GW Offers MBA for Celebs, Athletes

Program to work with their busy schedules

By Kelvin Robinson
|  Monday, Jun 20, 2011  |  Updated 6:23 PM EDT
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GW Offers MBA for Celebs, Athletes

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Graduate students at George Washington University’s School of Business could soon include a group of faces familiar to people around the world.

GW officials said they’ve launched a special program for professional athletes and celebrities called STAR (Special Talent, Access and Responsibility) EMBA.

“We are working with a very select group of professionals, who have a good deal of success and access to resources early in their careers, to become leaders and great contributors to their communities and society,” said Doug Guthrie, the business school’s dean, in a statement.

The STAR EMBA is the first fully accredited program of its kind. Students will learn in two-week modules tailored to their professional schedules. GW officials say it will help them expand their personal brand and influence.

Among the program’s first class are Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes and Washington Redskins linebacker Rocky McIntosh. Several former NFL players and other celebrities will also join.

GW also plans to help some of the students who ended their undergrad early to focus on their careers. Those students will work with advisors and mentors to finish their undergrad degrees at GW before entering the graduate program. GW is also offering the program to spouses of the athletes and celebrities.

The STAR EMBA program is being offered in Washington, New York and Los Angeles.

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