MA-IBP: How to Apply

Georgetown Healy Building.

Next Application Deadline: November 15, 2021

Returning users: Log in to continue or complete your application.

Master of Arts of International Business and Policy candidates bring diverse professional backgrounds and experiences to the program. They display high leadership potential and have a deep interest in shaping the global business environment.

To Apply, Applicants Should:  

  • Possess a minimum of five years of professional work experience post bachelor’s degree. All military experience is counted as work experience.
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or the equivalent from an international college or university.
  • Demonstrate high potential for leadership. A business background is not required.

Admissions Policies

  • Applicants who would like to be considered for multiple degree programs at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business must submit separate applications with a different email address for each program.
  • Your online application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on the deadline date. Applications that are received after the deadline or do not contain all of the required components may be considered for the next admissions round.
  • Documents submitted to the Office of Admissions become the property of Georgetown University and will not be returned to the applicant.
  • Should you be admitted, you will receive a conditional offer and will be required to mail all original/official copies of each application document (transcripts and test scores, if applicable) to the Office of Admissions. Discrepancies between self-reported/unofficial documents and official records may result in an admissions offer being rescinded.
  • If any application materials are found to be forged, falsified, or altered in any way, the university will notify all relevant officials, including the individual or institution issuing the document and, as appropriate, immigration officers. If an offer of admission has been made, it may be rescinded.
  • We are unable to provide specific feedback to applicants who are not offered admission. Please note, the decision of the Admissions Committee is final and we cannot recommend whether or not you should reapply for a future cycle. 
  • If you are a visually-impaired applicant and need an accessible application, please contact us at ma.ibp@georgetown.edu.

Application Requirements

The MA-IBP Admissions Committee uses a holistic approach when making an admissions decision. Therefore, it is necessary to submit all application components so the Admissions Committee can make an informed decision about your application.

The Admission Committee will only review completed applications that include the following components:


International Applicants

Online Application Form

Applications must be submitted through our online application portal.

APPLICATION DEADLINES
Applications for the January 2022 intake will be reviewed in the following rounds:

*Recommended submission deadlines for non-U.S. citizens
Application RoundApplication DeadlineDecision By
Round 1 * March 1, 2021 March 31, 2021
Round 2* April 19, 2021May 21, 2021
Round 3* June 14, 2021July 12, 2021
Round 4* August 16, 2021September 13, 2021
Round 5 October 4, 2021November 8, 2021
Round 6 November 15, 2021November 6, 2021

CV or Resume

Submit a current CV or resume in month/year format that corresponds to the information submitted on your online application.


Personal Essay

Prompt Options (Please select one):

  • Option 1: Tell us something that is not on your resume.
  • Option 2: Tell us about an unpopular decision you’ve made at work. How was it received? How did you react?

Guidelines & Formatting:

  1. Choose one of the two essay prompts above to complete.
  2. All essays should be 700 words or less.
  3. All essays should be double-spaced using 12 pt. Font.
  4. Please include the essay option prompt and your first/last name as a header at the top of each page of your submission.
  5. Prepare your attachments offline in separate document files and upload them individually.
  6. Georgetown University prides itself on honesty and integrity. Plagiarism is not tolerated and the admissions office reserves the right to deny applicants or rescind admission if plagiarism is found.

Our goal at Georgetown University is to craft a diverse class with people who have had varying personal and professional life experiences. As such, we want to give our applicants the opportunity to select one essay (from a list of two) that allows them the ability to best highlight their experiences, characteristics, and values that showcase the value proposition that they can bring to the MA-IBP community.

The personal essay provides personalization to your application, and you should ensure that your essay both fully addresses your chosen prompt and remains focused on your own experiences and goals. When reviewing your personal essay, the Admissions Committee will consider your written communication skills – taking into account grammar, structure, and cohesion of your essay – along with the content of the essay itself.


Video Essay

Video Essay Prompt: What is your brand? (i.e. if you were to walk out of a room, what would people say about you?)

In a 1-minute video, describe the most compelling aspects of your brand that you believe make you unique from other MA-IBP candidates. (Hint: 1 minute goes fast! We already have your resume and goals – share something new!)

Guidelines & Formatting:

  1. Your video should be approximately 1 minute in length.
  2. You may use your phone, computer, or other means to record the video, but please ensure all audio and visual components are clear. We recommend a well-lit room and minimal noise distraction. 
  3. For your privacy: Do not include your name in the title of your video. You may submit “unlisted” videos via Youtube, password protected videos via Vimeo, or link shared through your Google Drive. If using a password, please include immediately after your link in the text box below. [Ex: www.vimeo.com/123, password: your password] If using a shared link through Google Drive, ensure that you’ve allowed external access.
  4. Please note that all videos must remain active and accessible to the admissions committee online for a minimum of five years for record retention purposes.
  5. The video is for the purposes of admissions only and will not be used for any other purposes after your decision is provided.

The video essay provides personalization to your application along with demonstrating how you present yourself to the Admissions Committee. We encourage you to appear in front of the camera throughout your video essay and discourage you from including other speakers. We also encourage you to share with the Admissions Committee things about yourself not immediately evident in other components of the application.

When reviewing your video essay, the Admissions Committee will consider your verbal communication skills along with the content of the essay itself. We recommend you take careful consideration when producing your video essay to ensure you convey and express the appropriate message to the Admissions Committee.


Scholarship Essay (Optional)

Essay Prompt: For scholarship consideration, please explain why you are applying to the MA in International Business & Policy program with an emphasis on the values and unique contribution you will bring to the cohort and the Georgetown community.

Guidelines & Formatting:

  1. All essays should be 700 words or less.
  2. All essays should be double-spaced using 12 pt. Font.
  3. Please include the essay option prompt and your first/last name as a header at the top of each page of your submission.
  4. Prepare your attachments offline in separate document files and upload them individually.
  5. Georgetown University prides itself on honesty and integrity. Plagiarism is not tolerated and the admissions office reserves the right to deny applicants or rescind admission if plagiarism is found.

The MA in International Business & Policy program offers scholarships to students based on merit. To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must include a scholarship essay with their applications. The Office of Admissions notifies students of scholarship awards at the time of admission to the program.

When reviewing your written essay, the Admissions Committee will consider your written communication skills – taking into account grammar, structure, and cohesion of your essay – along with the content of the essay itself.


Diversity Essay (Optional)

Prompt: As Georgetown is a diverse, global community, we encourage you to upload a brief statement of approximately 500 words to help the Admissions Committee understand the contribution your personal background would make to our community. As appropriate, you may wish to address any obstacles or challenges you have overcome; any educational, familial, cultural, economic, and social experiences that have helped to shape your educational and professional goals; or how your background (e.g., first-generation student, resident outside the U.S.) or activities (e.g., community service and leadership) will contribute to the Georgetown community.

Guidelines & Formatting:

  • The essay should be 500 words or less.
  • The essay should be double-spaced using 12 pt. Font.
  • Please include the essay option prompt and your first/last name as a header at the top of each page of your submission.
  • Prepare your attachments offline in separate document files and upload them individually.
  • Georgetown University prides itself on honesty and integrity. Plagiarism is not tolerated and the admissions office reserves the right to deny applicants or rescind admission if plagiarism is found.

When reviewing your written essays, the Admissions Committee will consider your written communication skills – taking into account grammar, structure, and cohesion of your essay – along with the content of the essay itself.


Re-Applicant Essay

Prompt: How have you strengthened your candidacy since your last application? We are particularly interested in hearing about how you have grown professionally and personally.

Guidelines & Formatting:

  • The essay should be 700 words or less.
  • The essay should be double-spaced using 12 pt. Font.
  • Please include the essay option prompt and your first/last name as a header at the top of each page of your submission.
  • Prepare your attachments offline in separate document files and upload them individually.
  • Georgetown University prides itself on honesty and integrity. Plagiarism is not tolerated and the admissions office reserves the right to deny applicants or rescind admission if plagiarism is found.

When reviewing your written essay, the Admissions Committee will consider your written communication skills – taking into account grammar, structure, and cohesion of your essay – along with the content of the essay itself.


Additional Information Essay (Optional)

Prompt: Please provide any information you would like to add that you have not otherwise included in other sections of your application. For example, you can use this space to describe inconsistent academic performance, gaps in employment, or any other relevant information.

Guidelines & Formatting:

  • The essay should be 700 words or less.
  • The essay should be double-spaced using 12 pt. Font.
  • Please include the essay option prompt and your first/last name as a header at the top of each page of your submission.
  • Prepare your attachments offline in separate document files and upload them individually.
  • Georgetown University prides itself on honesty and integrity. Plagiarism is not tolerated and the admissions office reserves the right to deny applicants or rescind admission if plagiarism is found.

Employer Letter of Support

A letter of support from your current employer is required on company letterhead. Please indicate whether your employer is fully or partially financially sponsoring you (although financial sponsorship is not required to apply). If you are self-employed, you are still required to submit an employer letter of support noting this.

A template can be downloaded from the “Company Letter of Support” section of your online application.

If you are unable to submit your employer letter of support at the time of application, you can upload a placeholder into the application to allow for more time. Please note, accepted applicants who meet all of the criteria but need additional time to obtain an employer letter of support will be conditionally admitted, pending receipt of this documentation.


Recommendation Letters

The Admissions Committee is interested in gaining insight from individuals who can objectively evaluate your professional performance, as well as your managerial and leadership potential.

We require that you identify two recommenders. One recommendation must be from a current or former (recent) direct supervisor. The second recommendation may be from a former supervisor, a current indirect supervisor, or a client. A third recommendation may also be identified from a former supervisor, a current indirect supervisor, or a client. Note that the Admissions Committee will not read more than three recommendations per application.

All recommendations must be submitted electronically via the application system. Recommenders will receive detailed instructions once you complete the “Recommendations” section of your application.

You can submit your application for review before these letters have been completed. Please note, however, that a final decision cannot be rendered until your recommendations have been received.


Academic Records

Applicants to the MA-IBP program are required to hold a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or an equivalent degree from a foreign country*.

To apply: We require that you upload unofficial copies of your transcripts from all institutions that have you have attended (e.g. undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D., M.D., J.D., etc.).

If admitted/enrolled: All applicants that are admitted and enroll will be required to submit official transcripts from all institutions that have conferred a degree to you. The MA-IBP program reserves the right to withdraw any offer of admission if there is a discrepancy between the uploaded unofficial transcript and/or translation, and the official original language transcript and/or the official translation.

Instructions for transcripts:

  1. All submitted transcripts must display the following*:
    • course names
    • all grades received (including from transfer credits and study abroad programs)
    • cumulative GPA
    • grading scale
    • type of degree and degree conferral information
  2. We require proof a degree was conferred and the date of graduation.
  3. A transcript is official when:
    • submitted in an envelope which is issued by your institution(s) and sealed by your university’s registrar’s office (or equivalent office), to the address below:
      Attn: MA-IBP Admissions
      Rafik B. Hariri Building, Suite 474
      37th & O Streets, NW
      Washington, DC 20057
    • submitted from your institution via a secure electronic delivery (such as Scrip-Safe) via email to ma.ibp@georgetown.edu
    • requested from the appropriate institution’s registrar, returned to you, and submitted unopened.

Test Scores (optional or if requested)

Applicants have the option of submitting an Executive Assessment, GMAT or GRE score to supplement their application (test scores should not be more than five years old). Note: The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request a test score as it can serve as an indicator of academic and quantitative readiness.

To submit a score for consideration: We require that you upload unofficial copies of your score report to the Test Score section of the online application.

If admitted/enrolled: All applicants that are admitted and enroll will be required to submit an official score report (if an unofficial copy was submitted). The MA-IBP program reserves the right to withdraw any offer of admission if there is a discrepancy between the unofficial score report and the official score report.


Application Fee

Applicants must submit a $175 non-refundable application fee, payable online via credit card or e-check. Please do not send a personal check or money order. Application fee waivers will be granted to candidates who are active duty, reservists, or veterans of the United States military.


Non-U.S. College or University Academic records

Students who have attended or graduated from a non-U.S. college or university should follow these instructions:

  1. We require that all transcripts be submitted in English. Most major foreign universities will issue official transcripts in English themselves. However, if your institution is unable to do this, you are responsible for providing the MA-IBP program with an English translation of your transcript. Your translator must certify that the original documentation was received in a sealed envelope from your university or issuing institution. After translating, your translator should enclose both the original (non-translated) and the certified translation in an envelope and seal and sign the envelope. The transcript should be enclosed in the signed, sealed envelope and submitted by mail to the MA-IBP program.

    As an alternative to an individual translator providing certified translations, international applicants who attend institutions outside of the United States may submit their transcripts in the form of a credential evaluation. While this service is not required, we recommend the World Education Services (WES) ICAP evaluations. Credential evaluations may take the place of official transcripts, as long as they come to the MA-IBP admissions office directly from the evaluation service provider and include a copy of the official transcripts you had evaluated.
  2. We require proof a degree was conferred and the date of graduation. Some international transcripts do not explicitly state that a degree was conferred or the date of graduation. If your transcript does not explicitly state that a degree was conferred or the date of graduation, you should obtain an official letter from your university indicating the date of your graduation and the degree conferral date. This letter should be enclosed in a signed, sealed envelope and included with your transcript.

Demonstration of English Language Proficiency

Applicants who fit the criteria below are required to upload an unofficial English Language Proficiency Exam score report to the online application.

  • Non-U.S. citizens
  • Non-U.S. permanent residents
  • Applicants who have not obtained a four-year or advanced degree from a university where the only primary medium of instruction was English

Please note: If you meet any of the following criteria, you are not required to submit a TOEFL/IELTS score:

  • You have received a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction
  • Your native language is English
  • You have worked full-time for the last 3+ years in an English speaking country. 


The Office of Admissions reserves the right to ask an applicant to submit proof of English Language Proficiency.


You may choose from one of the following three exams to demonstrate your level of competence in English.

  • TOEFL (internet-based) – The minimum required score is 100. Your test result must not be more than two years old. If you are admitted to the program, official scores must be sent directly from ETS to Georgetown University Executive Education Admissions using ETS Code Number: 2509-02.
    • We now accept MyBest Scores (new window). Test dates on your MyBest Scores report that are older than two years are expired and not valid. All dates must be valid.
    • We are currently accepting the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition. For more information and registration details visit the following ETS page: TOEFL site. (new window)
  • IELTS – We accept only academic module results. The minimum required score is 7.5. Your test result must not be more than two years old. If you are admitted to the program, official scores must be sent electronically to us directly from Cambridge (IELTS). When requesting your scores from the test center, please enter the following information exactly as provided below:

Account Name: Georgetown University Sch of Business- MiM, MA-IBP, MSBA
Address: Executive and Specialized Degree Programs
37th and O Streets
Rafik B. Hariri Building, Suite 359
NW Washington, DC 20057

  • PTE – The minimum required score is 68. Your test result must not be more than two years old. If you are admitted to the program, official scores must be sent directly from Pearson Vue to Georgetown University Executive Education Admissions.

For additional information, please contact the MA-IBP Admissions Team at +1 (202) 687-0971 or ma.ibp@georgetown.edu.