credits of course work completed in the M.A. program to count toward completion of the MBA.
  • All requirements for both degrees must be completed before either degree can be conferred.Students can normally complete the two degrees in four years of full-time study.

 

An MBA may be combined with any of the following MA degree options:


The MBA/MA program 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.