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International Business

Master of Business Administration: International Business Specialization

This information is intended for prospective students or those who entered the MBA program in Fall 2014 or later.
Students admitted to the MBA program in the Fall of 2013 or earlier should refer to the information contained in the International Business POS Worksheet instead of this page.


The Master of Business Administration International Business Specialization helps to prepare students for diverse career opportunities. It includes positions – both in the U.S. and abroad – with business corporations (including multinational enterprises), nonprofit organizations, international institutions, and government agencies. Careers and responsibilities can vary depending upon a student’s portfolio of courses and “emphasis” in functional areas such as accounting, finance, information systems, management or marketing.

MBA Course Requirements

For general MBA program requirements please refer to the Official Program of Study for the Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Specialization Description

International Business Specialization (12 units): Choose FOUR courses.

If only THREE international business courses have been completed from the courses within the College of Business, one of the courses outside the College of Business can be used as the fourth course in the specialization:

Specialization Electives within the College of Business Specialization Electives outside the College of Business
FIN 654 – International Business Finance** POL S 577 – Principles of International Law**
MKTG 769 – International Marketing** JMS 574 – International Advertising**
MGT 710 – World Business Environment**  
MIS 753 – Global Supply Chain Management**  
*Offered each semester
**Offered once each year
***Offered every other year

NOTE: Students are responsible to verify prerequisite requirements for the courses they select.

MIS 688 (Information Systems & Strategies in Orgs) is a recommended elective for all MBA students. This class does not count toward the International Business specialization, but will count towards the remaining electives students need to complete.