George Washington University Online Master of Business Administration 

Why George Washington University? 

GWU is a private research university in Washington, District of Columbia. Applicants are recruited for its online Master of Business Administration degree program. All applicants with any undergraduate background will be considered. 

The School of Business administers this program. Applications do not require standardized test results. 

Program Snapshot

University Name George Washington University
Location Washington
State DC Grade A-
Name of Degree Master of Business Administration
School or Department Administering Program School of Business
Credits 46.5
Cost per credit 1885
Tuition for Entire Program $87,652.50
Test Requirements none
Minimum GPA none
Prerequisite Courses and Skills none
Campus Visit Required? optional
Typical Time to Complete 3 years
When Can Students Start the Program? Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Concentrations none
Synchronous classes yes
Required Courses
  • Business Essentials for Dynamic Markets
  •  Financial Accounting
  •  Accounting for Internal Decision Making
  •  Operations Management
  •  Decision Making and Data Analysis
  •  Finance
  •  Competition in the Global Economy
  •  Microeconomics for the World Economy
  •  Technology for Business in DC
  •  Organizations and Human Capital
  •  Marketing
  •  Strategic Management
  •  Business Ethics and Public Policy
  •  3 credits in technology/analytics
  •  12 elective credits
Does the Program Include a Capstone? no
Does the program include a practicum or internship? no
Other Features that Make the Program Unique Washington DC location influences curriculum through interaction of public, private and NGO sectors; optional four-day residency course in D.C.; collaborative class projects and co-curricular experiences with DC-area organizations; course materials include videos, video cases, podcasts, animations, and other pre-recorded content; optional international learning; strengths in healthcare, global business, government relations
Program Description The program’s 46.5 credits can be completed within 3 years. Within a generalist program, students gain an exposure to key themes and skills highlighting relationships with DC-area companies, public sector and private sector employers.  There is no formal internship or capstone requirement but hands-on learning is encouraged.


What will I Learn?

The GWU online MBA curriculum highlights flexibility and adaptability. In addition to core courses, students take a generous twelve elective credits, and three credits in technology and analytics. No concentrations are offered, but students can achieve some specialization in their program through their choice of electives.

The core courses include Business Essentials for Dynamic Markets, Financial Accounting; Accounting for Internal Decision Making and Operations Management. Students gain analytics chops in Decision Making and Data Analysis, and learn fundamentals in a required course in Finance. The curriculum has a global slant, with required courses in Competition in the Global Economy and Microeconomics for the World Economy. The local context is also considered in Technology for Business in DC and Organizations and Human Capital. The curriculum is rounded out by Marketing, Strategic Management, and Business Ethics and Public Policy.

How much will the program cost?

Students finish their degree within 3 years and pay $$ 1885 per credit for a total of 46.5 credits, or just under $88,000.00 for the entire degree.

How does the program fit into my life?

This program is usually completed on a part-time basis, and most students take about 3 years to complete all requirements. All courses are offered synchronously, that is, at prescheduled weekly “live” meetings. New students are accepted in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. 

The program includes an optional 4 day residency in Washington, DC. Other optional in-person experiences for hands-on learning are also available, and would need to be balanced with other obligations if desired.


This higher cost program provides features, flexibility and networking opportunities in exchange for the student’s investment of time and money. In particular, GWU boasts strong relationships with employers in both the private and government sector in the policy hub of Washington, DC and the booming tech region of Northern Virginia.

Higher tuition also gains the student access to all-synchronous instruction, and the choice of optional in-person and experiential opportunities. The school is strong in the areas of healthcare, global business, and government relations.