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#210 Georgetown MBA Program & Admissions Interview with Shelly Heinrich

“Washington D.C. has the largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the world. Your ability to network is local.”

Shelly Heinrich, Associate Dean, MBA Admissions and Director of Marketing at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, discusses what makes the Georgetown MBA unique, the school’s admissions process, career opportunities and more.


  • Introduction (0:00)
  • Program Highlights – What Makes the Georgetown MBA Unique? (3:30)
  • Georgetown MBA Admissions & Scholarships – How to Improve Your Chances? (23:00)
  • Career Opportunities at Georgetown – What to Know & How to Prepare (45:00)

Georgetown MBA Full-time MBA Highlights

(last updated June 2023)

  • Length, Intake, Size: 24-months, July intake, 250 students/year
  • Typical Class: 6 years average work experience, 42% international with ~40 nationalities, GMAT: average 697
  • Curriculum:
    • Academic Core: 15 required core corses (including a Global Business Experience), then choose from 70 electives and 4 certificates (see below). Each academic year consists of two semesters (Fall and Spring)
    • Certificates: Nonmarket Strategy, Consumer Analytics & Insight, Sustainable Business, Global Real Estate
    • Faculty: more than 100 full-time faculty, a third who are international
    • Student Clubs: 40 student clubs with 350 board positions
    • Optional: Georgetown MBA also offers 4 dual degree programs: MBA/Juris Doctor, MBA/Medical Doctor, MBA/Master of Public Policy, MBA/Master of Science in Foreign Service
  • Georgetown offers a STEM-designated management science major
  • Admissions: Georgetown’s MBA Admissions team “recruits diverse, technically strong, and motivated applicants who desire to be principled leaders with a global mindset in service to business and society. We seek diverse, driven critical thinkers who are committed to the transformational educational experience of the Georgetown MBA Program.”
    • Application requirements: strongly recommend 2 years of work experience, good GMAT/GRE score, TOEFL(100)/IELTS(7.5)/Pearson(68), 1 resume, 3 essays + 1 video essay, 1 recommendation, interview with admissions team
    • Application rounds: 4 application rounds between September and May
  • Careers:
    • Placement, Class of 2022: 95% accepted job offer w/in 3 months of graduation, $138,500 USD avg starting salary ($36,500 avg bonus), graduates experienced 152% increase in salary after 3 years; average alumni salary is $186,000 USD
    • Top Destinations, Class of 2022: 43% Mid-Atlantic US, 26% Northeast US, 11% West US, 8% South, 7% SouthWest, 2% international
    • Top Industries, Class of 2022: 29% consulting, 25% financial services, 18% technology, 7% social impact / non-profit / government, 7% consumer goods, 5% healthcare, 5% real estate
    • Top Functions, Class of 2022: 44% consulting, 26% finance & accounting, 16% management, 12% marketing & sales, 11% corporate strategy
  • Scholarships: 20 types Full-time scholarships available each year; $2.5 million USD of scholarships available to all MBA applicants; 43% of Full-time MBAs (Class of 2021) were awarded scholarships
  • Rankings: Ranked #24 by US News and World Report (2023) and #32 internationally by Financial Times (2023)
  • Alumni: 200,000+ Georgetown Alumni and 9,700+ Georgetown MBA alumni, most live in North America
  • Tuition:  ~$136,000 USD; $175 USD application fee; estimated living costs $3,000 USD/month
  • Accreditations: AACSB

About Shelly

Shelly Heinrich is Associate Dean of MBA Admissions and Director of Marketing for Georgetown’s University McDonough School of Business. Previously, she worked as a Client Services Director for Wunderman Thompson and Young & Rubicam. Shelly got her EMBA from Georgetown in 2018 and her Masters in Education from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007.

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