MBA in International Business

  • MBA International Business

Master of Business Administration, International Business

This degree program includes a core business curriculum with a foundation in leadership, corporate responsibility, ethics and sustainability. The specialty courses cover the international dynamics of accounting, finance, human resources, and the cultural dimensions of global leadership. 

Program Overview

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) in international business provides you with well-rounded perspectives in all aspects of organizational operations. The international business emphasis covers basic U.S. accounting rules and financial practices in other countries, multinational consolidations, foreign currency translation and international taxation.

As a student, you will:

  • Develop strong leadership abilities.
  • Understand every aspect of business practice, including financial reporting, data analytics, marketing management, organizational leadership and process innovation.
  • Gain understanding of institutional and structure arrangements within the foreign exchange market, hedging foreign exchanges exposure, capital budgeting, and international staffing tactics.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills for numerous management positions, such as international marketing manager, financial analyst, international foreign policy director, trade and customs manager, and business development director.

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


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