MA-IBP: How to Apply

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Round 4 Deadline: Friday, October 9, 2020
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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.

COVID-19 Accommodations for Applicants

Due to the challenging times we are all experiencing, we have revised our admissions requirements policy to be more flexible. 

Application Fee

The $175 non-refundable application fee is now waived for all applicants to the Spring 2021 admissions cycle who have not yet submitted their application. If you have already applied, we regretfully cannot refund the amount of the application fee waiver.

Letters of Recommendation

At a minimum, we require that you identify your recommenders in the application. However, to provide greater flexibility, applications with incomplete recommendations will still be reviewed. 

We hope this will give you additional time to reach out to your recommenders. We also are happy to support you by sending additional email requests from our office. Note, however, that a final decision cannot be rendered until your recommendations have been received. 

Employer Letter of Support

The employer letter of support is part of our application process to ensure that your organization is supportive of the time you will take away from work. However, since these are not normal times, for the [January 2021] admissions cycle, we are willing to conditionally accept applicants who meet all of the criteria but need additional time to obtain an employer letter of support. 

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:


Online Application Form

Applications must be submitted through our online application portal.

APPLICATION DEADLINES
Applications for the January 2021 intake will be reviewed in the following rounds:

*Recommended submission deadlines for non-U.S. citizens
Application RoundApplication DeadlineDecision By
Round 1 * April 20 May 22
Round 2* June 15 July 13
Round 3* August 14 September 14
Round 4* October 9 November 6
Round 5 November 16 December 7

CV or Resume

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


 Essay

The essay component of the application provides you with an opportunity to share with the Admissions Committee things about yourself not immediately evident in other components of the application. We recommend you take careful consideration when writing your essay to ensure you convey and express the appropriate message to the Admissions Committee.

Essay Options: Please select one of the following essay options:

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

Essay Guidelines:

  • All essays should be double-spaced using 12 pt. font and not exceed 700 words.
  • Prepare your attachments offline in separate document files and upload them individually.
  • Please follow the instructions regarding length of each attachment, and label each page with your name.
  • Georgetown University pride’s itself on honesty and integrity. Plagiarism is not tolerated and the Executive and Specialized Degree Programs office reserves the right to deny applicants or rescind admission if plagiarism is found.

Video Essay

The video essay provides you the opportunity to bring life to your application. In one minute or less, we ask that you answer the prompt below.

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

Video Guidelines:

  • The admissions committee would like for you to appear in person during part of your video.
  • We strongly encourage you to speak outside of the experiences we can read on your resume.
  • 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. Your video should be one minute or less in length.
  • Upload your video to an accessible website (such as Youtube, Vimeo, Google Drive, Youku, or Tudou), and submit the direct video URL into your online application.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The video is for the purposes of admissions only and will not be used for any other purposes after your decision is provided

Scholarship Essay

The MA in International Business & Policy (MA-IBP) program offers merit-based program scholarships. Applicants interested in being considered for a merit-based program scholarship must include a scholarship essay with their applications. The Admissions Committee will typically release scholarship award notifications with their admissions decision.

Essay Prompt: For scholarship consideration, please explain what unique values and perspectives you will bring to the program?

Essay Guidelines:

  • All essays should be double-spaced using 12 pt. font and not exceed 700 words.
  • Prepare your attachments offline in separate document files and upload them individually.
  • Please follow the instructions regarding length of each attachment, and label each page with your name.
  • Georgetown McDonough pride’s itself on honesty and integrity. Plagiarism is not tolerated and the Executive and Specialized Degree Programs 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.


Reapplicant Essay

Required for all applicants that previously applied and were not accepted to the program.

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.

Essay Guidelines:

  • All essays should be double-spaced using 12 pt. font and not exceed 700 words.
  • Prepare your attachments offline in separate document files and upload them individually.
  • Please follow the instructions regarding length of each attachment, and label each page with your name.
  • Georgetown McDonough pride’s itself on honesty and integrity. Plagiarism is not tolerated and the Executive and Specialized Degree Programs office reserves the right to deny applicants or rescind admission if plagiarism is found.

Recommendations

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 be emailed detailed instructions once you complete the “Recommendations” section of your application and the candidate will receive a confirmation email once the recommendation form has been submitted.


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 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 Admissions Committee 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 Admissions Office.
    • 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 World Education Services (WES) ICAP evaluations. You should note that official transcripts are delivered electronically with their evaluations through WES. WES evaluations may take the place of official transcripts as long as they come to the MA-IBP Admissions Office directly from WES and include a copy of the official transcripts you had evaluated. Use of the WES service is not required.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 Assesment, GMAT or GRE score to supplement their application (test scores should not be more than five years old). Note: submitting a test score does not add additional weight to your application but 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.


Proof of English Proficiency

International students are required to demonstrate a level of competence in English sufficient to meet the admission requirements of our MA-IBP program. All non-native English speakers are required to submit a current TOEFL, IELTS, or the Pearson Test of English result if their admissions counselor has requested it or if they wish to voluntarily submit one.

  • TOEFL: Official scores must be sent directly from ETS to Georgetown University MA-IBP Admissions using ETS Code Number: 2509-02. The minimum required score is 250 (computer-based), 600 (paper-based), or 100 (internet-based). Your test result must not be more than two years old.
  • IELTS: Official scores must be sent directly from Cambridge (IELTS) to your admissions counselor. We accept only academic module results; the minimum required score is 7.5. Your test result must not be more than two years old.
  • PEARSON TEST OF ENGLISH: Official scores must be sent directly from Pearson Vue to your admissions counselor. The minimum required score is 68. Your test result must not be more than two years old.

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.

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.


Questions

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