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Online MBA

The Online MBA is 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 through a four-day residency course in DC, class projects, digital course materials, live learning opportunities, and co-curricular experiences.

Program and Course Format

Students may begin the program in the Fall, Spring or Summer semesters (August, January, or May). Each semester is comprised of two seven-week “modules” of coursework and generally students will take two classes per module for a total of four per semester.

With the exception of the Business and Society Residency, all coursework is offered completely online. Cutting-edge, digital courses are organized into learning episodes 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 live classroom sessions consisting of lectures, case discussions, and/or group activities. These live sessions are offered during evenings/weekends and are announced by the instructor at the beginning of each course. They also are recorded and made available to students within the digital platform. These sessions provide participants with real-time contact with faculty and other students. This mix of digital and live sessions maximizes learning and flexibility.

In addition to live classroom discussions, faculty are available to students during online office hours offered through the digital classroom platform. Office hours afford students the opportunity to interact informally with faculty and ask questions about course material and assignment feedback.


With the GW Online MBA, students have ultimate flexibility. No concentration is required, but you have the option to choose up to two concentrations by customizing your degree to meet your specific career goals. Some examples include:

  • Consulting
  • Entrepreneurship *
  • Finance *
  • Global Management
  • Information Systems
  • Project Management
  • Technology Management

* Anticipated for Fall 2015 enrollments

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Plan of Study

Total Program Credits: 52.5 credits

Required Courses: 33 credits*

Electives: 19.5 credits

Duration: 3 years

*Includes Business and Society, a required 1.5 credit on-site residency course.

YEAR 1: Foundational Business Courses 18 Credits
Semester Number Name Credits
Fall 6211 Financial Accounting 3
Fall 6241 Global Perspectives 1.5
Fall 6281 Business Ethics 1.5
Spring 6221 Judgment, Uncertainty, and Decisions 1.5
Spring 6272 Nature of Markets 1.5
Spring 6222 Data Analysis and Decisions 1.5
Spring 6273 Marketing 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 Fundamentals Courses 12 Credits
Semester Number Name Credits
Fall 6223 Operations Strategy 1.5
Fall 6284 Business and Public Policy 1.5
Fall 6213 Managerial Accounting 1.5
Fall 6285 Business Law and Communications 1.5
Spring 6233 Financial Markets 1.5
Spring 6244 International Management 1.5
Spring 6234 Financial Management 1.5
Spring 6265 Entrepreneurship 1.5
YEARS 2 and 3: Electives 19.5 Credits
A concentration is not required, but you have the option to choose up to two. Some examples include:
Entrepreneurship *
Finance *
Global Management
Information Systems
Project Management
Technology Management
Students may also choose a customized approach to their electives, and create their own area of focus. For example, a student interested in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management might choose to take electives in Entrepreneurship, Human Capital Management, Financial Management, and Business Law.
* Anticipated for Fall 2015 enrollments
Business and Society Residency 1.5 Credits
A four-day on-site residency that takes place in Washington, DC and completed during one of nine opportunities throughout the program. This course is generally offered in January over winter break, March over spring break, and May prior to graduation. Through this course students have experienced a firsthand look through visits to the Federal Reserve, the US Congress, and the World Bank.

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Course Description

Required Courses


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.


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.

6290 Business & Society (1.5 credits)

Overview of the broad arena in which business operates with particular attention to its political, social and economic environments. Introduction to the public policy process from the perspective of governmental agencies, corporations, trade associations and nongovernmental organizations. Emphasis on the development and implementation of corporate strategies for successful participation on this process.

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Global and Experiential Opportunities

In the past year, GWSB has offered more than 20 short term study abroad opportunities that allow you to engage first-hand in the world of business. These short-term study abroad programs are led by GW faculty and our partner universities – and tailored to allow you to make the most of your academic program and experience abroad.

This is also an excellent way for Online MBA students to expedite the elective portion of their program while gaining international exposure – or experience in your home region. Some examples of these courses include:

Country Name Credits
Sweden Flag of Sweden Healthcare and Marketing Strategy: The Swedish Experience (IBUS 6290) 4.5
FranceFlag of France Strategic Management in the EU (MBAD 6286 & SMPP 6297) 3 or 4.5
United KingdomFlag of United Kingdom Business and the State: Privatization & Public-Private Partnerships (IBUS 6202/PPPA 6077 & IBUS 6297/PPPA 6085) 6
SpainFlag of Spain Social & Environmental Considerations for Tourism Development in the Basque Country (TSTD 6214 & TSTD 6282) 6
FranceFlag of France "Europeans in Global Perspective - Community Institutions, Economic Development and the Case of Luxury Goods" Short Term Exchange with EDHEC Business School 3
GermanyFlag of Germany "Successful Leadership in Europe" Short Term Exchange with European Business School 4.5
FranceFlag of France "The Global Manager in Europe" Short Term Exchange with ESSEC Business School 6
DenmarkFlag of Denmark Summer University Short-Term Exchange with Copenhagen Business School 6
FranceFlag of France "Arts Management" Short Term Exchange with Audencia Ecole de Management 3 to 6
FranceFlag of France Global Responsibility in France - Short Term Exchange with Audencia Nantes School of Management 3
GermanyFlag of GermanyNetherlandsFlag of NetherlandsUnited StatesFlag of United States Real Estate Development Cases (FINA 6248 / FINA 4900) 3
RussiaFlag of Russia Behind the Scenes at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games (TSTD 6282 or TSTD 3303) 3
Latin America
Country Name Credits
BrazilFlag of Brazil Impacts of the 2014 FIFA World Cup (TSTD 6282 or TSTD 3303) 3
BrazilFlag of BrazilChinaFlag of ChinaIndiaFlag of India Global Business Project through GW-CIBER 3
MexicoFlag of Mexico Doing Business in Mexico - Short Term Exchange with IPADE Business School 3
Middle East
Country Name Credits
UAEFlag of United Arab Emirates Marketing in the Arab World (MKTG 6298) & In-Country Marketing Consultancy Project (MKTG 6290) 6
IsrealFlag of Isreal Information Systems, Development & Growth (ISTM 6290) 3
IsrealFlag of Isreal Entrepreneurship and Innovation: The Israeli model - Short Term Exchange with Tel Aviv University Recanati Business School 3
TurkeyFlag of Turkey The Evolving Turkish Economy (IBUS 6297) 3
Country Name Credits
ChinaFlag of China China's Tourism in the Global Economy (TSTD 6282) 6

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Professional Development Portfolio

The GW Online MBA emphasizes a community of learners that bridge geographically dispersed faculty, students, staff, alumni, and business and policy partners. Our professional development portfolio creates an integrated experience that extends beyond the classroom with a suite of unique opportunities tailored to enhance your online MBA experience. This includes:

  • 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. Students gain greater expertise in the higher-level functions of standard office programs such as Word, Excel and Power Point for use in academic coursework and their professional careers.
  • 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 (Coming August 2014): The F. David Fowler Career Center offers students several online career and leadership assessment tools, access to our alumni database, and is developing an optional career planning course based on our full-time MBA Career Roadmap course.. In addition, the specific career-related needs of incoming students are considered and used to develop career-related programming throughout the program. See current professional MBA student positions & organizations


Through the GW Online MBA, alumni are integrated into the curriculum to provide unique opportunities 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 on assignments and client presentations.

We also offer monthly digital networking and online career development sessions to connect with GW alumni and students all around the globe. Our students are also welcome to attend alumni events happening in their area.

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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, many of our courses are taught by Deans, Department Chairs, and tenured faculty. As they build their courses, our faculty incorporates the following learning objectives:

  • Global Awareness and Perspective: Address the implications of global, environmental, political, economic, legal, and regulatory considerations when resolving management situations.
  • Moral Reasoning: Incorporate ethical principles 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.

Doug Guthrie Professor of Management and International Business

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  • Areas of Expertise: Economic Reform in China; Leadership & Corporate Governance; Corporate Social Responsibility

Liesl Riddle Associate Dean of MBA Programs & Associate Professor of International Business

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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

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  • Areas of Expertise: International Financial Markets; Financial/Banking Risk Management; Business Environment in China

Vanessa Perry Chair & Associate Professor of Marketing

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  • Areas of Expertise: Consumer Behavior; Marketing & Public Policy; Marketing & Society; Consumer Financial Decisions; Consumer Credit

Phil Wirtz Vice Dean of Programs and Education and Professor of Decision Sciences and of Psychology

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  • Areas of Expertise: Statistical Modeling; Research Methodology; Causal Modeling; Efficacy Evaluation in Randomized Clinical Trials; Aptitude-treatment Interactions

Raj Kanungo Associate Professor of Decision Sciences

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  • Areas of Expertise: Information technology management; Software engineering; IS evaluation

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

Anu Phene Associate Professor of International Business and Phillip Grub Distinguished Scholar

  • Phone: 202-994-6764
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  • Areas of Expertise: Innovation, Multinational firms, Subsidiaries, Localization of knowledge, Strategic alliances, Semiconductors, Biotechnology

Rafel Lucea Assistant Professor of International Business

  • Phone: 202-994-4363
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  • Areas of Expertise: International Strategy, Non-Market Strategy

Ayman El-Tarabishy Research Professor & Executive Director of International Council of Small Business (ICSB)

  • Phone: 202-994-1120
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  • Areas of Expertise: Designing and conducting organizational research focused on leadership and entrepreneurship

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Admission Qualifications

Admission to the GWSB: Digital Community Online MBA is competitive and based on an applicant’s academic preparation and performance, GMAT/GRE scores, professional experience, strength of recommendations, and essays.

Application Deadlines

Program Entry Deadline Decision Release Date
Summer 2014 1/6/14 2/28/14
3/17/14 4/18/14
4/14/14 5/2/14
Fall 2014 3/17/14 4/18/14
5/5/14 5/30/14
6/30/14 7/18/14

Application Requirements

  • 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, and/or Active Duty Military and Veterans.
  • Academic Records: Unofficial transcripts for all universities attended should be uploaded to your online application. Should you be offered admission and choose to enroll, official copies of your transcripts will be required prior to enrolling in classes.
  • GMAT or GRE Scores: Unofficial GMAT or GRE scores should be uploaded to your online application. Should you be offered admission and choose to enroll, an official copy of your standardized test score will be required prior to enrolling in classes. The GMAT report code is QK4-4F-28 and the GRE report code is 5246. You can register year-round to take the GMAT or the GRE, however the test date must be within past five years of the time of application.
  • GMAT or GRE Waiver: Applicants with 7+ years of post-undergraduate, professional work experience are eligible to request a test score waiver. Please contact for more details.
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Score: Applicants who have not completed a degree in a country in which English is the principal language must upload one of the following to their online application: an unofficial TOEFL score of at least 100 (internet-based test) or 600 (paper-based test), or an unofficial IELTS score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0, or an unofficial PTE score. The test date must be within the past two years at the time of application. Official score reports will be required prior to your enrolling in classes. Please contact if you have any questions regarding this requirement.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Current Resume: Three years of professional experience required. (Upload through online application system)
  • Two Essays: (Upload through online application system)
    1. 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.
    2. Essay Two: Please answer three of the following six discussion questions. For each short answer, respond in a maximum of 100 words.
      1. GW graduates use business to create positive, sustainable change. I make an impact by...
      2. The best piece of advice I have ever received is...
      3. GW students embody a global perspective. During my time as a student, I plan to enhance my international outlook by...
      4. I stand out in GW's MBA applicant pool because...
      5. With a location at the heart of Washington, DC, I plan to leverage GW’s strategic location by...
      6. If I could do it over again, I would take advantage of...
    3. Optional Essay: Please use this space to share any additional information that addresses any concerns you may have regarding your application. Topics from past applicants include explaining gaps in professional experience, standardized test scores that fall below the typical range, or your decision to not ask your direct supervisor for a recommendation. You may also discuss any steps you’ve taken to prepare for the demands of the MBA curriculum, such as recent quantitative coursework.

Contact Information

Applicants for the GWSB:DC Online MBA program should send all supporting documentation not submitted online to the following physical or email address:

The George Washington University

School of Business

Duques Hall, Suite 550

2201 G St. NW

Washington, DC 20052

(866) 986-1498

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Tuition & Financial Aid

The Online MBA is comprised of 52.5 credit hours. Tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year is $1,545 per credit hour totaling approximately $81,113 for the program.

Please anticipate tuition to increase between 3%-5% each year throughout the duration of the program.


Online MBA students are eligible for merit-based scholarships based on the competitiveness of their application. The admission committee weighs a candidate’s standardized test scores, professional experience, and undergraduate performance when making its decision. Scholarships are announced at the time of admission and no separate application is required.

In the past, students have received awards ranging up to $15,000 to help offset the cost of tuition.


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. To begin the federal loan process, students should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to GW's Office of Financial Assistance.

Other Support

For other scholarship and grant opportunities, check resources such as FinAid!, FastWeb, Peterson's, and Yahoo! Financial Aid.

Military and Veterans

There is a special bond between the George Washington School of Business and active duty service members and military veterans. You bring leadership and experience that adds value to programs and fellow students. As a leader in business education, we provide new tools and knowledge to help you excel at what's next.

The George Washington University launched "Operation GW VALOR" on 18 May 2013 (Armed Forces Day). Operation GW VALOR is a comprehensive, collaborative, and unified effort amongst key stakeholders whereby GW student US Military members, their Families, and Veterans Accelerate Learning Opportunities & Rewards (VALOR).

Operation GW VALOR is spearheaded by Vice Admiral (ret) Melvin Williams, Jr., GW's Associate Provost for Military and Veterans Affairs. In addition, Dr. Alfred Hamilton, a Lieutenant Colonel (ret) and an Assistant Professor, serves as a senior advisor and helps us develop our academic strategy.

The mission of GW VALOR (Veterans Accelerate Learning Opportunities and Rewards program) is to position the George Washington University to be known as the "University of Choice" for veterans, military service members, dependents, and survivors by being nationally recognized as a "Military and Veteran Friendly University".

Military and Veteran Services:

Our dedicated GW Office of Veteran Services provides support for benefit processing and specialized career support. Our online programs were designed with the flexibility of online and hybrid degree programs to accommodate the lives of military families and we guarantee deferrals for military deployments and obligations.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has placed one full-time, experienced Vocational Counselor on the GW campus. This counselor will serve as a "one-stop liaison" for veterans, active duty military and their eligible family members who attend or plan to attend GW. Examples of their assistance include:

  • Information on VA educational benefits to include: Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30), Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), and other VA and non-VA educational benefits
  • Job placement assistance and referrals to state employment agencies and services
  • Referrals to on-campus, community and VA resources to ensure academic success

Military and Veteran Admission Information:

Waived application fee for all applicants from the U.S. military.

Military Admissions Contact – Shelly Heinrich

We provide Skype and Phone interviews to accommodate military families wherever they are in the world.

GW Veterans Student Organization

Military and Veteran Funding Opportunities:

GI Bill Base Benefit: $19,198.31 per admitted YRP-qualified graduate student per year; plus

Yellow Ribbon Program Benefit:

  • GW shall provide up to $12,000 per YRP-qualified graduate per year, not to exceed the net cost of tuition, plus
  • The VA shall provide funds to match GW up to 50% of the difference between the student’s net tuition benefit (which includes the GI Base Bill Benefit) and the total cost of tuition and required fees. At GW, this means that the VA will match up to $12,000
  • The total benefit should, depending on program and course of study, enable YRP-eligible graduate students to attend GW at a significant discount.
  • Net tuition and required fees only are included in these educational benefits.
9-11 GI Bill Support Our Troops - Yellow Ribbon

Tillman Military Scholarship

Family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation following Pat’s death in 2004 while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. Created to honor Pat’s legacy and pay tribute to his commitment to leadership and service, the Pat Tillman Foundation is a national leader in providing educational support and resources to veterans, active service members and their spouses.

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