MS in International Business

The Master of Science in International Business (MSIB) provides students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to collect, organize and analyze data generated in the context of today’s fluctuating global marketplace. With a greater understanding of our worldwide environment, MSIB students graduate with the increased ability to make informed decisions for their organizations.

This degree gives students a strong foundation in both business knowledge and technical skills. It also enhances their global mindset and provides the opportunity to apply learned concepts and principles in two practical application challenges: an international business "desk study" capstone project and a "field study" study-abroad capstone course.

The degree begins with a two-day hybrid (online/in-person) non-credit-bearing orientation program titled "Managing in a Changing World." Students are assigned a collection of multi-media materials based on current business events. After participating in online discussions with fellow classmates, alumni, and faculty, students conduct site visits and attend lectures at the World Bank, USAID, and other D.C.-based government, private-sector and non-governmental organizations.

The program concludes with a one-credit hour professional development seminar. Students attend weekly workshops, featuring speakers from government, private-sector, and non-governmental organizations. They discuss how these organizations are responding to a changing global environment. Students are given tips to best leverage the learned knowledge, skills and abilities in order to add value to international business organizations.

Learning Objectives

  • Assess the opportunities and challenges of doing business in global markets
  • Analyze the similarities and differences in economic, political, and regulatory environments
  • Develop skills, knowledge and tools to analyze opportunities, risks and competition in the global business environment
  • Evaluate the influence of multinational firms, international institutions, governments and non-government organizations on a national and global scale
  • Formulate strategies that generate and leverage a firm’s competitive advantage in the global arena
  • Effectively manage and lead multinational and multi-cultural human capital

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 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)

MSIB Curriculum

Kick-Off: Managing in a Changing World

Foundational Business Knowledge and Technical Skills
Financial Accounting
Finance
Strategy Concepts
Quantitative Methods

Doing Business in a Global Context
Global Perspectives
International Economics
International Business Finance
International Business course electives (6 credits)

International Business Challenge: Consulting in an Uncertain World
International Business Consulting Capstone I (short-term study abroad)
International Business Consulting Capstone II (student-led consulting project with a multinational client)
Professional Seminar

Sample Course Sequencing – Fall Start

Fall 1 (12 credits)

  • Financial Accounting (3 credits)
  • Global Perspectives (3 credits)
  • International Economics (3 credits)
  • Quantitative Methods (3 credits)

Spring 1 (15 credits)

  • Finance (3 credits)
  • Strategy Concepts (3 credits)
  • International Business elective 1 (3 credits)
  • International Business elective 2 (3 credits)
  • Capstone 1 (3 credits)

Summer 1 (6 credits)

  • International Business Finance (3 credits)
  • Capstone 2 (2 credits)
  • Professional Seminar (1 credit)

Bachelor’s/MSIB

The MS in International Business can be combined with a GWSB Bachelor's degree through the 4+1 Program. This program provides the potential opportunity for students to complete both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in five years.

Admissions

Students interested in the Bachelor’s/MSIB degree program must have a minimum 3.0 GPA for their undergraduate program and be in good academic standing with the university to be eligible for admission. They also need to provide all required supporting application documents.

Curriculum

The MSIB degree requires 33 credits. Beyond the nine shared credits, students pursuing the dual degree are required to complete an additional six credits of core business courses, nine credits of international business focused required courses, six credits of graduate-level IBUS electives, and three credits of general electives.

Sample Course Sequencing – Fall Start

Senior Year (9 credits)

  • International Economics (3 credits)
  • Global Perspectives (3 credits)
  • Quantitative Methods (3 credits)

Fall 1 (9 credits)

  • Finance (3 credits)
  • Strategy Concepts (3 credits)
  • International Business elective 1 (3 credits)

Spring 1 (12 credits)

  • International Business Finance (3 credits)
  • International Business Elective 2 (3 credits)
  • Capstone 1 (3 credits)
  • General Elective (3 credits)

Summer 1 (3 credits)

  • Capstone 2 (2 credits)
  • Professional Seminar (1 credit)

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