Business Administration: World Executive M.B.A.

School of Business

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.): World Executive
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

The core curriculum of our World Executive M.B.A. program centers on three themes: Leading People, Global and Local Environments, and Mastering Business Functions (financial management, decision skills, and marketing). Students broaden their views of the global marketplace, connect with the elite business community throughout the world, develop management skills, become part of a network of high achievers and receive intensive coaching and leadership development preparation. Our program targets professionals with at least eight years of work experience. It exposes them to the business practices of the major global economies. Students come from around the world and from a range of businesses and areas of expertise, from large multinationals to small firms, from government agencies to private practices and from national associations to small nonprofits. This diversity creates a dynamic learning environment where participants benefit from shared knowledge and new perspectives.

Our World Executive M.B.A. program is sixteen months in length and features the same curriculum as our flagship Global M.B.A. program, taught through an executive lens. Classes are held biweekly on Fridays and Saturdays, and students have the opportunity to choose an individualized track in international business, sustainability, or leadership. Residencies are a key element of our M.B.A. for executives, with two residences in Washington, DC, and two in international locations. In addition to classroom instruction and practical training, these residencies include site visits and discussions with country managers about market-specific challenges. The international residencies are project based. The program partners with business leaders to provide students with on-the-ground learning experiences.

Admission Requirements


Foggy Bottom - Main Campus, with four 2-3 week residencies in Washington, DC, and international locations

Admission deadlines*: 

Fall – Please refer to the program’s website for deadlines

Standardized test scores:

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT – institution code QK4-4F-40) or GRE (institution code 5246) is required, but may be waived for applicants who have at least ten years of professional, full-time work experience.

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations; one should be from a current or more recent direct supervisor.

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:

Discuss your long-term and short-term professional objectives and how your past experiences have contributed to and defined these objectives. Include in your statement why you want to pursue an executive MBA at this point in time. You may also include your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application. (Limit to 500 words.)

Additional requirements:

A current resumé.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

PLEASE NOTE that the minimum English language test scores required by this program are:

  • Academic IETLS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based, or 100 on Internet-based; or
  • Academic PTE: 68

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