Frequently Asked Questions

Application and Admissions

Do you offer conditional admission?

No. All applicants must apply fully to the MIB program and may not take MIB classes unless they are officially admitted to the program.

Do you allow deferred admission? That is, can I defer my admission from one year to another?

When an admitted student is unable to enroll and requests to be admitted the following term or year, the admissions committee will confer with the applicant to determine if the deferment is possible. Deferment past one year requires that the applicant re-apply to Graduate School and the MIB program.

If I have more than two years of work experience, may I still apply to MIB?

Applicants with work experience are welcome to apply to the MIB program. Our classes are diverse and regularly include students with past work experience. MIB graduates who do have professional experience can expect more substantial job offers upon graduation due to prior experience.

Do I need to speak a second language for this program?

Though it is looked on favorably in the admission process, a second language is not required and a lack of it won't hinder your chances for MIB admission. All of our exchange partners, except for the ones in Brazil, Chile and Peru, offer many courses in English and non- second language speakers will have no trouble finding a valuable foreign study program option.

What if I am not accepted? Can I re-apply?

Students who are denied may reapply if they so choose. Usually they do so only if information or test scores change from their original application package. Applicants who wish to reapply must submit a new online application.


My GMAT/GRE is low, but I have a strong GPA and other experiences (or the reverse situation with a low GPA and high test score). Do I still have a chance for admission?

We review every applicant file individually and all of the contents of that file are scrutinized. Most important to us in admissions are: undergraduate academic performance, international experience, prior internship or professional work experience, extracurricular activities (show social consciousness, ability to cooperate, and leadership abilities), and outstanding recommendations. We also interview random applicants and assess interpersonal and communication skills. Because the admission process for MIB is selective, students with very low test scores should attempt a re-take.

Which test should I take - the GMAT or the GRE? How & how long should I prepare? Do I need to do the writing portion?

The MIB program has no preference as to which test you take. It is up to your personal taste, budget, time constraints and plans. We suggest that you research both test websites and determine which one is right for you. If your plans include another master's degree or further non-business education, you might want to consider GRE. If your plans see you looking toward an MBA or another graduate business degree, you might want to consider GMAT. Both tests have a 5-year validation period. We do not consider the writing section. Preparation for GRE/GMAT, like any standardized test, is very individual.

How long does it take for UF to receive my scores?

It takes two to three weeks for your official scores to be received.

If I have a great GPA, can I waive the test?

No. The Graduate School and the MIB department require either a GRE or GMAT test score for admission, the exception being if the applicant has achieved a terminal degree from a US school (e.g. PhD, JD, MD, DDS, DVM).

I've taken the test and did not do as well as I wanted, should I re-take the test?

If you've taken the GRE or GMAT and your score was not in the median range for that particular test but your score is close (GRE: 302-308 or GMAT: 550-600), you could wait to see if the committee feels your application package was strong enough for admission. If necessary, you will be asked to retake the test. However, if your score is far below the range, retaking the test is recommended. We will take your highest composite score as your true score and will use that score in the admissions process. Ultimately, the decision to retake the test is up to you.

MIB Program in General

During which terms can I start the MIB Program?

Students can begin classes in Spring (January), Summer B (late June) or Fall (late August).

How does this program compare to other international business programs?

Our own students typically comment positively on two aspects of the program more than any other: diversity and personality of the students, and the ability to create their own unique experiences within MIB based on their personal needs and interests. MIB offers students the opportunity to experience international business through practical opportunities such as the Global Immersion Experience and exchange programs. The program’s group and teamwork and it also offers many opportunities for students to get to know each other as well as forming friendships with the incoming graduate level exchange students. We have heard frequently from former students that this was one of the best years of their life. MIB is a challenge; you will work hard and must manage your time effectively, but you will also have a lot of fun and you will expand your mind in ways you never thought possible.

What are the MIB classes like?

The MIB classes are intense, fast moving and taught in shortened 8-week modules. A 2-credit course meets two times per week for 100 minutes each meeting time. Most of the courses require teamwork and group projects, so the ability to work well and communicate with others is a key to success in the program. The teamwork structure presents a microcosm of the workplace and allows students to practice their interpersonal skills along with their newly found knowledge in a hands-on fashion.

What is my weekly time commitment for schoolwork?

The typical equation is for every hour spent in class, there should be 3 hours of study time and depending on the individual student it may be higher. The schoolwork commitment for MIBs is too high for full time students to maintain full time employment. Some students are able to maintain limited part-time work.

Can I do an internship?

Although we always encourage students to gain practical experience from internships, we do not award credit for internships. If you do secure an independent internship and the company/organization wants you to be registered for internship credit through UF, we can do that for you. However, the credit will not count toward the MIB program.

Am I eligible for student football tickets?

Yes. All MIB students are eligible to apply to the football lottery in the spring term. Go to for information.

Study Abroad Options

Am I required to study abroad when I am in the MIB program?

Students are required to complete a one week Global Immersion Experience. Students without prior international experience are strongly encouraged to study abroad, as it enhances your academic experience and adds value to your international business degree. There are very short program options (2 weeks) for students who have financial or family constraints. Or, a long option of up to 6 months can be selected. A study abroad experience is truly a once in a lifetime experience and students should take advantage of it before they devote a lifetime to employment!


What kinds of job offers do MIB graduates usually receive?

Our students have diverse educational, activity and work/ internship backgrounds. So, the jobs pursued and secured by our students can vary tremendously. The majority of recent graduates start their careers domestically in internationally-focused positions. Well-known consulting firms such as Accenture and Ernst & Young as well as large multinationals such as Citigroup, FedEx, Motorola, and ING have hired MIBs in the years since the program began. Some students also choose small or start-up companies, government jobs, or pursue more education such as law school or PhD programs. The knowledge and experiences gained from MIB can help you excel in a multitude of career paths. The graduate degree is not a "magic ticket" to a big title and large starting salary directly upon graduation, but instead it is a tool that can be used, combined with your other assets and experience, to significantly enhance your long-term career and salary potential.

How much does the average MIB graduate make in the first year?

Starting salaries follow the current economic trends, and also vary greatly depending on the industry.


What is the difference between MIB and MBA programs?

MBA programs generally require at least two years of work experience. Our MIB program does not have a work experience requirement, and offers students flexibility in tailoring their program and international experience through a generous amount of elective credits.

Here are some things you should think about when comparing MIB to MBA:

  • If you get your MBA right after the Bachelor's degree, you use up an opportunity that you can never use again. What will you do if you then want to change industries or acquire another specialization later on in your life? You will not be able to get another MBA in order to do so.
  • How long is the MBA program? If it is 1 ½ or two years, is the extra cost worth it as compared to the one-year MIB? Is there a difference in the return on investment?
  • Does the MBA program offer flexibility in coursework and diverse international experiences at highly respected global business schools? Is the curriculum comprehensively international or global in focus?
  • What is the research, organizational, and international activity of the majority of professors teaching in that MBA program? Are they recognized in their fields?
  • What will my peer group be like? Things to consider: age of students, undergraduate backgrounds, diversity, motivation, ability to unite and work in teams effectively.
  • Is this business school and university globally recognized and respected by higher education and the corporate world alike?
  • Will graduate studies, international study or travel be more difficult later in life when you are more settled and have more obligations?
  • Will you want to take time off from your career once you have started working to go back to school?


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Warrington College of Business
BRY 100
PO Box 117150
Gainesville, FL 32611-7150
Phone: 352.392.2397
Fax: 352.392.2086

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