Frequently Asked Questions


  • What are the minimum requirements to apply?

    The minimum requirements to be eligible to apply for admission to the Online Master of International Business program are as follows:

    1. Completion of an undergraduate program in an accredited U.S. college or its equivalent in another country
    2. Submission of the FIU Graduate Admissions application
    3. Satisfied all listed application requirements outlined at the program website: Master of International Business
  • What is the next step after applying to the program? Where do I send my resume?

    Once the prospect applies to the Online Master of International Business Program, a resume must be sent for further evaluation to the program via email at if seeking preliminary work experience review.

  • Can I defer my application?

    Yes, if you are looking to start for the following semester within the same year, you may request to have your application deferred. Please note applications can be deferred, however acceptance cannot. The student will be processed for acceptance for the new term he/she is applying for.

  • What is considered professional experience?

    Professional experience is determined on a case-by-case basis using a resume, and any requested supporting documents. Our admissions committee evaluates an individual’s accomplishments, roles, and responsibilities to determine the total number of years of professional experience. We consider the individual's position responsibilities, managerial roles if applicable, core competencies exercised during position term and longevity in each position.

  • Do I meet the professional experience criteria?

    In order to know which program best suits your ­needs; we need to view a copy of your professional resume to determine your level of professional experience. Please send us your resume at to request an evaluation. Please keep in mind that admissions are a competitive process, and meeting the minimum criteria is not a guarantee of admission. 

  • I have professional experience in another country, does this count?

    Yes. We will need to view your resume to determine if the nature of the experience is professional, but we certainly count professional experience obtained in another country or state.

  • Do I have to take the GMAT/GRE?

    A GMAT/GRE waiver at the discretion of the academic director is available for:

    • Applicants with two years of demonstrative work experience and success in completing other academic programs,
    • The Applicants who have an undergraduate business or related degree (economics, hospitality management, etc.) with an upper division grade point average (GPA) of 3.25, or higher,
    • Applicants without a business or related degree having an upper division grade GPA of 3.35, or higher,
    • If the applicant has already completed a graduate degree from an accredited university with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, or is entering a business master's program under a special agreement for admissions with specific foreign and domestic universities
  • Which exam is better? Should I take the GMAT or the GRE?

    We do not treat the exams differently, and applicants may elect to take either exam. You may visit for more information on the GMAT, including sample questions and information on test registration. You may visit for more information on the GRE as well as test registration information.

  • What happens if my GPA is below 3.0? Can I still apply?

    We have the ability to admit a limited number of individuals who do not meet the GPA requirement. The Admissions Committee will evaluate all the documents submitted (resume, working experience, letters of recommendation etc.) on a competitive basis to determine which individuals will be admitted under this provision. The committee  takes into account myriad factors, including work experience and professional responsibilities, writing ability, strength of recommendations, undergraduate performance, exam scores and performance in any graduate-level courses.

  • Can I waive the TOEFL/IELTS?

    Students may waive the TOEFL exam only if they have earned an undergraduate or master's degree in a TOEFL-exempt country. Visit the UGS website to view TOEFL-exempt countries.

  • Who should recommendations come from?

    The admissions committee suggests that of the two recommendations, at least one comes from a professional source.  The second letter may be from a professional or academic reference. The most useful recommendations are those from individuals who are able to speak with certainty about your professional and/or academic achievements and potential.

  • What is the process for recommenders?

    Candidates may either submit electronic recommendations or formal letters.

    To use the online form, the candidate will enter recommenders' names and email addresses into their online application. Recommenders then receive an email with a link to their recommendation. The recommendations are submitted separately from the candidate’s application and will automatically be included in the application upon submission. Applicants should not wait for recommenders to submit their recommendations before submitting their applications.

  • What is the recommended format for the recommendation letter? Should it be in letterhead?

    For the recommendation letters, we required the recommender’s company logo, signature, and contact information. We reserve the right to contact recommenders. Letters may be directed to us at:

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

  • Does the program require a writing sample or only an essay/personal statement? What do I write about?

    The MIB program requires an essay. Describe your academic and career interests, and explain how and why the MIB program from FIU would help you explore them


  • Is the MIB a cohort-based program?

    Yes, our MIB program uses a lock-step cohort model. The students in the program begin with the same group until graduation. The students benefit from sharing their learning experiences and support each other throughout the program.

  • Is the MIB program offered during the day?

    No, the MIB program is an evening program with core classes either on Tuesday or Thursday, or both depending on the semester from 6:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.

  • What is the difference between the Full-time International MBA and the Masters of International Business (MIB) programs?

    The Full-time International MBA program

    1. Accelerated
    2. In-person
    3. Full-time, 12 months, day-time classes
    4. Highly ranked
    5. Study Abroad options
    6. Internship opportunities
    7. National MBA Career Fair
    8. Joint degree options with: MSF, MSIS, MIB, MSHRM, MSIRE, JD, MALACS, MACC

    The MIB program

    1. In-person or online
    2. Full-time, 12 months
    3. Mandatory International Trip
    4. Mandatory Day Trip
    5. Master’s Project
    6. Dual Degree options
    7. Internship opportunities
    8. Joint degree options with MSF, MBA, MAIS, JD

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International Students

  • Should the bank letter be original?

    The bank letter must be original (printed in bank’s letterhead paper) with original signatures and in a sealed envelope from the bank.

  • What is a DCF?

    The DCF is the Declaration and Certification of Finances. This form must be completed and sent to the MIB program office.

  • What documents do I need to submit if I am seeking an F-1 Visa?

    The following documents are required for students seeking an F-1 Visa.

    1. Bank letter
    2. DCF form – Declaration and Certification of Finances form
    3. Copy of Passport
    4. Sponsor letter – if applicable
    5. If the student has a valid F-1 Visa, an F-1 Transfer form is required

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