George Washington University School of Business

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George Washington University
School of Business
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Motto Deus Nobis Fiducia
Motto in English
In God Our Trust
Type Private
Established 1928
Parent institution
George Washington University
Dean Vivek Choudhury (interim)
Academic staff
Undergraduates 1593
Postgraduates 1904
Location Washington, D.C., 20052
Campus UrbanFoggy Bottom
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The George Washington University School of Business (abbreviated as GW Business, or GWSB) is the professional business school of The George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. GW Business is ranked as one of the top business schools in the United States, with globally ranked undergraduate and graduate programs.

U.S. News & World Report ranks GW Business's international business program as 8th best in the world, its healthcare MBA as 16th best, its MBA program as 51st best, and its undergraduate business program as 38th best.[1] The Financial Times ranks GWSB as the 47th best business school in the United States.[2] Among GWSB's alumni are numerous prominent public and business figures, including Lee Kun-hee (Chairman of the Samsung Group), Faure Gnassingbé (current President of Togo), Ted Lerner (owner of the Washington Nationals), Jerry Reinsdorf (owner of the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago White Sox), former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Peter Pace, and Ina Garten, celebrity chef and author.

The GW School of Business awards Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Accountancy, and Bachelor of Science in Finance degrees at the undergraduate level and a range of specialized masters and doctoral degrees at the postgraduate level.


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, 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.[3]

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 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.[4] Dean Guthrie was succeed by Dean Livingstone. During her tenure at GWSB, her research was focused on creativity in business organizations. In April 2017, Dean Livingstone left GWSB in order to take up a new position as President of Baylor University. Vivek Choudhury replaced her as the interim Dean.[5]

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.


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 three degree programs – Bachelor of Accountancy, Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Finance. On the graduate level, the school awards MBA, specialized masters and PhD degrees.

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
  • Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center
  • European Union Research Center
  • Institute for Corporate Responsibility
  • International Institute of Tourism Studies
  • Institute for Integrating Statistics in Decision Sciences
  • Council for the Advancement of Small Business (CASB)


Undergraduate programs[edit]

  • U.S. News & World Report, 38th Undergraduate Business Program, 8th Undergraduate International Business Specialty in 2017[1]
  • Princeton Review, "Top Internship Opportunities" 2015 & 2016, No. 1 college or university for internships[6][7]
  • Business Week, "The Best Undergraduate B-Schools" 2016, 54th in the U.S., 21st in Salary Rank, 47th in Employer Survey[8]

Graduate programs[edit]


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.[14]

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