The McDonough School of Business Executive Master’s in Business Administration program reached its highest rate of female enrollment ever this year, with 45 percent female students.
The 20-month program specializes in skills relevant to mid- to senior-level managers as they build on their experience and deepen their understanding of executive management, even as students to continue to work full time.
Nita Swinsick, senior director of recruitment and admissions for executive degree programs, said the diversity of the class, which also includes 14 percent international students, along with their range of perspectives, will add to the EMBA students’ learning experiences.
“The Georgetown EMBA is truly transformative and during the program students will learn a wide range of skills,” Swinsick wrote in an email to The Hoya. “Being part of a diverse cohort with participants from many different backgrounds, our students also learn a lot from one another.”
The program curriculum uses a combination of case studies, lectures, simulations and group projects. Classwork differs by professor, but Swinsick said the ideal student in the program must be driven and collaborative in order to succeed.
“Students who are motivated tend to do well in our Executive MBA program. Our EMBA students maintain full-time jobs while completing the rigorous program, which is why motivation is key,” Swinsick wrote.
Swinsick said the program looks to provide personal support during the application process and throughout the program for all prospective students, but especially for women and other minorities. The personal help is designed to make students feel comfortable expressing their concerns. The program also tries to connect students to alumni with similar backgrounds to facilitate conversation and act as mentors through its active alumni network.
“We try to ensure that we have women alumni at our recruitment events who are available to speak with prospective students about their questions,” Swinsick wrote. “As our alumni have been through the admissions process and the program, we find that these firsthand experiences are very helpful.”
Swinsick said the program also encourages prospective students to have one-on-one meetings with admissions staff and puts them in touch with alumni.
“We find that sometimes prospective students are not comfortable with sharing all of their questions or concerns in group settings, so one-on-one meetings are helpful,” Swinsick wrote. “We also try to connect prospective students with alumni from similar backgrounds to help provide further insights about life during and after the program.”
Swinsick said the program would continue its current practices to engage women and provide mentorship for them in order to build on the current success of the program.
“We will continue to engage in the same kind of activities and we’re always looking for new ways to highlight the success of our female graduates,” Swinsick wrote.