McDonough School of Business
McDonough School of Business

MA-IBP Career Services

2 IBP students talking in downtown DC near the national mall

Create Innovative Solutions at the Heart of Global Policy

Today’s world of political change, economic uncertainty, and technological innovation requires leaders in the public and private sectors who have the necessary skills and knowledge to learn how business and policy interact with and influence each other to better serve society. By studying the frameworks that drive business and international relations, you’ll develop a nuanced perspective that allows you to see and solve challenges from a unique angle.

Offered by Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and McDonough School of Business, the interdisciplinary M.A. in International Business and Policy (MA-IBP) program consists of a series of six intensive modules — two of which are held abroad — along with two online courses designed to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. Situated in the global capital city of Washington, D.C., the program offers unmatched opportunities for you to explore and experience the intersection of business and public policy. In keeping with Georgetown’s Jesuit values, students also complete a Social Action Project that examines and addresses a social issue of local or global significance.

In just 12 months, the MA-IBP program will open new pathways toward a wide variety of roles at the intersection of business and policy. MA-IBP graduates have secured roles such as senior business development strategist, product manager, digital communications strategist, lead consultant, and managing director for organizations such as JPMorgan, Boeing, Amazon, Google, The World Bank, and more.

Employment Outcomes From the Most Recent MA-IBP Cohort

25%increase in average salary Includes alumni who reported increased salaries
Top Industriesconsulting, financial services, technology
Top Functionsgeneral management, consulting, finance/accounting
Edward Hobson Jr.

I came to Georgetown expecting to grow, but I was not expecting to be transformed! I joined MA-IBP with 22 years of experience, but I am now in my third growth role since Module 2. Learning from world-renowned experts in their fields created an environment where a passion for the intersection of international business and international relations became infectious. The bonds you form with your classmates over the course of one year will be stronger than ones built over several years with others. Georgetown truly provides a community, in addition to a life-changing learning experience.”

-Edward Hobson, Jr. (MA-IBP’22), Principal, Product Management – Technical, Amazon

Lifelong Career Support

As a part of the hybrid MA-IBP program at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and the Walsh School of Foreign Service, you will join a powerful network of professionals and gain access to lifelong career support.

Once you enroll in the MA-IBP program, you gain access to our dedicated career services professionals at both the Walsh School of Foreign Service and the McDonough School of Business, as well as valuable resources that help you create your job search strategy, including:

These early tasks are designed to help you ask informed questions and provide a real-world look into shaping your future. 

As you approach graduation, and throughout your career, you are encouraged to contact our career team for: 

In addition, the MA-IBP program offers access to an influential network of Georgetown University alumni through Hoya Gateway to help you find mentors and create outstanding, mutually-beneficial relationships. As part of a worldwide network of Hoyas, you will find alumni in major organizations around the globe who readily welcome your call.

Director, Career Services: Laura Venos

Laura Venos (she/her) is the MA-IBP program’s director of career services from the McDonough School of Business side of the program. Venos has spent nearly two decades helping students achieve their goals. She left her mark in higher education at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, George Washington University School of Business, and Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. Most recently, Venos spent six years supporting students at McLean High School with their college and career pursuits with a focus on equity and mental health. She also was the first hire at Loper, a startup that has released a fit-first college search app for students. Venos is excited to bring her deep knowledge of the job market, career search strategies, and calming demeanor to MA-IBP students, alumni, and employers. Venos went to the University of Richmond for undergrad and has her M.A. in Counseling from George Washington University. She lives in Arlington with her husband, two children, and energetic dog.

Leadership and Career Coach: Jenn Hogan

Jennifer Hogan (she/her) is an experienced career and leadership coach and the MA-IBP lead for career services on the School of Foreign Service side of the program. As a graduate of Georgetown’s Leadership Coaching program, Hogan is a certified coach with over 16 years of experience in consulting, leadership development, coaching, and leading teams. Her previous experience includes six years at Deloitte where she managed leadership development programs for Deloitte partners and clients. She has coached clients representing a range of organizations, including Big Four consulting firms, USAID and other federal agencies, and national nonprofits and NGOs. Hogan holds graduate degrees from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the University of Pennsylvania, and she earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. She also served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine early in her career.

Career Questions? Contact the MA-IBP Career Services Team

Laura Venos, Director of Career Services
Georgetown University McDonough School of Business

Jenn Hogan, Career and Leadership Coach
Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service

Admissions Questions? Contact the MA-IBP Admissions Team / +1 (202) 687-0971/ Frequently Asked Questions / Request Info