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Today’s businesses students can expect some component of their education to touch on international business, as global commerce has become such a mainstay of the business world that it is no longer thought of as a field of study independent of business. Students looking to trends in the business world are more frequently choosing specialized degree programs specific to international business. This is seen as a way to future-proof their education as the business world continues to move rapidly in the direction of full global integration.

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Degrees related to international business help prepare business students for the unique considerations of doing business across national borders. These programs, especially at the graduate level, often offer opportunities to study abroad, which is encouraged, as it helps facilitate a more global perspective on business and culture.

Undergraduate Degrees

A general Bachelor Degree in International Business typically requires completing a core curriculum of foundation courses in business management, finance, economics, marketing and other areas of business. Courses specifically related to international business would include:

  • Business in the Global Political Environment
  • Cross-Cultural Business Communication
  • Cross-Cultural Behavior and Negotiations
  • Doing Business in Different Cultures
  • Economics of Developing Countries
  • Financial Decisions for International Managers
  • Global Organizational Behavior
  • Global Strategy
  • Globalization and Emerging Markets
  • Import/Export Principles and Practices
  • International Banking
  • International Accounting, Economics, Finance, or Marketing
  • International Management
  • Multinational Corporate Strategies
  • Supply Chain Fundamentals
  • Technology in Global Markets

Other more general programs in business and business administration allow students to major in or emphasize international business:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business with an International Business Major
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a Specialization or an Emphasis in International Business
  • Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Management with an International Business Concentration
  • Bachelor Degree in International Economics
  • Bachelor Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy

Students of business, economics, business administration, accounting, finance and marketing may choose electives within the field of international business to develop a more interdisciplinary global perspective within their area of study:

  • International accounting
  • International economics
  • International entrepreneurship
  • International finance
  • International management
  • International marketing

Programs specific to international business often require students to study a foreign language and take courses outside of business, including, geography, history, political science and industrial-organizational psychology.

Graduate Degrees and Certificates

A Master of International Business or Master of Science in International Business degree program are designed to impart the advanced level of knowledge, skills and management techniques needed to conduct business in the global marketplace. Courses in a master’s program tend to be more specialized:

  • Comparative Management
  • Cross-border Alliances and Joint Ventures
  • Export Marketing
  • Foreign Market Entry and Growth
  • Global Competitive Analysis
  • Global Corporate Valuation
  • Global Financial Markets
  • Special topics or directed studies related to international business

Specialized master’s degrees related to international business are also available:

  • MBA with a Concentration in International Business
  • MBA or Master in International Management
  • Master of Science or MBA in Global Management
  • Master of Science in Global Leadership
  • Master of Science in Global Finance
  • Master of Science in Global Marketing
  • Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy
  • Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy

Graduate certificates in international business are typically designed for working business professionals who currently work for, or wish to work for companies doing business globally. Certificate programs can also be useful for new graduates with a general business degree who then decide they want to focus on international business.

Although certificate programs vary greatly in length and subject coverage, the programs generally help students understand and appreciate cultural differences, global marketing and finance, logistics and supply chain management, and other factors relevant to doing business internationally.

Doctoral degrees are also available in international business and generally prepare students for teaching and research, emphasizing areas such as quantitative research and methods of analysis, theoretical knowledge, and methodological skills.