A global mindset is a must for all organizations as data and technology redefine the business landscape. Leadership in this disruptive age requires cultural agility, the ability to manage international teams, and a nuanced understanding of global business issues and supply chains. Our innovative MS in International Management program—taught by field-leading international business experts—will prepare you to respond to challenges and deliver creative solutions in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

Program Overview

  • Program Structure: Five core courses and five elective courses
  • Class Schedule: Monday–Thursday evening at 5:20 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.
  • Time to Complete: 12 or 16 months full-time; 20 months part-time, on average
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Unique Features

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Schedule options designed for your needs

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Elective courses

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International Business program (U.S. News & World Report)

  • Develop cultural agility, global leadership acumen, and international management skills via specialized core classes
  • Customize your learning by choosing from 65+ diverse elective offerings—allowing you to forge a unique career path in your current industry or upskill in a new field
  • Benefit from individualized coaching from your faculty to help you achieve your career goals—available as early as your first class
  • Learn from faculty who are pioneering global scholars, thought leaders, and consultants on critical business issues such as workforce management and organizational strategy
  • Access personalized career guidance throughout the program from the D’Amore-McKim Graduate Career Center

Admissions

  • GMAT/GRE required? For the 2021-22 and 2022-2023 academic years, Northeastern University is test-optional and does not require applicants to submit GMAT or GRE scores to be considered for admission. For more information, review our admissions policies.
  • English language proficiency: English proficiency, both written and verbal, is necessary for success in D’Amore-McKim classrooms. For more information, review our admissions policies.
  • Where do I apply? Apply using this application.
  • Interview required? Yes.

Classes begin in September.

Deadlines & Decisions

Find the deadlines and decision dates you need to know. Submit your application by the earliest date possible for priority consideration.

Please visit the Northeastern Student Financial Services page. Click the dropdown under “Graduate Programs” and you’ll find the cost per credit listed next to “D’Amore-McKim School of Business Programs.”

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.

Scholarships and Fellowships

D’Amore-McKim offers and partners with organizations that provide a variety of scholarships and fellowships to foster diversity and inclusion. Examples of these include The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Graduate Fellowship, Prospansica MBA Scholarship, Posse MBA Scholarship and Reach Out MBA Fellowship.

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.

Choose Your Format

Our MS in International Management program is a rigorous, experience-powered program that will help you develop critical skills to handle the challenges organizations and businesses face when operating across borders and cultures.

Full-time

As a full-time student, you’ll study on our Boston campus as part of a tight-knit class, learning together and sharing experiences as you move through the program. Your courses are thoughtfully planned in a set order over two or three semesters, ending with a project where you’ll apply all the skills you’ve learned as part of a team. With no work experience required for admission, this is a great option for recent graduates.

If you’re an international student, you may become eligible to apply to work in the United States for up to 12 months after graduation. The full-time program is F-1 visa compliant.

Part-time

Designed for professionals who want to study in the evenings, our part-time program allows you to build skills that you can apply in real time—and complete your degree in less than two years. Take advantage of our flexible course schedule to create a new schedule each semester, alternate evening class times, with the option to take up to two courses 100% online.

Curriculum

You’ll prepare to thrive in today’s international marketplace with our curriculum that delves into topics ranging from international trade to globalization of the world economy.

Your core courses will focus specifically on cultural agility, leadership, and workforce management—all taught through the lens of preparing you for the shifting realities of a tech-driven business world. For electives, you can take any D’Amore-McKim School of Business class for which you meet the prerequisites, customizing your program for the career path that excites you most.

Core Requirements

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 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

Introduces how to measure and manage a workforce strategically, including (1) identifying the strategic work that is truly necessary to execute firm strategy; (2) investing in differentiated management systems that support that work; and (3) designing and implementing targeted measurement systems, such as human resources function and workforce scorecards, designed to help to hold line managers accountable for strategic talent. Emphasizes helping students move from a focus on levels associated with a particular workforce attribute (e.g., what is our cost per hire?) to understanding the impact of the workforce on business-level outcomes (e.g., how might an increase in the quality of our project managers affect new product cycle time?).

STRT 6210 | 3 credits

Complete one of the following:

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

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

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

Complete one of the following:

Offers topics of current interest in the international business arena, emphasizing managing in emerging markets, analyzing global expansion, and developing analytical and quantitative modeling skills for the international business arena, often in the context of developing presentation and writing skills in a case competition format. Instructor interests will shape course format and meeting schedules. May be repeated without limit.

INTB 6260 | 3 credits

Focuses on strategy development and implementation for a line of business and for the corporation as a whole by adopting a top management perspective. Beginning with developing a mission statement and goals for the firm, focuses on environmental scanning, incorporating economic, technological, sociopolitical, and legal trends in conducting industry analysis, thus assessing opportunities and threats and the firm’s capabilities before formulating strategy that represents a fit between the environment and the firm. Discusses how to develop competitive advantage and assess competitive positioning, and studies how organizational structure and systems contribute to implementing strategy. Stresses the role of leadership and motivation before moving on to feedback mechanisms to assess success in strategy implementation, leading to revision of strategic plans as needed.

STRT 6200 | 3 credits

Recommended Electives

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 credits

Continues ACCT 6200, offering the second of a two-course sequence that focuses on the acquisition, measurement, and management of firm resources. Critical to the effective planning, implementation, and management of successful business strategies is the ability to measure and manage the commitment and utilization of entity resources. Focuses on contemporary methods and frameworks used in the process of measuring, analyzing, and allocating firm resources to achieve strategic and operating objectives. Required course for co-op MBA/part-time MBA.

ACCT 6201 |1.5 credits

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

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

Develops understanding of the organization of the global economy and how this helps managers assess the winds of economic change and make better decisions for their shareholders. Addresses interactions among competitors, suppliers and customers, central banks and other financial intermediaries, and governments and how these interactions impact business decision making. Leads to a framework for industry analysis in a global setting that involves economic analysis, competitive analysis, and business decision-making skills.

MECN 6203 | 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

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

Additional elective options: Any graduate-level business course for which you meet the prerequisites. ACCT, BUSN, ENTR, FINA, INTB, MECN, MGMT, MGSC, MKTG, SCHM, STRT, TECE

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