Full-Time Curriculum

A focused curriculum to help you achieve your goals

The Full-Time Graduate Certificate in International Business will help you begin building the knowledge and skills you need to navigate the global marketplace—in just eight months.

Although the program is open to anyone who wants to complete a certificate in two semesters, it's designed specifically for the needs of international graduate students. 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. After you successfully complete your Graduate Certificate in International Business, you'll qualify to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), which, if granted, allows you to work in the United States for up to 12 additional months.

You'll complete two core courses and two program electives on our Boston campus. The minimum number of credits to earn your certificate is 12, but many students choose to take an additional elective to broaden their expertise (a total of 15 credits). Your classes will be evenings only, Monday through Thursday, giving you time to explore other interests and enrich your learning experience.


Required Courses

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 issues that arise when a firm operates in multiple countries with cultures that are different from its home country. Principally addresses the perspectives of U.S. firms operating overseas, but also explores other national firms operating in the United States and in third-country environments. A central issue is how corporate cultures evolve in the context of national cultures.

INTB 6212 | 3 Hours

Electives (Select 2 to 3)

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

Develops specific concepts, policies, and techniques for the financial management of the multinational firm. Topics include operation of the foreign exchange markets, foreign exchange risk management, sources and instruments of international financing, foreign direct investment and the management of political risk, multinational capital budgeting, and financing control systems for the multinational firm.

FINA 6204 | 3 Hours

Seeks to help students build the cross-cultural skills necessary to comfortably and effectively work in different cultures and with people from different cultures. Discusses the alignment between the firm's business strategy and the leader's responses in a multicultural environment along with the methods for leadership effectiveness in multicultural teams and virtual environments. Using online, experiential, and discussion-based methods, offers students an opportunity to gain the self-awareness needed to generate a plan for their own global leadership development.

INTB 6226 | 3 Hours

Designed to give students intense exposure to the global business environment by immersing them in the business practices and culture of a designated country or region. The course is taught primarily in the country or region of interest and involves a mix of classes, company site visits, and cultural activities. Fulfills the globalization requirement in the full-time MBA program. May be repeated without limit.

INTB 6230 | 3 Hours

Exposes students to the opportunities and challenges that digitalization presents for the core tenets and managerial practices of international business. New digital technologies have given rise to digitally born companies that internationalize through online platforms at an exponential pace. Companies from unrelated industries that may have traditionally not competed against each other now co-create value on digital platform ecosystems. Countries are increasingly implementing policies that aim to bridge the digital divide and alleviate poverty. A darker side of digitalization has also emerged. While some countries push for a global and open internet infrastructure, others engage in digital protectionism. Artificial intelligence can further be abused for digital authoritarianism purposes. Data privacy breaches are also rising globally. Examines how companies, industries, and governments should respond.

INTB 6249 | 3 Hours

Trains managers to understand the competitive implications of global economic policies, the business effects of technological change, and the commercial imperatives of alternative political systems at a macro level. At a micro level, it creates a framework for industry analysis in a global setting that combines economic analysis, competitive analysis, and business decision-making skills.

MECN 6200 | 3 Hours

Develops understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the international marketing executive, the decision-making process in marketing goods abroad, and the environmental forces—economic, cultural, and political—affecting the marketing process in the international marketplace.

MKTG 6212 | 3 Hours

Focuses on the managerial activities of those involved in supply chain management operations and planning for companies involved in international commerce. Analyzes contemporary issues that affect the design of international supply chain systems and strategies, including sourcing, logistics, transactions, risk, and ethical considerations. Examines the current status and future prospects of the modes of international logistics operations as well as international trade and development issues, not only from the corporate perspective but also in terms of government policy.

SCHM 6213 | 3 Hours

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

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