Master of Science in the Field of International Business

The master of science in the field of international business program is designed to provide students with knowledge, skills and abilities to collect, organize and analyze a variety of data in a changing and uncertain global context — and make informed decisions for their organizations. The program provides students with a strong foundation of business and technical knowledge and skills, enhances their global mindset, and gives them the opportunity to apply what they've learned in two application challenges: an international business "desk study" capstone and a "field study" study-abroad capstone course.

The program opens with a hybrid (part online, part in-person) non-credit bearing orientation program called "Managing in a Changing World," where students are assigned a collection of multi-media materials based on current business events, discuss them with fellow students, alumni, and faculty in online discussions, and conduct site visits and attend lectures at the World Bank, USAID, and other D.C.-based government, private-sector, and NGO organizations during a two-day orientation.

The program concludes with a one-credit hour professional development seminar, where students attend weekly workshops, featuring guest speakers from government, private-sector organizations, and NGOs, to discuss how these organizations are responding to the changing and uncertain global environment — and provide students with tips for how they can best leverage the knowledge, skills and abilities gleaned in this program to add value to international business organizations.

Admission deadlines: Fall and Summer
Round 1 1/15
Round 2 4/1
Round 3 5/15
Recommendations required: One recommendation required.
Prior academic records: Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
International applicants whose transcripts are in a language other than English must have them professionally translated and notarized, and submit both copies into the application.
Statement of purpose: In an essay limited to 500 words, discuss your long-term and short-term professional objectives and how your past experiences have contributed to and defined these objectives. Include in your statement why you want to pursue a graduate business degree at this point in time. You may also include your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application. You may explain any academic inconsistencies as part of your statement or as an addendum.
Additional Requirements: A current resumé is required.
International applicants only: Please review International Applicant Information ( carefully for details on required documents and English language requirements.
PLEASE NOTE that the minimum English language test scores required by this program are:
- Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
- TOEFL: 600 on paper-based, or 100 on Internet-based; or
- Academic PTE: 68

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
School of Business
The George Washington University
2201 G Street NW
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions: ~ 202-994-1212
9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday

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.