image - The Master of Interdisciplinary Business Studies program at the GW School of Business

 

Stand out and get noticed! In a crowded talent pool, employers are looking for candidates who break away from the pack mentality and bring a unique skillset to the table. The Master of Interdisciplinary Business Studies (MIBS) program will help you do just that. This new program is the ultimate in modular, stackable, customizable graduate business education.

You will select two of our graduate business certificates and add six credits of electives to build your own unique degree that gives you a competitive edge. For example, you could choose the Business Analytics and Investments & Portfolio Management graduate certificates — combined, they provide an education of the depth and breadth one needs to be successful on Wall Street, but they also give you the technical skills needed to code and analyze data more effectively. Or you could choose to combine the Cloud, Applications and Information Technology certificate with the Artificial Intelligence certificate, giving you a highly technical background that also helps you prepare for the challenges and opportunities of managing increased automation in the workplace.

With so many graduate certificates to choose from, the combinations are only limited by your imagination.

Re-imagining Graduate Business Education

Dean Anuj Mehrotra and Associate Dean Liesl Riddle discuss GWSB's new approach to graduate business education: modular, stackable credentials that utilize 24 graduate certificate programs as the building blocks of education.

Please note: this video was created prior to the shift toward virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, and some instructional methods described in the video may have since evolved.

Admissions Process

Applying to a program at the GW School of Business may seem like a complicated process, but the GWSB admissions team is here to help. The application process for the MIBS program can be found on our How to Apply page. All application materials should be sent to the GWSB Graduate Admissions Office. The GRE or GMAT test is not required — however, if you feel that submitting your scores will strengthen your application, you are welcome to submit them.

Other Application Requirements

To be considered complete, the following additional documents must be included in the online application:

  • Statement of Purpose
    In an essay limited to 500 words, discuss your two certificate selections you will be pursuing under the MIBS program and how they will apply to your long-term and short-term professional objectives. Include in your statement why you want to pursue a graduate business degree at this point in time, and how an academic experience at GW would help achieve your aspirations.

 

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates seeking financial assistance and international students requiring visas are encouraged to apply early. Only completed applications, with all required materials, will be considered for admission.

Spring

Summer

Fall

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Rolling Admissions

Please note: Summer deadlines only apply to the Master of Accountancy (MAccy) program. MAccy students requiring an F1 visa should limit their applications to the fall or spring semesters only.

Curriculum and Course Requirements

Designed for flexibility, the MIBS degree allows students to combine two of the following 24 graduate certificates for a customized Master's degree. 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)

 

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 30 credits, including all requirements of two preapproved 12-credit certificate programs (below) and 6 credits in elective courses.

Required

Completion of two of the following certificate programs:

Electives

Students take an additional 6 credits in elective courses. Students may elect to use these credits to focus in one specific area or to choose courses from different business areas in consultation with the advisor. Electives should focus on integrating the curricula of the two certificate programs.

 

Next Steps

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