Admissions

January, June, and August start dates available for all options.

If you are an out-of-town applicant who will be in the Gainesville area, we invite you to Hough Hall to meet with program staff and current students and take a tour of Hough Hall and the main campus. Applicants who would like to schedule a campus visit are asked to contact the MIB office via email, so arrangements can be made.

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Traditional Master’s

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution
  • Business major or minor
  • 3.0 upper division undergraduate GPA (U.S. degrees only)
  • Strong GMAT or GRE score
  • Valid passport or visa
  • No professional work experience required

We review each application holistically, and consider all applicants based on individual experiences and skills. There are no guaranteed admissions, even if the minimum requirements are met.

Spring (January)Complete file deadline (tests included)Applicant notified by
International Deadline*Aug 1Oct 1
Early DeadlineAug 1Sep 1
Final DeadlineOct 1Nov 15
Summer B (late June)Complete file deadline (tests included)Applicant notified by
International Deadline*Jan 1Apr 1
Early DeadlineJan 15Feb 15
Final DeadlineApr 15May 15
Fall (late August)Complete file deadline (tests included)Applicant notified by
International Deadline*Jan 1Apr 1
Early Deadline 1Jan 15Mar 1
Early Deadline 2Apr 15May 15
Final DeadlineJun 1Jul 1

The only difference between the “Early” and “Final” deadlines is the date the decision letter is sent. There is no difference in the way applications are reviewed for each deadline.

*The international applicant deadline is strict due to the significant amount of time required for the UF Office of Admissions to review foreign credentials and for the UF International Center to issue the I-20 document to admitted students (required for student visa application).

If you cannot finalize your application under the deadline, please contact us to determine if we can accept late applications. Incomplete applications will be denied.

Admitted applicants will be asked to accept their admission offer within two weeks of receiving their offer letter.

Questions about application can be emailed to us.

Online Application

Complete the online application and pay $30 application fee.

When selecting your program, please complete the information as follows:

  • Intended term and year: Spring (January), Summer B (June) or Fall (August)
    Degree goal: Master’s
  • Program of study: International Business (listed under Business Administration)
Statement of Purpose Essay

The essay should be completed as part of the online application. Please emphasize:

  • Your motivations for applying to the program
  • Why you think you are a good candidate for the program
  • How the program fits into your future goals

Use the essay as an opportunity to highlight what you think we cannot assess from the other application materials. Ideal length is between 400-600 words.

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)

The resume helps us to get a complete picture of each applicant. Please elaborate on duties and responsibilities as well as leadership activities and time commitments outside of the classroom. Resume is not limited to one page.

Two Letters of Recommendation

A minimum of two recommendations from someone who has supervised the applicant (professor, employer, adviser, volunteer coordinators, etc.) are required. Recommendations from student/peer leaders will not be accepted.

To submit recommendations, list the name and contact information for your recommenders in the online application. Those individuals will then receive an automatic email, after you submit your online application.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts from all institutions attended are required and must be sent to:

MIB Program
1384 Union Rd
Bryan Hall 125
P.O. Box 117164
Gainesville, FL 32611

UF undergraduates do not need to send copies of UF transcripts or those transcripts that are included in the UF transcript.

Official GMAT/GRE Test Scores for Graduate School Admission

We accept either GMAT or GRE test scores. We have no preference as to what test applicants choose to take. Test scores will be used as part of the holistic application review process.

GMAT: A score between 550-620 is considered good. The minimum required score is a 465. We do not consider the writing or integrated reasoning sections.

GRE: We consider a 302-308 (old scale: 1100-1200) a good score range; there is no UF mandated minimum GRE score. We do not consider the writing section.

International Applicants
English Proficiency Requirements

International applicants are required to submit English proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS/MELAB) scores. For exam minimum scores and exemptions, refer to the English Proficiency Requirements section of the Graduate Application Details.

International applicants who took the GRE must also have scored a verbal section score of 140 or higher.

Interview

International applicants from non-US institutions are interviewed as part of the admissions process. Applicants are reviewed and those qualified applicants who are selected to interview will be invited by email. For those invited to interview, it is considered a mandatory part of the application process.

2018 in-person interview schedule (tentative):

  • January 26-28, 2018: Beijing, China
  • February 1-3, 2018: Shanghai, China

International applicants from other countries will be contacted to schedule an interview in mid-January 2018.

Diploma and Degree Certification

International applicants must submit a diploma and degree certification, in English and native language. Applicants who have not received their diploma must submit a letter from their institution stating the program of study and expected graduation date.

Policy for 3-Year Bachelor’s Degrees

The UF Office of Admissions will not recognize 3-year bachelor’s degrees from India, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada (excluding Quebec), Nepal and Pakistan. Three-year bachelor’s degrees from other countries are reviewed on an individual basis.

If a 3-year bachelor’s degree is considered not equivalent to a U. S. bachelor’s degree, an applicant has the option to obtain an evaluation from a professional credential evaluation service. If the credential service determines the degree is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree, the applicant must submit a copy of the credential evaluation report to the department for reconsideration. Credential evaluation reports will be accepted from members of NACES or AACRAO.

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Combined Degree

Admission to the combined option is more selective and is considered a “honors” path for high-performing University of Florida students. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

  • 3.2 cumulative UF GPA (listed on top of UF transcript).
  • Completed 90 credit hours, including AP, IB and dual enrollment, before beginning the program.
  • Students who major in a business subject (general business, finance, marketing, etc.) Must complete all seven tracking courses before beginning the program.
  • Completion of FIN 3403 Business Finance and MAR 3023 Principles of Marketing before beginning the program (strongly preferred).
    • Effective fall 2019, FIN 3403 and MAR 3023 will be required before beginning program.
Graduate Admission Requirements

To be completed in your bachelor’s degree graduating term with your MIB advisor.

Admission to the Combined Option does not constitute admission to the UF Graduate School. To continue with the program after earning the Bachelor’s degree, combined students must meet the Graduate School’s admissions requirements. To be eligible for graduate admission, students must:

  • Earn a bachelor’s degree with a grade point average of 3.0 or above
  • Complete the online graduate admission application and pay the application fee by posted deadline
    • The graduate admission application should be completed after the bachelor’s degree application has been submitted.
  • Have no conduct flags that disqualify them from graduate admission
  • Submit valid test scores that meet the program and Graduate School’s minimum requirement (note: test scores are only valid for 5 years)
  • Submit all required combined degree paperwork by posted deadlines
  • Earn at least a “B” or better in any graduate course in order for it to count toward their master’s degree.

Note: All applicants will be required to submit the Information for Residency Classification when they apply to Graduate School. Learn more about Establishing Residency for Tuition Purposes.

Spring (January)Complete file deadline (tests included)Applicant notified by
Early DeadlineAug 1Sep 1
Final DeadlineOct 1Nov 15
Summer B (late June)Complete file deadline (tests included)Applicant notified by
Early DeadlineJan 15Feb 15
Final DeadlineApr 15May 15
Fall (late August)Complete file deadline (tests included)Applicant notified by
Early Deadline 1Jan 15Mar 1
Early Deadline 2Apr 15May 15
Final DeadlineJun 1Jul 1

The only difference between the “Early” and “Final” deadlines is the date the decision letter is sent. There is no difference in the way applications are reviewed for each deadline.

Admitted applicants will be asked to accept their admission offer within two weeks of receiving their offer letter.

Combined Application Notice

Please complete the Combined Application Notice form online.

After you complete the notice, you will receive detailed application instructions. Email if you have any questions.

Application materials be can submitted:

  • By email (preferred)
  • By mail:
    • MIB Program
      1384 Union Rd
      Bryan Hall 125
      P.O. Box 117164
      Gainesville, FL 32611
  • In-person: Hough Hall 220
Statement of Purpose Essay

The essay should be completed as part of the online application. Please emphasize:

  • Your motivations for applying to the program
  • Why you think you are a good candidate for the program
  • How the program fits into your future goals

Use the essay as an opportunity to highlight what you think we cannot assess from the other application materials. Ideal length is between 400-600 words.

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)

The resume helps us to get a complete picture of each applicant. Please elaborate on duties and responsibilities as well as leadership activities and time commitments outside of the classroom. Resume is not limited to one page.

Two Letters of Recommendation

A minimum of two recommendations from someone who has supervised the applicant (professor, employer, adviser, volunteer coordinators, etc.) are required. Recommendations from student/peer leaders will not be accepted.

Recommenders should submit letters directly to program in the following ways:

  • Email
  • In Person: 220 Hough Hall
  • Mail:
    • MIB Program/University of Florida
      1384 Union Rd
      Bryan Hall 125
      P.O. Box 117164
      Gainesville, FL 32611
Official Transcripts

UF undergraduates do not need to send copies of UF transcripts or those transcripts that are included in the UF transcript.

Official GMAT/GRE Test Scores for Graduate School Admission

We accept either GMAT or GRE test scores. We have no preference as to what test applicants choose to take. Test scores will be used as part of the holistic application review process.

GMAT: A score between 550-620 is considered good. The minimum required score is a 465. We do not consider the writing or integrated reasoning sections.

GRE: We consider a 302-308 (old scale: 1100-1200) a good score range; there is no UF mandated minimum GRE score. We do not consider the writing section.

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Dual Degree

Master’s / Ph.D. / Professional

Learn more specific information on the admissions process and application requirements for the dual degree option.

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.

GMAT/GRE

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 and 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.