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An Increasingly Complex Market — Your Opportunity

As the global economy expands, so does the need for specialists who can navigate, understand, and drive it forward.

The one-year, full-time Master of Science in International Business at Lerner College prepares you to play a larger strategic, financial and managerial role. You’ll learn frameworks and case studies that will help you to spot trends and weigh opportunities, and gain soft skills for adapting to cultural differences in the workplace and in the marketplace.

Program Highlights

Lerner’s Master of Science in International Business provides a firm grounding in the theoretical and practical application of knowledge and skills in international accounting and finance, marketing, and human resources management. You’ll emerge a smarter negotiator, a more agile manager and a more confident quantitative analyst.

You will gain both knowledge and judgment from experienced and generous faculty who have lived, taught, and worked around the world. Internships, global study opportunities, campus events and presentations, and a diverse set of peers all provide unique opportunities. Broaden your perspective and sharpen your focus around particular themes or business situations of interest.

Join students from all over the world, including China, India, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam who come from many different undergraduate backgrounds like business, engineering, international studies, and the arts and sciences.

Program Requirements

The MSIB is a 30-credit degree program that can be completed in one academic year, provided you enroll during the fall (12 credits), winter (6 credits) and spring (12 credits) sessions. For students with an undergraduate degree in business administration, the program brings an international perspective to your knowledge of business functions; for those with engineering, science, economics or other undergraduate degrees, it expands your vision from a product-centric and micro view to a corporate and global perspective.

Curriculum At a Glance

Core classes (12 credits):
BUAD 811 Globalization and Business
BUAD 841 Managing the Global Enterprise
BUAD 840 Ethical Issues in Domestic and Global Business Environments
BUAD 878 Leadership in International Business Cultures

International business electives (6 credits)

Interdisciplinary and/or business electives (12 credits)

You may choose 6 international business elective credits and 12 business and/or interdisciplinary elective credits in a variety of disciplines including accounting, economics, finance, quantitative methods, entrepreneurship, operations management, marketing and management. You may also be able to work for course credit on an individual study basis with a faculty member on an approved research project.

Faculty Research

Learn from faculty who have conducted or are currently conducting research in international business topics, including:

  • Business plan consulting
  • Entrepreneurship in war zones and under adverse conditions
  • Global mindset and leadership in teams
  • International management
  • Business cultures
  • Business plan consulting
  • Modeling consumer perceptions and choice
  • Marketing strategies of multinational companies
  • Cross-cultural and cross-national consumer marketing
  • Firm-government bargaining relations
  • Cross-border social capital
  • Cultural cognition
  • International business and the environment
  • Organizational and institutional level policies, practices, cultures and structures

Career Opportunities

Employers of M.S. in International Business grads often include multinational manufacturers, consulting firms, international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), technology companies, large banks and financial services firms, import/export corporations, and transportation industries, including travel and shipping. Common careers include advisor, consultant, business development, multinational manager, financial controller, international marketing director and more.

As the global economy grows and deepens, a grasp of international business can set you apart in emerging and high-growth organizations. Your new mix of quantitative tools and broad professional preparation — leadership, ethics, cross-cultural talent acquisition — will remain highly sought.

Admissions Information

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