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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. The Master of Science in International Business is also available as part of the 4+1 Program, allowing you to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years.

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


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).


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
IBUS 6301International Business Finance
MBAD 6288Strategic Management
Statistics course
Any one quantitative methods course at the 6000 level or above that requires completion of an introductory statistics course as a prerequisite. Prior approval of the Program Director is required.
International business focused courses
MBAD 6245Global Perspectives
IBUS 6290Special Topics (Economics for Global Business)
IBUS 6290Special Topics (International Business Consulting Capstone I)
IBUS 6290Special Topics (International Business Consulting Capstone II)
IBUS 6290Special Topics (International Business Professional Seminar)
6 credits in any 6000 level or above IBUS courses.



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.


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.


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)

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.




October 15, 2020

January 15, 2021

January 15, 2021

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


Next Steps

Apply To This Program

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