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GW School of Business Revolutionizes Its M.B.A. Programs With a Curriculum Focus on Ethical Leadership in the Global Marketplace

September 16, 2008

The George Washington University School of Business has revolutionized its Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) programs through the launch of the first-ever curriculum in the country fully imbued with theories and practical applications on ethical leadership, corporate responsibility, and globalization. The new Global M.B.A. and World Executive M.B.A. programs incorporate values, theory, and international residencies to produce ethical leaders primed for success in today’s global marketplace.

“We are not content with teaching business the way it always has been taught,” said Susan M. Phillips, dean and professor of finance. “The global business paradigm has shifted, and it is our fundamental responsibility at the GW School of Business to inspire students to act responsibly, lead passionately, and think globally. Our new M.B.A. curriculum will cultivate business leaders empowered with the knowledge and practical skills to navigate the complex global marketplace, from developed to emerging economies. Our graduates will be grounded with solid values, ethical responsibility, and personal integrity.”

Donald R. Lehman, executive vice president for academic affairs, noted that the new M.B.A. programs reinforce the university’s long-term commitment to enhancing academic excellence. “The Global M.B.A. and World Executive M.B.A programs directly relate to the first goal in GW’s Strategic Plan for Academic Excellence,” said Lehman. “The university’s investment in these graduate programs broadens and deepens opportunities for master’s degree students at GW’s School of Business and gives GW a competitive advantage in this important area of study.”

Commencing this fall semester, full-time M.B.A. candidates are participating in the new Global M.B.A. Program, which emphasizes discovery, learning, and innovation with themes of ethics, leadership, and globalization woven throughout. It is composed of 57 credit hours delivered in a full-time, modular format, with a mandatory international practicum and residency. In the first year, M.B.A. candidates complete the core curriculum within an active and integrated cohort of 45-50 classmates–one of the smallest cohort sizes of top M.B.A. programs. The new curriculum also is available for the two-year and accelerated M.B.A. programs, and it will expand in the fall 2009 to all of the school’s M.B.A. programs, including the Professional and Executive MBA programs, which cater to full-time working professionals.

In the fall 2009 semester, the School will launch the World Executive M.B.A. This groundbreaking program exposes students to business practices of major economies in both developed and developing regions of the world through distance and experiential learning. Designed for professionals with at least five years’ experience, the one-year program will include two, three-week residencies in Washington, D.C., and three, two-week international residencies in China, India, and in several European countries. In partnership with local organizations, the project-based residencies will include classroom instruction, practical training, site visits, and discussions with local executives about market-specific issues and challenges. The program’s flexibility and distance learning courses are designed to accommodate working professionals around the globe who can maintain their careers while following the World Executive M.B.A. Program.

“We believe that being a great business leader isn’t just about know-how, it’s about character,” said Murat Tarimcilar, associate dean of graduate programs and one of the chief architects of the new curriculum. “Our graduates will assume the role of managers and the identity of leaders – with high moral values and a strong understanding of the global marketplace.”

Based in Washington, D.C., with direct access to its prime pool of global experts from the private and public sectors, GW’s School of Business offers M.B.A. candidates the unique advantage of experiencing first-hand the intersection of business, policy, and practice.

Choice and flexibility are the hallmarks of the School’s M.B.A. programs, which offer options to complete the degrees in 16, 18, 21 months, or up to five years. All the programs emphasize effective communications, teamwork, and group study – crucial skills for the professional world.

GW’s School of Business prepares students for professional management careers. The school is a recognized education leader, the result of a strategy to improve its high academic standards while providing practical experiences that leverage the unique advantages of its Washington location. The depth and variety of its academic and professional offerings provide rich opportunities for students in the school’s undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

For more information about GW’s School of Business, visit http://business.gwu.edu.

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