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MIB Admissions Process

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MIB Criteria for Admissions

The admission criteria for the MIB Program includes:

  • Undergraduate degree in business (preferred with international business major or emphasis). Exceptions to this rule are made for students who apply to our Double Degree program with Koc University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 
  • Proficiency/knowledge of a foreign language
  • Competitive GMAT or GRE score
  • International experience/exposure
  • Demonstrated leadership

Full Criteria:

Academic Review

A. Undergraduate performance

An earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution is required to be considered for admission to the MIB program.  It is preferred that candidates have a degree in international business or have significant coursework in international business (exceptions made for students applying to the Double Degree program with Koc University or Shanghai Jiao Tong University). Graduate course work (whether degree has been fully completed or not) will also be taken into consideration. Transcripts from all institutions attended must be submitted to the Darla Moore School of Business.


Applicants must provide a valid (five years or fewer) Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or GRE score to be considered for admission to the MIB program. Learn more about the GMAT on the Graduate Management Admission Council's website.  The institutional/program code for the school is: JV2-TP-38.

Professional Work Experience

Professional work experience is not required for the MIB program.

Letters of Recommendation (2 required)

Letters of recommendation are required for the admission review.  It is acceptable to have either professional or academic letters of recommendation. Candidates are encouraged to submit thorough and pertinent information on leadership activities, volunteerism, travel abroad experiences and other items that the admissions committee can use to evaluate the application package.


The application for admission will ask for a statement of purpose (500-word essay) which should outline why you want to earn the MIB degree. There are additional short essay questions to answer (your choice of 3 out of 5 questions to answer). Additionally, space is provided to add a personal essay. This essay should be used to explain the circumstances of any part of your application where you feel the admissions committee might have concerns.


Non-U.S. candidates who do not hold a degree from a U.S. institution must submit a valid (within two years) test score demonstrating their command of the English language. The minimum score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is 100 (Internet-based) and 7.0 for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The institutional code for The Darla Moore School of Business is: 5818.

Additional thoughts regarding your application

The two-year MIB Dual Degree and the one-year MIB are highly competitive. We seek applicants who already have international experience (either study abroad or work) and who have demonstrated leadership in their communities. Applicants should have proficiency in at least one language in addition to their native tongue. Likewise, successful applicants will have demonstrated academic achievements reflected in transcripts, undergraduate GPA and the GMAT/GRE. 

The education you receive during your MIB program is an interdisciplinary program that combines the development of international business expertise with an advanced understanding of international studies.  The program is unique in its focus on political, economic and socio-cultural dimensions of global business. The curriculum is designed to provide a broadened and integrative understanding of business and government interactions globally.  The two-year double degree experience—living and studying in two different countries for a year in each—provides unique academic learning opportunities in the classroom as well as myriad experiential learning opportunities.

Ideally, our graduates will go on to have successful careers as leaders in both the private and public sectors. 

The world is always in need of global leaders. Leaders who understand and appreciate the complex environment that is the intersection of the public and private sectors in the international marketplace are the leaders of tomorrow. Do you have what it takes?