Georgetown (McDonough)

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  1. US MBA Rankings and Info
  2. Georgetown McDonough School of Business Admit Info and Application Discussion on the GMAT Club Forum 2010
  3. Gergetown McDonough School of Business Application Discussion on GMAT Club Forum 2011

Application Deadlines

  • Round 1: November 1, 2010 Decisions released by January 15, 2011
  • Round 2: January 1, 2011 Decisions released by March 15, 2011
  • Round 3: April 1, 2011 Decisions released by May 15, 2011


  • ESSAY ONE (Required). Limit: 750 words
    1. In one or two sentences, please state your short-term and long-term career objective(s).
    2. How have your prior professional, academic, and personal experiences influenced your career plans?
    3. Specifically, how will your participation in Georgetown’s MBA Full-Time Program contribute to your career objectives?
  • ESSAY TWO (Required). Limit: 750 words
    1. In your own words, how do you define leadership?
    2. Please provide a specific example (professional or personal) of a time when you embodied the characteristics of a leader. Be sure to highlight the challenges you faced and the results you achieved. What areas do you wish to develop in order to become a more effective leader?
  • ESSAY THREE (Required). Limit: 750 words
    1. What is the most significant change you have made to any organization with which you have been recently affiliated?
    2. Please describe how you identified the need for change and how you managed the process of implementing change. What were the results?
  • JOINT DEGREE APPLICANT ESSAY – To be completed by all joint degree candidates. Limit: 250 words
    If you are applying to a joint degree program, please address how the additional degree will help you to reach your goals.
    List in order of importance all community and professional organizations and extracurricular activities in which you have been involved during or after university studies. Indicate the nature of the activity or organization, dates of involvement, offices held, and average number of hours spent per month.
  • OPTIONAL ESSAY. Limit: 500 words
    Please feel free to provide a statement concerning any information you would like to add to your application that you have not addressed elsewhere. For example, you may comment on your academic record as an indication of your potential for graduate management education, or you may explain any gaps in your work history. If you are not submitting a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, use this space to explain why. Similarly, if you are not currently employed full-time, use this space to provide information about your current activities.
  • RE-APPLICANT ESSAY – To be completed by all re-applicants. Limit: 500 words
    How have you strengthened your candidacy since you last applied? We are particularly interested in hearing about how you have grown professionally and personally. In addition, please update the Admissions Committee on your career goals and your reasons for wishing to pursue an MBA at Georgetown.

Overview (by Hjort)

Another Near Elite school to consider is Georgetown University in Washington DC. Like Washington University, Georgetown University is one of the most selective undergraduate universities in the United States.

The Washington DC economic area is the 5th largest economic area in the United States.

There are roughly 250 entrants each year, making this one of the largest Near Elite programs.

Academic Calendar: Semester (divided into miniterms called "modules")

Required Courses include Fin Acctg I and II, Mgmt Acctg, Quant Methods I and II, Finance I and II, Org Behavior, Marketing I and II, Intl Business, Business Ethics, Business and Govt

There are two electives in the first year. Most of the second year is elective.

Georgetown is well known for its strengths in international business and (not surprisingly) government affairs.

The center of the distribution tends to be near 660 and 3.3. The acceptance rate and yield are both relatively low for the Near Elite.

  • Rankings
    • FT 2003 ranked Georgetown #17 worldwide - just below Duke and UC Berkeley and just above IESE and Cornell.
    • FT 2005 ranked it #32 worldwide- just below Vanderbilt and Carnegie Mellon.
    • EIU 2003 placed Georgetown #27 in the world and #17 in the US- above Carnegie, Texas, and UNC.

Georgetown offers a 3 year joint MBA/MSFS that links foreign relations and international business.

The first year is MBA coursework, the second year is coursework at the School of Foreign Service, and the last year is mixed.

CEOs: Visteon (Law), Marsh & McLennan (Law)


One of your fellow GMAT Clubbers has reported the following to me regarding the interview:

The length of the interview was approximately 30 minutes.

The questions were: Why MBA, Why G-Town, What are you passionate about, My role on a team (As a leader and as another member of the team).

External links

McDonough School of Business

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