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 10 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 10 graduate certificate programs as the building blocks of education.

Admissions

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

  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • GMAT or GRE or approved Waiver Request Form
  • All university-level transcripts (unofficial or official)
  • Resume
  • At least one (1) Letter of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose

International Applicants

  • English language evaluation
    Applicants who have not completed a degree in a country in which English is the principal language must submit one of the following: an official TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or 550 (paper-based test), an official IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual band score below 5.5, a PTE Academic Score of at least 53, or a Duolingo English Test (DTE) Score of at least 110. Test date must be within the past two years. TOEFL code: 5246. TOEFL exemptions can be found here.
  • Transcript evaluation
    All students who attended an institution outside of the United States must provide a detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation. This evaluation is not just an English translation, but a document provided by an accredited evaluating agency that shows all grades, course titles, credit hours, United States degree equivalency, grade-point average (GPA), and date of degree conferral. A list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services is available through the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Credentials evaluations are also accepted from the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).

 

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

October 15, 2020

January 15, 2021

January 15, 2021

Please note: Summer deadlines only apply to the Master of Accountancy program.

Curriculum and Course Requirements

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
  • Business Analytics
  • Cloud, Applications, and Information Technology
  • 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

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)

 


 

Next Steps

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