Road to Business School: Georgetown Business School
Only a few weeks until our Road to Business School event. This week we highlight a MBA located in Washington DC, Georgetown Business School at the McDonough School of Business. Their mission is to educate students to be ethically responsible and effective business leaders.
The Georgetown Business School at the McDonough School of Business is a top internationally-focused business school located in Washington, D.C. Located at a major research university, the school offers multiple formats of MBAs.
At a Glance
- The Georgetown Business School enrolls about 1,000 MBA students and 1,200 participants in executive education programs.
- The program is renowned for its international emphasis, with fully 80% of students having had some sort of international business experience before enrollment.
- On average, the program costs $99,650.
- The average salary at graduation is $99,799.
- 92 percent of graduates receive job offers within three months of graduation.
- Consulting is a major industry for graduates, with companies like Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers being top employers.
- The McDonough School is selective, with about 50 percent of applicants admitted. Admitted students have an average GPA of 3.27, an average GMAT score of 687, and an average of five years working experience (often internationally).
A Global Campus in the Nation’s Capital
As far as business schools go, the Georgetown Business School is relatively small, with each full-time MBA class enrolling about 250 students. Because of this, students say they recognize each other and the campus is intimate and collaborative.
Life (Almost) on Capitol Hill
Georgetown is a notorious “work hard, play hard” environment, and this ethic applies to the Georgetown Business School as well. Though located in the nation’s capital, Georgetown occupies its own niche of the city—aptly named, Georgetown—so politics and government are not constantly swirling around campus. That being said, if students want politics—and most, including those at McDonough, do—it’s just a short walk away.
The Georgetown area of D.C. is its own college town. Business students hang out at similar spots as other students. The Tombs is perhaps the most well-known destination, located just steps from campus. This is a signature college bar, but with upscale tastes, like crab artichoke dip. This place is always bustling, so you’re sure to see someone you know. Even during the day, the Tombs’ brunch on Sundays is a local favorite.For a more quiet environment, try Booeymonger Restaurant, another Georgetown favorite. This is a signature “cheap eats” place, complete with standard American fare. Definitely a place to try an interesting burger, like the Miami Burger, which is more of a bagel with lox and cream cheese.
Georgetown and D.C. have so much to offer McDonough’s internationally-minded students. Students are required to do a practicum abroad, and the vast majority have some international experience. Washington’s many global cuisines and cultures is the absolute perfect setting for a global institution like the Georgetown Business School.
Campus: A Brand New Building
Showing its commitment to the McDonough School, Georgetown recently opened its $83-million Rafik Harari Building, which houses the business school. To emphasize the school’s international flair, the building is named after a former Prime Minister of Lebanon, and it opened in 2009. The Harari Building is located right near the center of campus, allowing students to explore the rest of Georgetown, which is considered one of the nation’s most beautiful campuses.
The weather in Washington is usually comfortable. In the winter, high temperatures rarely fall below about 40 degrees. Snow is rare but does happen at least once per year. Summers, on the other hand, are very warm, with highs often reaching 90. Additionally, the climate is muggy and humid, which makes air conditioning a necessity. Luckily, students often leave the country for the summer, so they miss the Washington heat.
International Career Opportunities
To ensure that career goals are a central component of a student’s time at McDonough, the Georgetown Business School integrates career preparation into coursework. The McDonough Career Center offers three career-related courses to help students find a job: the Job Search Course, the Promotions Course and the Global Executive Presence Course.
Additionally, the Career Center offers coaching sessions that utilize the school’s teamwork ethic. Meeting in small groups, job seekers interact with Career Center coaches and other students based on their interests and regional preferences. Students hoping to work in D.C. in real estate, for example, might meet together to share tips and hints for success in finding a job.
Clearly, with over 90 percent of graduates securing employment at graduation, the McDonough School’s emphasis on teamwork and curriculum integration has been successful in moving its students’ careers forward.