Graduate Certificate in Corporate Responsibility

The graduate certificate in corporate responsibility prepares professionals to become responsible leaders in business and to understand a firm’s impact on society. The program emphasizes responsible behavior by individuals in organizations as well as the organizations themselves. The focus of the program lies in identifying the significance of values in business and demonstrating how integrating values in decision-making and strategy can promote responsible business in society.

Courses completed as a non-degree student are not eligible for application towards the certificate requirements.

Visit the program website for additional program information.

Current GWSB Graduate Degree Students All students in good academic standing enrolled in a graduate degree program within the GW School of Business (GWSB) are eligible to be considered for admission to the graduate certificate program. Current students are required to complete and submit an online application via their student portal. To apply for a grad certificate, please follow the directions found in the Current Student Certificate Application Guide. Please note: Due to the high-level quantitative course work taught in the Business Analytics (BA) graduate certificate program, current GW Masters/MBA students must upload copies of all previous transcripts, including from undergraduate and graduate institutions. These transcripts must be included with the BA graduate certificate application.
Non-GWSB Students To be considered for admission, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Previous academic history, letters of recommendation, demonstrated motivation and aptitude to undertake graduate-level work, and professional experience are all taken into consideration. Please note: Graduate certificate registration does not qualify for federal financial aid, but students may seek private loans to fund their study. To apply, you must complete the online application and provide transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate academic institution as well as a professional resume, one letter of recommendation, and a statement of purpose. GMAT or GRE scores are not needed.
Application Deadlines Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates seeking financial assistance and international students requiring visas are encouraged to apply early. Only completed applications, with all required materials, will be considered for admission. Please note: Only the Master of Accountancy (MAccy) program is accepting applications for Summer 2020. No other degree or graduate certificate program has a Summer 2020 enrollment option.
  Round 1 Summer-1/15 Fall-1/15
  Round 2 Summer-4/1 Fall-4/1
  Round 3 Summer-5/1 Fall-5/15
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.

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: 12 credits, including 9 credits in required courses and one 3-credit elective course.

MBAD 6289Business Ethics and Public Policy
Two courses from the following:
SMPP 6215Corporate Governance and Ethics
SMPP 6218Topics in Business and Society Students may enroll in course multiple times with different topics.
SMPP 6290Special Topics (Strategic Negotiations & Ethics)
One additional course from the list above or one course from the following:
DNSC 6401Sustainable Supply Chains
FINA 6290Special Topics (Microfinance: Financial Services for Poor)
MGT 6285Social Entrepreneurship
SMPP 6202Business-Government Relations
SMPP 6210Strategic Environmental Management
SMPP 6211Corporate Environmental Management in Developing Nations
SMPP 6216Public Policy, Governance, and the Global Market
SMPP 6241Global Corporate Responsibility
SMPP 6290Special Topics (Corporate Fraud and Corruption)
SMPP 6290Special Topics (Public-Private Partnerships)
SMPP 6290Special Topics (Sustainable and Responsible Investing)
SMPP 6290Special Topics (Strategic Management and Environmental Analysis Within a Development Context)
SMPP 6298Directed Readings and Research *

*Enrollment must be approved by the faculty director.