Increasing global competition requires both large and small companies to be both proactive and entrepreneurial in generating new business.
This presents a need for professionals with competencies in hard data analysis and soft skills capable of identifying and developing new opportunities in foreign markets. The Master of Science Degree in Global Business Development (MSGBD) is intended for those who seek to establish or accelerate a career in international business with an emphasis on global sales and business development. The program is designed to equip graduates with a solid understanding of the global business environment, a specialized skillset related to international sales and the ability to deliver data-driven solutions designed to grow business internationally.
Who hires our Graduate Alumni?
MSGBD graduates are expected to pursue careers in the area of international business development, sales and key account management. Additionally, the entrepreneurial perspective cultivated in the program will also position candidates to start businesses focused on foreign markets. The program requires the students to engage in an international consulting project that takes place, in part, abroad.
Global Business Development Curriculum
- BA 640: Financial Reporting and Analysis
- BA 642: Statistics
- BA 645: Marketing
- BA 674: Financial Management
- BA 673: Organizational Behavior
- BA 672: Managerial Marketing
- BA 676: Strategic Thinking
- MGT 710: Seminar in World Business Environment
- FIN 654: Seminar in International Business Finance
- MGT 748: International Entrepreneurship & Business Development
- MKTG 763: Seminar in Sales Management
- MKTG 767: Sales and Marketing Analytics
- MKTG 769: Seminar in International Marketing
- MIS 753: Global Supply Chain Management
- MIS 697: Project Planning and Development
- FIN 659: Decision Making in the World Economy
- MKTG 772: Strategic Brand Management
- JMS 574: International Advertising
- BA 794: International Business Development Practicum
San Diego: A Global Hub
San Diego is an excellent place to study global business. The second-largest city in Southern California, San Diego is a major global business hub and home to a number of globally competitive industries such as life sciences and biotech, medical devices, and cybersecurity.
Located just miles from the Mexican border, San Diego is a dynamic center of the Cali-Baja mega-region that has been attracting global business by way of foreign direct investment and top talent for decades. One of the most beautiful cities in the world, San Diego boasts miles of beaches, proximity to ski resorts and a thriving cosmopolitan culture.
San Diego State University is the largest university in San Diego supporting 123 years of achievement in education, research, and service. SDSU’s Fowler College of Business, one of seven SDSU academic colleges, has a 20+ year-long tradition of providing top quality international business education. Its undergraduate International Business (IB) program, offered jointly with the College of Arts Letters, is ranked #4 among U.S. public universities according to U.S. News & World Report (2021). Its Center for Advancing Global Business (CAGB) has been designated as a National Center of Excellence since 1989.
The M.S. in Global Business Development (MSGBD) culminates in a capstone International Business Development Practicum (IBDP) which consists of a summer-long assignment that begins with a visit to a client company in another country.
Working with the executives to scope the project and learning about its operations, products and strategy on location, students are tasked to develop a detailed business development plan integrating and implementing in practice the knowledge they have gained throughout the program. Besides honing cross-cultural competencies and an entrepreneurial mindset, the project demands extensive data collection and analysis culminating in a professional presentation.
"We feel better equipped to handle international expansion thanks to our experience
with this class project."
Vice President, Business Development, Amavara Skincare
"Having a team of high-achieving, business-focused professionals assist us with business
objectives has been immensely valuable."
CEO, Hunter Safety Lab, New Zealand
"I will be recommending this program to all my peers. The work of your team will have
a positive and lasting impact on our business."
CEO, Greenkeeper Systems, New Zealand