Special Programs

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  1. First Year Seminar: International Business, Public Policy, & Society
  2. Entrepreneurship Programs
  3. Individualized Major
  4. Special Degree Programs
  5. Undergraduate Research Opportunities
  6. Internships
  7. Global Programs
  8. Case Competition and Leadership Conferences
  9. Community Service
  10. Alumni Mentoring

1. First Year Seminar: International Business, Public Policy, and Society

The First Year Seminar (FYS) is an exciting three credit course (BADM-101) 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.  FYS is open to McDonough’s first year and transfer students and fulfills the integrated writing requirement.

An integral aspect of the FYS course is the business case competition, which challenges students – organized as teams – to develop strategic business solutions and recommendations for contemporary 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 from the client organization.

During the semester, students in all FYS courses meet multiple times, as a cohort, 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 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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2. Entrepreneurship Programs

The McDonough School of Business offers a Minor in Entrepreneurship for McDonough undergraduate students and the Entrepreneurship Fellows Program (EFP) for students in the other three undergraduate schools.

Entrepreneurship Minor

In a rapidly changing and highly turbulent global economy, the ability to think creatively, challenge the status quo, and take calculated risks are “must-have” management skills.   The Minor in Entrepreneurship provides McDonough students with the chance to develop these critical skills, and to apply entrepreneurial concepts and problem-solving tools to their chosen area of focus. Students who minor in Entrepreneurship will learn to identify market opportunities, assess their value, and mobilize the resources needed to pursue these opportunities. The Minor is not aimed specifically at students who want to launch companies – it is designed to prepare students for success in a range of environments where an entrepreneurial mindset is a distinct advantage – including strategy, corporate innovation and new product development roles. Students will also understand how an entrepreneurial mindset can be applied to key social challenges such as economic development, social justice, poverty, diversity, and globalization. The minor requirements are as follows:

  • MGMT-220: Foundations of Entrepreneurship 
  • MGMT-224: Launching Entrepreneurial Ventures
  • MGMT-229:  Managing Entrepreneurial Ventures
  • One Elective from:
    • FINC-265: Entrepreneurial Finance & Private Equity
    • GBUS-404: Global Innovation Strategy
    • GBUS-492: Law, Business & Entrepreneurship
    • MGMT-277: Imagination and Creativity
    • OPIM-256: Internet Business Technologies
    • SOCI-168: Social Entrepreneurship
    • STIA-305: Science Tech in Global Arena

The Minor in Entrepreneurship is open to McDonough School of Business students from all majors. However, students should complete MGMT-220 before declaring their intent to pursue the minor. Please note, students will be allowed to count only one of their four courses in the minor toward any other major(s).

Entrepreneurship Fellows Program 

The Entrepreneurship Fellows Program (EFP) was designed specifically for undergraduate students outside of the McDonough School of Business 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. An undergraduate student in any of the three undergraduate schools outside of McDonough School of Business at Georgetown can complete the program by doing the following:

STRT-220: Foundations of Entrepreneurship course (3 credits)
STRT-224: Launching the Venture course (3 credits)
MGMT-229: Entrepreneurial Practicum (3 credits)
Complete either the ACCT-001 or 101 course (3 credits)
Compete in the Georgetown Entrepreneurship 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 MGMT-220 as early as the spring of their sophomore year. 

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3. Individualized Major

The academic goals and career objectives of most McDonough School of Business students can typically be met by pursuing one of the seven majors offered in the school, in which case pursuing an Individualized Major is not recommended. The purpose of the Individualized Major is to assist students who have a clear career or professional objective that falls outside of the seven standard majors to pursue a unique academic plan within the McDonough School of Business. Please note, students must declare a primary major (one of the seven majors offered within McDonough) and if approved, the individualized major would become their secondary major.

Individualized Major Application Process

  1. Students should first explore all seven available majors in McDonough to be certain that their academic and career objectives cannot be achieved through one of those existing options.
  2. If the student believes the Individualized Major option is a route they want to pursue, they should set up an appointment with their academic dean in McDonough in order to be sure they understand the application criteria and process.
  3. Students should research the field of study that they intend to propose. This should include interviewing a professional in that field, obtaining curricular program information from other universities that offer a similar program, and speaking with McDonough faculty members about potential opportunities in that field. As students are conducting their research, they will need to find a McDonough faculty sponsor, and then should meet with their faculty sponsor to discuss their research and outline their proposal.
  4. After the initial meeting with their faculty sponsor, students must create their Individualized Major proposal using the attached application and guidelines. Upon completion, their faculty sponsor must review and sign the proposal in order to be submitted for review by the Faculty Advisory Council.
  5. The student should submit their completed application and supporting documentation to the Director of Advising in the Undergraduate Program Office, who will then review the application in order to ensure that it is complete.
  6. Completed applications will then be sent to the Faculty Advisory Council; the Council will use the student’s specific academic and career goals and proposed coursework to determine the appropriateness of an Individualized Major in the chosen area. The Council may approve the proposal in its entirety, request additional information, suggest modifications to the proposal, stipulate specific revisions, or reject the proposal altogether.
  7. The Director of Advising in the Undergraduate Program Office will communicate the decision of the Faculty Advisory Council to the student. The review process typically takes several weeks, so students should plan to submit no later than the suggested September deadline in junior year.
Individualized Major Criteria and Important Notes:
  • McDonough students must have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA in order to be eligible to submit an Individualized Major proposal.
  • Proposals must be submitted before the end of a student’s first semester of junior year. Students should aim to submit no later than September to allow for adequate time for review by the Faculty Advisory Council.
  • Students must declare a primary major (one of the seven majors offered within McDonough) and if approved, the individualized major would become their secondary major.
  • Please note that individualized majors that can be achieved through a combination of already existing majors and/or minors in or outside of McDonough will not be approved (i.e. Students may not pursue a coding or computer science-focused individualized major if they are eligible to pursue the COSC minor). In addition, individualized majors must be outside of the field of study of the student’s primary major (i.e. a student may not pursue a ‘Data Science’ individualized major if their primary major is OPIM).
  • As part of the application process, students must develop a study proposal for their Individualized Major that includes at least 6 three-credit courses (minimum of 18 credits total), at least 3 courses (9 credits) of which must be taught in McDonough. An Individualized Major proposal will not be approved if it includes more than three courses found in one of the existing McDonough majors. Students are encouraged to build flexibility into their plan of study to allow for both required foundational courses and elective course options (i.e. include language similar to ‘3 of the following 6 elective courses’).
  • Students must find a full-time McDonough faculty member who is willing to serve as a faculty advisor for their Individualized Major.
  • All aspects of the Individualized Major application must be completed prior to submission; incomplete applications will not be sent to the Faculty Advisory Council.
  • Please note that Individualized Major proposals are approved on a case-by-case basis. Prior approval for a similar proposal in the past does not guarantee approval of a subsequent proposal.
Students applying for an Individualized Major must submit the following to the Director of Advising in order for their application to be considered:
  1. Completed Application Cover Page
  2. A Proposal document that includes all of the following components:
    • A statement outlining the rationale for wanting to pursue the Individualized Major, the academic value of the proposed major and why existing majors or combinations of majors/minors do not meet its objectives.
    • Background research of the field, including similar programs at other colleges/universities.
    • Specific plans for how this Individualized Major will be applied to the student’s plans after graduation.
    • Proposed coursework (include course numbers, titles, and the course description)-includes at least 6 three-credit courses (minimum of 18 credits total), at least 3 courses (9 credits) of which must be taught in McDonough.
    • Rationale for why the student is including each course in their proposal.
  3. Resume
  4. Timeline & Plan of Study (Outline the sequence/timing of when the student plans to take each course, keeping in mind prerequisites and courses taught in specific semesters)
  5. Four Year Academic Plan (Attach a completed graduation plan, incorporating completion of all degree requirements – primary major, Individualized Major, minor [if applicable], Liberal Arts Core, Business Core)

The Individualized Major application process typically takes 10-12 weeks from initial research to receiving the Faculty Advisory Council’s final decision; therefore, it is recommended that students begin the process no later than spring semester of their sophomore year.  Not all Individualized Major proposals are approved. Therefore, if a student chooses to take courses in the proposed field of study before receiving approval, the student runs the risk of taking a course that will not fulfill a degree requirement.

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4. Special Degree Programs

Five-Year BSBA/MSFS Joint Degree 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.

Columbia Combined Plan Engineering Program

Georgetown University offers a 3-2 Combined Plan Program experience in partnership with the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University. Columbia’s program, the first dual-degree engineering program instituted in the United States, is designed to provide students with the opportunity to receive both a BSBA degree from McDonough and a B.S. degree from Columbia Engineering in five years.

Another available option is the 4-2 degree program. This option allows students to graduate from McDonough with a BSBA degree and then transfer to Columbia to complete a BS degree in two years. Students follow the same course of study at Georgetown as those completing the 3-2 requirements.

Engineering is not a major at Georgetown.  McDonough students interested in the Columbia Combined Plan Program will need to fulfill all of the prerequisites for the Columbia program in addition to their Georgetown requirements and will declare and complete the requirements for their major(s) in the McDonough School of Business.  We encourage students interested in pursuing the Columbia 3-2 or 4-2 program to declare their intention to the dean’s office as early as possible to facilitate advising and support of the application process.   Students apply to the program by February of their junior or senior year.

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5. Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Students in the McDonough School of Business have multiple opportunities to engage in research with faculty including a senior honors thesis, summer undergraduate research and tutorials.  Additionally, McDonough students can visit the Georgetown Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (GUROP) for more research opportunities.  

Senior Honors Thesis Program

The Senior Honors Thesis program provides business students invaluable experience in conducting advanced original research on a topic related to their field of study in which they have a particular interest.  Students apply to the program in the spring semester of their junior year and successful applicants take seminar courses during their senior year:  BADM-398: Senior Thesis I (3 credits) in the fall semester, and BADM-399: Senior Thesis II (1.5 credits) in their spring semester.  The seminars support a learning community of student-scholars as they work toward a spring deadline to submit their thesis to their faculty advisors.

Students work closely with faculty mentors throughout the process in framing research questions, managing different methodologies and communicating their findings in a substantial piece of writing.  Seniors defend their thesis to a faculty committee in April, and upon successful completion of the Senior Honors Thesis program, students receive a notation on their transcript to reflect their accomplishment.


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 McDonough Undergraduate Program Office and can only count for a free elective, not a curriculum requirement.

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 online on the Registrar’s Office website).  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.

The McDonough Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Each summer, the McDonough Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) offers students the opportunity to apply for a grant to conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.  Those receiving the fellowship are awarded either $3,000 for a six-week research project or $6,000 for a twelve-week research project to be completed during the summer.  Participating in the SURF Program is a unique way for students to conduct research on a topic of interest for an extended period of time.  By working one-on-one with a faculty mentor, students learn how to use the research process to inform a real problem. 

Upon completion of the research project, students present their findings in a poster session at the annual McDonough Undergraduate Research Symposium.

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6. 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. Students must be in good academic standing to take MGMT-310 (minimum GPA of 3.0). 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 online from the Undergraduate Program Office. Students may only enroll in this course once. Please note this course can not count toward the Management major.
  • MGMT-311/312/313: This course is offered only pass/fail and is worth one credit. It does not count towards any major but does count toward the 120 credits 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.

Registration deadlines for the internship class are outlined below:

For Fall:  MGMT-310 deadline is October 1st and for MGMT-311/312/313 deadline is October 15th

For Spring: MGMT-310 deadline is February 1st and for MGMT-311/312/313 deadline is February 15th

For Summer: MGMT-310 deadline is June 1st and for MGMT-311/312/313 deadline is June 15th

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7. Global Programs

Study Abroad

McDonough School of Business offers numerous global opportunities to ensure student’s global awareness and development. All enrolled students are encouraged to participate in designated and approved programs abroad, organized through the McDonough School of Business and Georgetown University’s Office of Global Education (OGE). Students may take advantage of studying abroad during the full academic year, each semester, and each summer. Student athletes and other students with restrictive schedules in the fall and spring semesters are encouraged to apply for one of the summer programs. Students wishing to take advantage of summer abroad opportunities can choose from a wide range of program options and destinations that fit their academic and professional goals. In addition to the many short-term programs offered through the Office of Global Education, McDonough students can also choose from three business-focused programs that are offered from 4 to 5 weeks. Past summer programs have included students studying abroad in Hong Kong, Oxford, and Barcelona.

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 typically have a cumulative GPA of 2.7.  

Students requiring financial assistance should consult with their study abroad advisor in the Office of Global Education. The Undergraduate Program Office also offers need-based scholarships, for eligible students who are admitted to McDonough’s summer abroad programs. 

Descriptions of summer business programs are listed below. For other summer, full-year and semester-based programs you may 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.

Summer Programs

Oxford Summer Program

Georgetown University’s Summer Program in Comparative Strategic Management at Oxford University’s Trinity College compares business functions in Great Britain, Western Europe, and the United States. Through this five-week program, participating students enroll in STRT-283: Strategic Management, fulfilling a core requirement for McDonough students and FINC-250: International Finance, fulfilling one of the upper-level business courses for both the International Business and Finance major.

Barcelona Summer Program

The Escuela Superior de Administracion y Direccion de Empresas (ESADE) summer program offers Georgetown business students the rare opportunity to study business ethics and international marketing at one of Europe’s most prestigious business schools. This program combines intensive classroom instruction with cultural activities and visits to key organizations that connect theoretical concepts with practical experiences.  Students participating in this program take MARK-229: Marketing Across Borders, fulfilling an elective course for marketing and international business majors and STRT-230: Ethical Values of Business fulfilling a core requirement for all business students.

Asia Pacific Summer Program

This four-week program enables McDonough students to undertake study in marketing and intercultural communication in one of East Asia’s most dynamic and fascinating cities. The program includes a combination of course lectures, seminars, as well as visits to prominent businesses and cultural sites of the host country. Students will also meet with leaders from various industries to gain insight into the important role those industries play in East Asia and at the crossroads of global commerce. These visits will allow students to learn about marketing and business communication in various contexts. In addition, students will have the opportunity to experience the unique culture, language, and customs of the host country.

Participating students enroll in MARK-220: Principles of Marketing, fulfilling a core requirement for McDonough students, and MGMT-205: Intercultural Communication, fulfilling one of the upper-level courses for the Management major as well as an elective requirement for International Business major.  Additionally, this course fulfills the Integrated Writing requirement for McDonough students.

Please note: All courses offered through McDonough’s summer abroad programs are subject to change considering curricular updates and enrollment.”

Global Business Experience

This program allows students to gain a global perspective, deepen understanding of global business affairs, and learn valuable consulting skills by enrolling in one of the various sections of the Global Business Experience (GBE) courses. As part of their coursework, students work with a client organization abroad to provide feasible solutions to a challenge facing the organization. This three-credit course, offered in the spring semester, culminates in a major project for which students travel to the client countries, for one week during spring break, to meet with the senior management and present their solutions. Past clients partners have included those from Spain, France, Argentina, and India.

The Global Business Experience is open to McDonough junior and seniors. Application for this program opens in October of each fall semester.

Global Social Internship Program 

Rooted in Jesuit traditions that aim to create future leaders who engage in civic activities, live their lives in service to others, and are reflective life-long learners, the McDonough Undergraduate Program Office has created the Global Social Internship Program. Through this platform, undergraduate students engage in transformative opportunities while interning (in the summer) with for-profit and non-profit organizations abroad. Past interns have traveled to the Philippines, Mexico, India, Nicaragua, Peru, etc. to utilize theoretical business concepts in practical settings and make an impact. Students attending this program receive an internship stipend for their 5 -10 weeks summer internship abroad.  

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8. 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 business scenarios, requiring students to apply knowledge from all areas of business study and present innovative solutions. The Undergraduate Program Office also hosts the Annual McDonough Business Strategy Challenge (MBSC) international case competition – a student led annual, non-profit, live case competition that takes place every winter at Georgetown University.

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9. 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.

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10. Alumni Mentoring

There are many opportunities for McDonough students to connect with alumni who have made great strides within their professional fields. Alumni programming for McDonough undergraduates includes Host a Hoya a one day job shadow opportunity during school break- students have networked with alumni across the world and across diverse industries. Alumni mentoring is also facilitated through Hoya Gateway, Georgetown’s internal portal that connects students with alumni all over the globe and helps them set up meetings to cultivate connections across disciplines and industries. On Hoya Gateway you can browse by area of expertise, help topics (like industry networking, case interview preparation, resume review and more), in addition, you can find alumni who were also international students or belonged to the same clubs you are affiliated with on campus. Our alumni also host students in connection with the McDonough Career Development Center for DC area “Fridays in the Field” and national “Treks” to their workplaces, introducing students to fellow Hoyas at their companies for informal networking.

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