McDonough Military Association (MMA) is a club run by student-veterans with the aim of accelerating the transition of its members from military service to new careers through internal membership, integration into the MSB Admissions & Career Center activities, and promotion of veterans to the MSB & Georgetown University student population at large. The MMA also seeks to build a strong alumni network, invite distinguished speakers to campus, and host exclusive networking events with industry recruiters.
The McDonough School of Business is home to a diverse and growing cohort of student veterans. It's one of several military-friendly graduate programs at Georgetown University. Others include the Law Center, McCourt School of Public Policy, and Walsh School of Foreign Service, each of which has a large veteran enrollment. Every year MSB strives to recruit a diverse and well-rounded class, and veterans are a key group in this effort.
Your application will immediately stand out thanks to the real-world leadership experience and high level of responsibility you received while in the service. Contact us if you have questions about the application process or would like advice on how to effectively translate your military leadership experience. Take a moment to introduce yourself by completing our survey. We will respond as quickly as possible. Depending on the time of year it may take days or a week, so your persistence -- and planning ahead of application deadlines -- is important.
We encourage you to schedule an interview on campus. We believe personal contact is the best way to leave a strong impression and show genuine interest in the program. However the Admissions program understands you may be overseas and will work with you to arrange a virtual interview. The interview is with a member of the admissions staff or Second Year student, and all formats are given equal consideration. If you have questions about the process, reach out to us.
Application Fee Waiver
Qualified veterans may apply free of charge by self-identifying through the online application.
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefit & Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP)
The Veterans Office is staffed with veterans providing administrative support to a community of over 400 hundred veterans. The office is the certifying official of enrollment and assists veterans in GI Bill benefit claims with the VA. Certification is required each semester. Approximately 30-60 days after acknowledging receipt of your enrollment confirmation, the VA will send the tuition benefit directly to the university in a single lump-sum, and direct deposit the housing stipend to your checking account on file (usually the first of each month). To reach the Veterans Office Coordinator, contact Mr. David Shearman at (202) 687-2708, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Among Georgetown’s graduate programs MSB is a leading YRP participant, committed to providing $7,500 per year to up to 50 eligible MBA students. The Veterans Office manages the YRP benefit, which is 100 percent matched by the VA, for an actual annual benefit of $15,000. Student veteran enrollment is expected to increase in coming years, so our group is actively lobbying the program to increase its commitment.
MSB awards merit-based scholarships to competitive applicants on a rolling basis, so it’s beneficial to apply in Round 1 or 2. Every admitted applicant is automatically considered for a merit scholarship. Additionally, external scholarships, some exclusive to veterans, are available as early as January.
We strongly encourage you to visit campus, attend a lecture, and tour the impressive $82.5 million facility that is our exclusive home. Before you do, fill out the survey or send us an email. We’ll try our best to connect you with a veteran from your service branch who will introduce you around, take you to lecture, or meet for coffee. You're encouraged to time your visit with one of our events, or with an Admission Event.
Living in the District
Washington is a thriving cultural, political, and economic metropolis -- and historic Georgetown is situated near its center. The city has flourished in recent years with trendy neighborhoods appearing just blocks away from campus. Students from area universities mix with young professionals to create a vibrant social scene at over a thousand bars, clubs, and restaurants in metro DC alone. Grad students live off campus in Georgetown and nearby neighborhoods such as Dupont, Glover Park, the Palisades, and Arlington.
The program office estimates average living expenses in the District to be $20,000 per year. The maximum housing stipend is fixed at the E5 with no dependents rate. The full housing stipend plus book stipend will top $22,000 in the 2014-15 academic year.
For spouses the District offers scores of meaningful jobs with renowned employers, as well as diverse degree programs at nearby American, George Mason, George Washington, Johns Hopkins, and University of Maryland.
Public transportation options include DC Metrobus and a courtesy shuttle operated by the university. Garage parking is available on campus for a fee. Street parking for more than two hours requires DC license tags and a neighborhood zone permit. Private lot/garage rentals typically cost between $150 and $250 per month, with ads frequently posted on Craigslist. An occasional apartment/condo may offer off-street parking, with more free parking options outside the District limits.
September 4: MSB Club Fair, 5-7pm.
Learn about the myriad student club offerings at MSB including the MMA. Meet the M15 Board and sign up ($25 / year, $40 / lifetime).
October 29 (T): MMA Internship Recruiting Prep Workshop for 1Y Student-Veterans & 'Double-Switchers', 5-7pm.
Join the MMA in hosting a panel of second-year student-veterans, career coaches, and alumni ready to answer any and all questions about making the transition from military to business beginning with a meaningful summer internship. This event is focused on student-veterans but is open to all students who are switching both industry and function from their previous experience to their target job after business school. More details to follow in September.
November 10: Veterans Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, 10:00-10:30am.
Join the MMA in laying a ceremonial wreath on Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place of several Georgetown University alumni. Open to everyone. More details to follow in early November.
November 13: MMA-hosted Kegs featuring "War Stories," 5-7pm.
MMA hosts Kegs the week of Veterans Day and continues the tradition of 1Y student-veteran students sharing experiences from their military backgrounds.