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An Increasingly Complex Market — Your Opportunity

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

The master of science in international business at Lerner College is available on-campus, online and as a hybrid of both formats. The degree prepares you to play a larger strategic, financial and managerial role. You’ll study frameworks and case studies that will help you to spot trends and weigh opportunities, and learn skills for adapting to cultural differences in the workplace and in the marketplace.

Program Highlights

The M.S. in international business consists of two complementary sets of coursework. You’ll complete an 18-credit international module that develops your ability to assess, understand, interpret and apply principles and practices of global management, all according to your personal interests and professional ambitions. Design your own business module by selecting 12 credits of coursework drawn from areas such as accounting, economics, finance, marketing, entrepreneurship and analytics.

You will benefit 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.

Format Options

On-campus

The on-campus program can be completed full-time (in one year) or part-time.

Online

The online program features the same instruction as the on-campus program.

Hybrid

Combine on-campus and online courses for a program with the most flexibility.

Program Requirements

The MSIB is a 30-credit degree program. No matter the area of study of your undergraduate degree, the program brings an international perspective to your knowledge of business functions and expand your vision from a product-centric, micro view to a corporate and global perspective.

Curriculum At a Glance

Core classes (18 credits):
BUAD811 Globalization and Business
BUAD840 Ethical Issues in Domestic and Global Business Environments
BUAD841 Managing the Global Enterprise
BUAD848 Future of Globalization and You
BUAD878 Leading Across Boundaries
BUAD882 International Marketing Management

Interdisciplinary and/or business electives (12 credits):
You may choose 12 business and/or interdisciplinary elective credits (4 courses) 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 or international marketing director.

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 will remain highly sought.


Admissions Information

Learn more about master of science in international business admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you. Individuals with backgrounds in business, engineering, social sciences and the humanities are encouraged to apply.

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