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Business Administration: Global M.B.A.

School of Business

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.): Global (full-time)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

In the first year of the program, you will work in a cohort of 45 classmates to complete a bold core curriculum focused on ethics, leadership, globalization and teamwork. A real-world project abroad with a company is a component of the program.

Our Global M.B.A. is immersed in values, rigorous in theory and experiential in practice. This is a program that prepares business leaders to act responsibly, lead passionately and think globally. 

During their second year, our Global M.B.A. candidates pursue a flexible program of study, choosing among 12 knowledge domains: Accountancy; Decision Sciences and Operations Management; Environmental Policy and Management; Finance and Investments; Heath Services Administration; Human Resources Management; Information Systems Management; International Business; Management of Science, Technology, and Innovation; Marketing; Organizational Behavior and Development; Real Estate and Urban Development; Small Business/Entrepreneurship; Sport Management; Strategic Management and Public Policy; Supply Chain Management; Tourism and Hospitality Management. Students can adjust the pace of study so that they complete the program in 16 months, 19 months or 21 months.

The program is designed to complement each student’s professional and career goals, and it receives extensive support from the F. David Fowler Career Center. The center’s staff spends one day a week during the first module of the program to help students build individual career-management portfolios.

Global M.B.A. students can also take advantage of two of our speaker series that draw upon the expertise available within the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall admission only.

Round Completed By Decision By
1 October 28, 2013 December 20, 2013
2 January 6, 2014 February 28, 2014
3 March 17, 2014 April 18, 2014
4 May 5, 2014 May 30, 2014

Standardized test scores:

The Graduate Admissions Management Test (GMAT – institution code QK4-4F-40) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE - institution code 5246) is required.

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations (at least one professional)

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

International applicants should upload the English-language version of their transcripts or a copy of a credentials evaluation.

Statement of purpose:

The admissions decision is not just about who you are as a candidate, but also what value you will contribute to the MBA class as a whole.  The best essays highlight how the MBA will build upon your existing skills and experiences to advance a set of clear short-term and long-term goals.  The most compelling essays will include specific examples of programs, experiences, coursework, and opportunities offered by GW.  Make sure the content of your responses speak directly to the essay questions, and remember that this is your opportunity to add your voice to your application while distinguishing yourself from the applicant pool!

Please combine your essays into one double-spaced document and upload the document to the Statement of Purpose field in your online application.

Essay 1
Discuss why you are interested in pursuing an MBA at this point in your career (250 words), why GW -- and the specific program to which you have applied -- is the best fit for your MBA experience (250 words), and discuss how you will leverage both your professional and academic experiences thus far to achieve your post-MBA career goals (250 words). Dual/joint degree applicants should answer each topic with your specific degree experience in mind.

Essay 2
Please answer three of the following six discussion questions. For each short answer, respond in a maximum of 100 words.

  • a. GW graduates use business to create positive, sustainable change. I make an impact by...
  • The best piece of advice I have ever received is…
  • GW students embody a global perspective. During my time as a student, I plan to enhance my international outlook by...
  • I stand out in GW’s MBA applicant pool because…
  • With a location at the heart of Washington, DC, I plan to leverage GW’s strategic location by…
  • If I could do it over again, I would take advantage of…


Optional Essay
Please share any additional information that addresses any concerns you may have regarding your application. Topics from past applicants include explaining gaps in professional experience, standardized test scores that fall below the typical range, or your decision to not ask your direct supervisor for a recommendation. You may also discuss any steps you’ve taken to prepare for the demands of the MBA curriculum, such as recent quantitative coursework.

Re-Applicant Essay: (required only for re-applicants, maximum of 500 words)
Please describe any actions you have taken to strengthen your candidacy since your last application. Focus on any steps you have taken toward professional and personal growth.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

PLEASE NOTE that the minimum English language test scores required by this program are:

  • Academic IETLS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based, or 100 on Internet-based; or
  • Academic PTE: 68

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
M.B.A. Admissions
The GW School of Business
The George Washington University
2201 G Street, NW ~ Duquès Hall 550
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions: ~ 202.994.1212 ~ 202.994.3571 (fax)
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday