International Business MBA Concentration Overview

The International Business MBA program is designed for those who want to move beyond what is offered in the core MBA courses and to delve deeper into specific global business topics, such as international marketing policy, human resource management, markets, investments, and banking. Students will integrate issues and trends in the global business environment and apply this insight to decision making.

MBA International Business graduates work as general managers, as logistics associates for multinational organizations, in operations and production, and in many other positions and disciplines.

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)
6700:689 Leading and Influencing (required in year 1, first semester) 1
6700:691 Professional Integrity 1
6700:693 Negotiations in the Workplace 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.

Concentration: International Business
Required (9 credits):
6500:675 Global Supply Chain Management 3
Choose 6 credits from the following:
6800:630 International Marketing Policy 3
6800:690 Seminar: International Business 3
6800:697 Independent Study: International Business 3
6200:680 International Accounting 3
6500:658 Managing a Global Workforce 3
International Business Students must also demonstrate reading and conversational proficiency in a language other than English.
MBA Integrative Course
6500:695 Organizational Strategy
(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 Credit Hours 48-51

Admission Requirements

  • GMAT (score of 500 or better preferred) or GRE, LSAT, PCAT, or MCAT
  • 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

International Student Applications

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 UA Immigration Services in the International Center, Buchtel Hall. Proof of English Proficiency is required by producing an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score.

Students currently admitted to this program may have different course requirements than those listed here. Refer to your official Program Checklist and DPR in My Akron for your program requirements.