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Business Administration: Online M.B.A.

School of Business

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.): DE
Location(s): Online Learning

Program Overview

Program format: Part-time
Total credits: 55.5

Students may begin the program in the Fall, Spring or Summer semesters (August, January, or May). Each semester is comprised of fourteen weeks of coursework and generally students will take two classes per module for a total of four per semester.

All coursework is offered completely online, though students may take classes on-campus if desired. Cutting-edge, digital courses are organized into learning episodes and are comprised of videos, video cases, podcasts, animations, and other pre-recorded content in addition to traditional reading assignments. Students progress within each learning unit at their own pace, but must complete the learning unit by assigned target dates.

Each course offers live online classroom sessions where students participate in lectures, case discussions, and/or group activities. Students register for these live sessions at the beginning of each semester. The live sessions are also recorded and made available to students within the digital platform. These sessions provide participants with real-time contact with faculty and other students. This mix of digital and live sessions maximizes learning and flexibility.

In addition to live classroom discussions, faculty are available to students during online office hours offered through the digital classroom platform. Office hours afford students the opportunity to interact informally with faculty and ask questions about course material and assignment feedback. With the GW Online MBA, students have ultimate flexibility. No concentration is required, but you have the option to choose up to two concentrations by customizing your degree to meet your specific career goals.

Online students are also welcome to pursue a hybrid format, taking traditional on-campus coursework alongside the online options.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Spring 2016

Round Completed By Decision By
1 September 14, 2015 October 9, 2015
2 October 26, 2015 November 20, 2015
3 November 30, 2015 December 18, 2015

Summer 2016

Round Completed By Decision By
1 January 6, 2016 February 26, 2016
2 March 7, 2016 April 22, 2016


Fall 2016

Round Completed By Decision By
1 May 2, 2016 May 27, 2016
2 June 27, 2016 July 15, 2016
3 July 18, 2016 July 29, 2016


Standardized test scores:

GMAT (Accelerated: institution code QK4-4F-21; Flexible: institution code QK4-4F-28) or GRE (institution code 5246) is required.  May be waived for applicants with seven (7) 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:

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.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents 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