MBA, Business Administration, International Business

  • MBA International Business

Master of Business Administration, International Business

Private firms, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies are increasingly seeking out employees who can navigate through their global business environments. Brandman University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) in international business provides students with well-rounded perspectives in all aspects of organizational operations. The emphasis’ specialty courses cover the international dynamics of accounting, finance, human resources, and the cultural dimensions of global leadership. Students will learn how basic U.S. accounting rules and financial statement analysis differ from practices in other countries, and study concepts such as multinational consolidations, foreign currency translation, and international taxation. They will gain understandings of institutional and structure arrangements within the foreign exchange market, hedging foreign exchanges exposure, capital budgeting, international staffing tactics, and leadership principles among others.

Core business curriculum further diversifies student outlooks by expanding business competencies and elaborating on leadership concepts. They will be introduced to marketing management strategies, business process analysis and innovation, organizational development and change, and learn to apply strong ethics to sustainability and corporate responsibility. As part of Brandman’s MBA graduation requirements, students must illustrate their teachings by developing their own comprehensive business plans and present them within their competitive advantage capstone class.  The school offers the international business degree online or in a blended format at many of its California and Washington campuses. This allows students to continue their full-time work and life commitments while gaining quality education that fits within their busy schedules. Brandman is an accredited university that provides an affordable path for students looking to get an MBA in international business.  Brandman also offers additional emphasis options for its MBA including marketing, entrepreneurship, e-business, finance and more.

What Jobs Can I Get with My Degree?

In today’s global economy with technologies and communications advancing at record speed, an MBA in international business can open up many different opportunities to a professional career and discovering all the international business jobs that exist. Retailers, airlines, chain restaurants, banks, and tourism and hospitality organizations are just of the few of the many businesses that rely on globalization to ensure success. Some examples of positions that graduates may pursue include jobs as international marketing managers, financial analysts, international foreign policy directors, trade and customs managers, and business development directors. Brandman’s curriculum is fully cross functional in these different fields of business in order to prepare students for this variety of career choices.

One specific path international business graduates may consider is becoming management analysts. Often referred to as management consultants, these valuable professionals propose ways to improve organizations’ efficiencies by advising managers on how to make their companies more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for this position is quite positive and increasing faster than average careers at a rate of 19% through 2022 [1]. Another alternative path that international business majors who are bilingual may consider is to serve as interpreters or translators specifically for businesses seeking to expand into foreign markets. Communication and negotiation strategies are vital for securing product materials, building locations and translating messaging into native languages when bringing operations abroad, and interpreters are able to streamline the process. These positions are growing exponentially faster than many others and are expected to increase 46% within the same time period [2]. Students are encouraged to explore all professional and educational options in order to find the best international business jobs that fit into their unique goals.

Admission Requirements

All graduate admissions options listed below require an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher

  • A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Two – GPA between 2.50 and 2.99, qualifying score on GRE, MAT or GMAT

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of three of the subsections of the GRE. (Minimum score for Quantitative: 141, minimum score for Verbal: 150, minimum score for Analytic Writing: 4.5)
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 400.
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): fulfill the formula GMAT + (GPA X 200) > 1000.

Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution

Option Four – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio

  •   Submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate.

The MBA program consists of two segments. The first segment is the MBA Core consisting of 24 – 36 credits depending upon course waivers. The second segment of the MBA program consists of 12 credits of electives or a designated emphasis area.

 

Program Requirements (36-48 credits)
Core Requirements (24 - 36 credits, depending upon waivers):

ACCU 602 Financial Reporting and Analysis 3
BUSU 610 Data Analysis for Decision Making 3
BUSU 620 Economic Analysis for Managers 3
BUSU 630 Business Process Analysis and Innovation 3
BUSU 650 Corporate Responsibility: Ethics and Sustainability 3
FINU 607 Finance Management 3
HRCU 645 Human Resource Systems 3
MKTU 605 Marketing Management 3
OLCU 613 Seminar in Organizational Dynamics 3
OLCU 615 Organization Development and Change 3
OLCU 632 Leadership and Innovation 3
BUSU 640 Business Strategy and Competitive Advantage Capstone 3

Prior to enrolling in the MBA (BUSU 640) capstone course, all core classes must be satisfactorily completed with one exception; one core class may be taken concurrently with the capstone.

 

MBA Emphases

International Business Emphasis

ACCU 625 International Accounting 3
FINU 615 International Finance 3
HRCU 670 International Human Resources Management 3
OLCU 618 Cultural Dimensions of Global Leadership 3
Total Credits 12

 

Some programs available to California residents only
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