The GWSB: Digital Community Online MBA is rooted in our deep sense of institutional commitment to students and to creating business leaders who are dedicated to the highest level of ethical and responsible leadership.
All GWSB MBA programs are embedded in the center of Washington, DC, where the private, public and NGO sectors meet and interact. Our institutional and professional relationships in the area enable us to provide our distance-learning students with opportunities to immerse themselves in the GWSB MBA program through a four-day residency course, class projects, asynchronous course materials, synchronous learning opportunities, and co-curricular experiences.
GWSB: Digital Community provides its Online MBA students with the best possible graduate business education. We believe the creation and dissemination of knowledge is essential for effective management. Our mission is to serve current and future leaders, managers, and professionals in the global community by offering superior learning opportunities in business and public management. We engage in research and other scholarly activities to advance management theory and practice, and provide professional expertise to businesses, government, and not-for-profit organizations.
Read more about the MBA programs at GWSB.
- Global Awareness and Perspective: Address the implications of global, environmental, political, economic, legal, and regulatory considerations when resolving management situations.
- Moral Reasoning: Incorporate ethical principals and concerns about social responsibility into the resolution of management situations.
- Problem Solving and Critical Thinking: Think critically, and use quantitative and decision-making tools and technologies to identify, analyze, and solve management problems.
- Team Leadership and Effectiveness: Learn the critical factors for team success and develop the skills necessary to participate in and lead teams.
- Oral and Written Communications: Effective communication via well-written reports and delivery of professional presentations.
Plan of Study
Total Program Credits: 52.5 credit hours
Required Courses: 33 credit hours*
*Includes Crossroads: Business, Government, and Society, a required three-credit on-site residency course as well as well as Business Strategy Capstone course.
Electives: 19.5 credit hours
Duration: 3 years
Students begin with two levels of business fundamental courses designed to provide mastery of essential business knowledge and skills. Students also participate in a residency course during or immediately following their business fundamental courses. This residency, entitled “Crossroads: Business, Government, and Society,” is a four-day credited courses that takes place in Washington DC and consists of face-to-face classroom time and exposure to local partner institutions that illustrate the intersection of the private, public, and citizen sectors.
Students apply acquired fundamental business knowledge and skills to real-world business problems in a Business Strategy Capstone course. Building on this base, subsequent elective offerings allow students to customize their education to meet their own professional goals.
Program and Course Format
Students can start the program in the Fall, Spring or Summer semesters. Each semester is comprised of two seven-week “modules” of coursework. Generally students will take two classes per module for a total of four per semester.
With the exception of the Crossroads Residency, all coursework is offered online. Cutting-edge, multi-media courses are organized into learning units 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 paces, but must complete the learning unit by assigned target dates.
Two to three times during each course, students participate in guided virtual classroom sessions consisting of lectures, case discussions, and/or group activities. These sessions are offered in evenings and weekend time bands, announced by the instructor at the beginning of each course, and all virtual classroom sessions are recorded and made available to students. These sessions provide participants with real-time contact with faculty and other students.
In addition to guided virtual classroom discussions, faculty are available to students during periodic online office hours offered through the virtual classroom interface. Office hours afford students the opportunity to interact informally with faculty and ask questions about course material and assignment feedback.
In the GWSB: Digital Community MBA, alumni are integrated into the curriculum to provide a unique opportunity for students to connect with our extensive network of professionals around the world. GW alumni are featured in video cases, interviews and podcasts, invited to participate in class discussions, chats and blogs, as well as give feedback to assignments and client presentations.
Professional Development Portfolio
The GWSG: DC MBA emphasizes a community of learners that bridge geographically dispersed faculty, students, staff, alumni, and business and policy partners. Our professional development portfolio to create an integrated experience that extends beyond the classroom with a suite of unique opportunities tailored to enhance your online MBA experience.
- MBA Institute: The program begins with an online orientation designed to set students up for success in the program. Students will work at their own pace to learn more about the school, program, expectations and resources.
- Quantitative Bootcamp: This learning module helps students gain the quantitative skills necessary to excel in courses and ensures faculty can spend valuable time teaching new concepts that elevate everyone’s experience.
- MBA Toolkit: Students gain greater expertise and the ability to operate higher level functions in standard office programs such as Word, Exel and Power Point for use in academic coursework.
- Leadership & Teams in a Virtual Environment: Relationships with colleagues are an integral part of the MBA experience and online students face additional challenges working with geographically dispersed teams and peer groups. This program gives students the skills necessary to hone their leadership and teamwork abilities in virtual teams.
- Your Career Path: Preparing for What’s Next: The F. David Fowler Career Center offers students several online career and leadership assessment tools, access to our alumni database, and will develop an optional asynchronous career planning course among other career services. In addition, the specific career-related needs of incoming students are considered and used to develop career-related programming throughout the program.
- 1+1 Mentor Program: Interested MBA students have the opportunity to pair with an alumni volunteer mentor with similar professional and personal interests. All participating distance mentors and mentees will be required to complete a training program before being matched with a mentee/mentor.
- Online MBA-in-Action Roundtables: One of the highlights of the GWSB:DC MBA are our MBA-in Action Roundtable sessions where eight to ten volunteers are identified from the business and policy community to serve as discussion leaders. Students are given questions in advance that allow them to integrate and apply concepts learned in the classroom to issues related to the discussion leader’s occupation, organization, and/or industry. These small group sessions, delivered online in real-time discussions pairs small groups of students with leaders who match their professional aspirations.
|YEAR 1: Foundational Business Fundamentals Credit Hours: 18|
|Spring||6221||Judgment, Uncertainty, and Decisions||1.5|
|Spring||6272||Nature of Markets||1.5|
|Spring||6222||Data Analysis and Decisions||1.5|
|Summer||6242||Microeconomics for the Global Economy||1.5|
|Summer||6261||Organizations and Leadership||1.5|
|Summer||6243||Macroeconomics for the Global Economy||1.5|
|Summer||6262||Managing Human Capital||1.5|
|YEAR 2: Advanced Business Fundamentals Total Credit Hours: 12|
|Fall||6284||Business and Public Policy||1.5|
|Fall||6285||Business Law and Communications||1.5|
|YEAR 1 or 2: Residency & CapstoneTotal Credit Hours: 3|
|Students may complete these courses during or immediately following their Business Fundamentals and Advanced Business Fundamentals courses.|
|Crossroads: Business, Government, and Society||1.5|
|A four-day on-site residency that takes place in Washington DC|
|Business Strategy Capstone||1.5|
|YEAR 3: Electives & Selectives Credit Hours: 19.5|
|Information Systems Selectives|
|Students choose one of the following three courses:|
|6252||Management of Information Systems||1.5|
|6253||Management of Technology and Innovation||1.5|
|6254||Database and Data Warehousing||1.5|
|Students choose up to 18 credits of elective courses from a variety of knowledge domains:|
|Decision Sciences and Operations Management|
|Environmental Management and Policy|
|Finance and Investments|
|Health Services Administration|
|Human Resources Management|
|Information Systems Management|
|Organizational Behavior and Development|
|Real Estate and Urban Development|
|Small Business and Entrepreneurship|
|Strategic Management and Public Policy|
|Tourism, Hospitality, Event, and Sport Management|
FOUNDATIONAL BUSINESS FUNDAMENTALS (Year 1)
6211 Financial Accounting (3 credits)
The basic concepts and methods used in financial reports for understanding their content and context. The income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows.
6241 Global Perspectives (1.5 credits)
Differences between the domestic and international environments and their implications for management. Differences in the organization of institutions of capitalism across countries.
6281 Business Ethics (1.5 credits)
Businesses are experiencing increasing challenges and opportunities to ensure that they demonstrate integrity in all of their activities, both internal and external to their operations. Perspectives, information, and skill development in advancing the value of integrity in business organizations.
6221 Judgment, Uncertainty and Decisions (1.5 credits)
Classical theories of decision making; recent findings on human cognitive limitations and biases. Analytical approaches useful in cases involving uncertainty, multiple objectives, and multiple stakeholders.
6272 Nature of Markets (1.5 credits)
Marketing as an organizational function as well as a set of processes for creating, communicating, and delivering value to customers and for managing customer relationships in ways that benefit the organization and its stakeholders.
6222 Data Analysis and Decisions (1.5 credits)
Statistical analysis-how it is used, when it should be used, and what can be learned from it. Statistical inference, hypothesis testing, and regression analysis.
6273 Marketing Decisions (1.5 credits)
Formulation and implementation of marketing strategy, applying the analytic perspectives, decision tools, and concepts of marketing to the elements of marketing strategy.
6242 Microeconomics for the Global Economy (1.5 credits)
The economics of supply and demand in product markets. Theory of the firm (production and cost structure) and its competitive environment (perfect competition, monopoly, oligopoly, and monopolistic competition).
6261 Organizations and Leadership (1.5 credits)
A behavioral perspective on core leadership concepts at the individual, team, and organizational level. Students apply these concepts to examine their own leadership qualities in organizations. Experiential exercises and participation in team projects.
6243 Macroeconomics for the Global Economy (1.5 credits)
How firms are affected by the performance of the macro economy and the macroeconomic variables that should be factored into managers' decision-making processes. The behavior of output, employment, interest rates, inflation, and exchange rates.
6262 Managing Human Capital (1.5 credits)
Issues of corporate culture, strategy implementation, growth management, employee recruitment and retention, organizational behavior, diversity, ethics, and legal aspects of business. How human resource policies and practices can become a source of competitive advantage.
ADVANCED BUSINESS FUNDAMENTALS (Year 2)
6223 Operations Strategy (1.5 credits)
Concepts and techniques related to manufacturing and service operations. Process mapping, capacity analysis, production control, quality management, and supply chains. Integration of operations with a firm's overall business strategy as a powerful competitive weapon.
6284 Business and Public Policy (1.5 credits)
The theory and practice of managing organizations in the context of a rapidly changing global environment. Structure, design, and operation of organizations as interrelated systems and integration of internal and external environments.
6213 Managerial Accounting (1.5 credits)
The internal generation, communication, and interpretation of information for both operational and strategic decision-making purposes.
6285 Business Law and Communications (1.5 credits)
The legal environment of business, with particular attention to the liability of organizations and their managers for contracts, torts, and crimes. Strategies for avoiding litigation, including the development of clear, concise, and accurate writing.
6233 Financial Markets (1.5 credits)
Sources of managerial information provided by money and capital markets, primary and secondary markets, and cash and futures markets. Money and capital market instruments, relevant return measures, risk metrics for bonds and equities.
6244 International Management (1.5 credits)
The challenges of operating in different cultures, implications of cross-national differences in institutional environments, and difficulties of designing effective organizational structures for coordination and control in multinational operations.
6234 Financial Management (1.5 credits)
Theory, policy, and practice in financial management. Financial analysis, sources of funds, investing, capital planning and budgeting, dividend policy, and working capital management.
6265 Entrepreneurship (1.5 credits)
The "entrepreneur as a phenomenon." The theory as well as the experiences associated with entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial acts, and entrepreneurship in all organizational settings-large and small, public and private.
RESIDENCY & CAPSTONE (Year 1 or 2)
Crossroads: Business, Government & Society (1.5 credits)
Business Strategy Capstone (1.5 credits)
Electives & Selectives
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SELECTIVES (Year 3)
Students are required to take one class (1.5 credits) from the list below.
6252 Management of Information Systems (1.5 credits)
An introduction to bridging the gap between the decision-making needs of managers and the terminology of technical personnel within an organization. The transformation of organizations in the digital economy.
6253 Management of Technology and Innovation (1.5 credits)
Business, technological, economic, and political factors that influence the development and adoption of new technology. Management concepts and practices useful in enhancing corporate innovation. Corporate venture divisions and organizational alternatives.
6254 Database and Data Warehousing (1.5 credits)
An introduction to the model, design, and use of database and data warehousing systems for identifying, understanding, and designing database-centric solutions for business and organizations.
ELECTIVES (Year 3)
Students will choose up to 18 credits of elective courses from the following knowledge domains:
- Decisions Sciences and Operations Management
- Environmental Management and Policy
- Finance and Investments
- Health Services Administration
- Human Resources Management
- International Business
- Organizational Behavior and Development
- Real Estate and Urban Development
- Small Business and Entrepreneurship
- Sport Management
- Strategic Management and Public Policy
- Tourism, Hospitality, Event and Sport Management
Please contact us for further information on electives in these areas.
Online MBA Faculty
Our Online MBA and Specialized Masters courses are taught by the same faculty members that teach our on-campus programs in Foggy Bottom. In fact, our inaugural semesters include courses taught by Vice Deans, Department Chairs, and tenured faculty as well as GWSB Dean Doug Guthrie.
James Bailey Professor of Management & Tucker Professorial Fellow of Leadership
- Phone: 202-994-1669
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Areas of Expertise: Leadership; Change Management, Executive Development; Emotional Intelligence; Competence Motivation; Management Education
Doug Guthrie Professor of Management and International Business
- Phone: 202-994-6380
- Email: email@example.com
- Areas of Expertise: Economic Reform in China; Leadership & Corporate Governance; Corporate Social Responsibility
D. Jeffrey Lenn Professor of Strategic Management
- Phone: 202-994-7289
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Areas of Expertise: Business-Government Relations; Corporate Political Strategy; Strategic Management; Executive Leadership; Managerial Ethics; Corporate Social Responsibility; Organizational Change
Liesl Riddle Associate Dean of MBA Programs & Associate Professor of International Business
- Phone: 202-994-1217
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- Areas of Expertise: Diaspora Homeland Investment; National Trade & Investment Promotion; Cross-Cultural Management, International Marketing; Middle East/North Africa
Jiawen Yang Professor of International Business & International Affairs
- Phone: 202-994-8709
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Areas of Expertise: International Financial Markets; Financial/Banking Risk Management; Business Environment in China
Tim Fort Linder-Gambal Professor of Business Ethics
- Phone: 202-994-7872
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- Areas of Expertise: Ethics & Corporate Governance; Organizational Structures and Ethics; The Role of Religion in Business Ethics; Globalization & Business Ethics
Susan KulpAssociate Professor of Accountancy
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- Areas of Expertise:Management Accounting and Control
Vanessa Perry Chair & Associate Professor of Marketing
- Phone: 202-994-4190
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- Areas of Expertise: Consumer Behavior; Marketing & Public Policy; Marketing & Society; Consumer Financial Decisions; Consumer Credit
Murat Tarimcilar Vice Dean of Programs & Education
Professor of Decision Sciences
- Phone: 202-994-7289
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Areas of Expertise: Multi-criteria Decision Models; OR Applications in Public Sector; Management Decision Technologies
Admission to the GWSB: Digital Community Online MBA program is competitive and based on an applicant’s academic preparation and performance, GMAT/GRE scores, work experience, strength of recommendations, and essays.
|Program||Entry||Deadline||Decision Release Date|
|Online MBA||Spring 2014||9/9/13||10/11/13|
- Online Application: Completion of the GW Online Application for Graduate Study with a $75 non-refundable application fee. The fee will be waived for who already possess an undergraduate or graduate degree from GW.
- Academic Records: Unopened official transcripts from every college and/or university attended
- Official GMAT or GRE Scores: Applicants must submit official results of the GMAT (sent to report code QK4-4F-28) or GRE (sent to report code 5246). You can register year-round to take GMAT or the GRE. Test date must be within past five years.
- TOEFL or IELTS Score: Applicants who have not completed a degree in a country in which English is the principal language must submit one of the following: an official TOEFL score of at least 100 (internet-based test) or 600 (paper-based test), or an official IELTS score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0. Test date must be within past two years.
- Two Letters of Recommendation: At least one professional; one may be academic.
- Current Resume: Three years of professional experience required. (Upload through online application system)
- Two Essays: (Upload through online application system)
- Essay One: 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 Two: Please answer three of the following six discussion questions. For each short answer, respond in a maximum of 100 words.
- 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: In a separate addendum, you may explain any academic inconsistencies, gaps in your work history, or unique circumstances you think the admissions committee might question. There is not a word limit, but please be concise.
Applicants for the GWSB:DC Online MBA program should send all supporting documentation not submitted online to the following address:
School of Business
The George Washington University
Attn: Online MBA
Duques Hall, Suite 550
2201 G St. NW
Washington, DC 20052
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Tuition and Financial Planning
The Online MBA program is comprised of 52.5 credit hours. Tuition is billed at $1,485 per credit hour. With 52.5 credit hours that is a total of $77,963.
Most student loans are based on either financial need or creditworthiness and are available only to US citizens and permanent residents. GW students commonly use the Federal Stafford Loan Program, Alternative Education Loans, and the ACCESS Loan Program. Private loans may also be available. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be submitted to GW for federal loan programs. Please see the Office of Financial Assistance to learn how to apply for loans.