About IBEAR

About IBEAR

The IBEAR MBA is a top-ranked, full-time, one-year, accelerated program for mid-career professionals who are preparing for leadership roles in international business. With a strong global focus and limited to a select group of 57 people, a typical IBEAR class features participants from 12-17 countries and a diverse range of industries and professions. With an average age of 34.5 and an average of 10.5 years of work experience (minimum of 6 years), IBEAR participants come from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America to earn the prestigious USC Marshall MBA degree after 12 months of intensive study. The capstone course of the program is a client-commissioned, management-consulting project. Over a 4-month period, teams of 5-6 participants work with the client to solve one of its important business challenges. Travel for research (both international & domestic) is a mandatory component of each project. All travel costs are borne by the program.

This is a very exciting time to be at the USC Marshall School of Business. Both US News & World Report and Financial Times have named IBEAR as one of the “Top MBA Programs for International Business.” Our mission at IBEAR is to transform experienced professionals into multi-culturally minded global leaders.



Some recent features of the IBEAR MBA Program:

  • 12-month immersion with 50-55 mid-career international business professionals
  • International Business Consulting Projects (IBCP): IBEAR’s capstone course. Over a 4-month period, teams of 5-6 students work with a client to solve one of its important business challenges. Travel for research (international or domestic) is usually a component of projects; travel costs paid by the program
  • 10-day international experiential business-learning trip is a required component of the IBEAR Program; paid for by the program. The 2014 trip was to Singapore and Yangon. The 2015 trip, titled “Doing Business in Southeast Asia,” compared the business environments in Jakarta and Bangkok http://uscibearultramedia.com/ The 2016 trip, titled “Doing Business in China,” will compare the business environments in Shanghai and Nanjing; travel costs paid by the program
  • 3-day domestic trip to a key business city in the United States as part of our domestic experiential learning program, titled “Doing Business in the United States.” Cities visited have included Seattle, San Francisco, and New York. Students have the opportunity to visit Fortune 500 companies and cutting-edge start-ups to gain insights into the companies and industries. These trips are an excellent way for participants to expand their professional networks; travel costs paid by the program
  • Personalized Career Development Services are provided for all self-sponsored students. Tuned to the unique needs of mid-career global professionals, IBEAR’s dedicated career advisor creates career development workshops and year-round networking opportunities. Given IBEAR’s small class size, the career advisor is able to work closely with each individual participant, helping them develop their career development, career search and career-capture capabilities
  • Professional Development Program Awards provide each student with $500 to participate in conferences, networking events and other activities that enhance their professional development
  • Two-day Asia/Pacific Business Outlook Program (www.apboconference.com) is a required part of the IBEAR Program; registration fee paid by the program
  • Scholarships (IBEAR Global Business Fellow Award) of up to $45,000 available for highly-qualified self-sponsored individuals
  • Rent subsidies of $9,000/year for single apartments or $15,000/year for family apartments are available in the “IBEAR Residential Complex” for self-sponsored students. About 80 percent of the class chooses to live in this complex

For more information about IBEAR, please visit our website at www.marshall.usc.edu/ibear. View our “Why An IBEAR MBA?” film at www.marshall.usc.edu/ibear/admissions to get a broad overview of the program and  alumni insights. You can also explore IBEAR in videos on our “Dashboard” on the home page of our website. If you are interested in having an informational interview with an admissions representative, please contact us at ibearmba@marshall.usc.edu. If you happen to be visiting Los Angeles soon, we encourage you to come to campus to audit a class and meet with current participants and faculty.