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McIntire Business Institute

Build Your Business Skills, Jumpstart Your Career

Created and taught by some of the world's foremost business thought leaders, the McIntire Business Institute (MBI) is an intense, confidence-building experience that will arm you with knowledge and skills you will value throughout your entire career.

Highly regarded by employers everywhere, MBI uses interactive group assignments and real-world business cases to help you understand fundamental business principles and develop solid leadership skills that are crucial elements of success in any field. You’ll also receive specialized career planning and development, as well as access to MBI’s network of employers.

Why enroll in MBI?

  • Real-world instruction and training in business fundamentals essential to any career
  • Taught by the same world-class faculty who teach at one of the nation's top undergraduate business schools, the McIntire School of Commerce at UVA ††
  • Courses in accounting, finance and Excel, marketing, and management 
  • Focused career development component that gives you an edge in your job search
  • Confidence- and skill-building activities that develop you into a strategic thinker who can position yourself for long-range success
  • Three formats to fit your needs: online, summer, or academic year

How has MBI helped past students?

Hear from real MBI alums to see how the program helped them achieve their goals.


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  • "I decided to enroll in the MBI program because I did not take any business classes while in college, and that makes things like working with Excel and understanding basic business concepts difficult. I am truly looking forward to fixing this hole in my education!" - Amy Nizolek (Washington & Lee University '13, Oxford University '15, MBI Online '15)

  • Kristin Bouldin

    "​The skills I have learned at MBI can be applied to almost any career field, whether business-related or not. In addition, the professors use hands-on activities to apply the concepts we learn to diverse, real-world business situations. I highly recommend MBI to anyone who wants to acquire the business skills necessary for a successful career!" - Kristin Bouldin (UVA '11)

  • "I am a rising third-year student with a double major in Economics and Biology and a minor in Foreign Affairs, and I hope to go into consulting after graduation. This summer, I will be working as a wealth management intern, and through MBI, I am learning fundamental business knowledge to apply in my summer internship, as well as in my future endeavors."  - Yingqi Liu (UVA '16, MBI Online '15)

  • "In my summer internship at Adidas in Korea, I am working on the marketing team, and this is a brand new subject to me as an Economics major. I am taking MBI to gain a deeper exposure to business, especially marketing, so that I can apply those skills as I work as an intern. Also, business has always been an interest of mine, and I am very glad that I finally have an opportunity to study it through the MBI program." - Hyukjin Lee (UNC '16, MBI Online '15)

  • "As an American Studies and Spanish double major, I had taken very few business classes prior to MBI. I knew I wanted to go into the business side of the art world, but I felt I needed to have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of business to do so. Not only did MBI provide an overview of various areas of business, but it also expanded my skill set in areas like public speaking, team building, and strategic planning. After completing MBI, I now have a strong foundation that allows me to truly feel like a confident, well-rounded, and business-savvy college graduate with a liberal arts degree." - Annie Lyall Slaughter (UVA '15)

  • "I'll be spending this upcoming year serving with AmeriCorps in D.C. and then I hope to attend grad school. I'm hoping that MBI will help me feel more secure in my knowledge of the business world, no matter where my career path takes me." - Sarah Bain (JMU '15, MBI Online '15)

  • "UVA’s MBI offered a comprehensive program for students like myself interested in complementing their educational experience with business literacy. I recommend that all students consider participating in MBI in order to improve their confidence in the 'real world.'" - Lauren Ford (Southern Methodist University '15, MBI Online '15)

  • "Initially, I was focused on attending law school after graduation. After my experiences in the education sector, I have become increasingly interested in social change, entrepreneurship, and innovation. MBI Online allows me the opportunity to gain some basic business skills that will help me become increasingly effective at my current position as well as guide me as I apply to business school next fall." - Amber Joyner (UVA '13, MBI Online '15)

  • Sydney Kastner

    "MBI introduced me to topics I never would have come in contact with in pursuit of my liberal arts degree—topics that will make me more competitive in the job market and competent in the workplace. I think the management and strategy components we learned will be helpful in any career." - Sydney Kastner (UVA ’12)

  • "The MBI program intrigued me because I did not have a formal business background in my undergraduate degree from VCU, and I would like to advance my career by becoming a sales manager for a company in the sustainability industry. MBI is the first step in achieving that business knowledge, and I hope to pursue an M.B.A. once I complete the program." - Kyle White (VCU '07, MBI Online '15)

  • Erika Nielsen

    "MBI is the perfect introduction to the business world that provides its participants with a low-st​ress yet highly informative classroom environment. I'd recommend it to anyone who would like to gain a strong working knowledge of business voca​bulary or concepts, or anyone who would like to discover which areas of business are of interest before pursuing a business degree." ​Erika Nielsen  (UVA '13)

  • "I chose MBI Online because I wanted to supplement my undergraduate education with business knowledge. It was an easy addition to my schedule, and I am already seeing the benefits of MBI, as the first two recruiters I talked to asked about it within the first few minutes of our conversation." - Nathan Parker (UVA '16, MBI Online '14)

  • "I am applying to law school this fall, and I am considering several business law programs. MBI has provided a fantastic opportunity for me to explore the world of business, and I'm excited to potentially discover a new, exciting career path." - Edna Turay (UVA '14, MBI Online '15)

  • "I decided to take MBI after completing my internship, where the value of learning business basics became very obvious to me. Before starting the program, I knew absolutely nothing about business, and now I have a new vocabulary and fundamental understanding across many topics." - Katie Bailey (UVA '15)

  • Roger Conarroe

    "As a Religious Studies major, I had pretty limited business knowledge. What I found through MBI was a helpful introduction to important business concepts that will not only help me in the job market, but will also help me to better understand how our society functions." - Roger Conarroe (UVA '11)

  • Nilla Ali

    ​"MBI, with its interactive group assignments and real-world application of topics, has allowed me to gain a more practical understanding of the business world. I feel that I can now comfortably apply for a job in the business sector and confidently interview for many positions." - Nilla Ali (UVA ’13)

  • "Enrolling in MBI was a no-brainer for me, as I knew I wanted to enter the world of business in some capacity after graduation, but didn't know exactly what I wanted to do. MBI was great because it provided a broad overview of the fundamentals of business and allowed us to take the skills we learned in class and apply them to real-life case studies, field trips, and experiences. I feel much more confident and well-rounded as a student having taken MBI, and I know my newfound knowledge, skills, and experiences will benefit me when I begin my job at a D.C.-area start-up post-graduation. UVA is so lucky to have a program like MBI, and I encourage anyone and everyone interested in business to take advantage of it!" - Emily Dell (UVA '15)

  • Ashley Heath

    “Coming into MBI, I had very little formal training regarding finance, accounting, marketing, and finance. Now, five weeks later, I can assess the financial health of a company, balance books, and understand the processes behind marketing strategies and management decision. The professors were extremely helpful, genuine, and friendly. It was overall a great experience, and I am happy I made the investment.” Ashley Heath (UVA '13)

  • Ashley Thomson

    "MBI has helped me develop a better understanding and knowledge of the business world. The skills I obtained through this program will not only help me establish myself professionally, but will also create a solid foundation for my future endeavors." - Ashley Thomson (UVA '11)

  • Kristin Cory

    ​"MBI provided me with a sound understanding of business concepts and vocabulary. This knowledge will be beneficial in changing focuses in my career, understanding the general business climate, and managing my family’s finances. I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a better business education for the time and money invested in the program. With the format of the program and the high level of instruction, I was able to work full time and still get a top-quality business overview." - Kristin Cory

  • Will Feeney

    "MBI’s instruction method is friendly and straightforward and helps students deepen their understanding of the business concepts taught in the program." - Will Feeney (UVA ’12)

  • Samia Sekkarie

    "MBI has allowed me to develop the theory and analytics I have learned throughout my UVA education into more concrete skills that can be used in the financial world and for my own personal use." - Samia Sekkarie (UVA ’13)

  • John Grey

    "The MBI program has given me the tools to understand the business and financial world more clearly." - John Grey (UVA '11)

  • Corey Elfman

    ​"As a Biology and Spanish double major on the pre-med track, I found MBI to be an invaluable experience and extremely relevant to a wide range of fields. I feel more well-rounded as an applicant for medical school and confident that I could also compete for jobs in the business world." Corey Elfman (UVA '13)

  • "MBI gave me the confidence to pursue a career in business and opened my eyes to areas of business I had never previously considered. The program was a great experience, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in business." - Paul Strader (UVA '15)

  • "I am very excited to use the McIntire Business Institute as an opportunity to expand on my business education. As an Economics major, I received a solid foundation, but I am looking forward to gaining a deeper background in finance and Excel, which will be very useful for my current and any future jobs." - Mark Moeller (UVA '13, MBI Online '15)

  • Hanna Oh

    "MBI is an amazing experience that I wouldn't trade. It was a chance to learn from the University’s finest professors." - Hanna Oh (UVA ’12)

  • "McIntire's professors have a wealth of experience and made all of the material extremely accessible. The knowledge that I gained from MBI gave me a leg up in the recruiting process, and helped me land a consulting job in New York City. For anyone looking to add business acumen to their skill set, this is the program to pick." - Tom Hische (UVA '15)

  • Nate Matthews

    ​"MBI has given me a strong business foundation that will help me in any career I choose to pursue. MBI was well worth the investment. I have already received positive feedback from potential employers because of my MBI experience."
    - Nate Matthews (UVA ’12)

  • "MBI has rounded out my education... complementing my engineering knowledge with knowledge of how these technologies function in real world markets. It is rare that people possess knowledge in both of these fields... It gave me a huge advantage in my career." - William Vieth (UVA '14)

  • Beau Perona

    “The MBI program has opened my eyes to the tools and terms necessary to understand the basi​c workings of the business world.” - Beau Perona (UVA '13)

  • David Goslin

    "I didn't get much business experience during my undergraduate career, but MBI gave me a good, fundamental understanding of the world of business and showed me how I fit into it. I gained a lot of knowledge and a ton of useful tools for understanding the way businesses work. I now feel much more confident about my job search." - David Goslin (UVA '10)

  • "After graduation I hope to go into consulting, and am hoping MBI will give me a good foundation in business so that I can become a more well-rounded and more attractive candidate to potential employers." - Brendan Rogers (UVA '15, MBI Online '15)

  • Libby Burrus

    ​“The McIntire Business Institute has given me the confidence to enter the business world with a better understanding of the key elements of finance, accounting, marketing, and management.” - Libby Burrus (UVA '14)