Top Business Schools in DC

The top business schools in Washington, DC are George Mason University School of Business, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, George Washington University School of Business, and American University Kogod School of Business. Each of these school’s programs have been ranked in US News & World Report.

US News & World Report offers various rankings for AACSB-accredited MBA programs including best business schools (which rates those schools with a full-time MBA program), best part-time MBA programs and best online MBA programs. AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools, worldwide.

In addition to rankings, many factors should be considered when weighing top business schools in DC. Are you seeking to balance a job and graduate school with a part-time MBA program? Is commuting an issue? Would you prefer to take courses in class or with an online MBA program?

Here is a description of the top four business schools in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

George Mason University School of Business
Fairfax, Virginia
George Mason University is ranked #36 on the “Best Online MBA Programs” list and #69 on the “Best Part-time MBA” list.

Dedicated to excellence in teaching and research, the George Mason’s School of Business educates future business leaders through world-class, innovative academic programs and strategic business partnerships. Located just outside Washington, D.C., at the intersection of global business and global politics, the School of Business’ commitment to the region balances well with the global focus of our programs and diversity of our student body. The School of Business is fully engaged with the regional business community, graduating highly qualified business students, producing research that informs business policy and operations, and providing venues for the region’s business leaders to work with our students in the classroom and to learn from each other. Business leaders and organizations are actively engaged through executive education programs, speaker engagements, classroom lectures, case competitions, internships, and career placement. Faculty are deeply engaged in the regional, national and international business communities and their academic expertise combined with real-world experience provides a bridge in the classroom from academic theory to business practice.

Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
Washington, D.C.
Georgetown University McDonough School of Business is ranked #24 on the “Best Business Schools” list and  #13 on the “Best Part-time MBA” list.

Located at the intersection of business, government, and international relations, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business develops principled leaders with a global mindset to be in service to business and society. Guided by that purpose, the business school produces knowledge and educates leaders to address the most significant challenges and opportunities facing business and society today. Georgetown McDonough’s rigorous academic program is supported by a strong culture that encourages students to collaborate, forge close friendships, and extend their learning outside of the classroom and beyond campus.

George Washington University School of Business
Washington, D.C.
George Washington University School of Business is ranked #57 on the “Best Business Schools” list, #44 on the “Best Online MBA Programs” list and #46 on the “Best Part-time MBA” list.

GWU’s School of Business’ academic mission is to be a preeminent business school recognized for scholarly research, teaching excellence, and innovative curricula; focused on the responsible management of organizations in the global environment. The curricula provides proficiency and influence in the global economy: where worldviews, products, and ideas interchange. Students are diverse in age, race, experience and background, but share the same thirst for knowledge and drive to affect the world.

American University Kogod School of Business
Washington, D.C.
George Washington University Kogod School of Business is ranked #65 on the “Best Business Schools” list and #99 on the “Best Part-time MBA” list.

Kogod is dedicated to providing rigorous business education and research while encouraging a diverse and forward-thinking community. More than 1,000 students and 75 full-time faculty hail from dozens of countries around the world. Kogod strives to create an interactive learning environment with a strong focus on experiential learning. Students get hands-on experience in all facets of business through real-world projects inside and outside the classroom. Kogod’s broad alumni network and location in our nation’s capital work hand-in-hand to connect our students to the business world beyond campus.

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Paige Wolf

As director of graduate programs at George Mason's School of Business, my vision is to have a vibrant, collegial community of active learners who develop enduring professional relationships with faculty, staff, and fellow students while pursuing their degrees. Prior to this position, I spent 11 years with the School of Business as an associate professor of management teaching both MBA and undergraduate courses in organizational behavior and human resource management. I have more than 16 years of experience as an internal and external consultant on strategic human resource initiatives including team building, organizational development, competency modelling, performance management, employee selection systems, career planning, employee training and development, leadership assessment, and human resource audits.

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