Undergraduate Programs
Integrated Business and Engineering (IBE) Honors

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. Initiated in 2014, the Ohio State University IBE program has already developed a positive reputation for developing hard-working, well-rounded, and talented graduates via its selective admission process, small class size, and challenging curriculum. The program offers two area of focus (IBE and IBE-Software Innovation) and is limited to a select group of 72 total business and engineering honors students. 

Application to the IBE program is open to prospective students previously admitted into the Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business or College of Engineering Honors programs. From this group of talented individuals, we select a class of up to 72 (36 per focus area) students that promises—as a whole—to create the greatest impact in the largest number of communities and industries. Our two-stage admission process allows us to focus on selectively admitting talented individuals.

IBE students, director, and friend of the program posing at CERN IdeaSquare

Our small class size helps us to build a cohort experience. Our curriculum provides a mix of rigorous academic tools and experiential learning opportunities. Throughout the IBE seminars, we highlight the differences in the types of problems addressed by business and engineering disciplines in an effort to focus attention on the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving. Our seminar classes emphasize facilitated discussion to polish students' writing, oral presentation, and teamwork skills. The IBE business seminars are taught by full-time, Ph.D.-educated faculty who have been elected to global leadership positions.

The achievements of IBE students are notable. Many of our students hold leadership positions in clubs and societies while on campus. Several past IBE students have been recognized for their on-campus achievements with election to the university's homecoming court. Our students have extensive internship and full-time employment opportunities and boast enviable placement rates and starting salaries.

Interested in Applying?

Students admitted to the Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business Honors program are encouraged to apply to the IBE Honors program. The deadline for this year's application is Friday, April 5 2024.

Learn more about the application process here 

Recent Employment Statistics

The IBE Honors program teaches critical thinking from an interdisciplinary perspective. The average starting salary and percentage of our students that receive offers of full-time employment within three months of graduation exceeds those of Ohio State business and engineering majors.

Employment Statistics for IBE Honors Classes Graduating between 2015 and 2021:

  • Open/Close Employment Statistics
    • 100% of students accepted an employment offer within three months of graduation.
    • IBE graduates have accepted jobs in management consulting with firms such as Accenture, Bain Capital, Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte, EY Consulting, and McKinsey and Company.
    • IBE graduates have accepted jobs in firms such as Abbott Nutrition, Amazon, JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Levi Strauss, and Walt Disney.
    • IBE graduates have joined graduate programs at institutions such as the University of California-Berkeley, The University of Chicago, Harvard University, Stanford University, and the Stockholm School of Economics.
  • Open/Close Base Salary

    Average base salary (2019-2021): $70,303 plus signing bonus

  • Open/Close Geographic Location by City

    Our students participate in national and international job markets. We have placed students in US cities such as Boston, MA, Charlotte, NC, Chicago, IL, New York, NY, and San Francisco, CA.



  • Open/Close Companies offering attractive opportunities for IBE students

    Venture Capital: Sequoia, Benchmark, Accel, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Kleiner Perkins.

    Investment Banking: Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Barclays, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

    Strategic Consulting: Bain, BCG, McKinsey, Accenture, Deloitte, Booz Allen Hamilton, LEK, Oliver Wyman, A.T. Kearney.

    Tech/Software: Apple, Oracle, Salesforce, Microsoft, HP.

    Internet: Google, Facebook, eBay, Paypal, AirbnB, Dropbox, Quora, Uber, Slack, Pinterest, Netflix.

    Firms with a local presence

    JP Morgan Chase, L Brands, Battelle Memorial Institute, JM Smucker, BCG and McKinsey


IBE Honors Program Director

Professor Michael Leiblein, PhD
Co-Founding Editor, Strategic Management Review | Co-Chair, Strategy Research Foundation | Officer, AoM Strategic Management Division | Academic Director, Integrated Business and Engineering Program

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