International Business

School of Business

Master of Science (M.S.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

The Master of Science in International Business (MSIB) 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 Requirements

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.

Please note, if you are an undergraduate International Business student, you are not encouraged to apply for the MS in International Business program.  We instead encourage you to consider the Master’s in Management program incorporating the Global Management graduate certificate.  Please speak with your undergraduate academic advisor and the admissions office to learn about alternative programs.

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:
[email protected] ~ 202-994-1212
9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday