Business Administration: Professional M.B.A.

School of Business

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.): Part-time (Accelerated/Flexible)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview


Program format: Part-time, self-paced or cohort
Total credits: 55.5


In the Professional MBA program (PMBA), there are two options: Self-paced or Cohort. The Self-paced option allows students to design their own course schedule to meet their professional and personal needs. The Cohort option is structured to be completed in 24 months, and students complete all core requirements together as a cohort during their first three semesters.

PMBA core requirements make up 28.5 credits, with the remaining 27 credits reserved for elective classes. Electives are typically completed after the majority of core course requirements have been fulfilled, and may also be completed with short-term study abroad programs.

With 27 credit hours of electives built into the curriculum, students are able to add up to two Concentrations and/or Certificates to their degrees, choose additional courses from over 200 electives offered at School of Business, or take graduate-level classes offered through other GW schools or area universities. Students can also elect to add a second master’s degree to their MBA through GW’s many joint degree offerings.


Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall (Self-Paced or Cohort Option)

1 January 11
2 March 15
3 May 3
4 June 28

Spring (Self-Paced Option Only)

Round Completed By
1 October 19
2 December 7


Standardized test scores:

Either the Graduate Admissions Management Test (GMAT - institutional code QK4-4F-40) or the Graduate Record Examination Test (GRE - institutional code 5246) is required. May be waived for applicants with ten (10) or more years of professional work experience.

Recommendations required:

One recommendation required.

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

International applicants should upload the English-language version of their transcripts or a copy of a credentials evaluation.

Statement of purpose:

The admissions decision is not just about who you are as a candidate, but also what value you will contribute to the MBA class as a whole. The best essays highlight how the MBA will build upon your existing skills and experiences to advance a set of clear short-term and long-term goals. The most compelling essays will include specific examples of programs, experiences, coursework, and opportunities offered by GW. Make sure the content of your responses speak directly to the essay questions, and remember that this is your opportunity to add your voice to your application while distinguishing yourself from the applicant pool!

Please combine your essays into one double-spaced document and upload the document to the Statement of Purpose field in your online application.

Essay 1
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.

Essay 2
Please answer three of the following six discussion questions. For each short answer, respond in a maximum of 100 words.

  • a. GW graduates use business to create positive, sustainable change. I make an impact by...
  • The best piece of advice I have ever received is…
  • GW students embody a global perspective. During my time as a student, I plan to enhance my international outlook by...
  • I stand out in GW’s MBA applicant pool because…
  • With a location at the heart of Washington, DC, I plan to leverage GW’s strategic location by…
  • If I could do it over again, I would take advantage of…


Optional Essay
Please 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.

Re-Applicant Essay: (required only for re-applicants, maximum of 500 words)
Please describe any actions you have taken to strengthen your candidacy since your last application. Focus on any steps you have taken toward professional and personal growth.


Additional requirements:

A current resumé is required.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
M.B.A. Admissions – The GW School of Business
The George Washington University
2201 G Street, NW ~ Duquès Hall 550
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.1212 ~ 202.994.3571 (fax)
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday