Master of Interdisciplinary Business Studies

The Master of Interdisciplinary Business Studies (MIBS) is a degree program that allows students with interdisciplinary interests to combine the study of two twelve-credit graduate certificates with six credit hours of elective courses. These elective courses can be taken from the School of Business or from another GW graduate school. The MIBS degree facilitates upskilling and re-skilling and increases career competitiveness and professional effectiveness. Students tailor this degree to meet their personal and professional career goals.

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate mastery of discipline-specific or functional-area knowledge, skills and abilities in the two selected graduate certificates and six additional credits.

Admissions

Candidates must submit the following as part of the application process:

  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • GMAT (550 or higher) or GRE (V-150/Q-150 or higher) score or approved Waiver Request Form (waiver considered for applicants with a prior Master’s degree; an undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher; or five years of relevant, professional, full-time work experience)
  • All university-level transcripts (unofficial or official)
  • Resume
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • International Applicants must also submit an official TOEFL score (Internet: 100, Computer: 250, Paper: 600) or IELTS 7.0 overall (with no individual band score less than 6.0)

Curriculum and Course Sequencing

Designed for flexibility, the MIBS degree allows students to combine two of the following ten graduate certificates for a customized Master's degree:

  • Artificial Intelligence (new certificate launching Fall 2019)
  • Business Analytics
    • Cloud, Applications, and Information Technology (new certificate launching Fall 2019)
    • Financial Management (this is an 18-month program regardless of the combination)
  • Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Global Management
  • Management Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Sport Management
  • Strategic Management (new certificate launching Fall 2019)

A sample curriculum and course sequencing is listed below.

This degree allows students to combine two graduate certificates. Below is an example curriculum combining the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics with the Graduate Certificate in Sport Management.

Business Analytics (12 credits)

  • Statistics for Analytics
  • Stochastic Foundations: Prob. Models
  • Programming for Analytics
  • Data Mining

Sport Management (12 credits)

  • Sport Marketing
  • Sport Media & Communications
  • Sport Law: Contracts & Negotiations
  • Sport & Event Facility Management

General Electives (6 credits)

  • General Elective 1
  • General Elective 2

 

Below are two examples of MIBS course sequencing. The first combines the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics with the Graduate Certificate in Sport Management. The second combines the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics with the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management.

MIBS Degree in Business Analytics and Sport Management

Semester 1 (12 credits)

  • DNSC 6203 - Statistics for Analytics (1.5 credits)
  • DNSC 6206 - Stochastic Foundations: Probability Models (1.5 credits)
  • DNSC 6211 - Programming for Analytics (3 credits)
  • TSTD 6264 - Sport Marketing (3 credits)
  • TSTD 6267 - Sport Media & Communications (3 credits)

Semester 2 (12 credits)

  • DNSC 6279 - Data Mining (3 credits)
  • TSTD 6265 - Sport Law: Contracts & Negotiations (3 credits)
  • TSTD 6266 - Sport & Event Facility Management (3 credits)
  • Recommended – Business Analytics elective (3 credits)

Semester 3 (6 credits)

  • Two general business elective courses (3 credits each)

MIBS Degree in Business Analytics and Strategic Management

Semester 1 (12 credits)

  • DNSC 6203 - Statistics for Analytics (1.5 credits)
  • DNSC 6206 - Stochastic Foundations: Probability Models (1.5 credits)
  • DNSC 6211 - Programming for Analytics (3 credits)
  • SMPP 6290 - Strategic Leadership and Social Capital (3 credits)
  • SMPP 6290 - Strategic Networking (3 credits)

Semester 2 (12 credits)

  • DNSC 6279 - Data Mining (3 credits)
  • SMPP 6210 - Strategic Environmental Management (3 credits)
  • Recommended – Business Analytics elective (3 credits)
  • Recommended – Strategic Management elective (3 credits)

Semester 3 (6 credits)

  • Two general business elective courses (3 credits each)

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