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#21 “Set the World on Fire” – Georgetown MBA Admissions Q&A with Ms. Shari Hubert

Shari Hubert

“The Jesuit charge is “go forth and set the world on fire.” We really see our students as alumni from the moment they walk into our school. We want to equip them with the knowledge, passion and ethics to be principled leaders and set the world on fire.”

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Do you want to impact business and society in a meaningful way?  And be at the nexus of business and politics in the US?

Ms. Shari Hubert, Associate Dean of MBA Admissions at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, joined the show to share more about the Georgetown MBA, located in Washington D.C.

With its Jesuit heritage and mandatory global experience requirements, the Georgetown MBA is looking for “principled, ethical leaders with a global mindset looking to serve business and society.”

Last year McDonough completely re-hauled its curriculum. Now the program starts with a 3 week intensive “Structure of Global Industries” which explores how to enter a foreign market or industry and ends with “Global Business Experience” consulting projects in 5 countries around the world.  The new curriculum is also focused on integrative learning across subjects.

Last year’s MBA graduates experienced an average 100% increase in salary and over 70% of international students ended up staying in the US to work. 75% of the class got some form of financial aid, whether through merit-based scholarships or loans.

The Georgetown MBA in 3 words: bold, socially relevant, global.

Shari also shared many great admissions tips. Listen on for the insider’s scoop on how you can prepare the strongest possible application…

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Program Highlights (2:24)

  • Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business School founded in 1957, Georgetown MBA program began in 1981
  • Length: 2 years.
  • Campus in Washington D.C., capital of the US and a nexus of business and policy
  • ~250 participants/intake
  • ~35-40 nationalities/intake, class is ~30% international
  • Students can exchange with Oxford Said during the Summer
  • Rankings: #40 Financial Times 2013, #25 US News 2014, #30 Bloomberg Businessweek 2012, #35 Economist 2012
  • Accredited by AACSB
  • Dual degrees: MBA/JD, MBA/MD, MBA/MPP, MBA/MSFS
  • McDonough provides career support services for student’s partners through “Partner’s Program”

Admissions (16:51)

  • Deadlines (for 2013 intake)
  • Round 1: Oct 15 (Dec 15)
  • Round 2: Jan 5 (Mar 15)
  • Round 3: Apr 1 (May 15)
  • Candidates encouraged to apply in Rd 1 or 2 for scholarships and to secure visas
  • 1507 Applications Received, 250 enrolled, 49% acceptance rate
  • Avg GMAT: 683 (80% range 640 – 730), Avg GPA: 3.34 (80% range 2.86 – 3.81)
  • Avg age: 28 (22 – 45), Avg work experience: 5.1  (80% range 3 -9), 2-3 years min work experience recommended
  • Min TOEFL 250 (computer), 600 (paper), 100 (internet), IELTS: 7.5
  • Interviews mostly conducted by admissions staff, but some done by students and alumni
  • Looking for candidates who want to make an impact on business and society, are principled leaders, possess executive presence, are critical thinkers, are prepared to participate, demonstrate interest in global business and will be great brand stewards for Georgetown
  • All applicants have a dedicated admissions advisor to help introduce candidates to students / alumni and guide candidates through the admissions process

Financing (29:02)

  • Tuition
  • Full-time MBA Tuition: $107,200 USD
  • Recommended budget: $157,800 USD
  • Scholarships
  • $1.5 million of merit based scholarships available
  • 25% of class are awarded scholarships
  • Average scholarship award is $21,500 USD
  • 75% of full-time MBA students receive some form of financial aid; mean financial aid package is $51,000 USD
  • Scholarships are awarded on merit basis along with offer
  • Target high GMAT score to improve your scholarship chances
  • Loans
  • International students need cosigner to apply for US loans
  • Georgetown’s Office of Student Financial Services

Career (32:14)

  • Georgetown MBA – Full-time placement report (Class of 2012)
  • 89% of graduates accepted jobs within 3 months of graduation
  • Average Salary (Bonus): $99,800 ($24,071)
  • Graduates in 2012 experienced 100% increase in salary
  • Top 5 regions graduates worked in: Mid-Atlantic US (32%), Northeast US ( 31%), Midwest US (7%), South US (6%), West US (5%)
  • Top 5 recruiters: Deloitte, Citi, Samsung, Johnson & Johnson, Capgemini
  • 70+% of international students found jobs in the US
  • McDonough has over 20,000 alumni in 100 countries
  • Student visa can be extended to allow graduates to stay in the US for 12 months after graduation
  • Co-sponsor global career conference along with ESADE business school
  • Every Full-time student gets a functional and industry career coach

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