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MBA in International Business

The future of business is global. Tomorrow’s successful leaders will have a deep and nuanced understanding of how to survive and thrive in a cross-cultural world. If you plan to be one of those leaders, get the foundational knowledge you need with an MBA concentration in International Business from D’Amore-McKim.

Learn to lead with a global mindset.

If your vision for your future includes working in multiple countries, or managing people in a multinational corporation, you need a business education that helps you navigate a rapidly changing world with skill and savvy. Our International Business concentration is designed just for that purpose, with a challenging and stimulating curriculum that teaches the fundamentals of strategy, competition, and leadership in a global marketplace.

This MBA concentration addresses global concerns from both your company’s perspective and your own as an individual with lofty career aspirations. You’ll have the opportunity for a comprehensive education in all the traditional business functions—accounting, finance, strategy, etc.—with an emphasis on international operations.

We’ll teach you how to analyze the global business landscape so that you can understand what globalization means for your company. You’ll study the underlying mechanisms for developing and expanding multinational corporations so that you can enter and be successful in new foreign markets. And we’ll prepare you to be a savvy leader who can integrate workforces seamlessly across cultural boundaries.

If you choose, you can take an elective International Field Study course abroad, immersing you in the business and cultural practices of that culture via classroom study, company site visits, and outside activities. You could also take our three credit elective Global Projects Course. This offers a transformative, global experiential learning opportunity—one in which you not only travel abroad and polish your global acumen but work as a team to tackle a real business issue for a multinational company in their global office.

The international business concentration makes an excellent pairing with any of our other MBA concentrations: finance, marketing, supply chain, and others. In pairing concentrations, you’ll become deeply knowledgeable in a given business function with a toolkit to help you operate that function in an international context.

Best of all, at D’Amore-McKim, you’ll have the chance to gain real-world experience in a multinational corporation via your paid corporate residency, which will consist of a three-, six- or twelve-month period applying your MBA learnings in real time. You’ll have significant responsibilities with your employer and the opportunity to lead—adding a distinctive line to your résumé that can raise your profile at work or help you land a new position.


Program Details

To earn an International Business MBA, students must complete the 16 credits of MBA core curriculum, corporate residency, and 12 credit hours from the international business coursework listed below. You will also complete 12 credits from a second concentration of your choosing, and 15 elective credits of which 3 must be experiential in nature and 6 will be from courses offered at other schools and colleges at Northeastern to ensure that you graduate prepared to meet the interdisciplinary needs of businesses today.

The curriculum is subject to change by D’Amore-McKim faculty. Please monitor for updates.

Required International Business MBA Course Details

Global Management

Focuses on managerial decision making in international business. Covers key international business topics from international strategy, management, and organizational behavior such as globalization, national business environment analysis, cultural and ethical differences across borders, politics and law in international business, regional economic integration, motivations for going international, foreign direct investment, mode of entry selection, international organizational structure, MNC strategy, principles of international marketing, managing international operations, and international human resource management. Students read selected international business works, analyze and discuss cases, conduct international feasibility projects, and discuss current developments in the field.

3 credits

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Complete 9 credits from the following:

Elective International Business MBA Courses Details

Advanced Topics in Global Management & Strategy

Offers topics of current interest in the international business arena, emphasizing managing in emerging markets, analyzing global expansion, and developing analytical and quantitative modeling skills for the international business arena, often in the context of developing presentation and writing skills in a case competition format. Instructor interests will shape course format and meeting schedules. May be repeated without limit.

3 credits

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Becoming a Global Leader

Seeks to help students build the cross-cultural skills necessary to comfortably and effectively work in different cultures and with people from different cultures. Discusses the alignment between the firm’s business strategy and the leader’s responses in a multicultural environment along with the methods for leadership effectiveness in multicultural teams and virtual environments. Using online, experiential, and discussion-based methods, offers students an opportunity to gain the self-awareness needed to generate a plan for their own global leadership development.

3 credits

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Competing to Win in Emerging Markets

Offers students an opportunity to develop an understanding of emerging markets. Studies how U.S. firms can and do compete with emerging markets, how emerging-market companies compete with developed companies, and how companies in emerging markets compete with each other. Explores the future of emerging markets and the steps they need to take to ensure their future viability and success, as well as the threats they face.

3 credits

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Cultural Aspects of International Business

Focuses on issues that arise when a firm operates in multiple countries with cultures that are different from its home country. Principally addresses the perspectives of U.S. firms operating overseas, but also explores other national firms operating in the United States and in third-country environments. A central issue is how corporate cultures evolve in the context of national cultures.

3 credits

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Doing Business in Emerging Markets

Takes the perspective of managers who are considering the best ways to enter and succeed in emerging markets such as Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, and others that offer varying institutional opportunities and challenges. Examines how their action choices compare to those appropriate for entering advanced markets like the United States, Western Europe, or Japan. Emphasizes how socioeconomic, ethical, political, regulatory, and technological complexities affect the strategy choices that multinational firms, from and in emerging markets, make to succeed at home and abroad.

3 credits

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International Financial Management

Develops specific concepts, policies, and techniques for the financial management of the multinational firm. Topics include operation of the foreign exchange markets, foreign exchange risk management, sources and instruments of international financing, foreign direct investment and the management of political risk, multinational capital budgeting, and financing control systems for the multinational firm.

3 credits

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International Field Study

Designed to give students intense exposure to the global business environment by immersing them in the business practices and culture of a country or region outside the United States. The course is taught primarily in the country or region of interest and involves a mix of classes, company site visits, and cultural activities. Fulfills the globalization requirement in the full-time MBA program. May be repeated without limit.

3 credits

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International Marketing

Develops understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the international marketing executive, the decision-making process in marketing goods abroad, and the environmental forces—economic, cultural, and political—affecting the marketing process in the international marketplace.

3 credits

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Is the MBA in International Business Right for You?

If you see yourself emerging as a truly different person, the answer is yes. If you imagine a future where you can have a meaningful, relevant impact on the world of business, the answer is yes. If you’re ready to join people who think like you, now is the time to accelerate your career with our Full-Time MBA program.

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