Program Details

Program Outline

The Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in International Business challenges students to learn how to develop strategic solutions to international business management problems and provide leadership while building capacity in international businesses. This one-year MBA program is designed to help students get the advanced, in-depth and industry-current business knowledge they want to take the next step forward on their career path.

In this specialized curriculum, students can learn an in-depth view of international business, finance, management, leadership and economics by studying the legal and regulatory environments in international business, international finance, international leadership and management, and economics for the global economy.

We can help you learn how to:

  • Adapt and innovate to solve problems.
  • Analyze various leader, follower, cultural and situational characteristics that contribute to leadership, and adapt to the needs of situations, employees and co-workers.
  • Apply quantitative reasoning and analysis to business and management problems using knowledge of mathematics, statistics, finance and economics.
  • Develop plans to improve business operations.
  • Apply principles of quantitative and qualitative research to business cases and evaluate the quality of research presented based on these principles.
  • Use knowledge of economic concepts, principles and theory to critically analyze and evaluate economic problems and opportunities.
  • Use critical thinking skills, including deriving the issue, understanding argument reasoning and developing conclusions.
  • Discuss the opportunities provided by technology for businesses.
  • Recognize and manage potential ethical and legal conflicts.
  • Communicate effectively in business situations.


Business Core

FIN 630Global Financial Management


MGT 600Business Research for Decision Making


MKT 640A Managerial Approach to Marketing


MGT 680Strategic Management


Total Credit Hours:24

Total Credit Hours: 48


International Business

BUS 610Economics for the Global Manager


BUS 638Legal and Regulatory Environment in International Business


FIN 631International Finance


MGT 658International Management and Leadership


Classes Overview

In this specialized curriculum, students can gain knowledge and industry insights that can help develop or enhance their business or management acumen in an increasingly global marketplace. At AIU, you can take more courses focused on your area of interest, on average, than at other similar schools. For a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in International Business, your classes can include:

Economics for the Global Manager

In this course students will apply the theory and tools of micro and macroeconomics and research to the formation of business decisions in the global environment.

International Finance

The course is an analysis of financial problems facing businesses engaged in international activities. Topics include financing foreign investments, financial control of foreign operations, key economic theories, various financial instruments for risk management, exchange risk management, international financing and investment issues and the effect of foreign exchange on working capital management.

International Management and Leadership

This course examines the role national culture plays in managing people and developing managerial systems at the international, multinational, and global level. The course includes analysis of how different national/regional cultures affect issues such as employee motivation, group dynamics, leadership, negotiation, conflict resolution, communication patterns, and approaches to organizational change.

Legal and Regulatory Environment in International Business

This course provides a review of the key 21st century issues facing global enterprises in which business issues are determined by legal strategies and the legal regulatory environment. The course begins with a consideration of state responsibility for acts that affect private enterprise (e.g. expropriation); the regulation of the environmental impact of business activities in foreign countries; the rise of international regulation of trade in services and labor; international sales of goods; international transportation; international financing; and taxation.

Global Financial Management

Within the context of the multinational firm, this course examines the development of policy, financing options for international business, and the making of standard financial management decisions.

Business Research for Decision Making

In this course, the student will explore decision making from a managerial viewpoint and examine the role of decision making in dealing with employees, formulating strategy, and negotiating. This course requires students to understand, apply, and evaluate both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies as they apply to business studies and analysis.

A Managerial Approach to Marketing

This course focuses on the application of marketing concepts in a global organization. Students will examine international channel distribution as well as promotional, pricing, and product strategies.

Strategic Management

The development and implementation by the global enterprise of integrated business strategies and policies is the focus of this applied course. Course contents include the planning, implementation, management, and evaluation of the corporate resources, products, and assets. Advanced research is an integral component of this course.

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Career Paths

An MBA with a specialization in international business degree can be a practical and forward-thinking path to pursue in today’s increasingly global economy. Careers for professionals who hold an international-business degree include:

Business-Development Management

The primary responsibilities in this role are to find new clients, explore new markets and build business relationships to help an organization achieve growth. Business-development managers are found in many industries, from construction to advertising and healthcare. They can also work with international clients in these and other fields, focusing on business-development planning and client retention.

Management Analysis/Management Consulting

This position helps an organization operate more efficiently and effectively. It's a high-level, executive position and one often found in large corporations––many of which do business globally.

International Foreign-Policy Advising

If you're interested in civics or shaping policy through either a government agency or private organization, this career could be an exciting fit. Companies seeking to expand to emerging markets often aim to employ business professionals with a sound understanding of international-business infrastructure, who knows how to successfully develop the business based on international policy.

An MBA can show your passion for your specialized area of study, demonstrate your knowledge of both business theory and current trends, and underline your experience in the field. And the investment can be well worth it: according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a master's degree earn 18% more per week than those with a bachelor's degree.1


12-Month MBA

Move forward with AIU’s 12-month online MBA program. Designed with 24/7 flexibility for busy professionals, this accredited MBA program can be completed in less than 12 months. That means you can pursue your degree and still balance a full-time career and busy life. Our 12-month online MBA program lets you learn anywhere, anytime with a wide range of practical and accessible support tools:

  • Intellipath™ - This personalized learning platform helps support student success by allowing you to skip what you already know and get support where you need it most. You can also retake tests to improve your overall grade
  • Technical Support – AIU offers 24/7 support, whether it’s by phone, email or live chat
  • AIU Online Library – Our library provides access to carefully selected articles, books and websites that can help you get the answers. Also, research guides and tutorials, APA resources, even a staff of professional librarians to assist you

Related Degrees

Still not sure which specialization is right for you? Consider the specializations below:

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree: Specialization in Management

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Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree: Specialization in Marketing

In business, every decision is a marketing decision. Gain an advanced understanding of the role marketing plays in business strategy, operations, finance and management. Learn to lead promotions, drive product development and use analytics to meet customer needs.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree: Specialization in Finance

Set yourself apart as a business leader in finance or any industry. With an MBA in Finance you can also acquire an in-depth understanding of financial decision-making, forecasting, capital budgeting and project risk management.


AIU’s business administration degree programs with all their specializations are programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).Learn More

The ACBSP accreditation means that AIU’s business administration programs meet the rigorous standards of this leading accreditation association. It helps ensure that what we teach is industry-current and industry-relevant in today’s business environment and can make your education more meaningful in the marketplace.

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Classes Start November 21, 2016