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Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., where business and policy intersect, the GW School of Business (GWSB) affords students unmatched access to unique learning experiences and internship opportunities. Our city is home to approximately 180 resident embassies and organizations of international consequence — and GWSB has established relationships with institutions such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, among others.

Tapping into this network of global organizations, the GWSB Department of International Business has built a widely respected reputation throughout academia, and more importantly, throughout the international business community. It is this solid reputation and academic integrity, along with a transformative study-abroad component, that provide the foundation for GWSB’s Master of Science in International Business (MSIB) degree. Students in the MSIB program complete two consulting courses — one working overseas with a client, and the other for an international organization here in Washington, D.C. They also participate in a professional seminar, which includes resume, interview and technical skills workshops as well as advice sessions from employers and alumni.

The MSIB program will instill you with the knowledge and expertise you need to keep pace with the constantly changing global business environment, and allows you to do so in an environment that is multicultural to its core. A broad selection of electives gives you the flexibility to tailor your degree to emphasize your specific career interests.

Faculty Director

Robert Weiner
[email protected]
(202) 994-5981

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 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 MSIB 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.


MSIB Curriculum and Course Requirements

Kick-Off: Managing in a Changing World

Foundational Business Knowledge and Technical Skills
Financial Accounting
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)

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 33 credits, including 27 credits in required courses and 6 credits in elective courses.

Core courses
MBAD 6211Financial Accounting
MBAD 6235Finance
MBAD 6240Competition in the Global Economy
IBUS 6290Special Topics (Big Data for Internat. Business)
IBUS 6290Special Topics (Economics for Global Business)
SMPP 6290Special Topics (Strategy Concepts)
IBUS 6301International Business Finance
Students complete 6 credits of coursework as part of their capstone experience, 3 credits from a study abroad opportunity and 3 credits in the following courses:
IBUS 6290Special Topics (International Business Consulting Capstone )
IBUS 6290Special Topics (International Business Professional Seminar)
6 credits in any IBUS courses taken at the 6000 level or above.

Application Deadlines

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.

All Fall 2021 applications are now closed.




October 15, 2021

January 15, 2022

January 15, 2022

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.

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Next Steps

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