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Top Ranked MBA Programs in Washington, D.C.

You will find some of the top ranked MBA programs in Washington, D.C. – the prime location at the intersection of government, technology, and business.

U.S. News and World Report annually ranks all AACSB accredited business schools’ part-time MBA programs based on peer assessment, GMAT average, work experience, % of part-time students, and undergraduate GPA. To put these MBA program rankings in perspective, there are more than 13,000 schools worldwide that offer business programs. U.S. News & World Report considers only the 672 AACSB-accredited business schools in the U.S. for these rankings.

For those considering top ranked MBA programs in Washington, D.C., there are five ranked MBA Programs in the region:

  • George Mason University School of Business
  • George Washington University School of Business
  • Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
  • University of Maryland Smith School of Business
  • American University Kogod School of Business

Here’s a short overview of the top ranked MBA programs in Washington, D.C:

Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
Ranked #13 Best Part-Time MBA Programs in U.S. News & World Report
Average GMAT: 666; Average GPA: 3.36
Part-time enrollment: 138

60 credits; Tuition Cost: $102,900

The school uses a cohort structure and team-centered practices while following the school’s core values of learning, having a global mindset, integrity, professionalism, and community.

George Washington University School of Business
Ranked #46 Best Part-Time MBA Programs in U.S. News & World Report
Average GMAT: 554;  Average GPA: 3.2
Part-time enrollment: 128

55.5 credits; Tuition Cost: $89, 355

Cohort structure. In addition to traditional business competencies, all MBA programs are infused with ethics, and focuses on sustainability, social responsibility and corporate citizenship

George Mason University School of Business
Ranked #69 Best Part-Time MBA Programs in U.S. News & World Report
Average GMAT: 550; Average GPA: 3.2
Part-time enrollment: 153

48 credits Tuition Cost: $42,684 (in-state, DC and Maryland); $78,552 (out-of-state)

Cohort structure. Small class sizes, diverse student body, expert faculty, and a required global residency are staples of the part-time program that can be completed in as few as 23 months. Students have the option of enrolling on the Fairfax or Arlington campuses.

American University Kogod School of Business
Ranked #99 Best Part-Time MBA Programs in U.S. News & World Report
Average GMAT: 560; Average GPA: 3.3

48 credits: Tuition Cost: $84, 632

No cohort structure. Offers students an opportunity to integrate business education by combining their study of management with another discipline that will enhance their ability to lead with vision in a rapidly changing global business environment.

University of Maryland Smith School of Business
Ranked #26 Best Part-Time MBA Programs in US News & World Report
Average GMAT: 550-650 middle 80%; Average GPA: 3.28
Part-time enrollment (DC-based): 389

54 credits; Tuition Cost: $79,100 (in state); $95, 310 (out of state)

Offers a wide range of electives in traditional and cross-functional areas.  Dual degree options in law, public policy and social work.

When considering top ranked MBA programs in Washington, DC, you may also want to consider an Executive MBA program. Executive MBA programs are for mid-career professionals who are already in positions of considerable responsibility. Many of the schools above also offer an Executive MBA in Washington, DC. George Mason offers a hybrid Executive MBA (combination of in-class and online courses) as well as a top ranked Online EMBA program.

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Jackie Buchy

Since 2011, I have served as the assistant dean for graduate enrollment at George Mason University's School of Business. In my role, I work with prospective graduate students to identify and select the best graduate program to meet their career goals.

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