George Washington University Review

By Henry R. Steele - April 6, 2017
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George Washington University is a private college located in Washington DC. Founded in 1821, it has a total undergraduate enrollment of 11,157. The university is located in the District’s historic Foggy Bottom neighborhood. MBA and other business degree students are offered unparalleled access to business leaders in leading public and private  institutions, as well as national policy makers.

Favorite Features

Online MBA features both live classroom and recorded sessions

The online MBA program at GWU has both live classroom sessions and archived, recorded sessions. This provides MBA students with an effective combination of convenience and opportunities to interact with fellow classmates and professors.

There is a one hour per week live classroom session that you will access. These live sessions can consist of case discussions, lectures, and various group activities with other students. The live sessions also are offered on evenings and weekends so that people with busy schedules can make plans to attend.

Most of the rest of the MBA classes are recorded and students view them on their own schedule. But there are plenty of other opportunities to interact with students and faculty. Faculty are regularly available during online office hours. They can be accessed through your digital classroom platform.

George Washington University alumni network numbers more than 53,000

One of the biggest advantages of attending a business MBA program online at GWU is that you can access a global network of more than 53,000 graduates.

Graduates pass on their accumulated wisdom to current students and their fellow alumni, often helping others with career development and to find work. Alumni regularly attend college events and will be a very important part of your educational and career journey. This is true whether you attend the campus itself or are entirely online.

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The GW alumni network has several regional and industry groups in which you can participate that can be of great help in getting your business career started.

For example, there is a Healthcare MBA Alumni Association; its goal is to use technology and innovative methods to create long term, world wide relationships with healthcare MBA alumni through the promotion of entrepreneurship, volunteer work and philanthropy.

Alumni of GWU include Gen. Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Carolyn Schwab-Pomerantz, president of the Charles Schwab Foundation; George Wellde, former partner and vice chairman of Goldman Sachs; and Olympian Michelle D. Knox-Zaloom, who competed in women’s rowing in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

Online GWU students gain unique access to power players in Washington DC

Whether you are getting your MBA or another business degree at GWU online, you will have the advantage of gaining unique access to countless established relationships with major economic and political institutions in the DC area.

Just a few of the relationships that many business school professors, administrators and students have in the Washington DC area are with the IMF, United Nations, World Bank, State Department, Treasury Department, and many other federal agencies.

Online business students are able to tap into these networks as they proceed through their program. This can be very helpful in the long term to further your career goals, whatever they may be.

GWU business programs are accredited by the AACSB

Most universities in the US are accredited by one body or another. But there is a big difference between university accreditation and program accreditation. George Washington University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. But GWU has gone much further than regional accreditation.

George Washington’s business school has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business or AACSB. This is the most highly regarded business and accounting program accreditation body in the world.

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The AACSB stamp on the GWU website means that the business programs therein have met extremely rigorous accreditation standards. How rigorous? The AACSB accreditation process takes in excess of two years. Most institutions report that the AACSB accreditation process is far more rigorous than any other.

With its AACSB accreditation, you may have confidence that your GWU business degree is of very high quality. You also will know that potential employers will view your degree as truly meaningful.

Least Favorite Features

High acceptance rate for MBA program

The US News and World Report website states that 69% of those who applied most recently were accepted into the MBA program. Specifically, 192 applied and 132 were accepted. This indicates that the program is not particularly selective.

GMAT or GRE scores are mandatory for consideration (waiver available)

GWU still requires graduate school applicants to submit GRE or GMAT scores. Standardized test scores are being required less often by many graduate schools today; evidence suggests in some cases that high standardized test scores do not reflect one’s potential for success in graduate school.

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Overall, GWU considers the following factors when reviewing your graduate school application:

  • GMAT or GRE scores
  • Professional experience (100% of online MBA students accepted most recently had work experience)
  • Recommendations
  • Writing samples

However, the GWU website states that the GMAT or GRE requirement can be waived for online MBA program. It is possible to qualify for the waiver if you have at least five years of relevant and meaningful business experience (full time). The evaluation of this experience will be conducted by the admissions committee. If you have three to five years of experience, you still may qualify for a waiver.

No online bachelor’s programs available currently

Only online master’s programs are available at George Washington University at this time. Many other online universities offer both bachelor’s and master’s programs in business.

The Details

General Information

  • Founded in 1821
  • Application deadline: Jan. 1; rolling for MBA
  • Application fee: $75
  • School type: Private
  • Term Schedule: Semester
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Student-faculty ratio: 13:1

Tuition Rates

  • MBA – $1,757 per credit hour, or $97,957 for the entire program – same tuition in state and out of state
  • No online bachelor’s programs at this time

Business Degrees

  • Graduate: Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Project Management, Healthcare Master of Business Administration

Concentrations – MBA

Class Profile

  • 46% overall acceptance rate
  • 76% 4 year graduation rate
  • 56% female, 44% male
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 11,157
  • Total enrollment: 26,212
  • 328 enrolled in online MBA

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • Average freshman retention rate is 93%, which is outstanding
  • 4% graduate on time, which is generally within four years
  • 5% of GWU students do not graduate within six years

US News Rankings

  • National universities: 56
  • Best colleges for veterans: 32
  • Best value schools: 64
  • International business: 8
  • Best online MBA programs: 29
  • Best online business programs (not MBA): 22
  • Best online bachelor’s programs: 59
Henry R. Steele
Henry R. Steele
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