Master of Business Administration

GW's MBA program offers a high quality education in a number of full- and part-time formats designed to accommodate students' career and scheduling needs. The MBA program helps students to achieve proficiency in the fundamentals of business, while mastering the tools of business administration and understanding of  how business is situated in the broader global and ethical environment. The program puts an emphasis on technology, analytics, and experiential opportunities to achieve these outcomes.

The MBA is offered in the following formats and with an optional, online concentration in healthcare:

Accelerated MBA

The Accelerated MBA (AMBA) format is designed to allow students to complete the degree in two years. The program is structured specifically for students who are employed. During the first year, the program is offered in a cohort format that covers the majority of the core MBA curriculum. Those cohort courses are offered at a full-time credit load over the first year, allowing students to complete more credits in that first year than would normally be the case for a part-time student. This is accomplished by running those cohort courses in a condensed, five-week format. The courses run back-to-back, on Wednesday evenings (usually after 7:00 p.m.) and Saturdays (usually from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.).

Professional MBA

The part-time Professional MBA (PMBA) format gives students the flexibility to complete the MBA in two to five years, on campus or online, with a cohort of fellow students or independently. Students can dive deeper with intensive weekend formats or explore experiential courses that leverage GW Business School’s unique location. Students also may choose to participate in a short-term study abroad program to earn up to 6 credits in one to three weeks.

Starting their second year, students shift their focus to selective and elective requirements while completing the core curriculum. Because electives are offered in the full-semester format, we shift the recommended course load down to a part-time course load; however, the second year can be completed at a full-time pace for students requiring or able to handle that credit load.

Online MBA

While coursework for this part-time program format can be completed fully online, students may pursue in-person global and experiential opportunities as well. Cutting-edge, digital courses are organized into learning episodes and comprise 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.

In addition to this asynchronous material, students will meet weekly with their course leaders within our online environment to provide live interaction and engagement with the course material along with the self-paced to allow our online education to maintain the academic benefits of live interactions with your faculty and fellow students.

Online MBA, Healthcare concentration

The online Healthcare MBA, offered on a part-time basis, is designed specifically for those who are interested in the business and leadership aspect of healthcare organizations. It has the same high-quality, STEM-enhanced core curriculum; however, students tailor the program to their needs by selecting from healthcare-focused elective courses from the Health Sciences department of GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Visit the MBA program website for additional program information.

Admission deadlines: Fall:
Round 1 - 1/15
Round 2 - 4/1
Round 3 - 6/15
Standardized test scores: Either the Graduate Admissions Management Test (GMAT – institution code QK4-4F-40) or the Graduate Records Exam (GRE – institution code 5246) is required. May be waived for part-time MBA applicants with over three years of relevant, professional, full-time work experience.
Recommendations required: One recommendation. A professional letter is strongly preferred.
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 whose transcripts are in a language other than English must have them professionally translated and notarized, and submit both copies into the application.
Statement of purpose: In an essay limited to 500 words, discuss your long-term and short-term professional objectives and how your past experiences have contributed to and defined these objectives. Include in your statement why you want to pursue a graduate business degree at this point in time. You may also include your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application. You may explain any academic inconsistencies as part of your statement or as an addendum.
Additional requirements: A current resumé is required.
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:
The GW School of Business
Attn: Graduate Admissions
2201 G Street, NW, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions: ~ 202-994-1212 (phone)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 46.5 credits, including 34.5 credits in required courses and 12 credits in elective courses.

MBAD 6205Business Essentials for Dynamic Markets
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 6288Strategic Management
MBAD 6289Business Ethics and Public Policy
Three courses selected from the following:
DNSC 6500Analytic Skills for Managers
ISTM 6500Technology Skills for Managers
ISTM 6502Working with Databases Using SQL
ISTM 6514Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
ISTM 6519Health Care Analytics and Applications
ISTM 6522Digital Transformation
12 credits in graduate-level elective courses, numbered 6000 and above. Up to 6 of these credits may be taken in departments outside the GW School of Business. Students focusing their studies in the healthcare field must take all elective credits in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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