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International MBA

Solid ranking for College of Business MBA program in Businessweek report.

Solid ranking for College of Business MBA program in Businessweek report.

In its first-ever ranking by Bloomberg Businessweek, the International MBA program at FIU’s College of Business was among the best in the U.S., coming in at No. 56. The 2014 edition of the publication’s “Best Business Schools” feature ranks 112 full-time MBA programs.

FIU’s IMBA outranked schools including Thunderbird, Arizona State, Rutgers, South Carolina, and the University of Miami. A 12-month program, the IMBA offers a master’s of international business/MBA track and partnerships with 39 international schools.

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Connecting for a Cause: MBA programs host Leadership Miami fundraiser at FIU Downtown on Brickell.

Connecting for a Cause: MBA programs host Leadership Miami fundraiser at FIU Downtown on Brickell.

When “good causes” meet “high energy,” lots of fun — and fund-raising — can happen. That was the case at “Connecting for a Cause,” a fundraising event for Leadership Miami held January 16, 2014 at Florida International University (FIU) Downtown on Brickell.

Leadership Miami, an annual program of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, provides intensive learning and leadership development for the next generation of leaders. For its fundraising challenge, the participants formed six teams, each selecting a non-profit organization for which to raise funds.

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J. Cooper Abbott of Raymond James’ Eagle Asset Management shares insights with FIU students.

J. Cooper Abbott of Raymond James’ Eagle Asset Management shares insights with FIU students.

“Three things people do all over the planet: everyone falls in love, plays fútbol and is connected to the capital markets.”

That observation was part of a captivating presentation, “Operating an Effective Equity Portfolio” delivered by J. Cooper Abbott, co-chief operating officer and executive vice president of investments at Eagle Asset Management, Inc. a Raymond James subsidiary.

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Commencement marks achievement of College of Business grads.

Commencement marks achievement of College of Business grads.

Years of study, determination and hard work paid off for nearly 1,000 students in the College of Business at Florida International University (FIU) when they were awarded degrees at the Fall 2013 Commencement.

On Sunday evening, December 15, 2013, 596 students from the R. Kirk Landon Undergraduate School of Business were recognized at a commencement ceremony; 371 students from the Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Graduate School of Business were honored at a commencement on the morning of December 17.

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International MBA Program

Your fast-track to a world-class MBA.

Florida International University’s International MBA (IMBA) program is an extraordinary twelve-month program that prepares its students to be effective global business leaders. Here, you’ll expand your cultural understanding, strengthen foreign language skills, learn to build global strategies, collaborate with students from around the world, hone professional development skills, and gain real-world experience—all from a prestigious, top-ranked one-year MBA program.

Our one-year International MBA (IMBA) offered in Miami, Florida is consistently ranked among the top international business programs in the U.S.


At the crossroads of the Americas

FIU’s Miami location blends the advantages of a multicultural, urban, and ethnically rich center. The city is a business hub —connecting the two Americas and serving as regional headquarters for numerous multinational corporations. Miami provides a fertile setting for your international business education and the promise of career opportunities in a wide variety of global businesses.

Highlights include:

  • Earn a world-class International MBA in 12 months
  • Live in a world-class city and international business hub
  • Be inspired by a faculty that is more than 60% international
  • Collaborate with students from more than 20 countries.
  • Learn one of 3+ foreign languages
  • International Partnerships in 16 different countries
  • Internship opportunities at more than 100 companies
  • Gain skills in more than 25 workshops and seminars with Career Management Service


The following are required courses for the International MBA:

Fall Semester

  • Professional Development Seminar I
  • Professional Development Seminar II (Languages)
    • Fall A
      • Business Analysis for Decision Making
      • Accounting for Managers
      • International Business Environment
      • Organizational Design and Behavior
    • Fall B
      • Corporate Finance
      • Marketing Management
      • Operations Management

Spring Semester

  • Colloquium in Managing Organizational Ethics
  • Professional Development Seminar II (Languages)
    • Spring A
      • Organizational Information Systems
      • Legal Environment of Business
      • Global Financial Strategy
    • Spring B
      • Financial Reporting and Analysis
      • Strategic Management
      • Master's Project in International Business

Summer Semester

  • Corporate Simulation
  • Elective (Choose one from the following):
    • Study Abroad
    • Graduate International Internship
    • Elective

Click here to view the Student Learning and Program Outcomes.


Real world experience

In the Chapman Graduate School of Business' top international MBA program, you may study abroad during the final summer semester, attending a business class at one of our renowned partner institutions abroad.


What follows is the general format for the International MBA program. 

  • Forty-nine credit hours of coursework are required.
  • Classes are held Monday through Friday, usually in four-and-a-half hour blocks. In a typical week, about twenty hours are spent in the classroom. During the summer semester, you can complete your program requirements through internships, study-abroad programs, and/or regular courses.
  • Fall A, Fall B, Spring A, Spring B are eight weeks each.
  • The time to completion of the degree is twelve months.

See complete schedule.

Joint Degree Program Options

You may choose to continue your graduate studies by pursuing joint degrees in various specialized areas of graduate business.  Combinations of joint degrees include:

  • MBA-Master of Science in Finance (MSF)
  • MBA-Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MSMIS)
  • MBA-Master of International Business (MIB)
  • MBA-Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MSHRM)
  • MBA-Master of Science in International Real Estate (MSIRE)
  • MBA-Jurisprudence Doctorate (JD)
  • MBA-Master of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (MALACS)

Additional fees apply to the extended program option. Please call 305-348-6880 or e-mail the IMBA office at for more information about these options.


Application Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the International MBA program, prospective students must:

  • Hold a four-year Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and be in good standing with all previously attended colleges and universities
  • Have a minimum score of 500 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or a 297 on the GRE. GMAT scores: achieve a minimum of 25 percent in each of the verbal and quantitative percentile sections.  Scores are considered official when sent by the testing center directly to our school.
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • If applicant is an international student whose native language is other than English, he/she also must achieve a minimum score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL, or 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, or an equivalent score on a comparable examination

Admissions decisions are competitive. Meeting admissions standards does not guarantee admission.

Application Process & Deadlines

The Program begins each August. Deadlines as follows:

June 1:  Last day to submit an online application.
July 18: Last day for international applicants to submit all supporting academic and financial credentials.
August 1: Last day for domestic applicants to submit all supporting academic credentials.

Application Material Address:

International MBA 
Chapman Graduate School of Business
Florida International University 
11200 SW 8th Street CBC 200
Miami, FL  33199-0001

Application Procedures

To apply for the program:

  1. Please click here to initiate your graduate application.  Select on “Create a new user Account”
  2. Enter the program name International MBA in Intended Major field in the online admission form. 
  3. There is a non refundable application fee of US$30.00.

Only those applicants who have submitted complete application packets will be considered.  Meeting the minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admissions.  Students do not need to wait until they have all of the materials together to apply.  Submit your online application now, and the rest of the materials as you complete them.

Requirements/Required Documents:

  1. Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and/or universities.  The original transcripts must be in a sealed enveloped (unopened) from the issuing-institution.

    • If the official transcripts are not in English, a second copy of the transcript must be evaluated by an official translation agency and sent to our mailing address above. Visit the University Graduate School’s website for more information. If this applied to you, you may ask the University to provide two copies of transcripts. The first set must come to us in a sealed envelope. The second set may be sent to a translation agency.

    • Official proof of degree: A notarized copy of the original diploma is required, if the degree is not posted on the official transcript

  1. GMAT scores: earn a score of at least 500 on the GMAT ( and achieve a minimum of 25 percent in each of the verbal and quantitative percentile sections.  Scores are considered official when sent by the testing center directly to our school

    • Applicants who already possess a Master’s degree from an accredited institution may be eligible for a GMAT waiver provided that the graduate degree GPA is 3.0 or better.

  1. Current Resume: detailing your chronological professional experience, and dates of earned degrees. Internships and part-time employment may be included.
  2. Statement of Purpose:  A document of no more than two pages outlining your objectives for pursuing this graduate degree program
  3. TOEFL or IELTS SCORES: If you earned your Bachelor Degree in a country whose official language is not English, you must demonstrate English proficiency by taking either the TOEFL or IELTS.  Minimum scores for the TOEFL are:  550 paper-based, 213 computer-based and 80 internet-based.  Minimum score for the IELTS is 6.5.  When requesting the official scores, please refer to the Florida International University Institution code 5206.
  4.  Please submit citizenship and immigration document to our offices as outlined below:

Type of Citizenship/Residency Status

Documentation Required

Native-born U.S. Citizen

No residency documents required

Naturalized U.S. Citizen

Copy of passport

Lawful Permanent U.S. Resident

Copy of permanent resident card

Resident or Citizen of any other Country

Please see our international students section below, and the International Student Services office (ISSS)

  1. International Prospects - additional items apply. Please see 'International Studenr Requirements' tab below

  2. Prospective students claiming Florida residency for the purposes of tuition must complete the Initial Residency Classification Form and submit appropriate supporting documents prior to an admissions decision. If you have not submitted valid and complete documentation prior to admission, you will be classified as out-of-state during the admissions process.

    Prospective students claiming residency must submit two (2) forms of evidence to substantiate the Initial Residency Classification Form. Each form must not be expired, and must demonstrate one full year of Florida residency prior to the beginning of your intended first term. Accepted documents include:
    • Driver’s license (or DMV report if license has been renewed)
    • Voter’s registration card
    • Motor vehicle registration (If renewed, submit current and previous registrations)
    • Letter of full-time Employment in Florida with W2s
    • Declaration of domicile in Florida (Issue date is the date filed in the State of Florida)
    • Mortgage, warranty deed, or homestead exemption
    • Lease for an apartment or house
    • Florida occupational or professional License
    • Membership in a Florida organization
    • State, federal, or court documents evidencing legal ties to Florida
    • Benefit histories from Florida agencies or public assistance programs

If you do not have two of the listed items, please visit Enrollment Services’ website to find alternate forms of accepted evidence. For more information of establishing Florida residency for tuition purposes, follow this link.

Modesto Maidique Campus
Office of Graduate Admissions
Location: PC 231

International Student Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Please familiarize yourself with the requirements of the University Graduate School and the Office of International Students and Scholar Services. You are responsible for compliance with any and all University requirements. For more information on studying in the United States as an International or Foreign student, please visit the State Department website.

Academic Records

Your academic records must be sent directly to us by your previous educational institution(s). Required academic records include:

  • Transcripts: Yearly or semester records that indicate the number of lecture and/or laboratory hours and the grade or mark received in each course.
  • Diplomas: for all degrees you have received, with the title of degree and date conferred.

If the language of instruction at your institution was not English, then you must provide the original-language copies of all transcripts and diplomas as described above AND:

  • A separate English-language translation of all academic records. The translation should either come from a professional, certified translator. It must contain all information shown on the original-language documents and “mirror” them as precisely as possible.

Please note that FIU accepts transcript and diploma translations, and all evaluations of official academic records are to be performed by FIU staff only. Some suggested agencies are found on the University Graduate School website.

Demonstration of English Proficiency

The TOEFL or IELTS is required of all applicants whose native language is not English – a University list of exemptions is available here. These tests are given worldwide. There is a fee for the examination. The minimum scores for all accepted exams are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5
  • TOEFL (Institution code: 5206):
    • Paper-based: 550
    • Computer-based: 213
    • Internet-based(iBT): 80

Applicants who hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution within the United States or other English-speaking countries do not need to take an exam to demonstrate proficiency.

Declaration and Certification of Finances & Required Documentation

International applications who require an F-1 Visa will be required to submit the following documents to complete their application package:

The Declaration and Certification of Finances must be completed and returned to Graduate Admissions. Students with Internet access can complete the DCF form online. Once completed please print it and return it. 

A Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Students (Form I-20) will be issued once the applicant has been found admissible to the University and the Declaration and Certification of Finances has been approved. The University is required by immigration authorities to check carefully the financial resources of each applicant prior to issuing the Form I-20.  Therefore, it is important that you be aware of the cost of participating in the program and have the necessary support and funding for your period of enrollment. The total funds available for the entire program must equal the total estimate of institutional costs and living expenses for the duration of the program (Estimate of $60,233 for the academic year). Please make sure that you provide us with sufficient proof of funds for at least this amount.

International students must have an I-20 in order to secure F-1 status and participate in the program. Students must secure an F-1 Visa from the U.S. consular in their home country in order to enter the U.S.

Proof of Medical Insurance

By Board of Trustees and university rule, all international students at FIU in F-1 and J-1 status are required to have medical insurance prior to registration. Proof must be submitted to the Health Compliance Office at University Health Services. Students will NOT be allowed to register for classes without complying with the medical insurance requirement, and will receive a hold on their registration. 
The medical insurance requirement can be met in one of two ways:

  • By purchasing the University-approved policy
  • By submitting an International Student Health Insurance Compliance Form completed by your current insurance company and approved by UHS

The cost of this insurance is not covered by the program’s tuition and fees. For information on program coverage and alternate compliance, please visit the University Health Services Medical Insurance Policy for International Students page.

Transfer students

F-1 students transferring from another institution in the United States must provide a copy of the F-1 Student Transfer Form with a suitable release date from his/her current institution.

Mailing Address:

Submit all materials to

International MBA 
Chapman Graduate School of Business
Florida International University 
11200 SW 8th Street CBC 200
Miami, FL  33199-0001

For Chinese Applicants

Chinese applicants have the opportunity to enhance their applications by participating in an evaluative, in-person interview in China. While this exam is not required, the CIEE Applicant Interview (CAI) will provide you an opportunity to display your communication, critical thinking abilities, as well as your enthusiasm for becoming a successful student at FIU. After completing your interview, a report will be sent directly to FIU and become part of your application. We recommend registering for the CAI as soon as possible, as space fills up quickly. This does not replace the TOEFL requirement, and Chinese applicants must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Registration is simple. Just fill out the online registration form by clicking here. If you have any questions or would like to register by phone, please call 021-6427 6285.

Tuition & Scholarships


Tuition for the International MBA Program in 2015-2016 is $35,000 for Florida residents and $40,000 for non-residents and international students. Students pay for courses at the beginning of each semester. 

 International MBA Tuition

You should check with our program office for the most current fee information.

If you choose to participate in the Extended Program Option, there is an additional fee, which is based on the courses taken. You also are required to own or have access to a laptop computer that meets the college's required specifications for hardware and software configuration. You are expected to have your laptops by the first day of class. For students who choose to participate in the study abroad program, air fare, living expenses, books and supplies abroad are not covered in the tuition. You also are expected to cover the costs of any additional required medical or travel insurance.

Once you are accepted into the program, you must submit a Professional Development Seminar fee of $500 (will be applied towards your tuition) within 14 days of the date on the acceptance notification letter in order to secure your place in the program. This fee is non-refundable.

The remainder of the program fees for the 2015-2016 cohort is payable in three installments due:

Due Date: Fall Semester 2015 Spring Semester 2016 Summer Semester 2016
In State Amount $15,540 $14,585 $4,375
Out of State Amount $17,835 $16,665 $5,000

All fees are subject to change.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

We recommend that you begin thinking about your financial aid needs and options during the initial admissions process to the Chapman Graduate School of Business. 

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FIU MBA prospective students are urged to examine sources of funding to assist with financing their MBA education. The following sites and resources may be useful in your research, but we also encourage you to contact your employer, as well as professional and personal group affiliations.

US Citizens and Permanent Residents

Federal funding Student Loans

Federal student loans are the primary source of funding for MBA students. Any student who wishes to be considered for a federal student loan must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the web. This should be completed in conjunction with your program application, and the FAFSA application does not obligate you to assume any loan funding. In order to initiate funding, you must have a decision from the program, and your eligibility report from FAFSA. Students must either be a U.S. Citizen or Resident Alien in order to be eligible forfederal student loans.

Scholarship Search Engines Funding for Minority Students

NSHMBA Scholarship
Students of Hispanic heritage or students with a demonstrated commitment to the Hispanic community who have been admitted may be named a NSHMBA Scholar. Scholars receive:

  • a complimentary full conference registration for the NSHMBA Annual Conference & Career Expo during their award year
  • recognition on the NSHMBA website and other materials as a University Partnership Program scholar
  • connection with local NSHMBA Chapter(s)

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 
This premier scholarship opportunity is afforded to Latino students who have a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and who plan to continue contributing in the future. Students with excellent leadership potential are encouraged to apply.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund collaborates with foundations, institutions and other partners in the non-profit sector at every level in order to advance our urgent mission of reversing the pattern of Latino under-education.

American Indian Graduate Center
To be considered for an AIGC fellowship the applicant must be: pursuing a post baccalaureate graduate or professional degree as a full time student at an accredited institution in the U.S., able to demonstrate financial need, and an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group, or provide documentation of descent (possess one-fourth degree federally-recognized Indian blood).

National Black MBA Assoication (NBMBAA)
NBMBAA awards outstanding minority students pursuing graduate management/business degrees, while demonstrating strong leadership abilities and a commitment to their communities.

Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship
The Government Finance Officers Association offers a Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship of $5,000, awarded to outstanding U.S. and Canadian minority students preparing for careers in state and local government finance.

Funding for Female Students

American Assoication of Univeristy Women 
AAUW awards fellowships to underrepresented minority women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study in an MBA program. Award amounts range from $5,000 to $12,000.

Forté Fellows 
The Forté Scholarship program is administered by the Forté Foundation, whose mission is to substantially increase the number of women business owners and leaders by increasing the flow of women into key educational gateways and business networks.

Funding for Veterans

Post-9/11 GI Bill 
The new Post 9/11 GI Bill provides education benefits for service members who have served on active duty for 90 or more days since Sept. 10, 2001. These benefits are tiered based on the number of days served on active duty, creating a benefit package that gives current and previously activated National Guard and Reserve members the same benefits as active duty service members.

Montgomery G.I. Bill
The Montgomery G.I. Bill is intended for veterans who entered the service after July 1, 1985, served two years of continuous active duty, accepted a $100-a-month reduction in their military pay for the first twelve months of service, and received an honorable discharge.

Funding for LGBT Students

Point Foundation 
Point Foundation provides financial support, mentoring, leadership training and hope to meritorious students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

International Student Resources

Institute of International Education (IIE)

IIE, which seeks to foster educational exchange, has great resources for exchange students.

International Education Financial Aid (IEFA)
IEFA is the premier resource for financial aid, college scholarship, and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings plus international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad.

International Research and Exchanges Board 
IREX administers various fellowships for non-degree studies as well as one- and two-year graduate degree studies in the US for foreign nationals within 11 areas of study.  Their international student loan program is designed to increase the opportunities for international students who wish to study at approved colleges and universities.

International Student Resources

Country Specific

Educational Loans for German Students  a resource on student loans for German students

NOVA- Italian MBA Association – a resource for Italian students on how to finance an MBA.

Instituto Ling  a resource for scholarships available to Brazilian students.

Fundacao Estudar  a resource for scholarships available to Brazilian students.

Fundacion Ramon Areces  a resource for scholarships available to Spanish students.

La Caixa  a resource for scholarships available to Spanish students.

Becas M.O.B.  a resource for scholarships available to Mexican students.

COMEXUS – a resource for scholarships available to Mexican students.

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For information about the status of your application or if you have any questions related to your application, please contact the IMBA office at, or at 305.348.6880.

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