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George Washington University School of Business

ⓘ George Washington University School of Business

The George Washington University School of Business is the professional business school of the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The GW School of Business is ranked as one of the top business schools in the United States, with globally ranked undergraduate and graduate programs. GWs campus is also adjacent to some of the worlds leading financial institutions, including the Federal Reserve, World Bank, and International Monetary Fund.

U.S. News & World Report ranks GWSBs international business program as 8th best in the world, its healthcare MBA as 16th best, its MBA program as 51st best, and its undergraduate business program as 38th best. The Financial Times ranks GWSB as the 36th best business school in the United States. Among the schools alumni are numerous prominent public and business figures, including Lee Kun-hee Chairman of the Samsung Group, Faure Gnassingbe current President of Togo, Ted Lerner owner of the Washington Nationals, Jerry Reinsdorf owner of the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago White Sox, Peter Pace, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Ina Garten, celebrity chef and author.


1. History

In 1928, the school was founded on the idea that business and government might become partners in promoting national prosperity and international development. Beginning with a $1 million endowment from The Supreme Council of Scottish Rite Freemasonry Southern Jurisdiction, GW President Cloyd H. Marvin established what was known as the School of Government, with degree programs that integrated business and politics on the national and international levels.

In 1960, the school was renamed the School of Government, Business, and International Affairs. In 1966, President Lloyd H. Elliott split its faculties into a new School of Government and Business Administration SGBA and a School of International Affairs - which today bears President Elliotts name. The SGBA was renamed the School of Business and Public Management in 1990. In 2004, it became the School of Business.

Throughout its history, the GW School of Business has attracted leaders from academia, government, and the business world. In 1992, F. David Fowler, a managing partner of KPMG, became dean of the school. He was succeeded in July 1998 by Susan M. Phillips. A former member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Dean Phillips brought to the School her expertise in such specializations as derivatives, bank supervision, and financial management.

Shew as succeeded in August 2010 by Doug Guthrie, whose expertise lies in the fields of leadership and organizational change, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility, and economic reform in China. He was succeeded by Dean Livingstone. During her tenure at GWSB, her research was focused on creativity in business organizations. In April 2017, Livingstone left GWSB in order to become President of Baylor University. Vivek Choudhury replaced her as the interim Dean.

In January 2006, the GW School of Business opened its new unified complex, the Ric and Dawn Duques Hall, which was newly constructed, and the renovated Norma Lee and Morton Funger Hall.


2. Academics

The school is currently led by Dean Anuj Mehrotra and supported by a wide-ranging advisory board.

The school consists of various academic departments including: Accountancy, Finance, Information Systems and Technology Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, Strategic Management and Public Policy, Tourism and Hospitality Management, and Decision Sciences.

At the undergraduate level, the school offers three degree programs – Bachelor of Accountancy, Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Finance. At the graduate level, the school awards MBA, specialized masters and PhD degrees. GWSB also offers different degrees as fully online programs.

The school offers and has offered various other specialized programs and degrees in the past, like part-time and accelerated one-year MBAs, specialized MBA programs for law firms or specialized MBAs for athletes.

The school also offers a Global and Experiential Education program G&EE, providing students with a range of international study and educational options. Female enrollment at GWSB was over 40% in 2015.


2.1. Academics Research

The GW School of Business is home to various research centers and initiatives:


3.1. Rankings Undergraduate programs

  • Business Week, "The Best Undergraduate B-Schools" 2016, 54th in the U.S., 21st in Salary Rank, 47th in Employer Survey
  • U.S. News & World Report, 38th Undergraduate Business Program, 8th Undergraduate International Business Specialty in 2017
  • Princeton Review, "Top Internship Opportunities" 2015 & 2016, No. 1 college or university for internships

3.2. Rankings Graduate programs

  • U.S. News & World Report, 51st for Full-Time MBA Programs in 2017.
  • Financial Times, 36th for US Business Schools and 70th globally in 2020.
  • Princeton Review, 24th for "Top 25 Graduate Schools for Entrepreneurship" in 2018.
  • Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 28th for 2019 THE/WSJ Business School Report: Two-Year MBA Degrees.
  • Business Week, 51st in the U.S and 49th for compensation for "The Best B-School Rankings 2019-20".
  • Poets & Quants, 53rd for "Top 100 U.S. MBA Progams" in 2019.
  • Military Times, 27th for 2016 Best for Vets Business Schools.
  • Bloomberg Businessweek, 48th for Best B-Schools in 2018.
  • The Economist, 47th for US schools and 85th globally in 2019.

4. Notable people

Many of the schools former students have gone on to distinguished careers in both the private and public sectors. Some notable alumni include Raya Haffar al-Hassan Finance Minister, Lebanon, Kun-Hee Lee Chairman of Samsung, Darla Moore Financier and philanthropist, Pedro Heilbron CEO of Copa Holdings, S.A., Colin Powell former US Secretary of State, Ellen Malcolm Founder of EMILYs List, Peter Pace former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Senator from North Dakota, Randall Edwards Oregon State Treasurer, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Prime Minister of Pakistan, Edward M. Liddy CEO of AIG; former Chairman and CEO, Allstate, Ina Garten Host of Barefoot Contessa, Faure Gnassingbe President of Togo, Omar Ayub Khan former Pakistani Minister of State for Finance, Scott Cowen President of Tulane University, William Dale Montgomery, and Richard Armour Director of Information Technology, Dell Computer Corporation.

  • Notable Alumni of the GW School of Business


4.1. Notable people Notable faculty

  • Annamaria Lusardi - Denit Trust Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Economics and Accountancy, who also serves as the Academic Director of the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center
  • Herman Aguinis - American researcher and professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management. Current Avram Tucker Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Management, ranked among the top 96 most influential Economics and Business researchers in the world.
  • Sanjay Jain - British economist and associate industry professor in the Department of Decision Sciences
  • Tom Geurts - Dutch economist and associate professor of Finance; Honorary Professor, Technical University of Berlin
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