• International One-Year MBA

    The USC Marshall International Business Education and Research (IBEAR) MBA is an accelerated one-year, full-time international MBA program for mid-career professionals with diverse backgrounds. Established in 1978, the IMBA program has over 2,100 alumni from 60 countries.


  • The IBEAR MBA Program is a “double-time” program that reduces the opportunity costs of earning an MBA from 22 months to 12 months

    Participants complete 19 courses and earn 56 credits over six intense 8-week terms. The 12-month program includes IBEAR MBA core courses, Marshall School electives, professional development retreats, domestic and international experiential learning trips, and a 4-month long management consulting project for business sponsors. Courses are taught by Marshall School faculty who have substantial international business expertise.


Admission decisions are based on the applicant's work experience, academic background, test results, letter of recommendation and application essays. Applicants must have completed a minimum of six years of full-time work, military, or graduate study prior to the start of the program. Interested individuals are encouraged to visit IBEAR classes and discuss the program with current participants and alumni.

Dates + Deadlines

Round 1
DEADLINE: October 17, 2022 | NOTIFICATION BY: December 19, 2022

Round 2
DEADLINE: January 3, 2023 | NOTIFICATION BY: February 27, 2023

Round 3
DEADLINE: February 27, 2023 | NOTIFICATION BY:April 10, 2023

Round 4
DEADLINE: March 27, 2023 | NOTIFICATION BY: May 8, 2023

Round 5 Rolling Round


Ranging from career clubs for professional networking, community outreach, diversity and affinity groups, and social and athletic organizations, IMBA students are able to expand their network to other USC Marshall MBA graduate programs and corporate contacts. Club activities take place during the day, evenings and weekends, and can include networking opportunities, social events and company visits.

IBEAR MBA Program students are encouraged to join and broaden their networks. Club involvement and leadership positions are also a great way to demonstrate to recruiters one’s skills and commitment to a specific career industry or function. Learn more about each of the clubs at USC Marshall by visiting their web sites.



The IBEAR MBA curriculum provides an immersive, experiential-learning based framework that gives students an opportunity to develop the knowledge, tools, and business networks that will help them become a global business leader. The Program’s dual focus on curricular and co-curricular learning provides IBEAR MBA students with the catalytic career boost they are seeking.