Master of International BusinessFrequently Asked Questions

Application/Requirements

The minimum requirements to be eligible to apply for admission to the 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 (applicants should have previous business coursework)
  2. Submission of the FIU Graduate Admissions application
  3. Satisfied all listed application requirements outlined at the program website: Master of International Business

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

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.

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. For our purposes, professional experience generally begins at the point of graduation.

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 MIB@fiu.edu 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. 

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.

The GMAT or GRE may not be required if you are able to demonstrate 4 years of professional full-time work experience. If you have less than four years of professional work experience, a GMAT or GRE passing score is required. 

We do not treat the exams differently, and applicants may elect to take either exam. You may visit www.mba.com for more information on the GMAT, including sample questions and information on test registration. You may visit http://www.ets.org/gre for more information on the GRE as well as test registration information.

Note that for scholarship consideration with the College of Business, the GMAT exam score is the one considered) 

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.

The Master of International Business requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or related area (e.g. Marketing, Finance, and International Business) or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants with degrees in the areas of Industrial Engineering, Minor in Business, Hospitality Management, International Studies or Economics may apply for consideration on case by case basis. 

Recommendation letters are optional but can be submitted to supplement the applicant’s file.

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.

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.

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

The MIB program requires an essay. You may choose from one of the following:

  1. Describe a professional situation where you demonstrated one of the following leadership competencies: visionary, strategic, tactical, focused, persuasive, likable, decisive, ethical or inspirational
  2. Of FIU's core values [creativity, rigor, diversity, team, integrity, and global community], which value resonates most with you and why?
  3. Describe your academic and career interests, and explain how and why the MIB program from FIU would help you explore them

Curriculum

The MIB program

  1. Specially designed to learn how to do business at an international level
  2. Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Business or related area. Other bachelor’s degree can be considered such as Industrial Engineering, Minor in Business, Hospitality Management, International Studies and Economics. Please note these are considered on a case by case basis.
  3. It is offered in the evenings from  6:25 PM to 9:05 PM
  4. Offered full-time, part-time and on-line.
  5. No GMAT/GRE required. Please note the GRE/GMAT is required if applicant has less than 4 years of professional work experience.
  6. The program starts in the Fall (August) and the Spring (January) terms. (The fully online version currently only begins in the Fall (August) terms).

The IMBA program

  1. It is a Master’s of Business Administration degree with emphasis on international business.
  2. Bachelor’s degree can be in any field of study.
  3. GRE/GMAT is required for all candidates, regardless of professional experience.
  4. It is offered during the day – Monday – Friday
  5. It is a full-time program
  6. The program starts in the Fall (August) start term.

No – courses are selected according to your individual needs. The program is flexible offered part-time and fulltime. Due to F-1 student visa requirements, international students must be registered full-time during their studies in the program.

No, the MIB program is an evening program offered Monday through Thursday from 6:25 pm – 9:05 PM. There are 3 full Saturday seminar sessions required during the student’s first term in the program.

International students typically complete the program in 12 – 16 months and domestic students in 24 months.

Price / Financial Aid Assistance/ Scholarships

Yes, the cost of the entire program is $33,000 for in-state residents, and $36,600 for out-of-state residents and international students. This cost includes parking, professional development seminars, and tuition and fees. Please note the fees listed here are for the current academic year. All fees are subject to change.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required of all U.S. citizens and permanent residents who wish to apply for federal student loans. To expedite the processing of federal loan applications, we recommend that you complete the FAFSA as early as possible.  Please visit the U.S. Department of Education homepage for more information on the FAFSA, or write to:

FAFSA Information Center
P.O. Box 84
Washington, DC 20044
1-800-433-3243

Financial aid assistance is available for all students who are U.S. citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents.  The primary source of financial assistance will be in the form of Federal Direct Loans issued by the U.S. Federal Government. You will be offered a Direct Stafford Unsubsidized Loan and Direct Graduate Plus Loans.  Due to the cost of your program, you may be required to borrow a Federal Graduate Plus which requires a credit approval. The College of Business also offers various scholarship opportunities that you can apply for online.

International students are eligible for scholarships only. Financial aid is only available for US Citizens and Resident Aliens.

The MIB merit scholarship is based on funds available. It is based on a combination of GMAT exam results and Grade Point Average.  An applicant can receive $5,000 - $10,000 of tuition expense coverage.

Opportunities for funding do exist outside FIU. Potential students should begin researching other sources of financial aid as early as possible.

Due to the large number of applications we receive each year, we cannot accommodate requests for personalized feedback on your application.  Also, please understand that the decision of the Admissions Committee is final, and we cannot advise you on whether or not you should reapply in the future. 

Tuition is due at the beginning of each semester by the first day of class.

International Students

International 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.

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

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

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

Student Life

Yes, we have a variety of rooms – apartment style, single, double, triple and quadruple style rooms.

For more information, please visit their website at http://www.housing.fiu.edu. For off-campus housing information, please visit this site:  http://classifieds.fiu.edu/

Events

For more information on upcoming events or to schedule a one-on-one phone call/meeting with one of our advisors, please click here.

Career Management Services Office

The Career Management Services Office offers the following services:

  1. Individual student advising
  2. Resume review
  3. Self-assessment tools
  4. Gain interviewing skills
  5. Networking
  6. Career events

Get Started Today!

Request more information, get your questions answered and be invited to special events.

Back to top