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Business Administration: Professional M.B.A.

School of Business

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.): Part-time (Accelerated/Flexible)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

Both diversity and individuality are valued in the P.M.B.A. program. While the program is designed for completion in three years, students may work at their own pace and take as long as five years to finish the 52.5 credits. Under our Flex Option, students take one, two or three courses per semester at times that accommodate their schedules. Most classes are offered weeknights between 4:30 and 10 p.m. and on Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. All classes are taught on our Foggy Bottom Campus.

This part-time study program is a dynamic one that brings together teamwork, critical thinking and judgment to prepare P.M.B.A. candidates for success on multiple levels. Students gain proficiency in the fundamentals of business and management, as well as business ethnics. The program is immersed in values, rigorous in theory and experiential in practice. It is enhanced by collaboration with an impressive cross-section of professionals from the public, private and nongovernmental sectors.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall 2014

Round Completed By Decision By
1 January 6, 2014 February 28, 2014
2 March 17, 2014 April 18, 2014
3 May 5, 2014 May 30, 2014
4 June 30, 2014 July 18, 2014

Spring 2014

Round Completed By Decision By
1 September 9, 2013 October 11, 2013
2 October 28, 2013 November 27, 2013
3 December 2, 2013 December 20, 2013

Standardized test scores:

Either the Graduate Admissions Management Test (GMAT - institutional code QK4-4F-40) or the Graduate Record Examination Test (GRE - institutional code 5246) is required. May be waived for applicants with ten (10) or more years of professional work experience.

Recommendations required:

Two (2) or more recommendations (academic or 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:

Guidance
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.

 

Additional requirements:

A current resumé is required.

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:
gwmba@gwu.edu ~ 202.994.1212 ~ 202.994.3571 (fax)
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday