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Georgetown University
McDonough School of Business
Glicel Rodriguez
37th and O Streets, NW
Rafik B. Hariri Building, Suite 474
Washington, D.C. 20057, USA
Phone: +1 202 687 0971
globalemba@georgetown.edu
ESADE Business School
Maite Bourrellier
Admissions Director Global Executive MBA
Av. d'Esplugues, 92-96
08034 Barcelona - SPAIN
Phone: +34 93 495 2059
maite.bourrellier@esade.edu
INCAE Business School
Jacqueline PĂ©rez Solis
Admissions Manager
Km2 Oeste del Vivero Procesa #1, La Garita
Alajuela, Costa Rica
Phone: +506 2437-2275
jacqueline.perez@incae.edu

The Admissions Process

We are looking for a diverse group of men and women from a variety of nationalities and backgrounds, including the humanities and natural sciences. A business background is not required, but all applicants should have a current international job profile and demonstrate good interpersonal skills and a capacity for leadership.

Those holding a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university are eligible for consideration for admission. In addition, applicants should have, at a minimum, 10 years of postgraduate professional experience, and have the quantitative aptitude needed to succeed in this rigorous program.

GEMBA Admissions Process
1. Submit An Application:

CV or Resume
10 years of work experience minimum

Personal Statement of Purpose

Two Recommendations
Submitted online and written in English. The first should come from your immediate supervisor, and the second from someone that can speak to your potential and professional background.

Academic Records
Official transcripts must be received from all universities that have conferred a degree. Non-English transcripts should be translated by a certified translation agency.

Employer Letter of Support

Proof of English Proficiency
For non-native English speakers

GMAT score report
Only if requested to confirm quantitative skills

Application Fee: 175 USD
(non-refundable)

Interview
By invitation only.

2. Interview

The joint-Admissions Committee will evaluate a candidate’s application only when all application requirements have been met. Candidates with strong, compelling applications will be invited for personal interviews.

3. Admissions Decision

Applicants will receive their final admissions decision one-to-two weeks after successful completion of their personal interviews. 

The Team
Maite Bourrellier

Maite Bourrellier

Associate Director Global EMBA

ESADE Business School

Glicel Rodriguez

Glicel Rodriguez

Assistant Director, Executive Degree Programs

McDonough School of Business

Jacqueline Perez

Jacqueline Perez

Admissions Manager

INCAE Business School

FAQ's
Academics & Curriculum
What is the duration of the GEMBA program?
What is the duration of the GEMBA program?

The Global Executive MBA program spans 14 consecutive months, beginning in June of each year. It has six, two-week long modules around the world in Washington, D.C. and New York City, U.S.A.; Madrid and Barcelona, Spain; San Jose, Costa Rica and Panama City; Doha, Qatar and Bangalore, India; and Shanghai and Beijing, China.

How is the GEMBA program different from full-time or part-time MBA programs?
How is the GEMBA program different from full-time or part-time MBA programs?

The GEMBA program is delivered in a format specifically tailored for mid-to-senior-level managers across diverse industries. The fast-paced, high-caliber program attracts a cohort of students from varied backgrounds, who have an average of 16 years of work experience. The GEMBA program’s curriculum is delivered in modular format, which allows students to maintain their current employment and a manageable work/life balance. 

How many hours per week should I expect to work on course preparation outside the classroom?
How many hours per week should I expect to work on course preparation outside the classroom?

Depending on your work experience and familiarity with the subject matter, the amount of preparation time will vary. Students report spending an average of 12 to 15 hours per week on coursework outside of the classroom before the start of a new module.

 

Do I need to provide my own course materials?
Do I need to provide my own course materials?

No. The program management team provides students with iPads, textbooks, and case studies in advance of each module.

How are the courses taught?
How are the courses taught?

Individual faculty members deliver course content using different approaches. These approaches include case studies, lectures, experiential learning, simulations, and group projects. Teamwork is emphasized throughout the program. It creates a rich learning environment in which students are exposed to various industry perspectives and learn from their classmates’ experiences. 

Are any GEMBA courses completed online?
Are any GEMBA courses completed online?

No. All courses are taught in-person throughout the program’s six, two-week long modules around the world.

What is the size of a typical GEMBA cohort?
What is the size of a typical GEMBA cohort?

A typical GEMBA cohort ranges between 35 and 40 students.

Can I have a concentration or major?
Can I have a concentration or major?

Due to the program’s format, GEMBA students may not identify a concentration or a major. They do, however, have opportunities to explore their interests through the program’s integrative course, Master’s Project, and special-topic sessions.

What degree will I earn?
What degree will I earn?

You will earn a Global Executive MBA granted by McDonough School of Business - Georgetown University and a Global Executive MBA granted by ESADE Business School - Ramon Llull University. In addition, you will receive a Global Management Program Certificate granted by INCAE Business School.

Admissions
What are the qualifications for admission to the program?
What are the qualifications for admission to the program?

Applicants should possess a minimum of ten years of professional work experience and demonstrate a potential for leadership. We seek mid-senior level professionals who endeavor to enrich the business environment and who represent a variety of nationalities, backgrounds, and industries. International experience is preferred, but not required.

What degree do I earn upon completion of the program?
What degree do I earn upon completion of the program?

On graduation, students of the GEMBA program receive two Master of Business Administration diplomas, one from Georgetown University and one from ESADE Business School. In addition, they receive a Global Management Program Certificate from INCAE Business School.

Is the GEMBA program accredited?
Is the GEMBA program accredited?

All degree programs at Georgetown McDonough are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

All degree programs at ESADE Business School are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB); the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS); and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

May I apply for deferral if admitted?
May I apply for deferral if admitted?

Students who are admitted to the program may apply for a deferral for up to one academic year. Deferrals are granted on a case-by-case basis by the joint-Admissions Committee once the admitted student submits a formal, written request.

When is a TOEFL score required?
When is a TOEFL score required?

A TOEFL score is required for students who are non-native English speakers, for students who have not completed a degree in a university where English is the primary language of instruction, or for students who have not worked in an English-speaking country or organization for at least three years.

Most applicants who take the TOEFL will take the internet-based test (iBT). A minimum score of 100 is required. For those who take the paper-based test, a minimum score of 600 is required. As an alternative to the TOEFL, we accept International English Language Testing System (IELTS) results. We require a minimum score of 7.5 out of 10 on the academic module and accept only academic module results. Visit www.ielts.org for more information about IELTS registration.

Must students be employed full-time?
Must students be employed full-time?

We expect students to hold full-time employment throughout the program. As members of an executive learning community, students bring real-world experience into the classroom and are able to immediately apply academic concepts gained through our curriculum in their workplaces. However, the Admissions Committee is willing to review and consider applicants who currently do not hold a full-time position.

Are GMAT or GRE scores required for admission to the EMBA program?
Are GMAT or GRE scores required for admission to the EMBA program?

No. Neither GMAT nor GRE scores are required for admission. The Admissions Committee does reserve the right to request a score to better evaluate an applicant’s quantitative skills.

Do I have to be sponsored by my employer?
Do I have to be sponsored by my employer?

As part of the application process, applicants are required to submit an employer letter of support sponsoring the students’ time commitment, including time off from work to complete the program. A template for this can be found on the online application. Although some students are partially or fully financially sponsored by their employers, financial sponsorship is not a requirement.

Tuition & Financial Aid
How is tuition billed?
How is tuition billed?

Tuition is billed on a per-credit rate. Tuition includes all teaching materials, hotel accommodations in all module locations, and meals when specified. Travel expenses to cities within a module are also included. Travel expenses to and from modules are not included. Fees are paid in four installments throughout the duration of the program.

What process should I follow if my employer has agreed to provide full or partial financial sponsorship for my degree?
What process should I follow if my employer has agreed to provide full or partial financial sponsorship for my degree?

Candidates who are receiving full or partial financial sponsorship from their employers should report this information on their application forms. In addition, applicants may set up third-party billing on their student accounts so their company sponsors can be billed directly for full or partial tuition payments.

Does the GEMBA Program offer scholarships for students?
Does the GEMBA Program offer scholarships for students?

The GEMBA program offers scholarship opportunities based on merit and/or financial need. Applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships, but self-sponsored applicants are encouraged to include a scholarship essay with their applications. Applicants are notified of scholarship awards upon admission to the program.

Is financial aid and student loans available for GEMBA students?
Is financial aid and student loans available for GEMBA students?

For U.S. based citizens, financial aid is available from several federal student loan and employment programs, often referred to as "Title IV" assistance. These programs include the Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan and Perkins Loan programs, and the Federal Work-Study program. Eligibility for these programs is dependent on demonstrated financial need. The financial aid process begins after an applicant has been accepted to the program. Once accepted, each applicant will be referred to a financial aid representative. For more information, visit http://finaid.georgetown.edu. 

The GEMBA program also offers access to a 50% or 100% funded student loan via a Spanish bank. This loan is available for Spanish residents and non-residents. For more information, please contact sarahjane.stone@esade.edu

What educational benefits are available for veterans?
What educational benefits are available for veterans?

A range of educational benefits is available to United States veterans. Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business is a proud member of the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon Program allows Georgetown to expand its financial commitment to veterans by extending education benefits above and beyond those provided by the Montgomery GI Bill. Eligibility for the benefit is determined by Veterans Affairs and is limited to veterans who served in the armed forces after September 10, 2001.
Veteran Affairs Education Programs also provide a number of benefits. For more information or to learn about your eligibility, please contact veteranservices@georgetown.edu. 

Georgetown University
McDonough School of Business
Glicel Rodriguez
37th and O Streets, NW
Rafik B. Hariri Building, Suite 474
Washington, D.C. 20057, USA
Phone: +1 202 687 0971
globalemba@georgetown.edu
ESADE Business School
Maite Bourrellier
Admissions Director Global Executive MBA
Av. d'Esplugues, 92-96
08034 Barcelona - SPAIN
Phone: +34 93 495 2059
maite.bourrellier@esade.edu
INCAE Business School
Jacqueline PĂ©rez Solis
Admissions Manager
Km2 Oeste del Vivero Procesa #1, La Garita
Alajuela, Costa Rica
Phone: +506 2437-2275
jacqueline.perez@incae.edu
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