International Business

Emphasis Area

The professional track in International Business prepares graduates for careers in today’s global world economy. Value chains have long extended across borders into different political, economic, cultural, legal, and technological environments, resulting in a need for employees, entrepreneurs, managers, and top leaders to understand the context and the mechanics of international business.

This track will prepare you to be successful when doing business in or with foreign countries. You will acquire knowledge about the mechanics of international business in a variety of areas ranging from management, law, finance, marketing, human resources, and strategy. You'll also develop practical skills related to cross-cultural interactions.


The MBA with an emphasis in International Business degree requires 45 semester credits equivalent to 15 courses of work which must be completed within a seven-year period. Courses include: 8 core courses, 2 general emphasis courses, 4 electives courses and 1 capstone course. 

8 Core  2 General Emphasis 4 Emphasis Electives 1 Capstone
  • Enterprise Management, Organization and Strategy

  • Information Technology Management

  • Organizational Behavior

  • Business Ethics and Law

  • Marketing Management

  • Strategic Decision Making

  • Macroeconomics in the Global Economy

  • Financial Principles & Policies

  • International Business (required)

Choose 1:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Human Capital Management Strategy
  • Innovative Business Models
  • IT Data Management
  • Marketing Research
  • Sustainable Business Strategies
  • Foundation of Analytics

Choose 4:

  • Applied International Management
  • Global Human Resources Management
  • International Business Law
  • International Finance
  • International Marketing
  • Global Strategy
  • Special Topics of International Business

Choose 1:

  • Internship
  • The Business Plan
  • Executive Roundtable
  • International Travel
  • Consulting to Business
  • MBA Project

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Careers in International Business

The management opportunities increase exponentially with an MBA, the most popular degree awarded in business. MBA students with an emphasis in International Business will be prepared for roles including:

  • International Marketing Director
  • Financial Controller
  • Multinational Manager
  • Business Development Director
  • International Trade and Customs Manager
  • International Foreign Policy Advisor

Learning a new language and keeping up to date on technology will also give you a competitive edge.

While the professional track in International Business will be helpful for graduates in any business function in international or global companies, there are a number of specialized career areas that this track specifically prepares students for:

  • Export Management
  • Import Management
  • International Sales
  • Global Sourcing and Purchasing
  • Global Business Development
  • International Financial Management
  • International Accounting
  • Global Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Global Human Resources
  • Expatriate Management
  • Global Strategy
  • International Management Consulting
Examples of level-based positions:
Entry-level Positions Middle-level Positions Top-level Positions
  • Foreign Affairs Analyst
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Import/Export Coordinator
  • Foreign Sales Representative
  • International Strategy Analyst
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • Global Business Manager
  • Foreign Currency Investment Advisor
  • Senior International Strategy Analyst
  • International Management Analyst
  • International Marketing Director
  • International Foreign Policy Advisor
  • International Financial Manager
  • Business Development Director
  • CEO

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