Georgetown University

McDonough School of Business Accreditation and Rankings

Ranked Among the Best Business Schools

With more than 220 years of excellence in education, Georgetown University is known for its academic rigor, global mindset, commitment to public service and integration with the Washington, D.C., community. Since it was founded in 1957, the McDonough School of Business has built a solid reputation as one of the top business schools in the world.

Our award-winning faculty are dedicated to providing a well-rounded, immersive business education for every student, whether they attend classes on campus or online. McDonough’s finance faculty includes notable scholars, researchers, former business leaders, and consultants who challenge students to maximize their finance education experience.

U.S. News & World Report listed Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business 6th in its annual ranking of online graduate business degrees. Based on data from the school’s online Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program, McDonough is 2nd among schools with online MSF degrees, up from 4th last year.


The McDonough School of Business is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Founded in 1916, AACSB international is the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business. Only 620 schools of business, less than 5 percent worldwide, have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education. To maintain accreditation, a business program must undergo a rigorous internal review every five years, at which it must demonstrate its commitment to the 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs. Learn more.


In a recent ranking by Best Choice Schools, the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business was named #2 for the best online schools for finance. Second only to Harvard University, Georgetown McDonough’s MSF was noted for being career focused and designed for working professionals.

Other honorable rankings include:

  • Full-time MBA -- No. 18 in the United States, Financial Times, 2017
  • MBA Evening Program -- No. 4 in the United States
  • Executive MBA -- No. 5 in the United States and No. 1 in the world for international business, Financial Times, 2016
  • Undergraduate Program -- No. 4 in the United States, Poets & Quants, 2016