McDonough School of Business

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McDonough School of Business
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Seal of Georgetown University
Former name
School of Business Administration,
School of Business
Parent institution
Georgetown University
AffiliationRoman Catholic (Jesuit)
DeanPaul Almeida

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The Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business, commonly shorted to the McDonough School of Business and abbreviated as the MSB, is the business school of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1957, it grants both undergraduate and graduate degrees, and is one of the university's nine constituent schools. Since 1998, the school has been named in honor of Georgetown alumnus Robert Emmett McDonough.


The school was founded in 1957 as an outgrowth of the School of Foreign Service,[2] and was originally named the Georgetown University School of Business Administration. In 1993, the name was changed to the Georgetown University School of Business.[3] On October 7, 1998, the School of Business was renamed the Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business in honor of alumnus Robert Emmett McDonough (a 1949 graduate of the School of Foreign Service)[4] in honor of his $30 million donation to the school.[5]

The Rafik B. Hariri Building[edit]

In 2009, the McDonough School of Business moved into the newly constructed Rafik B. Hariri Building, named after the late Rafik Hariri, former Prime Minister of Lebanon and father of Georgetown alumnus Saad Hariri, also a former Prime Minister of Lebanon. The $82.5-million privately funded building opened in the summer of 2009 and is LEED Silver certified. The new building includes 15 classrooms, eight case-style rooms, five tiered lecture rooms, and two flat-floor rooms; 34 breakout rooms complete with data ports, flat-screen video monitors, and white boards; separate undergraduate and graduate commons areas and lockers for graduate students; 120 faculty offices; 11 interview rooms within the Career Management Office; 15 conference rooms throughout the building; and a 400-seat auditorium, among other features.[6][7]


Business school rankings
Worldwide MBA
Business Insider[8]25
Financial Times[10]17
Bloomberg Businessweek[11]19
U.S. News & World Report[13]25

Several academic themes distinguish the McDonough School of Business and give the school a special identity among managers and academicians, including international and intercultural dimensions of the marketplace, the importance of written and oral communication, and interpersonal effectiveness in organizations. As a Catholic and Jesuit university, Georgetown stresses ethics and social justice in its curriculum.

The Georgetown Institute for Consumer Research is one of several academic research centers at the McDonough School of Business.

The McDonough School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.[14]

Undergraduate school[edit]

The Rafik B. Hariri Building opened in 2009.

Undergraduates work toward a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA). The curriculum combines business and liberal arts courses. The primary academic emphasis during the first and second years is the liberal arts, including economics, government, history, philosophy, English, calculus, and theology.

The McDonough School of Business has core courses in the traditional disciplines of accounting, finance, marketing, management, and the decision sciences support these themes. Additionally these themes are supported by the school's support of minor concentrations among nearly 50 liberal arts disciplines. Undergraduate concentrations include accounting, finance, international business, management, marketing, and operations and information management (OPIM). The school's undergraduate acceptance rate in the 2009–2010 cycle was 22 percent, but dropped to 15.7 percent for the 2014–2015 cycle, where the school accepted 530 applicants out of roughly 3,375 applicants.[15][16]

Student groups, activities, and employment[edit]

The Undergraduate Program Office and active students provide dozens of activities and groups. Some activities include the Georgetown University Student Investment Fund, Georgetown University Accounting Society, Innovo Consulting, Hilltop Consultants, Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, Young Alumni Mentor Program, Stock Pitch Competition, and other activities.

Students work for a variety of skill-based jobs on campus, such as in accounting or finance department of student groups and companies (such as The Corp, The Hoya, and the Georgetown University Alumni & Student Federal Credit Union), the University Investment Office, the MSB Tech Center, and University Information Services.

The school also offers six-week summer study-abroad programs tailored specifically for business students at the University of Oxford, Sophia University in Tokyo, and the ESADE Business School.[17]

Graduate school[edit]

Graduate work offered by the school includes Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs, two Global Executive MBA programs, a Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program, a Master of Science in Management and an Executive Master's in Leadership degree.[18]

MBA program[edit]

The Georgetown MBA full-time program is a general management program oriented toward those with liberal arts, science, or technical undergraduate degrees. Typical students include mid-level managers. During the program, students are required to participate in four one-week residences, of which one is international.

For the class of 2019, 34% of enrolled students were international and 77% lived, worked, or studied abroad. There were 1,742 applicants and 276 were enrolled.[19]

Master of science in finance[edit]

The master of science includes coursework in corporate finance, financial markets, econometrics, real estate private equity, big and small data, and fixed income investments, among others.[20]


Georgetown's McDonough School of Business claims more than 10,500 undergraduate alumni and approximately 5,000 MBA and Executive MBA alumni.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "History of Georgetown". Georgetown University. Archived from the original on June 20, 2016. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  3. ^ "McDonough School of Business History". Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. Archived from the original on July 11, 2018. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  4. ^ Lyons, Emily (October 9, 1998). "GSB Takes New Name". The Hoya. Retrieved October 26, 2009.
  5. ^ "Lasting Legacy Fuels Next Generation Business School". Georgetown University Advancement. Archived from the original on September 3, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "Our Campus". Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. Archived from the original on October 8, 2010. Retrieved September 28, 2010.
  7. ^ Lawyer, Nathalie (March 2, 2010). "Rafik B. Hariri Building Wins Design Awards". The Hoya. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  8. ^ "The 50 best business schools in the world 2020". Business Insider. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  9. ^ "Full time MBA ranking". The Economist. 2019. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
  10. ^ "Global MBA Ranking 2020". Financial Times. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
  11. ^ "Best B-Schools". Bloomberg Businessweek. November 8, 2018. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  12. ^ "The Best Business Schools". Forbes. 2019. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  13. ^ "2019 Best Business Schools Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  14. ^ "DataDirect - General".
  15. ^ Shrinath, Kshithij (31 March 2015). "Admissions Rate Remains Steady at 16.4 Percent". The Hoya. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  16. ^ "Student Profile 2014-15". Georgetown University. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2010-09-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-01. Retrieved 2010-05-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ "Class Profiles".
  20. ^ "Online MS in Finance Courses". Georgetown University. 18 August 2013.

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