The George Washington University School of Business

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The George Washington University School of Business
GW School of Business.jpg
Motto Deus Nobis Fiducia
(In God Our Trust)
Established 1928
Type Private
Dean Doug Guthrie
Academic staff 190
Location Washington, D.C., 20052
Campus UrbanFoggy Bottom

The George Washington University School of Business (GWSB or GW School of Business) is the business school of George Washington University in Washington, D.C., United States. The GW School of Business is a top-tier institution that offers both undergraduate and graduate business degrees in a variety of programs. Located in the heart of one of the most powerful and influential cities in the world, the GW School of Business affords its students and faculty the unique opportunity to conduct academic research on and collaborate with US government agencies, multilateral development banks, non-profit organizations, and thousands of national and multinational corporations.


The School of Business in Ric and Dawn Duquès Hall.

In 1928, the school was founded on the idea that business and government might become partners in promoting national prosperity and international development. Beginning with a $1 million endowment from The Supreme Council of Scottish Rite Freemasonry Southern Jurisdiction,[1] GW President Cloyd H. Marvin established what was known as the School of Government, with degree programs that integrated business and politics on the national and international levels.

In 1960, the school was renamed the School of Government, Business, and International Affairs. Then, in 1966, President Lloyd H. Elliott split its faculties into a new School of Government and Business Administration (SGBA) and a School of International Affairs—which today bears President Elliott's name. The SGBA was renamed the School of Business and Public Management in 1990. In 2004, it became the School of Business.

Throughout its history, the GW School of Business has attracted some of the nation's most outstanding leaders from academia, government, and the business world. In 1992, F. David Fowler, a managing partner of KPMG, became dean of the school. During his tenure, he dedicated himself to educating a generation of effective managers. Dean Fowler was succeeded in July 1998 by Susan M. Phillips. A former member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Dean Phillips brought to the School her expertise in such specializations as derivatives, bank supervision, and financial management. Susan Phillips was succeeded in August 2010 by Doug Guthrie. Dean Guthrie's areas of expertise lie in the fields of leadership and organizational change, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility, and economic reform in China.[2]

In January 2006, the GW School of Business opened its new complex, the newly constructed Ric and Dawn Duquès Hall and the renovated Norma Lee and Morton Funger Hall. This complex provides students, faculty, and staff with a unified center for study and career development activities.[3]


The George Washington University School of Business consists of various academic departments including: Accountancy, Finance, Information Systems and Technology Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, Strategic Management and Public Policy, Tourism and Hospitality Management, and Decision Sciences.

On the undergraduate level, the GW School of Business offers two degree programs, a Bachelor of Accountancy, a Bachelor of Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Science in Finance. The school also offers three five-year programs culminating with either a Master of Science in Information Systems, Master of Tourism Administration, or a Master of Accountancy.

On the graduate level, the GW School of Business offers Specialized Masters programs, three different MBA programs, and a highly acclaimed PhD program. The Specialized Masters programs are offered in accountancy, finance, project management, information systems technology, and tourism administration. The MBA programs consist of the full-time Global MBA, part-time Professional MBA (Flexible or Accelerated), and Executive MBA. Recently, the GW School of Business launched the STAR (Special Talent, Access and Responsibility) Executive MBA program, the "first of its kind customized MBA program for athletes, celebrities."[4]

The GW School of Business is home to various research centers and initiatives:

  • Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE)
  • Center for International Business Education & Research (GW-CIBER)
  • Center for Latin American Issues (CLAI)
  • The Institute of Brazilian Issues (IBI)
  • Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis
  • Financial Services Research Program (FSRP)
  • European Union Research Center
  • Global and Entrepreneurial Finance Research Institute (GEFRI)
  • GW Women's Leadership Institute (WLI)
  • Institute for Corporate Responsibility
  • International Institute of Tourism Studies
  • Institute for Integrating Statistics in Decision Sciences
  • Council for the Advancement of Small Business (CASB)
  • Environmental and Social Sustainability Initiative (ESSI)
  • Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning


Undergraduate programs[edit]

  • U.S. News & World Report, 51st Undergraduate Business Program, 7th Undergraduate International Business Specialty[citation needed]
  • U.S. News & World Report, "America's Best Colleges" August 2010, 36th Undergraduate Business Program, 7th Undergraduate International Business Specialty
  • Princeton Review, "Best 290 Business Schools" October 2007, 2nd Best Administered Business School
  • Business Week, "The Best Undergraduate B-Schools" April 2007, 53rd in the U.S.
  • Fortune Small Business Magazine, "America's Best Colleges for Entrepreneurs" Sept 2007, Best 24 Colleges for Double Majors, Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative

Graduate programs[edit]

  • U.S. News & World Report, "America's Best Graduate Schools", March 2011, 52nd-ranked Full-Time MBA, 36th Part-Time MBA
  • BusinessWeek, November 2008, top-45 Full-Time MBA program in the U.S.[5]
  • Financial Times, January 2012, 79th-ranked Full-Time MBA Program in the U.S.,[6] 9th-ranked Full-Time MBA in International Business category[7]
  • Wall Street Journal, September 2007, 45th-ranked Regional Full-Time MBA Program[8]
  • Women3.0, January 2008, "Top 50 M.B.A. Programs for Entrepreneurship"
  • Aspen Institute/Beyond Grey Pinstripes, 2007–2008, 2nd Worldwide among Small Schools. (fewer than 100 students enrolled), 13th Worldwide; 11th in the U.S. for Environmental Stewardship and Social Impact
  • World Tourism Organization, TedQual: Excellence in Tourism Education


The George Washington University School of Business is centrally located in the trendy Washington, D.C. neighborhood of Foggy Bottom, not far from both the White House and State Department. The GWU campus is also adjacent to the world's leading financial institutions — the Federal Reserve, Organization of American States, World Bank, and International Monetary Fund.[9]

Notable alumni[edit]

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Coordinates: 38°55′28″N 77°01′19″W / 38.9245°N 77.022°W / 38.9245; -77.022

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