About The Program

The IBE Honors Program offers selected students an intellectually challenging, academically rigorous four year program that encourages students to reach their full intellectual and personal potential. 

The IBE Honors Program is designed to develop the ability to communicate across business and technical domains and the ability to enact an inter-disciplinary approach to problem solving. While an inter-disciplinary approach promises unique benefits, achieving effective knowledge transfer requires that we recognize three main points. 

  • Problems vary in ways that often are not captured by any one disciplinary way of thinking.
  • A number of distinct intellectual perspectives exist, and these perspectives differ in their ability to “solve” particular types of problems.
  • Solving problems with significant social components, such as enhancing the distribution of nutritious food across an expanding global population, often require insights from all three perspectives. 

 Engineering students: click here for more information. 


  • Application Process

    Application to the IBE Honors Program is restricted to undergraduate business and engineering students who have been admitted to University Honors. 

    IBE Honors Program students will be chosen based on academic potential (as indicated by their OSU application) and responses to IBE application essay questions. Two primary goals of the application process are to determine whether students have an understanding of the goals & objectives of the IBE program and whether students can demonstrate an ability and willingness to work with others from a variety of backgrounds in a constructive and professional manner.

    Application deadline: Monday, April 2, 2018

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    Engineering students: click here for more information. 

  • Graduation Requirements

    To graduate "with Honors" in Integrated Business & Engineering, students must complete the following:

    • Earn an overall cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, a GPA of 3.5 or higher in business specialization, and a 3.5 or higher in all IBE coursework.
    • Completion of 60 hours of graded coursework in residence at the Columbus campus.
    • Successful completion of the following core coursework: Business Students must complete Math 1152 or 1161.01 or 1172 or 1181H, Econ 2001.03H, Econ 2002.03H, Physics 1250 or Chem 1210, Pick 2 courses from (CHBE 5761, MECHENG 2040, MATSCEN 2010) or the equivalent.*
    • Successful completion of the following IBE coursework: IBE Fundamentals of Engineering for Honors I & II, IBE Business Simulation & Innovation Seminar, and IBE Capstone I & II.
    • Successful completion of 2 upper-division (4000-level) courses (these can overlap with General Education requirements).
    • Successful completion of all additional coursework required for the BSBA degree.

    *The respective Faculty Director of the IBE Honors program will determine course equivalency.

    Four Year Plan

  • For More Information
    Kim bader

    Assistant Director for Honors
    Fisher College of Business

    Michael Leiblein

    IBE Business Faculty Director