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In the 21st century marketplace, a degree in international business or global management is rapidly becoming the norm. With its curriculum of finance, economics, law, marketing, foreign languages and cultural understanding, this program prepares students to face the global business market.
Graduates work for multinational corporations and global organizations in sales, operations & marketing and market research. They become entrepreneurs, international bankers and economists, trade specialists, management analysts, cultural advisers and experts on federal finance and import compliance – just to name a few.
Through its Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College offers a BBA and MBA in International Business. The BBA in International Business includes 21 credits of international business courses and requires a demonstrated foreign language proficiency that can be acheived by either taking three upper level foreign language courses or by passing a written and oral test in foreign language. Students must also complete a nine-credit minor in marketing or finance and a study abroad experience. The MBA in International Business requires four major core courses and one international business elective. Several scholarships are available to international business students, including the Harold Kellar Scholarship for undergraduate students and the Mitsui Scholarship for graduate students.
The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University offers an undergraduate major in international business. The international business curriculum includes all core business administration courses and international business courses that teach students about economics, business transactions, economic policy and other business principles on an international scale. The program also requires a foreign language minor and an international experience requirement, which can be met through a study abroad semester or an internship. The College sponsors a business-specific study abroad program that brings students to countries such as Cuba and Costa Rica to study international business concepts. The College also offers study abroad scholarships like the Al and Jackie Harris Study Abroad Endowed Scholarship and the Dr. Alice Ross Scholarship for Business.
Saint Cloud State University's Herberger Business School offers a Bachelor of Science in International Business that prepares students for careers in international marketing, shipping, banking, finance and trade. The BS in International Business curriculum includes upper division business core courses and nine credits of concentration courses in one of the following areas: marketing, management, finance or economics. Students must also demonstrate their competence in at least one foreign language and have the opportunity to participate in study abroad experiences in countries like England, Germany, Australia, France, Japan, Netherlands, South Africa and South Korea. Students in the Herberger Business School are eligible for numerous scholarship opportunities, including the $2,000 Elloyd A. Hauser Endowed Scholarship and the International Business Student Scholarship.
The School of Business at Farmingdale State University, a SUNY school, has a Bachelor of Science in Global Business Management. Students take 60 credits in business classes, including courses in international law, international marketing, and global finance. They also study a foreign language and learn about different regions of the world. Global business majors are encouraged to study abroad either through programs offered by Farmingdale or through SUNY. Students may also be able to complete an internship for academic credit. Several named scholarships are available to international business majors, including the Loretta Chiarenza Memorial Scholarship, which is granted on need and community service record along with academic record.
The School of Business at the State University of New York at New Paltz offers a Bachelor of Science in International Business that teaches students how to analyze the issues and practices of both domestic and international businesses. The international business curriculum includes 41 credits of business core courses, as well as coursework in international business and international relations. Students are also required to attain proficiency in a foreign language and have the opportunity to study abroad. The program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Binghamton University offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration that allows students to concentrate in Global Management. Participants in the program are required to have an international experience, which could be a travel abroad course, study abroad, or an internship - either in the United States or in another country - where the student is exposed to international business issues. Binghamton's School of Management offers qualifying travel abroad classes in the winter and summer. Students in the international business track take classes focusing on global business and are encouraged to choose non-business classes that focus on other countries and cultures. Departmental scholarships for students studying international business include the Reeves-Ellington International Studies Scholarship, which is designated for a female student.
Students enrolled in the Department of Marketing and International Business at Minnesota State University- Mankato can earn an undergraduate degree in international business that prepares them to work in the finance, marketing, transportation and international departments of corporations. Students are required to complete 14 core courses in their major and can choose a concentration in marketing, finance or management. Students can also choose to complete an internship for college credit or participate in student organizations like the International Business Organization (IBO), which provides professional development and networking events to interested students. Scholarships available to international business students include the $1,000 Ron and Jeanette Doggett Entrepreneurial Endowed Scholarship.
The Department of Finance at Queens College offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in international business that prepares students for entry-level careers in multinational corporations, export-import firms, banks, or government and international agencies. Students in the BBA program are required to complete 18 business courses and three electives, which provide a foundation of knowledge in international economics and finance. Students enrolled in business programs at Queens College are eligible for various scholarship opportunities, including the $2,500 Queens College Business Forum Scholarship Competition and the $2,500 Barham Scholarships.
At the University of North Carolina Greensboro, the Department of Management is part of the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business & Economics. The department offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in International Business program that provides students with the skills necessary to understand different cultures and conduct business across countries. Students admitted to the program take a combination of courses from Marketing, Economics, Finance, Human Resource Management, Management, and Supply Chain Management that support their academic and career goals. The Bryan School of Business & Economics is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).
International Business is a concentration within the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) and MBA programs. Incoming undergrads should apply to the College of Business Administration Scholars Academy, which gains them access to mentorships, specialized courses, international travel and a renewable annual scholarship worth $2,500. The Entrepreneurial Living Learning Community is also open to undergrads living on campus; it comes with a one-time $2,500 scholarship. In addition to covering their tuition and living expenses with a research assistantship, MBA enrollees can apply for the Union Pacific MBA Scholarship and the Anderson MBA Scholarship, both of which are renewable. Students coming from outside of Nebraska can reduce the difference between resident and nonresident tuition by winning a UNO Advantage Scholarship.
The Bachelor in Arts in International Business at Mihaylo College of Business and Economics offers a concentration in global trade in addition to concentrations in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. The curriculum covers a wide range of topics including financial and managerial accounting, advanced business communication, international business finance, and multinational marketing strategies. Students have access to the Center for International Business (CIB) where they gain an understanding of the international marketplace and learn how to succeed in the complex global business environment. Students with an interest in and potential for success in global marketing can apply for the Manuel R. Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship ($1,000 per year). This scholarship is open only to international business majors.
Northwest Missouri State University's School of Business offers a Bachelor of Science in International Business that is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The B.S. in International Business requires 24 credits of major coursework and does not require a minor. International business majors complete four core courses in subjects like international economics, international marketing and multinational management. Students are also required to complete six credits of coursework in cultural understanding, unless they are already fluent in a foreign language. The cultural understanding requirement can be completed in either a foreign language or in the field of global political economics. Additionally, all international business majors are required to complete a six-credit international experience by studying or completing an internship abroad.
Students interested in earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree with a major in International Business can do so at UNC's Belk College of Business. The college has recently undertaken an expansion of its global business programs. Belk College now offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program with a concentration in Global Business. Additionally, there is an MBA in Global Business & Strategy offered with the Graduate School of Business Administration and Leadership (EGADE) in Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico. Students graduate from the program with two MBA degrees, one from each of the two partner schools. EGADE and Belk College of Business are both accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).
The Department of Marketing within Oklahoma State University's Spear School of Business offers a BSBA in International Business with a flexible curriculum that allows students to focus on specific areas or regions of the world, political science or a foreign language. In addition to core business requirements, international business majors take 15 credit hours of upper level international business courses. International business majors also have the opportunity to participate in OSU's study abroad program or perform an international internship. The Department also offers a graduate minor in international business for students in the PhD in Business Administration program. Scholarships available to international business students include the Klika Family Endowed Scholarship and the Stephen Family Endowed Scholarship Miller.
At UGA's Terry College of Business, International Business is offered as a co-major, intended to be taken in conjunction with other Terry College majors (Accounting, Finance, Economics, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Real Estate, and Risk Management and Insurance). Students graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (BABA) degree. The International Business co-major prepares students for careers in the global job market by educating them on international business trends and development. A study abroad semester is typically part of this program of study. Terry College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).
Every student majoring in international business at Canisius College takes classes in a foreign language and participates in a study-abroad program, gaining skills and knowledge that will be valuable in an international business career. The college sponsors semester-long programs at affiliated schools in Europe, Asia, and South America so that students can take classes to fulfill graduation requirements while abroad. Students are also encouraged to participate in an internship, and many Canisius students intern at international trade agencies in Buffalo, New York. Students with this major take core business courses covering functional areas of business as well as courses in international business.
The Department of Management, International Business, and Information Systems at SUNY Plattsburgh has a Bachelor of Science (BS) in International Business program that provides students with a global perspective on business. The BSIB program emphasizes strategic planning and decision making in order to prepare students for careers in a competitive and interdependent international business world. Students gain an in-depth understanding of the information technology infrastructure that is needed to conduct business on an international scale, as well as the skills that are necessary to assess and address the causes and consequences of globalization.
The University at Buffalo's School of Management offers international business as a concentration area in both its undergraduate and graduate programs. Students earning the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration can choose from six concentration areas, including International Business. Master of Business Administration students can choose to concentrate in International Management, taking classes that focus on managing international business partnerships and study the economic, legal, and social dimensions of global business. UB offers M.B.A. students the opportunity for a paid corporate internship in another country. About one-third of UB's M.B.A. students are from other nations, and the International Business Association is a student organization that sponsors speakers and social events for foreign M.B.A. candidates and those interested in global commerce.
The Naveen Jindal School of Management (JSOM) at the University of Texas Dallas offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Global Business program that allows students to choose from several tracks of study. These tracks are: Global Business, Finance, IT, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and International Political Economy. Students admitted to this program are required to spend at least one semester studying abroad. Freshmen with outstanding academic records can apply for the JSOM Freshmen Excellence Scholarships ($4,000). Scholarships are not renewable beyond the first academic year. Continuing undergraduates can apply for the Naveen Jindal Student Support Fund, which awards amounts ranging from $1,000 - $2,000.
The University of Wisconsin La Crosse offers an inter-departmental international business program housed at the College of Business Administration. The program is administered through the International Business Advisory Committee (IBAC) and designed to provide students with knowledge of global commerce and the cultural context of business. Coursework for the major covers topics such as international economics, labor and human rights, comparative management systems, and the law of international business transactions. Students are required to become proficient in a second language and complete an out-of-country educational experience of at least three weeks' duration. International internships or summer study abroad programs count towards fulfilling the out-of-country requirement. English-speaking students can choose to gain proficiency in the following languages: Chinese, French, German, Russian, or Spanish.
The Nelson Rusche College of Business at Stephen F. Austin State University has a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business. Students in this program take business core courses, classes in marketing, finance, and economics, and also take related courses in geography, history, and political science to learn about the factors that influence international business. Students can gain hands-on experience through an internship and see international business up close in a class with a study-abroad component. One recent such class went to China. Dozens of scholarships are awarded annually through the Student Success Passport Program, which helps students hone their professional skills while competing for scholarships.
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire offers a bachelor's degree in international business, which provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the business world within the context of the global economy. The program will provide students with an understanding of how to understand and analyze international finance markets, how to choose a strategy to expand a product into a fresh market, how to negotiate and communicate across cultures, and how to create competitive global business practices. Students in this program will take such courses as Managing Global Organizations, International Marketing, and Information Systems in Business.
Students who are interested in a career in global business can enroll in the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program at the University of Texas in Arlington. This BBA program allows students to choose international business as their main area of specialization. Offered by the College of Business at UTA, the BBA in International Business is a dual concentration program consisting of course work in international business and one modern language (French, German, Russian or Spanish). It is strongly recommended that students admitted to this program participate in a study abroad program at least for one semester. UTA's College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).
The College of Business and Economics at Western Washington University offers a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in international business. The program is administered by the Department of Management and follows a curriculum that cover diverse areas that are essential to the global business environment. Students accepted to the program take courses such as cross-cultural management, international marketing, comparative economic systems, multinational corporate finance, and geography of the world economy. Students typically add a language component as well as take advantage of study abroad and internship opportunities to complement and enhance their international business education. The department also offers a minor in international business, which is a 32-credit program for non-business majors enrolled at the university.
San Diego State University's undergraduate major in international business is offered jointly by the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Business Administration. The BA in International Business is an interdisciplinary program that combines coursework in business administration, foreign language, and regional/cultural studies. Students in the program are required to spend a semester studying abroad and can fulfill this requirement by participating in one of the university's exchange programs or completing an international internship. Students must also select two emphases: one foreign language emphasis and an emphasis in a corresponding region. International business majors are eligible for several scholarships, including the Michael and Christine Pack Endowed Scholarship and the CIBER International Business Endowment Scholarship.
The Anisfield School of Business at Ramapo College of New Jersey offers an undergraduate major in international business that focuses on the role of US companies in the broader spectrum international business. The BA in International Business requires the completion of a foreign language requirement and the selection of a geographic area of concentration. Students can also choose a business concentration in accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management or information technology management. The international fieldwork requirement involves the completion of a experiential component that could include studying abroad or completing an international internship. International business students are eligible for several scholarships, including the Judith and Francis Rodriguez International Business Scholarship and the William W. Briggs Scholarship.
The College of Business at the University of Texas at San Antonio offers a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management in International Business. The UTSA College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. International business students are encouraged to study abroad to not only learn about foreign business, but to also have a new experience with a different culture. Students in this program may take such courses as Introduction to International Finance, International Management, and International Marketing. Students may be interested in the student organization, Financial Management Association International as well as the Global Business Club.
The Carson College of Business at Washington State University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration program with a concentration in international business. This program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Students develop an awareness and understanding of the cultural, economic, and political facets of business as well as how to think and act globally in an increasingly interconnected business environment. The curriculum includes coursework in international trade and finance, law of international trade, and international finance. Students are required to become proficient in a foreign language and to enroll in at least nine credits while studying abroad. Qualified students who need financial assistance to study abroad, can apply for the International Experience Scholarship.
The College of Business and Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater offers a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business. They were ranked among the Best Online MBA Programs for 2016 by U.S. News and World Report, and all programs in the College of Business and Economics are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Students who are concentrating on the area of international business will take such courses as Advanced International Economics, Multinational Business Finance, and International Management.
The Muma College of Business at the University of South Florida offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in International Business program that is designed to provide students with the skills and experience needed for a career in the global business environment. Students admitted to this program are required to minor in one of the following areas of business: Economics, Finance, Information Systems, Marketing or Management. Students are also required to complete the international experience component of the program, which often consists of a study abroad semester. The business programs offered at USF's Muma College of Business are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).
The Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree with a major in international business. IB students are required to complete a second major in another business discipline, such as marketing, management, finance, economics, or accounting. They must also demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language and satisfy at least six course credits from the BBA requirements through a university-approved study abroad program. At the current time, Seidman College offers internship programs in Prague, Paris, Dublin, Madrid, and London. Upper division students can apply for the Seidman Dean's Advisory Board Scholarship ($1,000/semester, renewable for up to two consecutive semesters), while entering freshmen are considered for the L.V. Eberhard Business Scholarship ($1,000/year).
The University of Central Oklahoma offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in International Business program. The program equips students with the skills and training that are needed to meet the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly global market. Students admitted to the program can choose to focus on one of the following areas of specialization: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management Information Systems, Operations Management, Marketing, Management, and Legal Studies. International Business students need to complete an international experience requirement in order to graduate from the program. Most students meet this requirement by participating in a study abroad program for at least one semester.
The Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business program. Students are required to have international experience to graduate from the program. Most students fulfill this requirement by studying abroad for a semester. The college offers a double degree program (BBA International Business: KEDGE/UNF) that allows students to earn two bachelor degrees - one from the KEDGE Business School in Marseille, France, and another from the University of North Florida. International Business majors can apply for the BBVA Compass Scholarship or the Reza & Simin Veghefi International Business Endowed Scholarship. Both scholarships award $2,500 each to qualified students.
UC Denver's Department of International Studies offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in International Studies degree with a concentration in International Commerce. There is also a joint BA/MS International Business program available that allows students to earn both degrees in five years. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree at UC Denver Business School can choose International Business as an area of emphasis. The Business School also offers a Master of Science in International Business (MSIB) program. Students admitted to this graduate program can choose to work for a dual degree - MSIB/MBA (Master of Business Administration). The U.S. Department of Education named UC Denver as a Center for International Business Education Research (CIBER).
An associate’s degree in international business is a 2 year undergraduate degree that provides an introduction to global management topics. Associate’s degrees in this field are very rare, and are usually intended to help students earn credits for a bachelor’s degree.
A bachelor’s degree in international business is a 4 year undergraduate program that gives students a thorough understanding of global business, cultural awareness and – usually – a foreign language. A high school degree or GED is required to apply.
You may also run into the term Bachelor of International Business (BIB). This is similar to a BBA.
In a conventional curriculum, you can expect to take conventional liberal arts and business classes, as well as courses on global management. You might be asked to tackle subjects such as international trade, marketing, financing, policy and legal concerns. You may also be allowed to investigate issues that affect the global economy, including the impact of organizations like the World Bank, the tactics of multinational corporations and/or the importance of treaties such as NAFTA.
Most schools encourage international business students to study a foreign language (e.g. Chinese, Spanish, etc.). Some will provide students with opportunities to spend a year abroad and supply courses in cultural differences/understanding.
A bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement for entry-level jobs in international business (e.g. cultural adviser). However, like many professionals in business, you’ll find more opportunities overseas if you put the time and money into a degree such as an MBA.
A master’s degree in international business is a 2 year graduate degree that digs deep into global business concerns. Most degrees are modeled on conventional MBA programs, but with more of a focus on multinational operations. A bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement.
You don’t have to hold a BBA in order to apply for this degree. However, schools may wish to see evidence of relevant work experience or undergraduate course credits in business courses (e.g. finance) before accepting you. Accelerated 1-year programs are available to qualified candidates.
Many MIB and MBA programs presume that you have a basic knowledge of how companies work. If you don’t have many undergraduate credit hours in business, you may be required to take courses such as economics, accounting, management and statistics before tackling graduate-level classes.
At the graduate level, you will able to explore complex business issues such as strategic planning, international marketing, HR management, global finance and more. Depending on your interest, you may be able to study issues such as import and export law, cultural communication and other degree concentrations. Many schools require master’s students to complete a research thesis or practical capstone project before graduation.
A master’s degree in international business is a good launching pad for advanced career positions and management jobs. As with any MBA, the reputation of your school matters a lot to employers. If you’re considering a master’s degree, make sure that your program is accredited and well-respected.
A doctorate in international business is a 3-5 year terminal degree that is geared towards students interested in high-level research and/or teaching at the university level. Some big businesses may give preference to candidates who hold a practical DBA and professional certifications.
Most doctoral students use the first couple of years to complete courses on advanced research practices and high-level global business concerns. For the remainder of their degree, they typically work on an original research project that culminates in a written dissertation.
Graduates may teach at universities and major business schools, instruct governments in business policy and/or run multinational corporations.
A certificate in international business is a non-degree program that takes anywhere from ~6 months to one year to complete. The curriculum is often composed of introductory subjects such as international finance, marketing, management and global markets.
Certificates fall into two broad categories:
We recommend you attend a U.S. college or university with regional accreditation. This is a “seal of approval” granted to institutions (e.g. non-profit and public colleges and universities) by one of six regional accrediting bodies (e.g. North Central Association of Colleges and Schools).
You can learn more about the difference between regional accreditation and national accreditation in Accreditation: Understanding the Difference Between Real Schools and Diploma Mills.
Attending a regionally accredited school will make it easier for you to:
Regional accreditation only applies to a college or university, not the business school.
In addition to earning a degree in international business, you may wish to show employers you have the right skills in project management. Recognized voluntary certifications for this field include: