Why a UF Master of International Business
The University of Florida’s Master of International Business (MIB) is designed to prepare you for the global economy. Our one-year program, designed for business majors or minors, allows you to gain global experience through the internationally-focused core curriculum, study abroad & diverse perspectives of student body and faculty.
- One-year master’s degree for business majors or minors
- Core business courses (14 credits) reinforce fundamental business concepts
- Elective courses (16 credits) allow you to customize the curriculum
- Global Immersion Experience (GIE) brings the classroom to life through a week-long corporate study tour abroad
- Study Abroad opportunities at more than 30 elite business schools (optional)
- Global experience through curriculum, study abroad & diverse perspectives of student body and faculty
- Support from career coaches
- For UF students: option to begin working on the degree while completing UF undergraduate studies or graduate work
- Final Project requires extensive research of an organization, its operations, successes and failures in the global marketplace
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Frequently Asked Questions
- 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 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 GatorZone.com for information.
- 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?