Today's business world is interconnected and international, and employers value professionals who can operate effectively across cultures. Our Graduate Certificate in International Business will prepare you for this environment with high-impact courses on global business issues—plus the chance to learn about finance, marketing, operations, economics, and strategy through an international lens.

Graduate Certificate in International Business Program Overview

  • Program Structure: Full-time, part-time, or online. You'll complete 12­–15 credits, depending on chosen format. Full-time international students must complete all classes on campus; part-time students may take one course online; online students will complete all courses remotely.
  • Class Schedule: On-campus classes are held Monday–Thursday evenings. Online classes may be taken at any time.
  • Time to Complete:  Eight months to three years, depending on chosen format.
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Unique Features

Top 10

ranked international business program in the Top 10 by U.S. News & World Report


credits to earn your certificate


available formats

By earning your Graduate Certificate in International Business, you will . . .

  • Become part of an international business program ranked in the Top 10 by U.S. News & World Report
  • Learn from highly renowned faculty with recognized expertise in emerging markets, reverse innovation, talent management, entrepreneurship and innovation, health care management, and corporate governance/ethics
  • Earn credits that may be applied toward a future MBA at Northeastern


  • GMAT required? No
  • Where Do I Apply? Apply for the on-campus program using this application. D'Amore-McKim leadership has temporarily paused enrollment for online study of this certificate while we build the curricular framework for the next generation of this online program.
  • Interview Required? International applicants who are not native English speakers must demonstrate English language proficiency. You may demonstrate this in one of two ways: submit your test score from TOEFL iBTIELTS, or PTE academic; or complete an intake interview.

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Application Checklist

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Personal Statement Guide

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Northeastern University's Student Financial Services website is your best resource for the most current and comprehensive information to help prepare you financially.

To view tuition rates, please visit the Northeastern Student Financial Services page. Click the dropdown under “Graduate Programs” and find the cost per credit for the current academic year listed next to “D'Amore-McKim School of Business Programs.”

There are a number of resources to help you finance your Northeastern graduate education, and the Student Financial Services team is here to guide you through the process and make it as simple as possible. Please visit the Graduate Financial Aid page.

Once you are a student, your financial aid advisor will work with you one-on-one to answer your questions, point you to resources and provide valuable insight as you navigate the financial commitments of your program.

At Northeastern, we value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds community, which is vital to learning and discovery.

Clubs and Organizations

Northeastern has many opportunities for you to be engaged with our community. Examples include the following:

Graduate Students of Color Collective

The purpose of the GSCC is to build community for graduate students of color at Northeastern University by promoting education, professionalism, and civic duty. The GSCC fosters student, staff, and faculty relationships to establish a campus home for higher education at Northeastern. Through civic engagement with surrounding communities, the GSCC recognizes the continued struggles of marginalized populations, and the need for those who have succeeded to give back.

Grad Q

Grad Q is a student organization for LGBTQ+ graduate students at Northeastern. Grad Q is focused on building community, social events, advocacy, and mentoring undergraduate students.

Campus Resources

We have a number of cultural centers on campus to support our campus community by providing programs, lectures, and events for students with a range of affiliations and interests including the LGBTQA Resource Center, Office of Global Services, Latinx Student Cultural Center, Asian American Center, and many more.


The Graduate Certificate in International Business is designed to help professionals and recent graduates build specialized knowledge in areas highly relevant to the global business environment. All three program formats include two required courses. You can then choose electives from your program that build the specific skills you need—for example, supply chain, finance, or marketing.

Choose your format

Compliant with F-1 visa regulations, our program offers you the chance to build in-demand skills and cultural fluency through one of the country's top-ranked international business programs.

In your online courses you'll study and work closely with your virtual classmates, whose diverse backgrounds, locales, and perspectives will broaden your outlook and enrich your learning.

The Part-Time Graduate Certificate in International Business helps Boston-area professionals like you begin building the knowledge and skills you need to navigate the global marketplace, in as few as four courses.

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Jul 13

Chat with Director of MBA Admissions Mary McNamara and Graduate Certificate student Andrea Pinto Quiroz to learn how a graduate certificate from D'Amore-McKim can further your career goals. Ask any questions you may have related to your program(s) of interest, including details about the application process.

Jul 26

Chat with Director of MBA Admissions Mary McNamara and Graduate Certificate student Andrea Pinto Quiroz to learn how a graduate certificate from D'Amore-McKim can further your career goals. Ask any questions you may have related to your program(s) of interest, including details about the application process.

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