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.
- Once my application is complete, how long will it take to receive an admission decision?
The time required varies by program and time of year. Applications are reviewed in cycles. We try to make decisions within three weeks of an application being complete. In the interest of confidentiality, no admissions decisions will be given over the phone when you call us. If you have questions about your application please email (maib at warrington.ufl.edu Subject: Application Status) with the Subject: Application Status.
- 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.
- What is the difference between a "resume" and a "CV?"
A resume is typically one page long and used throughout the business world. A CV or Curriculum Vitae is used in academic settings and typically includes detailed information such as research and publications and consists of multiple pages.
For admissions purposes, we prefer a CV type resume that gives us a broader picture of the applicant. It allows students to include brief descriptions of ALL types of activities since the beginning of college such as sports, fraternity/sorority, study abroad, internship, employment, volunteer work, club/organization participation, awards/recognition and positions of leadership within these settings instead of just a bulleted list in a typical one-page resume. Once admitted to the program, MIB's will receive one-on-one counsel as how to best present a one-page resume in the typical business/corporate format.
- Does my bachelor's degree satisfy the degree admission requirements?
To be considered for admission, you must have earned a university degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree from a recognized university or college before the start of the program.
The Office of Admissions is responsible for evaluating transcripts and determining whether or not foreign degrees are equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree. After candidates submit their online application, fee and foreign transcripts, the Office of Admissions will evaluate foreign transcripts.
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide information about whether or not a degree would be considered equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree.
- Do I need work experience before starting the program?
The MIB program does not require professional post-Bachelor's degree work experience.
- If I have more than two years of work experience, may I still apply to MIB?
We do not discriminate in the admission process against students who have significant professional experience, and at least 10% of our class each year falls into this category. The MIB program is a rigorous graduate program with coursework focusing on the practical aspects of global business and how it will apply in real world settings. We share courses with all other Warrington Master's programs and the professors who teach in the program are very experienced with a variety of audiences from undergraduate to PhD level. MIB graduates who do have professional experience can expect more substantial job offers upon graduation due to prior experience and professional growth. Applicants with extensive experience should also research the UF MBA Programs.
- 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. Second or third language fluency can help you, but a lack of it won't hinder your chances for MIB admission. Only 49% of the Class of 2010 possesses an intermediate level of fluency or higher in a second language. 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 after the first deadline? Do I need to re-apply?
Students who are neither accepted nor denied after the first or second application deadline will automatically be considered again for admissions under the final deadline. Those applicants will receive notification that they have been put "on hold". If these applicants wish to submit more recommendations or a new test score, they may do so. Applicants who have a good chance of being admitted could be put on hold for a number of reasons. Further, applying by the earliest deadline does not increase your chances of gaining acceptance. It just allows the accepted students to start planning sooner for the next year.
- 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. Transcript information is unlikely to change if it was submitted after graduation from a Bachelor's degree. Students who do wish to reapply must resubmit all of their materials through the online application process and send new a test score if applicable. Old materials are moved to storage and are not easily accessible.
- 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 ask for a variety of application materials for a reason. 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 competitive, 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. Links to each of the websites are located within the program option Handbook found on each of the Program Option pages. 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.
Preparation for GRE/GMAT, like any standardized test, is very individual. Some students prefer to use the websites, some prefer books and some prefer prep-courses. Some want to take a long time to study and others want to cram. It depends on the individual and what works best for you. You know yourself better than anyone and know how you best prepare for standardized tests. With regard to the writing section, the MIB program does not consider the score in their admission decision, so it does not matter to us whether or not you do this section. We have reports from other students that the writing section came first and it exhausted them before the verbal and quantitative sections. We do not encourage students to skip the writing portion because if they apply to another program that DOES require the writing section, they automatically will have to take the test again to obtain a writing score. We leave the decision entirely up to the student to do what is best for them.
- How long does it take for UF to receive my scores?
It takes two to three weeks for your official scores to be received and put in your application is complete or your program starts soon, we suggest you scan and email (maib at warrington.ufl.edu) your unofficial score or fax it to 352.392.7347. The review committee can use your unofficial test score reports to review your application and to make a decision, but a decision letter will not be mailed until after we receive official test scores.
- 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: 1100-1200 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 do not average your test scores. 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.
Please keep in mind that it can take up to 3 weeks for new official scores to be sent. Please be aware of this if you are planning on retaking the test.
- How many international students are in the MIB program and what are the backgrounds?
MIB typically has 5-10 non-U.S. Citizens each year. That is less than 8% of the total MIB class. This is not intentional and deliberate as part of the MIB admission process; it is just a result of the higher tuition costs for non-Florida Residents. Most non-U.S. Citizens in the MIB program hail from China, Korea, and Thailand. Typically we also have 1-2 students each year from South America and 1-2 from Europe or Africa. The MIB courses, however, have a good number of non-U.S. Citizens due to the large number of exchange students we host each year from foreign partner universities.
- As an international student, how long will it take for me to get a decision regarding my application to the program?
For international applicants who earned a Bachelor's degree from a non-U.S. institution, once we have received your application materials in our department, the materials are copied and placed into your file and the originals are walked next door to graduate admissions. Your official transcripts and documents must be certified by UF Graduate Admissions if they are not from a U.S. college or university and this is a very lengthy process. Because of large number of international applicants to UF, it can take up to 2 months or more. We cannot give you a decision until they have concluded their review. This is why the international applicant deadline is so far in advance of the actual start date.
If you are admitted to the program, you will be notified by email and given the volume of international applicants we have to our MIB program, we will not be able to request that our UF International Center create an I-20 document for you until we have received the positive program response and $350 payment. Once we have received these required items, we will contact the UF International Center regarding your admission and processing of the I-20 so that you can apply for a study visa.
Once officially admitted, international applicants are required to document proof of financial support for the first year. The International Student Advisors at the University of Florida International Center (UFIC) will only contact admitted students via email to request this information.
- Which countries are exempt from requiring the language aptitude test?
For a list of all of countries whose citizens are exempt from needing a TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS test score, please refer to the Graduate School website.
- What is the U.S. job placement rate for non-U.S. Citizens/Residents?
Typically only one international student is hired for U.S. employment from year to year. The U.S. economy is struggling (2010) and unemployment is quite high as compared to previous years. VERY FEW employers are willing to sponsor individuals for work visas. Further, even if an employer is willing to sponsor you, it is possible you will not win the visa "lottery" controlled by the U.S. Government, thus you will be forced to leave the country anyway. Our Graduate Business Career Services Office hosts an international student workshop in July to counsel students about job seeking in the United States. Advising services are also available in the UF International Center.
- Are there any scholarships or assistantships available? Do I have to apply for them?
The MIB office offers no assistantships for teaching or research. We generally do have money available for small MIB scholarships, and qualified candidates are selected through the admissions process.
The typical scholarship award is between $1500 and $3000, and only U.S. Citizens/Residents are eligible. The mean GPA for scholarship recipients was 3.84 (upper div) and 3.8 (cumulative); the mean GMAT was 610, and the mean GRE was 1202 (based on 2009). Recommendations and the resume are equally as important in our scholarship decision making process.
- How can I calculate the costs for participating in a UF graduate program?
Please refer to the UF Financial Services-Student Links page for a cost calculator. Information regarding fee deadlines, payments, refunds, holds, loans, etc, can also be found here.
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?
The MIB program is unique in the United States. If you research various Master's programs that offer a track or specialization in International or Global Business, you won't find one exactly like MIB. Aside from the high-quality classroom education you will get from world-renowned University of Florida professors, MIB also offers students the opportunity to experience international business through practical opportunities such as the Study Tour and the exchange programs. This all occurs in one year! Furthermore, the MIB students are a very unified and close group. The program requires much 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. 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. 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 modules. A 2-credit course meets two times per week for 100 minutes each meeting time. And, because courses are offered in 8-week periods, it is possible to have a quiz or project due during the second week of class. In addition, time spent outside of the classroom will be critical to positive performance. 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. Students looking for an individualized or solitary work environment will not find it in the MIB 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 schoolwork commitment for MIBs is too high for full time students to maintain full time employment. Some students are able to maintain part-time work up to about 15 hours a week. 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.
- Can I do a minor with the MIB program?
No and Yes. MIB is an interdisciplinary degree using courses from all departments in the College of Business. For this reason, you cannot do an official UF graduate minor from any department in the Warrington College of Business. This is a UF Graduate School rule. You can pursue a graduate minor or concentration outside of the College with the department's approval. Please see an MIB advisor if you are considering this option.
- Can I do an internship?
Although we always encourage students to gain practical experience from internships, we do not award credit for internships. The one exception being if you study in Australia at the University of New South Wales while in the MIB program, you can earn 2 credits for an internship arranged for you and monitored by the University. The internship credit appears on your UNSW transcript with a grade, thus we are able to transfer it in to the UF record. 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 GatorZone.com for information.
Study Abroad Options
- Am I required to study abroad when I am in the MIB program?
In addition to the mandatory one week Study Tour in October, 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 are my foreign study options?
We now have more than 30 exchange options around the world. They are listed on the MIB website and you can link to a detailed profile of each school from the Study Abroad page. MIB students are able to choose a variety of courses when they do an exchange. This enables them to tailor the program toward their career interests.
- 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. Though some recent graduates and several alumni are working abroad, MIB graduates generally will not get an overseas assignment right out of school because of the lack of work experience and proven professional success. It is possible, however, for you to secure a job that utilizes your international background and knowledge, and requires some international travel, if that is what you actively pursue. 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 intense curriculum, study tour, and international study opportunities are all designed to encourage a managerial, creative solutions thought process relating to all business operations of multinational corporations as well as domestic companies and organizations. The knowledge and experiences gained from MIB can help you excel in a multitude of career paths. The MA 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. The average salary package for the Class of 2008 was $51,000. Starting packages (salary + bonus) will vary between industries, current state of the economy and individual student background. A typical MIB student without professional work experience should expect to start in the range of $38,000- 62,000. We have seen that the majority of our students get a significant raise or promotion within the first two years at a company/ organization. Or, once they have acquired a few years of professional experience, students move on to another job at a much higher salary. In 2008, corporate financial training programs and sales related positions within the biomedical and pharmaceutical industries were offering the highest starting packages. U.S. government jobs are becoming more available and are climbing in starting salary as well since a large part of that work force will retire in the next 10 years.
MBA vs. MIB
- What is the difference between MIB and MBA programs?
Good MBA programs that are consistently highly ranked in the most recognized ranking mechanisms require professional work experience. If you have recently graduated or plan on doing a graduate business degree immediately after getting your Bachelor's degree, you should think about the following 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. Getting a MA does not eliminate the future MBA opportunity.
- 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?
Several students doing the MIB program each year think they may want to do an MBA later in life, especially if an employer pays for it. They choose to do MIB because of the recognition and respect UF and the Warrington College have around the world and also because travel and international study are difficult later when you are more settled and have obligations you may not have currently. Also, in completing a Master's degree before they start their careers, they already have a tool that will help them advance and move into the higher ranks of a company or organization. One never knows if going back to school later in life will be a viable option.