8-Month International Student Cohort Curriculum

Join a global community of learners and earn a valuable credential

Designed for the needs of international students, our eight-month certificate format is F-1 visa compliant. You'll study for two semesters on our Boston Campus.

Your learning will center on the skills you need for a global business world undergoing a digital transformation—from essential business knowledge like accounting and management to cutting-edge coursework on analytics and entrepreneurship. As you build a highly relevant skill set in this short but intense study format, you'll learn alongside fellow students from across the globe with diverse professional and academic experiences. You and your classmates will spend significant time together over eight months, forging business and personal connections that can benefit you for a lifetime.

This curriculum could make you eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) upon successful completion of the program. If you are interested in OPT, you are encouraged to work with an advisor from the Office of Global Services.

You'll work directly with the Office of Global Services to maintain visa compliance throughout your program. You'll also find invaluable support in our office of Employer Engagement and Career Design. An expert career counselor will help you navigate issues unique to your situation, including acclimating to American work culture, starting a job search in the United States, and finding networking opportunities in Boston and beyond.

Your Graduate Certificate in Business Administration will be a meaningful credential in its own right, but it can also be a valuable stepping stone toward an MBA or other master's degree. If you ultimately complete your certificate and decide to pursue your MBA or other eligible master's degree here at Northeastern, your credits earned may apply directly toward your course requirements.


Select 4-5 of the following courses*

*Course offerings may vary per semester.

Offers the first of a two-course sequence that focuses on the acquisition, measurement, and management of firm resources. Business managers make strategic decisions about the acquisition and use of a variety of firm resources. Helps enable students to understand and utilize critical information in corporate financial reports to improve business decision making. Offers students the opportunity to learn contemporary methods of financial reporting and analysis used by internal decision makers and external capital providers. Required course for co-op MBA/part-time MBA.

ACCT 6200 | 3 Hours

Explores the challenges and processes for harnessing technological innovation for new-business development. Integrates technology strategy, innovation in marketing, product development, and organization design for the purpose of enterprise growth. Through readings, cases, and exercises, studies how firms from different industries gain competitive advantage through distinctive products and services, and leverage their technologies and skills into new emerging markets. Also focuses on processes for conceiving, financing, and organizing new ventures.

INNO 6200 | 3 Hours

Examines today's evolving environment, in which effective utilization of human resources is a source of competitive advantage. To maximize the contribution of organizational members, managers must be able to understand, diagnose, and influence workplace behavior in the context of change. Topics include management of cross-functional teams and boundaryless organizations. Emphasis is on the role of corporate culture and distributed leadership.

HRMG 6200 | 3 Hours

Focuses on the international business environment, and examines the influence on global decision making of such areas as the international economy and trade issues, legal and political context differences, governmental actions, cultural and ethical system differences, exchange rates and international currency markets, international institutions like the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund, and regional agreements like the European Union, NAFTA, and Mercosur. Also analyzes why firms internationalize their operations, how they can internationalize, and key areas such as international manufacturing, marketing, human resource management, and strategy.

INTB 6200 | 3 Hours

Focuses on marketing analysis and planning. Emphasizes analysis of customer needs and company and competitor capabilities. This analysis forms the basis of a sound marketing strategy that provides value to customers in a way superior to competitors. Discusses how to deliver this strategy through the development of an intergrated marketing program covering product offerings, pricing, promotion, and distribution. Includes professional accounting students.

MKTG 6200 | 3 Hours

The following is a sample curriculum and is subject to change. Enrolled students should reference the academic catalog for current program requirements.