International Business Concentration

Learn what it takes to make business decisions on a global scale in the areas of finance, marketing, supply chain, and more.

To complete an MBA with a concentration in International Business, students must complete the Part-Time MBA core curriculum, one required course and six additional credit hours of concentration-specific coursework.

Required Course

Cultural Aspects of International Business

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 credits)

Electives

Complete six credit hours in International Business from the following courses.

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 credits
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 credits
Offers students an opportunity to develop an understanding of emerging markets. Studies how U.S. firms can and do compete with emerging markets, how emerging-market companies compete with developed companies, and how companies in emerging markets compete with each other. Explores the future of emerging markets and the steps they need to take to ensure their future viability and success, as well as the threats they face.
INTB 6224 | 3 credits
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 credits
Designed to give students intense exposure to the global business environment by immersing them in the business practices and culture of a country or region outside the United States. 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 credits
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 credits
Offers students an opportunity to analyze whether, why, and how multibusiness corporations expand their operations into new business areas by questioning decisions to grow globally through mechanisms such as acquisitions or alliances. Uses rigorous case-based discussions, expert readings, and major current events to discuss issues related to the choice of make, buy, or partner. Offers students an opportunity to evaluate how these different corporate entrepreneurial strategies are used to help firms be more competitive and innovative.
ENTR 6225 | 3 credits
Offers students an opportunity to learn about how companies overcome the barriers to managing global new-product development. Studies how distance, along with differences in culture, capabilities, costs, and customers, make the task of managing global new-product development efforts incredibly difficult and delicate. Also studies how firms develop and execute global innovation strategies, build and leverage global networks, create R&D capabilities abroad, manage distributed projects and virtual teams, and how emerging market firms innovate globally.
INTB 6217 | 3 credits
Takes the perspective of managers who are considering the best ways to enter and succeed in emerging markets such as Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, and others that offer varying institutional opportunities and challenges. Examines how their action choices compare to those appropriate for entering advanced markets like the United States, Western Europe, or Japan. Emphasizes how socioeconomic, ethical, political, regulatory, and technological complexities affect the strategy choices that multinational firms, from and in emerging markets, make to succeed at home and abroad.
INTB 6232 | 3 credits

The curriculum is subject to change by D’Amore-McKim faculty. Please monitor for updates.