International Business (MBA)

International Business (MBA)

This academic program views international business in the broad context of all business transactions devised and carried out across national borders to satisfy the organizational and personal goals of firms and individuals. International business studies incorporate all of the functional business operations of accounting, finance, management, and marketing; as such, it is an integrative field of study within an international framework. Students will integrate issues and trends in the global business environment and apply this insight to decision making.

Admission Requirements

  • GMAT (score of 500 or better preferred)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume

Application Deadline

  • July 15 for Fall enrollment
  • November 15 for Spring enrollment
  • April 15 for Summer enrollment

It is recommended that international students apply one month prior to these dates to allow time for admission and I-20 visa processing.  I-20 forms are processed by the Office of International Programs.

Additional Information

MBA Gateway Courses (0-12 credits)
6200:601 Financial Accounting 3
6400:602 Managerial Finance 3
6400:655 Government and Business 3
3250:600 Foundations of Economic Analysis 3
6700:695 Gateway Internship* 3
(*Required for students with no work experience; taken for credit but not applied toward graduation requirements.)

Gateway courses may be waived based on recent comparable coursework or waiver exams.

MBA Proficiencies
Students must show proficiency in the following areas critical to success in the MBA:
  • Microsoft Excel/Spreadsheets
  • Writing
  • Quantitative Skills/Statistics
MBA Professional Courses* (6 credits)
6700:696 Leading and influencing (required in year 1, first semester) 1
6700:696 Professional Integrity and Social Responsibility 1
6700:696 Negotiation 1
6500:601 Business Analytics and Information Strategy 3
MBA Core Courses* (18 credits)
6200:610 Process Analysis and Cost Management 3
6400:674 Strategic Financial Decision Making 3
6500:670 Management of Supply Chain and Operations 3
6500:652 Managing People in Organizations 3
6600:620 Strategic Marketing 3
6800:605 International Business Environments 3

*All core and Professional courses require Excel, writing and statistics proficiency prior to enrollment.

MBA Action Learning Course (0-3 credits)
The Action learning course CAN be satisfied within the concentration.

International Business Concentration (9 credits)
6500:675 Global Supply Chain Management 3
Choose 6 credits from the following:
6800:630 Seminar: International Business 3
6800:690 Seminar in International Business 3
6800:697 Independent Study-International Business 3
6200:680 International Accounting 3
6400:538 International Banking 3
6400:681 Multinational Corporate Finance 3
6400:691 International Markets and Investments 3
6500:659 International Human Resource Management 3
International Business Students must also demonstrate reading and conversational proficiency in a language other than English.
6500:695 Organizational Strategy 3
(Restricted to students graduating within two semesters.)
Program Summary
Gateway Courses 12
Professional Courses 6
MBA Core Courses 18
Concentration Courses 9-12
Integrative Course 3
Action-Based Learning (if not fulfilled in a concentration course) 0-3
Total Program 51
International Business students must also satisfy the foreign language requirement: demonstrate reading and conversational proficiency in a language in addition to English.

Assistantship/Scholarship Information

All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.

Financial Aid Information

Paying for college is a vital part of the education process. It is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.

Tuition and Fees

Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.

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