The Global MBA program at the GW School of Business


Global MBA students at the GW School of Business (GWSB) are challenged to view things from a wider perspective — and to make decisions that strive for profit as well as positive impact.


Academic Program and Degree Requirements

Our revised curriculum gives Global MBA students the freedom to tailor their studies to their professional interests and goals.

The Global MBA program is 53 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. One-credit courses meet for 12 hours of total class time and are offered in various formats, such as a four-day weekend or four Saturdays in a row.

  • Core Courses: 32 credits
  • Consulting Abroad Project (CAP): 3 credits
  • Analytics/Technology Selectives: 3 credits
  • Electives: 15 credits 
  • The Global MBA is a 21-month, full-time program.

*Up to six credits of may be waived based on previous academic coursework.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 53 credits, including 35 credits in required courses and 18 credits in selective/elective courses.

MBAD 6206Business Improv
MBAD 6207Leadership Lab
MBAD 6211Financial Accounting
MBAD 6213Accounting for Internal Decision Making
MBAD 6223Operations Management
MBAD 6224Decision Making and Data Analysis
MBAD 6235Finance
MBAD 6240Competition in the Global Economy
MBAD 6242Microeconomics for the World Economy
MBAD 6250Technology for Business in DC
MBAD 6263Organizations and Human Capital
MBAD 6274Marketing
MBAD 6281Business Ethics
MBAD 6284Business and Public Policy
MBAD 6286Strategic Management I
MBAD 6287Strategic Management II
Consulting abroad project
MBAD 6294Consulting Abroad Project
Students must complete two enrollments in MBAD 6294, one on-campus and the other as the study abroad component of the Consulting Abroad Project.
Analytics/technology selectives
3 credits from the following analytics/technology selectives. These courses may be repeated for credit provided the topics differ.
DNSC 6500Analytic Skills for Managers
ISTM 6500Technology Skills for Managers
15 credits in courses at the 6000-level or above taken in any GWSB department; up to 6 of these credits may be taken in departments outside of GWSB with the advisor's approval.

NOTE: MBAD 6298 may not be applied toward MBA degree requirements.

The First Year

Building Core Skills and Values

The full-time, two-year Global MBA program provides rigorous training in traditional business skills. Students spend the first year taking required core courses in groups of 40-45 classmates, attending lectures, working on case studies and team projects, and participating in experiential learning opportunities. In the first year, most classes take place between Monday and Thursday with co-curricular activities happening throughout the fall and spring semester.

MBA Runway

Prior to fall classes, Global MBA students spend their first three weeks on campus in MBA Runway. This orientation program of core coursework, team case work, speakers, and social activities introduces new students to the MBA experience, their fellow students, Business School faculty and alumni, resources at the George Washington University, and life in Washington, D.C.

Consulting Abroad Program (CAP)

Toward the end of the first year, the Consulting Abroad Program (CAP) gives students first-hand experience in doing business abroad. Each nine-week CAP is led by a faculty member who guides a student team through a real-life consulting engagement for a global firm. After spending seven weeks in D.C. doing research and shaping findings, teams travel abroad to the firm’s home country for two weeks to deliver final recommendations to company leaders. Learn more about the Consulting Abroad Program through the office of Global and Experiential Education.

Career Preparation

Students work with the F. David Fowler Career Center throughout their first year to shape career goals and target companies of interest for summer internships and beyond. Resumes are edited and updated before the first day of classes, and students meet regularly with the Center’s consultants to craft individual career management portfolios. Students also take advantage of the many opportunities to attend career fairs and participate in D.C. company tours and career treks to New York and San Francisco.

Visit the F. David Fowler Career Center for the latest graduate employment statistics and resources, and learn how we connect our students to employers.

The Second Year

Focusing on Your Professional Goals and Building Your Tech and Analytics Toolbox

Building on the foundation of the core curriculum, students in the second year of the Global MBA program focus on preparing for professional life after graduation. After spending the summer at an internship or studying abroad, students take elective courses focused on their areas of interest. With 24 credit hours of electives built into the curriculum, students are able to add certificates to their degrees, choose additional courses from over 200 electives offered at School of Business, or take graduate-level classes offered through other GW schools or area universities. Students can also apply to add a second master’s degree to their MBA through GW’s many joint degree offerings.

In addition to their general electives, students will build their tech and analytics toolbox by completing three credits of tech and analytics selectives. These courses provide a narrow focus on skills and topics in technology and analytics — two areas essential to the modern business world. Students will also complete a tech-focused, experiential course with a company in the Washington, D.C. area, allowing them to see real-world examples and applications of technology in the local business environment.

Most selective and elective courses are offered Monday through Friday during evenings and afternoons. This allows students to pursue a second internship if they wish and to focus on career search-related activities, polishing their interview skills, networking at recruiting and industry events, and interviewing for post-graduation jobs.

Connect With Us

Join our LinkedIn group to connect, network, and get acquainted with fellow GWSB grad students in your academic program, and learn about upcoming professional development opportunities, student engagement events, online events and more. Please note: this group is only open to current students and alumni.

Join our LinkedIn Group


Next Steps

Apply Now

Applications are submitted through the GW Student Portal. You can sign up for an account if you don't have one.

Back to top