The International Master of Business Administration (IMBA) Program is structured to provide a strong academic foundation in international business through a comparative approach to global business.

International Master of Business Administration (IMBA)

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An International Master of Business Administration will provide you with training focused on the relationship between business in global and domestic environments,preparing you for international careers and advancement in a variety of fields around the world.

Graduate Admissions

The IMBA program offers students the tools to experience an array of opportunities and meet a variety of challenges in the global business market. Through the use of practical techniques, foreign country experience, internships, service opportunities, course projects, course simulations and interaction with business leaders, you will gain the ability to analyze international business situations and effectively communicate in regards to economic, financial, social, legal, political and ethical factors that impact the world.

While focusing on international business principles, you will also further develop your knowledge of key business functions such as accounting, economics and marketing.

A master’s degree in International Business will prepare you for work with a variety of organizations, including:

  1. domestic and foreign corporations
  2. multinational service firms
  3. the state department and other government agencies
  4. export and import banks
  5. international trade firms
  6. international transportation, travel and hospitality
  7. financial institutions
  8. news and information services
  9. public education systems, colleges and universities

In addition to the University’s required prerequisites, the International Master of Business Administration includes 36 semester credit hours of graduate-level studies, with 12 core graduate business hours, 24 hours of international business graduate studies and a Capstone course in international trade, all of which must be completed within six calendar years.

Additional information, including specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

Admissions Requirements

  • A completed application with a $40 non-refundable processing fee
  • Résumé detailing professional experience
  • Minimum GPA as detailed below
  • Official transcripts from every accredited institution attended, sent to gradinfo@gardner-webb.edu or mailed to:

    Gardner-Webb University
    Digital Learning
    P.O. Box 1896
    Boiling Springs, NC 28017

  • Satisfaction of any prerequisites stipulated by the Academic Catalog

College Credit and Testing

There is no testing requirement for applicants who meet one of the following criteria:

  • Hold a graduate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA or a minimum 3.0 GPA in last 64 credit hours of courses
  • Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 2.5 overall GPA or minimum 2.60 GPA in last 64 credit hours of courses, AND have completed at least three years of professional work experience within a relevant industry sector as determined by the Admissions Committee and verified by a professional résumé

GPA+GMAT Option

Applicants with a GPA below the 2.5 minimum can still qualify for the program with a QA (Quantitative Acceptance) Formula score of 950 or better. To qualify for this option, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 2.25 overall GPA or minimum 2.5 GPA in last 64 credit hours of courses
  2. Obtain a minimum GMAT score of 450 (GRE is accepted using the GRE® Comparison Tool for Business Schools to convert the GRE score to GMAT equivalent)

The QA score is determined with the QA Formula:

(GPA x 200)+GMAT Score >= 950

For example, a 2.25 overall GPA and a 500 GMAT would result in a total of 950, which is acceptable for full admission.

Applicants with a GPA below the 2.5 minimum can still qualify for the program with a QA (Quantitative Acceptance) Formula score of 950 or better. To qualify for this option, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 2.25 overall GPA or minimum 2.5 GPA in last 64 credit hours of courses
  2. Obtain a minimum GMAT score of 450 (GRE is accepted using the GRE® Comparison Tool for Business Schools to convert the GRE score to GMAT equivalent)

The QA score is determined with the QA Formula:

(GPA x 200)+GMAT Score >= 950

For example, a 2.25 overall GPA and a 500 GMAT would result in a total of 950, which is acceptable for full admission.

Financial Aid

Complete your Free Application for Federal Student AID (FAFSA).

Gardner-Webb University School code is 002929.

If you have any further questions about your FAFSA regarding financial aid, you may contact the Financial Planning Office at 704-406-4243 or via email

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