Degree Programs

I. Programs
II. Major Requirements
III. Special Programs

 

I.PROGRAMS

The baccalaureate program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). McDonough offers the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree with six areas of major study.

ACCOUNTING

The major in accounting includes required courses in financial and managerial accounting, and electives in more specialized courses including financial statement analysis, auditing, and taxation. The program includes tracks for accounting majors who plan to become practicing accountants or auditors and for accounting/finance double majors who plan to work in the securities industry. The major provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in business law, tax law, and economics. Graduates have pursued careers with a wide variety of organizations, including public accounting firms, not-for-profit and government agencies, corporations, investment banks, hedge funds, and private equity firms.

FINANCE

The finance major provides a comprehensive background in the areas of corporate finance, investments, international finance, and financial institutions in a global environment. Elective courses are offered in specialized fields such as investment banking, derivatives, fixed income, real estate finance, corporate governance, and financial statement analysis. Many finance graduates accept positions with top investment banks and leading commercial banks. Other finance graduates accept employment in corporate and government financial management or consulting. Finance majors are also well-prepared for graduate study in business, finance, or law.

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

A major in international business prepares students to understand and apply business skills in accounting, finance, management, marketing, and operations in a cross-cultural and global context. Students gain competence in conducting business within and between markets and in understanding the environmental forces and policies that shape them.  Graduates have entered careers in fields such as consulting, tech, fashion, consumer goods, media, hospitality and financial services.

Students who major in International Business choose between two major options. Option 1: International Business Regional Studies gives students the opportunity to focus on the politics and economics of a particular geographical region. Option 2: International Political Economy and Business provides a global perspective on international business and trade.

MANAGEMENT, LEADERSHIP, AND INNOVATION

The Management, Leadership, and Innovation (MLI) major is an interdisciplinary major grounded in the organizational, social, and behavioral sciences. The major’s goals are to help students develop the interpersonal, analytical, and diagnostic skills necessary to succeed in a wide variety of industries. The MLI major also helps students to lead effectively in increasingly diverse organizations; think creatively, act entrepreneurially, and innovate effectively; develop skills in managing human and social capital; and communicate effectively. The MLI major prepares students for a wide range of job opportunities in management consulting firms, innovative corporations, entrepreneurial ventures and non-profits.

MARKETING

The goal of marketing is to understand customers’ needs and wants and then develop and deliver products and services to meet them. The marketing major incorporates strategic thinking, analytical skills and creativity, preparing graduates for a variety of careers including brand management, business development, consulting, and digital marketing. Marketing majors study topics such as consumer behavior, marketing intelligence, marketing strategy analytics, branding and global marketing. These marketing courses provide skills for the first job and beyond. In fact, a recent survey of global executives conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit concluded that in our highly competitive global economy, “The fastest route up the corporate ladder is through the marketing department.”

OPERATIONS AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

Recent shifts in product and service markets have resulted in an unprecedented demand for professionals who can successfully apply central principles of operations and technology management. The Operations and Information Management major provides students with the necessary analytical and technological skills to analyze problems and devise innovative and practical solutions. Students who major in Operations and Information Management have two major options: Operations, Analytics, and Systems or Managerial Computing.   Graduates with the OPIM major pursue careers in consulting, investment banking, market research, and management positions that require a combination of quantitative skills and knowledge of business processes.

INDIVIDUALIZED MAJOR

An individually tailored program may be developed for students whose career goals and objectives are not easily met by one of the standard majors.

The student who chooses the individualized major should select a faculty member who, in consultation with the student, will chart a course of study including relevant business and other courses in the University that would best meet the student’s needs.

The proposed individualized major should be submitted in writing to the Director of the Undergraduate Program with both the student’s and faculty member’s signatures and, if approved, placed in the student’s file. All amendments to the major should also be submitted in writing and approved by the Director of the Undergraduate Program.

FIVE-YEAR BSBA/MSFS PROGRAM

The McDonough School of Business and the Graduate School of Georgetown University offer a five-year BSBA/MSFS (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Master of Science in Foreign Service) Program. Third-year students in the McDonough School of Business who have maintained an honors academic average are eligible to apply to the Master of Science in Foreign Service. Successful applicants matriculate fully into the graduate program in the fourth year and receive the BSBA and MSFS degrees simultaneously upon completion of the fifth year of coursework (selected courses must satisfy the divisional and elective requirements of both programs). Admission to the BSBA/MSFS Program is competitive and students must satisfy all published application procedures for the Graduate School and MSFS except the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants must meet with an advisor in the Undergraduate Program Office and an MSFS Admissions staff member prior to submitting an application to determine suitability for the program. These meetings should occur no later than the first semester of the sophomore year.

To be competitive, BSBA students should have a 3.7 cumulative GPA, substantial study abroad experience, work and/or internship experience connected to international affairs, and advanced proficiency in a foreign language.

CREDIT FOR ROTC COURSES

Business students who participate in the Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) program may receive up to a maximum of 12 credits of Military Science courses applied to the bachelor of science degree in business. This policy is uniform with regard to Army Military Science offered on the main campus of Georgetown University and Naval Science offered at The George Washington University (and would be applied to Air Force at Howard University in the event there is a degree candidate in McDonough in the future). Courses offered at 3 credits will be applied first, and courses offered at less than 3 credits may be allowed up to the limit of 12 credits total. All 12 credits may contribute to the 120 credits required for the degree.

PREPARATION FOR GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS

Although the majority of the McDonough School of Business graduates begin their professional careers immediately after graduation, a number of graduates elect further education, generally in law and, after some work experience, in business. McDonough graduates have been highly successful in gaining admission to many of the nation’s top MBA and law programs. Georgetown makes every attempt, through its curriculum and advising system, to provide its students with the best possible preparation for further study.

PRE-LAW PREPARATION

While there is no “pre-law concentration,” the McDonough School of Business curriculum provides an excellent opportunity to develop the analytical, verbal, and writing skills necessary for success in the legal profession. In particular, Taxation I and II and Business Law provide exposure to law and legal analysis. The student’s elective courses also can be used to enroll in relevant courses in other schools of the University. For example, courses in English, government, ethics, and logic, among others, may be elected to round out a stimulating pre-law program.

Students contemplating such programs should consult closely with the advisors in the Undergraduate Program Office, with the “pre-law” faculty advisor in McDonough, and with the “pre-law” advisor at the Career Education Center.

Students who have achieved high honors should consider applying to the Georgetown University Law Center through the Early Assurance Program. This program allows exceptionally well-qualified students to submit an application to the Law Center during the junior year. The advantages of the program are that students are not required to take the LSAT prior to application and admission (although beginning in 2016, students admitted through the Early Assurance Program will be required to submit LSAT scores prior to matriculation, though no offers of admission will be subsequently revoked on the basis of the LSAT score). Students not admitted under the Early Assurance Program may apply again through regular admission during the senior year. Interested students should contact the Law Center Office of Admissions for applications and details at the beginning of their junior year.

PRE-Medical and Pre-dental Preparation

Georgetown offers a number of programs that prepare students to enter medical or dental school. The student must take the following basic pre-medical/pre-dental courses (a full year of each):
•    Mathematics (including at least a semester of Calculus)
•    General Chemistry
•    Organic Chemistry
•    Principles of Physics
•    Foundations in Biology I and a second biology course with lab (e.g., Foundations in Biology II, Genetics, Biological Chemistry)

Assistant Dean Marlene Canlas in the Georgetown College is the pre-medical/pre-dental advisor for first- and second-year undergraduates. Assistant Dean Ed Meyertholen in the Georgetown College advises junior and senior pre-medical/pre-dental students.  Dean Meyertholen chairs the Georgetown Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Recommendation Committee. The committee also includes Dean Canlas, several faculty from the College, as well as one faculty member each from the NHS and Medical School. Students preparing to enter medical or dental school request the committee recommendation at the end of the spring semester in their junior or senior year.

CAREER ADVISING

The Undergraduate Office of Professional Development (OPD) works in tandem with the Career Education Center to provide a continuum of professional and career advising throughout the student’s undergraduate career.  OPD works to enhance classroom learning with co-curricular and extra-curricular career development activities to help students compete in a variety of industries. This includes programming such as one-on-one coaching, workshops, panels, career treks, and coaching for students pursuing internships and full-time employment. The programming is within the context of Georgetown's commitment to educating and caring for the whole person - cura personalis - which encourages focus on each student's unique strengths. Students learn the tools, skills, and knowledge needed to effectively improve the management of organizations.

LEARNING GOALS FOR UNDERGRADUATES AT MCDONOUGH SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

The mission of the McDonough School of Business is to educate students to be ethically responsible and effective global business leaders. Our goal is that students be able to improve the management of existing organizations and create new ones in order to responsibly help raise global standards of living. The learning goals focus on business knowledge; management, analytical, and communication skills; and unique Georgetown perspectives.

Business Knowledge and Analytical Skills

Learning Goal

Our graduates will have the knowledge and the analytical, management, and quantitative skills necessary to advance organizations and improve their performance.

Learning Outcomes

Our students will master the key frameworks, models, and skills that reflect the body of knowledge in their major, and will apply discipline-based habits of analytical thinking to problems and opportunities.

Our students will be skilled in the analysis of both qualitative information and quantitative data. They will be able to frame problems, apply appropriate analytical techniques, and draw valid conclusions and recommendations.

Ethical and Social Justice Perspective

Learning Goal

Our graduates will develop an understanding of business that reflects the moral responsibility of management to all relevant stakeholders and the natural environment.

Learning Outcomes

Our graduates will understand the cultural and ethical complexities of conducting business on a global scale and be able to suggest appropriate courses of action.

Our students will understand how to integrate the Jesuit ideal of “service to others” in their leadership and business practices.

Our students will understand the importance of and techniques for measuring the impact of firms on people and their natural environment.

Global Perspective

Learning Goal

Our graduates will develop a global and multicultural perspective on the business enterprise and acquire the leadership skills necessary to be a successful leader in a global organization.

Learning Outcomes

Our students will learn about the ways national culture, law, and other social structures affect organizations and the ways that organizations affect their host countries.

Our students will develop the skills and perspective needed for effective leadership in a multicultural environment.

Our students will learn to apply the analytical content of their major in an international setting.

Communication Skills

Learning Goal

Our graduates will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of settings to advance organizational objectives and to meet challenges.

Learning Outcomes

Our students will be able to synthesize and summarize information and to professionally communicate their analyses, arguments, and recommendations to a variety of audiences.

Our students will be skilled in written, oral, and visual communication and will be able to effectively choose communication methods that are appropriate to the topic, objective, and setting.

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II.MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

ACCOUNTING (15 CREDIT HOURS)
Required Courses:
  • Intermediate Accounting I: ACCT-201
  • Intermediate Accounting II: ACCT-202  
Three electives, which could include:
  • Accounting and Management Strategy: ACCT-211
  • Advanced Accounting: ACCT-251
  • Auditing: ACCT-271
  • Governmental and International Accounting: ACCT-261
  • Decision Support Systems: OPIM-258
  • Financial Statement Analysis: ACCT-243
  • Taxation I: ACCT-221
  • Taxation II: ACCT-222

Students planning to sit for the CPA examination should consult the Undergraduate Program Office, the accounting faculty, and their state Boards of Accountancy regarding specific requirements. Few states will allow a candidate for the CPA to take the examination with only 26 credit hours of preparation (including Accounting I–II), and many states require as many as 30 or more hours of accounting courses. Many potential CPA candidates will have to take several accounting electives in addition to the required five courses.

FINANCE (15 CREDIT HOURS)
Required Courses:
  • Applied Financial Management: FINC-212
  • Principles of Investment: FINC-241
  • International Finance: FINC-250
Two electives, which could include:
  • Fixed Income Markets and Securities: FINC-245
  • Derivatives and Financial Markets: FINC-255
  • Financial Statement Analysis: ACCT-243
  • Financial Analysis and Modeling: FINC-257
  • Global Financial Institutions: FINC-249
  • Investment Banking: FINC-225
  • Real Estate Finance: FINC-220
  • Entrepreneurial Finance: FINC-265
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS (18 CREDIT HOURS)
Option 1: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS REGIONAL BUSINESS STUDIES

This option requires 6 courses, one of which can count toward other McDonough majors and two of which can, where applicable, count towards the Liberal Arts electives requirements.

  • International Business: STRT-261
  • Successfully complete the proficiency equivalence of an intermediate level language (minimum of 12 credits or 4 semesters; note that some languages require 24 credits e.g., Chinese and Arabic)
  • Advanced International Business: STRT-270
  • 2 Area Courses (The area courses should be a politics or economics course specific to a single region of language study from approved list.)
  • Choose two courses from the following list:
    • Global Financial Institutions: FINC-249
    • Global Logistics: OPIM-262
    • Intercultural Communications: MGMT-205
    • International Finance: FINC-250
    • Marketing Across Borders: MARK-229
    • Global Business Experience: BADM-290
    • International Operations: OPIM-296
OPTION 2: INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY AND BUSINESS

This option requires 6 courses, one of which can count toward other McDonough majors and two of which can, where applicable, count towards the Liberal Arts electives requirements.

  • Successfully complete the proficiency equivalence of an intermediate level language (minimum of 12 credits or 4 semesters; note that some languages require 24 credits e.g., Chinese and Arabic)
  • International Business: STRT-261
  • International Trade: ECON-243
  • Advanced International Business: STRT-270
  • International Political Economy: GOVT-261 or Business Government Relations: STRT-265 
  • Choose one course from the following list:
    • Global Financial Institutions: FINC-249
    • International Finance: FINC-250
    • International Finance: ECON-244
    • Marketing Across Borders: MARK-229
    • Institutions for International Trade: STRT-268
    • Global Business Experience: BADM-290
  • Complete one additional three credit internationally focused course from an approved international study abroad program or an internationally focused internship.
      
MANAGEMENT, LEADERSHIP, AND INNOVATION (15 CREDIT HOURS)
Required Courses:
  • Managing Human Capital: MGMT-295
Two courses from the following:
  • Communicating for Business Leadership: MGMT-200
  • Courage and Moral Leadership: MGMT-278
  • Management Consulting: MGMT-275
  • Imagination and Creativity: MGMT-277
  • Leadership: MGMT-299
  • Negotiations: MGMT-297
Two courses from either the above list or:
  • Intercultural Communications: MGMT-205
  • Managing Corporate Communication: MGMT-206
  • Accounting and Management Strategy: ACCT-211
  • Entrepreneurial Finance: FINC-265
  • Consumer Behavior: MARK-222
  • Electronic Commerce: OPIM-256
  • Entrepreneurship: STRT-280
  • Launching the Venture: STRT-295
  • Social Innovation: SOCI-141
  • Social Entrepreneurship: SOCI-168
MARKETING (15 CREDIT HOURS)
Required courses:
  • Marketing Intelligence (3 credits): MARK-221
  • Marketing Strategy Analytics (3 credits): MARK-225
  • Consumer Behavior (3 credits): MARK-222
Competence Electives for a total of 3 credits, from the following courses:
  • Branding (3 credits): MARK-227
  • Marketing Across Borders (3 credits): MARK-229
  • Communications/Digital Media (3 credits): MARK-228
Electives for a total of 3 credits, which could include:
  • Advertising and Public Relations Management (1.5 credits): MARK-237
  • Electronic Commerce: OPIM-256
  • Global Supply Chain Management: OPIM-262
  • Corporate Communications: MGMT-206
  • Global Retail Marketing (1.5 credits): MARK-232
  • Luxury Marketing (1.5 credits): MARK-231
  • Entrepreneurial Finance: FINC 265
  • Sports Marketing (1.5 credits): MARK-233
  • Social Marketing (1.5 credits): MARK-234
  • General Psychology: PSYC-001
  • Social Psychology: PSYC-140
  • Institutions for International Trade: STRT-268
OPERATIONS AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT (15 CREDITS)
Major 1: Operations, Analytics and Systems

A total of 15 credits, including two required courses and three electives.

Required Courses

  • Decision and Support Systems: OPIM-258
  • Global Supply Chain Management: OPIM-262

Electives

Two electives must be from Section A; the third can be from Section A or B.

Section A: OPIM Courses

  • Electronic Commerce: OPIM-256
  • Developing and Managing Databases: OPIM-257
  • Environmentally Sustainable Operations and Business Models: OPIM-271
  • Business Forecasting: OPIM-274

Section B: Cross-Disciplinary Courses

  • Derivatives & Financial Markets: FINC-255
  • Financial Mathematics: MATH-322
  • Entrepreneurial Finance: FINC-265
  • Marketing Intelligence: MARK-221
  • Any COSC courses 
Major 2: Managerial Computing

A total of 18 credits, including three required courses and three electives*.

Required Courses

  • Decision and Support Systems: OPIM-258
  • Computer Science I: COSC-051
  • Computer Science II: COSC-052 

Electives (Choose 3)

  • Global Supply Chain Management: OPIM-262
  • Electronic Commerce: OPIM-256
  • Developing and Managing Databases: OPIM-257
  • Any 200-level COSC elective

*At most, only two of COSC courses can be counted as Liberal Arts Electives.
 

Documenting Major(s) and Minor(s)

All students must officially declare all majors and minors prior to the end of the spring semester of sophomore year.

Declaring a Major

The major areas enable students to achieve a command of one or two of the business disciplines. When students declare their major(s), they will be assigned a faculty advisor (a mentor from within their chosen field of study). This mentor-student relationship is designed to enable students to benefit from faculty expertise in their chosen major. Students are encouraged to seek faculty advice in addition to that provided by the Undergraduate Program Office. Students may declare a double major, but only two courses counted toward the first major may be counted toward the second major. In other words, students must take at least three courses that are not counted toward the first major, or at least eight courses total, to declare a double major. Students may not pursue a triple major. All students in McDonough are encouraged to discuss major and course choices with their academic advisors, faculty advisors, career education center advisors, and prospective employers.

Declaring a Minor

Students may elect a minor from among the many departments within Georgetown College. Many McDonough students select minors from among the liberal arts offerings. The general requirements for minors are listed in the Bulletin under the course offerings for the appropriate departments. Students seeking a minor should consult with the appropriate department to obtain authorization and complete the Declaration of Minor Form. Please note that if a student is completing two minors in the Georgetown College, a single course may not be applied to both minors.  No courses can double count between the two minors.  Successful completion of the minor will be noted on the student’s final transcript, together with the major. Business students may not elect a minor within The McDonough School of Business, School of Foreign Service, or School of Nursing and Health Studies.

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III.SPECIAL PROGRAMS

ENTREPRENEURSHIP FELLOWS PROGRAM

The Entrepreneurship Fellows Program (EFP) was designed specifically for undergraduate students with an interest in further exploring entrepreneurship. Through a combination of coursework and co-curricular activities, students develop the tools and mindset needed to launch a venture and to succeed in an entrepreneurial environment. EFP will help students understand his or her own personal entrepreneurial aptitude, learn lessons from entrepreneurial mentors and faculty, bond with their entrepreneurial peers and experienced mentors, and be equipped to pursue an entrepreneurial career in either new or existing organizations.

REQUIREMENTS

An undergraduate student in any of the four undergraduate schools at Georgetown can complete the program by doing the following:

Complete the STRT-280: Foundations of Entrepreneurship course (3 credits)
Complete the STRT-295: Launching the Venture course (3 credits)
Complete the MGMT-208: Entrepreneurial Practicum, (3 credits)
Complete either the ACCT-001 or 101 course (3 credits)
Compete in the Start Up Hoya Challenge business pitch competition

Students are invited to apply to the program during the first semester of their sophomore year. Once admitted to the program, students will begin their studies with STRT-280 as early as the spring of their sophomore year. There is some flexibility in scheduling these courses to allow for students who spend a semester abroad to complete the program. However, STRT-295 is a prerequisite for MGMT-208 and must be completed at some point during the junior year.

Tutorials and Internships

Tutorials. Tutorials will be offered only to juniors or seniors in good academic standing. Students may take no more than one tutorial per semester. Tutorials must be approved by the Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs.

Tutorials offer students special opportunities to study subjects that are not part of the regular curriculum. Tutorials should represent an intellectual commitment and workload similar to that required of a normal three-credit course.  

Students in the McDonough School of Business interested in setting up a tutorial must meet five conditions: 1) the subject of the tutorial is not available as a regular University course;  2) there is an intellectually compelling reason for studying this subject as part of the undergraduate degree;  3) a faculty member with the appropriate expertise is available and willing to offer the tutorial;  4) the Department chair and the director of the undergraduate program, approve the request;  5) the appropriate paperwork is submitted to the Dean’s Office in a timely fashion (note:  forms to request approval for tutorials are available in the Dean’s Office).  Any tutorial that is approved as a substitute for a Core or major requirement must be taken for a quality grade (A through D).  Tutorials that are taken for elective credit may be taken for a quality grade or on a pass/fail basis (.  Credits for tutorials cost the same as regular course credits. All the academic regulations governing the regular curriculum are applicable to tutorials.  Tutorials come in two varieties, reading courses and research tutorials:

  • Reading courses usually focus on mastering the scholarly literature on a particular subject.  For example, a reading course on the origins of the banking crisis might focus on the major historiographical interpretations of the banking industry as well as on critiques of this literature.  The backbone of any reading tutorial is a substantial reading list put together with the help of the supervising professor.  The tutorial would meet weekly or biweekly and stress discussion of the readings for that period.  A variety of written assignments could be an appropriate means of assessment, including, for example, bibliographical essays, critical reviews, or analyses of one or more problems raised by the literature.
  • Research tutorials focus on the collection and analysis of primary materials in the form of a major research paper.  In framing a project, guidance should be sought from the professor.  The most typical flaw in undergraduate research projects is overestimating the amount of material that one can reasonably digest in a single semester or choosing a subject on which necessary data is unavailable.  Research tutorials meet weekly or as the pace of the project demands.  The final papers vary in length according to the subject, but a 25-page minimum would be typical.

Please note:  the material addressed in both reading courses and research tutorials should be defined in a way that allows you to finish all work for the tutorial by the end of the semester.  Incompletes are not routinely granted for tutorials.

Internships in Business. Internships permit the student to select a specific area within the field of business to explore outside the classroom. The purpose of an internship is to provide the student with an understanding of how a business actually operates and how business principles are applied. Students may apply for academic credit through one of the following:

  • MGMT-310: This course is available to current or rising juniors and seniors and is a three-credit seminar which must be taken for a letter grade. The intern will be required to attend individual and group meetings during the semester and to write a paper. To be considered for credit, all internships must be in the field of business and must provide a significant learning experience for the student. Further information and application forms are available from the Undergraduate Program Office. Students may only enroll in this course once.
  • MGMT-311/312: This course is offered only pass/fail and is worth one credit. It does not count towards any major nor towards the 40 courses required for graduation. It is offered both semesters of the academic year and during the summer. Students must be in good academic standing to take MGMT-311 (minimum GPA of 2.0), and the course is open to any current or rising sophomore, junior, or senior. Students may take these courses once.
Global Programs

All students enrolled in McDonough are eligible to participate in designated and approved programs abroad, organized through the Office of Global Education. Nearly 40 study abroad programs from across the globe are available to McDonough students for business credit. Programs are available during the full academic year, each semester, and each summer. Students who wish to participate in study abroad programs during the academic year typically have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. (Some full-year and semester abroad programs may require a higher GPA). Students who wish to study abroad during the summer must have a cumulative GPA of 2.7. For specific program information, contact the Office of Global Education or visit: http://studyabroad.georgetown.edu. Study abroad advice and academic planning are available in both the Office of Global Education and the McDonough Undergraduate Program Office. A maximum of 17 credits per semester may be taken abroad. All courses taken abroad must be pre-approved by the McDonough Undergraduate Dean’s Program Office to ensure proper credit transfer. Students requiring financial assistance should consult with their study abroad advisor in the Office of Global Education.

Students wishing to take advantage of short-term summer abroad opportunities can also choose from a wide range of program options and destinations that fit their academic and professional goals. In addition to many short-term programs that are offered through the Office of Global Education, McDonough students can choose from three business-focused programs in high ranking institutions in Hong Kong, Oxford, and Barcelona. The minimum GPA requirement for each of the summer programs is 2.7. The Oxford program will also require students to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in business courses. The Undergraduate Program offers need-based Undergraduate Dean’s Scholarships for eligible students, who are admitted to the summer study abroad programs.  Descriptions of these business summer programs are listed below:

SUMMER PROGRAMS

Oxford Summer Program

Georgetown University’s Summer Program in Comparative Business at Trinity College at Oxford University compares business functions in Great Britain, Western Europe, and the United States. Participating students take Comparative Strategic Management (STRT-283), fulfilling a core requirement for McDonough students and International Finance (FINC-250), fulfilling one of the upper-level international business courses for both the International Business and Finance major.

Barcelona Summer Program

The Georgetown-Escuela Superior de Administracion y Direccion de Empresas (ESADE) summer program offers Georgetown business students the rare opportunity to study global entrepreneurship and international marketing at one of the world’s most prestigious business schools. This program combines intensive classroom instruction with cultural activities and visits to key centers of economic activity, with particular emphasis on the many small local businesses that play a vital role in Barcelona’s economy and exemplify the city’s entrepreneurial environment. Students participating in this program take Marketing Across Borders (MARK-229), fulfilling an elective course for marketing majors, and Entrepreneurship (STRT-280), fulfilling an elective course for management majors, and a required course for students involved in the Entrepreneurship Fellows Program.

Hong Kong Summer Program

This four-week program is designed to enable McDonough students to undertake study in business strategy and intercultural communication in Hong Kong, one of Asia’s most dynamic and fascinating cities.  The program includes a combination of course lectures and seminars, as well as visits to prominent business and cultural sites in Hong Kong. Students will meet with leaders from various governmental and industry entities to gain insight into the important role that Hong Kong plays at the crossroads of global commerce. The visits will allow students to learn about strategy and its application in various contexts. In addition, students will have the opportunity to experience the unique culture, language, and customs of Hong Kong.

Participating students take Comparative Strategic Management (STRT-283), fulfilling a core requirement for McDonough students, and Intercultural Communication (MGMT-205), fulfilling one of the upper-level courses for the Management, Leadership, and Innovation major, as well as an elective requirement for International Business majors studying the Regional Studies track.  Additionally, this course fulfills the Integrated Writing requirement for McDonough students.

Global Social Internship Program 

Rooted in Jesuit traditions that aim to create future leaders who are reflective life-long learners, engage in civic activities, and live their lives in service to others, and in collaboration with the Fabretto Children’s Foundation, the McDonough Undergraduate Program Office has created the Global Social Internship Program. The program is an effort to provide undergraduate students with a transformative platform to engage in service learning and internship opportunities in Nicaragua.  As such student interns will spend five weeks in Nicaragua and assist Fabretto with the following activities:

Proposal development
Monitoring and evaluation
Marketing and promotion
Program coordination and support  

Students attending this program receive an internship stipend and free housing for their five-week internship with the Fabretto Children’s Foundation.

Global Business Fellows Program

The Global Business Fellows Program is an innovative joint program between the McDonough School of Business and the Walsh School of Foreign Service. This program combines fundamental principles of business with required coursework in international affairs, economics, and languages. Such an interdisciplinary curriculum enables students to analyze and solve challenges that impact business and public policy on a global scale.

Program Design:  Students from Georgetown McDonough and SFS will be eligible to apply for admission to the Global Business Fellows Program in their sophomore year. The Fellows program will have three distinctive and inter-related elements: (1) Interdisciplinary Curriculum, (2) the Global Business Experience, and (3) Public Policy Programming. Fellows will take a set of core courses in business, economics, and international affairs, as well as the Global Business Experience consulting course. In addition, students partake in co-curricular programming and professional development opportunities.

Program Requirements:  Sophomores will be admitted by November during the fall semester; and will start their coursework in January. This will enable students to work with their academic deans in their respective schools to enroll in the appropriate courses for their sophomore spring.

Application Process:  The Undergraduate Program Office in each respective school (SFS and MSB) administers their application process.  The prerequisites for application to this program are below.

  • One year of a foreign language or equivalent
  • Sophomore standing with solid academic record
  • Written essay explaining motivation for joining Global Business Fellows Program

The Global Business Fellows Program will be designated on a student’s transcript. In addition, Fellows receive a certificate at graduation.
 

CASE COMPETITION AND LEADERSHIP CONFERENCES

The Undergraduate Program Office recruits, trains and sponsors elite teams of students to participate at various national and international business case competitions.  The competitions present challenging cases, requiring students to apply knowledge from all areas of business study to present innovative solutions. The Undergraduate Program Office also collaborates with The McDonough-Hilltop Business Strategy Challenge (MHBSC) annual case competition - a student led annual, non-profit, live case competition that takes place every winter at Georgetown University. 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

In the Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person, the McDonough School of Business recognizes the impact that serving the community can have on a student’s development. McDonough strongly encourages students to participate in community service activities, either on their own or through opportunities offered by the University. Students have the option of an additional credit for significant work in the community, if the work is closely tied to a course in which the student is currently enrolled.

The Alumni Mentor Program

Recognizing the benefits of connecting students with established alumni, McDonough’s Alumni Mentor Program links current undergraduates with local alumni who have made great strides within their professional fields. The Alumni Mentor Program gives undergraduates the opportunity to network with recent graduates and learn from their professional experiences. Participants engage in group events as well as casual, individual meetings with their mentors. The program is small and selective to maximize the level of interaction between alumni and undergraduate students. During the summer, the Alumni Mentor Program connects undergraduates with internships in New York City with mentors in that area.

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