Financial Times Ranks International Business Program #1 Among U.S. Institutions

February 09, 2021

graphic showing 2021 Financial Times #1 ranking of GWSB's International Business program

For the second year in a row, the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) has received recognition for International Business, ranking #1 among U.S. institutions and #2 worldwide in the Financial Times Global MBA Top 100 rankings. This year GW’s Global MBA program rose in the Financial Times rankings again, coming in at #34 among U.S. institutions and #68 worldwide. 

“To receive this recognition again is a great signal that our students and alumni value their education and practical experiences in international business. At the forefront of our Global MBA is our student experience, ensuring that it reflects the global background of our students and lives up to their international business aspirations. Our faculty are proud to weave in the most pressing Global Business perspectives into the curriculum.” said Dean Anuj Mehrotra. 

“It is not just what we teach — it’s how we do it,” added Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, Liesl Riddle. “Teaching from their own global experience, our faculty hail from more than 19 different countries and have worked for organizations that impact the future of business globally, like the World Bank, the IMF, the United Nations, the U.S. Department of State as well as global corporations and consulting firms. The experience stands apart as well – each of our Global MBA students work on real international business projects in Washington, D.C. and around the world.” 

Every Global MBA student at the George Washington University School of Business participates in global experiential education as part of their program. These experiences include partnerships with our alumni, large and small businesses, and prestigious partner universities in 17 different countries around the world.  

  • The Global MBA core curriculum culminates in the Consulting Abroad Program, a semester-long experience in which students work in teams on real world business challenges with project clients in different countries while developing knowledge of the country’s economy, politics and culture as well as the impact of institutional distance on global business practices 
  • International experiential learning elective options for students include opportunities to study abroad for a semester at one of our 20 partner institutions for 1-4 weeks through participation in one of the many short-term study abroad programs hosted by international partners.  
  • Global and Experiential Education continued during the 2020-21 academic year and beyond despite the global pandemic with Global MBA students still able to participate in virtual global study programs in Belize, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Rwanda, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Many of these programs were project-based and included opportunities for students to help partnering organizations understand the impact of COVID-19 on business including the Belize Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Marriott International (Singapore), the International Olympic Committee (Japan), and PwC (Germany). 
  • Students also benefit from the Center for International Business Education & Research. GW CIBER which promotes the understanding of institutions, inclusive globalization and U.S. competitiveness is an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education. As host to this prestigious center, GW students benefit from the faculty expertise as well as unique experiences including co-curricular activities such as the GW-CIBER International Business Bootcamp that empowers students to learn from practitioners/alumni and engage in real-client consulting projects.

In the fall of 2020, GW enrolled the first class of graduate students in the new MS in International Business. Students in this program not only participate in one of GWSB’s many study abroad programs but they also must complete an international consulting course in which they find their own pro-bono client, etch out a mutually acceptable scope of work, and deliver a business solution to an international organization. They also complete one of our 24 different graduate certificate programs as part of their degree. This program is another way that students can leverage the teaching experience, global classroom and experiential learning that makes GWSB a top choice for international business students.