Degree Requirements and Academic Policies (MSB)

I.

Degree Requirements

II.

The Core Requirements

III.

Guide to Course Scheduling

IV.

Transfer Credit Policy

V.

Academic Advising and Policies

VI.

Special Interest Organizations

 

I.DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Graduation and the awarding of the BSBA degree is dependent upon satisfactory completion of the following:

  1. A minimum of 120 semester hours; 60 credits must be completed at Georgetown University with at least four semesters in residence in McDonough excluding summer terms;
  2. Successful completion of 38 courses of three or four credits;
  3. A final cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher;
  4. Completion of the Liberal Arts and University Core requirements;
  5. Completion of McDonough’s Core requirements;
  6. Selection and completion of a major and its listed requirements;
  7. Completion of free electives as needed to satisfy the 38 course requirement.

The final transcript of graduates includes the listing of all majors and minors, as well as final GPA. Once a degree is conferred, additional coursework taken as a special student at Georgetown or elsewhere may not be applied to an incomplete major or minor.

FIRST YEAR SEMINAR: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, PUBLIC POLICY, AND SOCIETY

The First Year Seminar (FYS) is an exciting way for first-year business students to explore the nature of scholarship, think about important ideas in business, and foster intellectual and personal growth while adapting to the rigor of college-level courses. The program offers small seminars (approximately 20 students) that create a supportive learning and service community. Throughout the program, students strengthen critical academic reading and writing skills necessary for success in college and explore intellectual links to a variety of business disciplines, including global public policy.

An integral part of the FYS is the case competition, which challenges students organized as teams to develop a business solution for strategic problems and issues facing a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. Faculty and advanced undergraduates coach each team, and the finalists present their strategic recommendations to executives at the client organization.

Students in FYS meet several times during the semester to hear lectures by external experts and members of the world-class faculty at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, who will illustrate how scholarly research in the different fields can inform important questions in international business, public policy, and society. At least one of these lectures will be delivered by the head of the client organization of the program’s case competition.

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II.THE CORE REQUIREMENTS

The Liberal Arts Core and the McDonough School of Business Core requirements are as follows:

University Core (7 courses)
Writing and HALC: Humanities, Arts, Literature and Culture 3 courses
Philosophy/Ethics (STRT 230 fulfills Ethics requirement) 2 courses
Theology 2 courses
Diversity - Global and Domestic 2 courses (over-lay requirement)
Liberal Arts Core (12 courses)
Economics 2 courses
Mathematics (Calculus) 1 course
History/Government/Classics 2 courses
Liberal Arts Electives 7 courses
Business Core (11 courses)
Accounting I and II 2 courses
Business Statistics 1 course
Business Law I or Business Government Relations 1 course
Computational Business Modeling (1 credit)

Principles of Marketing

1 course
Management and Organizational Behavior 1 course
Ethical Values of Business 1 course

Modeling Analytics (formerly Management Science)

1 course

Business Financial Management

1 course

Operations Management

1 course

Strategic Management

1 course
 
The university core
WRITING REQUIREMENT

The writing requirement is fulfilled by completing WRIT-015: Writing and Culture Seminar, a Humanities: Arts, Literatures and Cultures (HALC) course and an Integrated Writing (IW) course. Writing is the primary basis upon which your work, learning, and intellectual ability will be judged. Through this writing requirement, each student will be challenged to enhance their oral and written skills. 

The HALC course will provide an interdisciplinary backdrop for exploring literary works, as well as artistic and cultural expressions.

The Integrated Writing requirement is completed as part of the major. Integrated Writing courses focus on writing styles that are specific to the discipline, including, in many cases, translating expert knowledge for non-expert audiences.  Students in the McDonough School of Business may satisfy this requirement by enrolling in a First Year Seminar or business communication courses.  Students taking a business communications course majoring in MGMT or International Business may be able to use this course towards their major as well as the integrated writing requirement.

PHILOSOPHY REQUIREMENT

To fulfill the philosophy requirement, all students must take two courses: one in general philosophy and one in ethics. All students in the McDonough School of Business will take STRT 230: Ethical Values of Business to fulfill their ethics requirement.  Please note that seniors are not permitted to take an intro level philosophy or ethics course.

THEOLOGY REQUIREMENT

Two semesters of theology are required of all students for graduation. To fulfill this requirement, students may complete any courses offered by the Theology Department. “The Problem of God” (THEO-001) or “Introduction to Biblical Literature” (THEO-011) should be the first theology course taken. Transfer students are exempt from Problem of God and may select any two intermediate level courses, including Introduction to Biblical Literature, to fulfill this requirement.

DIVERSITY REQUIREMENT

The core requirement in diversity consists of two courses exploring diversity. Students take one course on diversity within the domestic context and the other on diversity on a global scale. Both of these courses typically overlap with other core requirements, which means that students are able to satisfy this requirement while fulfilling other core courses as well. Courses that satisfy the diversity requirement are marked in the Class Schedule search page (schedule.georgetown.edu) with the attribute “Diversity-Global or Diversity-Domestic.” Note that not all sections of a course will satisfy the core diversity requirement since various sections of the same course will have different emphases.

LIBERAL ARTS CORE
Economics Requirement

The economics requirement is fulfilled by completing Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON-001, ECON-002). McDonough students with a score of 4 on both exams (Macro and Micro) are encouraged to take ECON-003 and one additional ECON course (either ECON-101, 102, 103, or 104), instead of ECON-001 and 002, to complete their one year of required economics. These courses must be completed by the end of the second year.

For a score of 5 on the Microeconomics exam, the student will receive three credits for ECON-001 (Principles of Microeconomics). For a score of 5 on the Macroeconomics exam, the student will receive three credits for ECON-002 (Principles of Macroeconomics). Students with a score of 5 on both of the AP exams may proceed to upper level courses and cannot take any of the principle courses (ECON-001, 002 and 003). Students with a score of 5 on only one of the AP exams normally take the opposite principles course. If the student takes ECON-003 (Principles of Economics: Macro and Micro), they will forfeit the AP credit in economics.

Mathematics Requirement

The mathematics requirement is four hours at the calculus level or above and must be completed by the end of the first year. This requirement is satisfied by completing Calculus I (MATH-035). Adequate preparation for a calculus course normally requires four years of high school mathematics, including one-half year of trigonometry.  A placement exam is required before registering for this requirement.  If a student places into Calculus with Review (MATH-029), they would complete this course in the fall and register for  Calculus I (MATH-035) in the spring. Calculus with Review will fulfill one liberal arts elective requirement. 

History/Government/Classics/INAF Requirement

Students may choose any two introductory courses from the Departments of Government, History or choose from among certain history-based classics (offered by the Classics Department) or International Affairs (INAF) courses. Any classics or INAF course taken to fulfill this requirement must be approved by the Undergraduate Program Office prior to registration for the course. The course must have sufficient historical content to meet this requirement.

Liberal Arts Electives

The seven electives required to complete the liberal arts core may be taken in any liberal arts area offered by the University.  Please note: You may only apply up to two ECON courses towards your seven liberal arts electives.  STIA courses do not count as liberal arts electives.

Free Electives

Free electives may be completed in either liberal arts fields or in business studies. Only free electives may be taken pass/fail.

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III.GUIDE TO COURSE SCHEDULING

The normal course load in The McDonough School of Business is five courses per semester. Special permission is required to take fewer than four or more than five courses per semester; students should discuss program implications with the Undergraduate Program Office.

To satisfy the twelve-course business core requirement, all students should complete Accounting I, Computational Business Modeling, and Business Statistics the first year. During the second and third years, all students must complete the following: Accounting II, Ethical Values of Business, Business Law I (or Business Government Relations), Management and Organizational Behavior, Principles of Marketing, Management Science and Business Financial Management. During the third year, students should complete both Strategic Management and Productions and Operations Management. In addition to all core requirements, students must complete discipline-specific courses in one or two of the undergraduate business majors (see below).

WITHDRAWALS From a course 

To withdraw from a course a student must submit an official request to the Undergraduate Program Office. If a student does not complete a course for which the student is registered and from which the student has not officially withdrawn, a failure will be recorded for that course. The withdrawal period for 1.5-credit courses will last 5 weeks into the course (one-half the length of a withdrawal period for a 3-credit course). Courses dropped through this withdrawal period will be shown on a student's record with a 'W' grade. No student at any time may withdraw from courses to the point of becoming a part-time student (i.e., registered for eleven or fewer credits) without the permission of the Senior Associate Dean.

Credit and WITHDRAWALs/tuition refunds for 1.5-credit course Tuition refunds

Should a student withdraw from a 1.5 credit course and drop below 12 credits, credit for tuition will be calculated from the date the Senior Associate Dean is notified according to the following percentages:

1st week: 100%
2nd week: 80%
3rd week: 70%
4th week: 50%
5th week: 40%

ENROLLMENT AND ADD/DROP PERIOD

We recommend the following guidelines for students enrolling in 1.5-credit courses:

Students should take the equivalent of five 3-credit courses, if they want to enroll in one 1.5-credit course.  (This will allow them to remain as a full-time student if they drop or withdraw from a course.)
Students should take the equivalent of four 3-credit courses, if they want to enroll in two 1.5-credit courses.  (This will allow them to remain as a full-time student if they drop or withdraw from a course.)
The add/drop period for 1.5-credit courses is the first week of class (two class sessions) for both halves of the semester to allow students to make changes to their schedule without academic or financial penalty.

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IV.Transfer Credit Policy

Validation of Business Courses

When a transfer student requests transfer credit for a business course that has been taken at another institution, the student may be asked to validate the course by passing an examination on the subject material covered in the equivalent course(s) at Georgetown.

All validation processes are administered through the Undergraduate Program Office.

With the exception of summer school courses listed in the usual departments of the four undergraduate schools on campus (College, SFS, MSB and NHS), McDonough students may not enroll in courses offered through the School of Continuing Studies for its various degrees, certificates and special programs.

Transfer Admissions

External applicants for transfer admission must have completed one semester of at least 12 credit hours prior to being accepted to McDonough. Internal candidates for transfer must have completed one year of study at Georgetown prior to being accepted to McDonough and should have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students currently enrolled in another school within the University who are interested in transferring should contact the Undergraduate Program Office.

Transfer Credit for College Courses Taken Prior to Matriculation

Incoming students who have taken a course(s) at another college or university during high school may request Georgetown credit (at most 12 credits) provided all of the following guidelines are met:

  • the course was taught at a four year accredited college (community college is not transferrable) or university, not at your high school;
  • the course was taught by a regular member of the college or university faculty, not a high school instructor given associate status by the college or university;
  • the course was open to regular college or university students and was not designed specifically for high school students;
  • the course was recorded by the college or university on an official transcript, and would be credited toward that college's or university's degree;
  • the course did not count toward fulfillment of a high school graduation requirement;
  • the course was taken during junior year in high school or later;
  • a grade of “C” or above was earned; 
  • the course is not a foreign language (Georgetown only accepts pre-matriculation language credit through AP/IB exams paired with either a SAT II score or NSO placement exam results); and
  • the course is not a business course including Introduction to Business.

In addition to meeting all of these guidelines, a copy of the course syllabus and an official transcript should be forwarded to the Undergraduate Program Office (along with a letter from the student's high school guidance office verifying the above criteria were met), for review and determination of whether credit will be awarded. The total number of courses taken away from Georgetown after matriculation cannot exceed 12 credit hours (generally four courses).

Transfer Credit for Summer Courses Taken Away from Georgetown University

The McDonough School of Business adheres to the following guidelines regarding study away from Georgetown University:

  • Students are expected to fulfill required business courses at Georgetown.  Summer courses should be liberal arts requirements, electives, or enrichment offerings.
  • Summer courses may be taken at a four-year accredited institution or a community college for transfer credit.  
  • Only two courses may be taken away at a community college.
  • Students may transfer credit for a total of 12 credits completed at non-Georgetown programs. Students may not take more than four courses in one summer without approval.
  • Students must receive a grade of a “C” or above to transfer credit from another institution (Remember—courses taken as pass-fail will not transfer nor will a "C-").
  • Classes must meet for a minimum of 35 classroom hours or more (typically over 4 weeks). Four credit courses will require additional classroom hours.
  • Students attending a university that meets on a quarter system are advised that a five-unit class normally equates to a three-credit course at Georgetown University.
  • Up to two on-line summer courses may be accepted for credit from an accredited institution. The course and syllabus requires approval from the Undergraduate Program Office.

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V.ACADEMIC ADVISING AND POLICIES

Academic advising

The McDonough School of Business’ advising system is designed to inform students of the many curricular options and programs available to them and to help them in making responsible choices that nurture their intellectual interests.  All McDonough undergraduate advising takes place in the Undergraduate Program Office in the Rafik B. Hariri Building, Suite 120. The student’s advisor provides specific information about the proper sequencing of courses required for their majors, discusses and gives formal approval to students’ proposed course selection during preregistration for each upcoming semester, and serves as a sounding board for exploring various academic options. 

During their first year, students are encouraged to schedule a meeting with their assigned advisor to discuss their intellectual interests and academic goals and to construct a four year road map. The purpose of the road map is for the student and advisor to get to know one another, to discuss how to use the degree audit advising tool, and for the student to learn how to navigate the curriculum.  Although the four year road map is designed to ensure the timely completion of all degree requirements, it is in no way binding, and it is expected that students will revise their plans as their intellectual interests evolve. 

Students who enter the McDonough School of Business declare their majors at the end of their sophomore year. Once a student declares their major, they will choose a faculty advisor in their chosen area for more detailed information on the major and course sequencing.  

During the junior and senior years, students are advised about changes of their academic program, study abroad and transfer credit, tutorial courses, degree completion and commencement, and post-graduation plans. 

The Undergraduate Program Office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and is the central source of information for students regarding academic and administrative affairs. Students should check the McDonough website (http://msb.georgetown.edu) for announcements, information and forms. Students are responsible for checking their e-mail regularly for important academic information.

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 can pursue a limited number of certificates in the Shcool of Foreign Service, a minor in public health in the School of Nursing & Health Studies and an entrepreneurship minor in the McDonough School of Business.   No more than one course can double count towards a minor (E.g. Entrepreneurship Minor) in the McDonough School of Business and a McDonough major(s).

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 in Business Administration. 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 Cawley 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 their 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 their 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)

Dean Justin Smith, in the McDonough School of Business, is the pre-medical/pre-dental advisor for all McDonough undergraduates.  Dean Meyertholen, in Georgetown College, chairs the Georgetown Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Recommendation Committee. The committee also includes 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 and Leadership Development (OPLD) works in tandem with the Cawley Career Education Center to provide a continuum of professional and career advising throughout the student’s undergraduate career.  OPLD 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.

APPLICATION FOR THE DEGREE

Degrees are conferred three times a year: in May, August, and December. Seniors are prompted to file an electronic application for the degree by the Dean’s Office, and failure to do so in a timely fashion may delay the conferral of the degree.

Commencement Exercises take place once a year, in May. Students graduating in August may participate in the May Commencement exercises preceding or following the conferral of the degree. Students graduating in December may participate in the following May Commencement exercises. Note that for purposes of determining graduation honors, both August and December graduates are included with the following class of May graduates.

Academic Regulations

The McDonough School of Business standards are set forth under University Academic Regulations.

Additionally, the McDonough School of Business regulations include the following:

  • Students must complete a minimum of six semesters of university study, four of which must be full-time and in residence in the McDonough School of Business. A minimum of 60 credits must be completed in residence.  
  • Students are required to complete at least half of the coursework for a major or minor at Georgetown. Transfer credits in excess of half of a major or minor will be counted as free electives toward the degree. Additionally, some departments may set stricter limits on transfer credit and how it may be applied.  
  • No course can count for more than two requirements (courses can not triple count for three different requirements).
  • Once matriculated, a student may transfer no more than four summer school courses taken elsewhere to the Georgetown degree. Prior approval for such courses must be obtained from the McDonough Dean’s Office. Students may not transfer coursework taken in a fall or spring semester at another institution, other than coursework taken in an approved study abroad program.
  • Semesters are defined as fall and spring semesters (not summer).
  • Study abroad at SFS-Qatar, Villa le Balze, or McGhee Center counts toward the residency requirement.
  • Courses that fulfill requirements for Liberal Arts and University Core Curriculum, Business Core, Major Minor, Certificate or Fellows programs must be taken for a letter grade.
  • Audited courses do not count toward the undergraduate degree.
  • Undergraduate students are required to be full-time. Seniors who have met all residency requirements may petition to be part-time in the final semester of their senior year only.
  • With the exception of summer school courses listed in the usual departments of the four undergraduate schools on campus (College, SFS, MSB and NHS), McDonough students may not enroll in courses offered through the School of Continuing Studies for its various degrees, certificates and special programs.
  • Students may not take more than four courses in any one summer at Georgetown.    
  • Any student with more than one incomplete in a given term who is unable to complete his or her work by the first day of class of the next term may not begin new courses without formal review and consent of the Dean’s Office, and may be directed to take a leave of absence.
  • Students who have been placed on probation normally are ineligible to receive an incomplete grade.
  • Students on elective leave of absence may not transfer credit for courses taken elsewhere during their leave.  In rare circumstances, such as medical leaves of absence, and with written approval of the Dean’s Office prior to the leave, students may be allowed to transfer a limited number of courses.
  • All seniors are required to complete a Senior Review during the penultimate semester to obtain confirmation of final degree requirements and to apply for the degree. Failure to apply for the degree by the designated deadline may necessitate the postponement of graduation.
Academic Procedures

The Academic Standards Committee is composed of the professional staff in the Undergraduate Program Office and is chaired by the Director of Advising. It convenes at the conclusion of the fall and spring semesters to review the academic records of all of the undergraduates in the School. In instances where a student has incurred an academic deficiency, the committee may recommend one of three courses of action: probation, suspension, or dismissal. The chair of the committee notifies the student in writing in the case of probation and the Senior Associate Dean notifies the student in the case of suspension or dismissal. All suspensions and dismissals must be approved by the Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs.

Students who are either dismissed or suspended may appeal the decision of the Standards Committee to the Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, who will refer the student to the Board of Academic Appeals.

The Board of Academic Appeals shall be appointed by the Senior Associate Dean in consultation with the Deputy Dean and consists of three faculty members. No member of the faculty may sit on a board as a voting member if the member:

  1. has at any time taught the student who is appealing;
  2. has at any time acted as an advisor to or employer of the student; or
  3. was a member of the McDonough Academic Standards Committee which made the initial recommendation.

It should be emphasized that the Board of Academic Appeals is an educational hearing board and not a court of law, and an attorney may not appear on behalf of a student during the hearing or appeals process.  The Board's purpose is twofold:

  1. It considers the student’s record in light of the initial decision and accepts any evidence of extenuating circumstances which would warrant the Board to recommend a change in the decision.
  2. It assures the student an opportunity to appear before an impartial board composed of members of the faculty.

The student should submit to the Senior Associate Dean a written request for an appeal of the initial decision within the time limit of one week from the time of notification. The student may then present to the Board evidence which would indicate reasons for the Board to recommend to the Senior Associate Dean a change in the initial decision.

The student may be present for the hearing or if because of extraordinary circumstances the student is unable to be present, he or she may present a written summary of the grounds for the appeal. When presenting the appeal to the Board, the student may bring someone for the purpose of moral support.

The student may be present for all stages of the hearing except for the final deliberation by the Board.

The Board may recommend upholding the initial decision or it may recommend a mitigation of that decision. It cannot recommend a harsher decision or completely abrogate the original decision.

The Board’s recommendation is sent in writing to the Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs. It may give explanations or comments and is signed by the members of the Board.

The Senior Associate Dean communicates in writing to the student the final disposition of the matter.

Academic Integrity

See the description of the Georgetown University Undergraduate Honor System in the Academic Regulations section of this Bulletin.

Duplicate Submission of Papers

Any student who wishes to submit a paper, or substantially the same paper, in two (or more) classes must discuss that plan with the concerned faculty members and obtain written approval so that no questions of deficiency might arise at a later time.

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VI.SPECIAL INTEREST ORGANIZATIONS

Numerous professional student organizations within the McDonough School of Business offer students the chance to network with peers and faculty, take on leadership roles, add depth to their studies, and prepare for careers in business.

The Academic Council for the McDonough School of Business represents the undergraduate student body to the administration and faculty. One elected representative of the Council is a voting member of the School’s Executive Council. The Academic Council’s objectives include 1) providing input on co-curricular activities within the School; 2) developing professional awareness through coordination and assistance to business clubs and organizations; 3) encouraging students and faculty to cooperate in conferences, seminars, and programs designed to challenge student thought; 4) and providing course critiques, surveys, and newsletters to alumni and students.

The Compass Fellowship, supported by the Kenneth Cole Foundation, is a global family of young social innovators supported by peer and professional Mentors. The Compass Fellowship is a one-year program that identifies the most passionate first-year undergraduates at schools around the country, inspires them to start a social venture, and empowers them to solve the world's greatest problems with socially-conscious business. 

The Georgetown Accounting Society encourages scholarship among its members, provides accounting and auditing services to the University community, provides student assistance in accounting instruction, and develops a professional attitude toward accounting. Membership in the Society is open to academically qualified students.

The Georgetown Marketing Association provides supplemental education and business opportunities for students interested in marketing and related trends in business by hosting speakers and obtaining important contacts with professionals both in business and in government. 

Georgetown Aspiring Minority Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs (GAMBLE) provides minority undergraduates with a holistic approach to career planning and employment opportunities. The ultimate goal is to broker a conversation about diversity and inclusion both on campus and in the workplace. GAMBLE supports this vision by helping minority scholars become tomorrow’s business leaders and entrepreneurs with the support of a strong community and alumni mentoring network. GAMBLE is completely student run.

The Georgetown Retail & Luxury Association brings students together will companies and leaders of the retail and luxury industries for guest speaker events and recruiting opportunities.

The Georgetown University Finance Society (GUFS) provides a network of contacts for students interested in finance positions or internships. GUFS brings finance professionals to Georgetown to talk about their work and to supply information about job opportunities. 

The Georgetown University Real Estate Club (GUREC) connects undergraduate students to all facets of the Real Estate Industry. Members of our club are able to gain an incredible amount of exposure to the field through property tours, speaking events with professionals, skill building workshops, case competitions, networking events with alumni, and more. Through a partnership with the McDonough School of Business’s Real Estate Finance Initiative and it’s director Professor Mathew Cypher, GUREC strives to facilitate learning about the field and starting a career in real estate for its members.

The Georgetown University Student Investment Fund, organized as a partnership, provides its members with a working knowledge of the stock market through its investment and research activities.  Student investors present new investment proposals and review the current portfolio at each meeting.  This forum provides students with a good introduction to the stock market and the investment decision-making process.  

Hilltop Consultants is an undergraduate-run organization headquartered at Georgetown University, serving nonprofits across the globe. Hilltop works with 6-7 clients a semester to assist these organizations to redirect in the face of obstacles and realize their full potential. We have worked with nonprofits such as Teach for America, the American Diabetes Association, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, United Way, and Greenpeace.

Innovo Solutions is a student-run nonprofit organization consulting organization incorporated in the District of Columbia that aims to develop social entrepreneurship and a commitment to serving nonprofits in the Georgetown community by fostering interaction among students, social entrepreneurs, and nonprofit leaders. The organization teams up with nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurs to solve their most urgent challenges. This way, Innovo helps these nonprofits reach their goals so that these organizations can better live out their missions and generate greater social impact

The McDonough Alliance is an organization that helps to foster an inclusive, pre-professional community for LGBTQ+ undergraduates at Georgetown. Through mentorship, targeted recruiting and social events, McDonough Alliance aims to connect students to the business world while creating enduring relationships.

McDonough Women is a program to empower females in the McDonough School of Business to achieve their leadership potential. A hybrid initiative between the MSB Undergraduate Dean’s Office and Undergraduate Women in MSB, McDonough Women seeks to provide opportunities for leadership development, mentorship, and personal growth to undergraduate women.

Moneythink is a national student movement aimed at rejuvenating urban America by mentoring the next generation of America's small business leaders. We believe that by selecting, training, and deploying talented college students to mentor urban high school students in financial life skills and entrepreneurship, we can create a generation of financially responsible consumers and entrepreneurial problem solvers.

The OPIM Majors Group was formed in 2003 to support and connect OPIM majors and alumni. The group has aided in the placement of members at prestigious, cutting-edge firms including Facebook, Palantir, and many major banks and consulting firms. Each year, the OPIM Majors Group sponsors an alumni panel in the fall, a major’s panel in the spring, and the senior OPIM lunch, attended by graduating OPIM majors and OPIM faculty. The group also organizes site visits to firms in the D.C. area such as Palantir, iStrategyLabs, PwC, and more.

StartupHoyas is an organization that inspires innovation and fosters student involvement in the entrepreneurial programs at Georgetown. It is comprised of two parts. StartupHoyas Club connects students from all four undergraduate schools to the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative, while the Hoya Challenge brings entrepreneurially minded students together by fostering the creation of businesses through involvement in competitions and by providing educational resources.

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