Master of Business Administration

Some think business is the problem. GW School of Business takes the approach that smarter business is the answer. GW's master of business administration degree program helps students to achieve proficiency in the fundamentals of business and to see the growing value in ethical leadership, globalization, sustainability, and social responsibility. Combining business and analytical skills with an ethical focus, the program includes instruction in solving business problems that benefit organizations as well as society.

GW MBA students are at the forefront of smarter business—business that considers its impact on the world as well as the bottom line. In addition to rigorous training in traditional business competencies, each of GW's MBA programs is infused with ethical leadership, corporate citizenship, and a global perspective.

MBA program formats include:

  • Global MBA (full-time)
  • Professional MBA (part-time)
  • Accelerated MBA (full-time and part-time options)
  • Online MBA (part-time)
  • Online Healthcare MBA (part-time)

Visit the 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 28.5 credits in required courses, 3 credits in selective courses, and 15 credit 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 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:
ISTM 6502Working with Databases Using SQL
ISTM 6514Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
ISTM 6519Health Care Analytics and Applications
ISTM 6522Digital Transformation
A total of 15 credits in graduate-level courses (numbered 6000 and above) are required. With the exception of students specializing in healthcare, students must complete at least 9 credits in the GW School of Business; the remaining 6 credits may be in any GW department. The specialization in healthcare requires 12 credits of healthcare-focused courses in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences; the remaining 3 credits may be in any GW department.

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