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International Business (BS+MS), 5-Year

Dr. Sue Kowalewski teaching a class in business management in the new SASE building.

Our innovative combined degree program combines real-world knowledge with real-life, hands-on international business experience.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

Doing business in today’s international marketplace requires the ability to be able to reach across time zones, languages, and national borders in order to engage with customers, suppliers and partners from different cultures, experiences, and perspectives.

It requires the ability to think on your feet, manage complex details, lead teams, identify core issues, develop creative solutions to complex problems, and deploy those solutions in an international context. In the world of international business “business unusual” is “business as usual.”

If you’re interested in participating in the global marketplace, a combined bachelor's and master's degree in International Business from D’Youville College may be your passport to future success. As a student in our program, you’ll acquire the skills and knowledge you’ll need to succeed in the global marketplace.

D'Youville's IACBE-accredited combines cutting-edge business theory and practical knowledge taught by faculty with real-world experience and real-life, hands-on experience acquired during fieldwork at one or more international businesses located in the region and around the world.

What You'll Learn

D’Youville’s combined degree in international business concentrates on preparing students like you for the challenges, opportunities, and rewards of operating in the global marketplace by focusing on all facets of international business operations, including:

  • Economics and financial management;
  • Logistics and supply chain management;
  • Intercultural communications and negotiation techniques;
  • Human resources management; and
  • Strategic management.

In addition to the foundational knowledge you learn in the classroom, you’ll learn to apply that knowledge in a variety of applied projects such as:

  • Leading a virtual company through an online business strategy simulation game;
  • Developing a marketing plan;
  • Participating in faculty-led trips to visit overseas businesses;
  • Researching and recommending solutions for real-world international business challenges; and
  • Participating in faculty-mentored research projects.

Why Choose D'Youville?

D’Youville’s combined degree in international business is designed for both working adults and full-time students who want to jump-start their careers in the global marketplace:

  • Our convenient evening classes allow you to fit a world-class business education into your busy schedule. Some courses are also offered on Saturdays.
  • Our faculty shares their real-world, global business experience in small classes and give individualized attention to students.
  • We offer a wide range of opportunities for studies abroad and doing fieldwork in dozens of international businesses.

AUTOMATIC MERIT-BASED SCHOLARSHIP CONSIDERATION

When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application! Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. Unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville, because we use realistic GPA requirements to determine your eligibility each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarship GPA / SAT (M & EBRW)* / or ACT Tuition Waiver Amount Dorm GPA required to retain scholarship
Honors 88/1170 /or 24 50% off 25% off 2.75
Distinction 80/1080 /or 21 25% off  50% off 2.5 
Achievement 80/980 /or 19 $3,000    2.25
Transfer 3.5 $5,000  

2.5

Transfer 3.0 $4,000  

2.5

Transfer 2.75 $3,500   2.5
Dillon 93/1360 /or 29 100% off  25%  2.75
Buffalo Say Yes No GPA minimum requirement/1080 /or 21 100% off   2.75
Alumni Kinship   $300-$2,000   Must reapply each year. Only open to relatives of D'Youville alumni.

*Scores are based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.
⁺D'Youville only requires that you submit the results from one test.

More information can be found on our scholarships page.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admission Requirements

First Time Freshmen

D'Youville selects students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville.

Students entering D'Youville College as a freshman must meet the following minimum entrance criteria: 
High School Average SAT (or) ACT
80  980  19
⁺Score is based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.

Our admitted freshman class profile:

High school average: 85% attained a B or better
Class rank: 87% of students in the top 50 percent of their class or higher
Test Scores 25th Percentile 75th Percentile Median 
SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing* 460 590 530
SAT Math* 510 590 550
SAT Composite* 1010 1180 1090
ACT Composite* 21 25 23
*These scores reflect the new SAT score format, which went into effect in March 2016.

Transfer students

Students entering D'Youville College as a transfer student must meet the following entrance criteria:

Criteria for Admission: Transfer students with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher will be considered for admission.

Average Cumulative GPA: 3.26

Review the steps to apply for admission to D'Youville as a transfer student.


Curriculum

Course requirements

Course Number Course Name Credits
ACC 211 Principles of Accounting I 3
ACC 212 Principles of Accounting II 3
ECO 207 Business Statistics 3
LAW 303 Law I 3
MGT 304 Communicating in Organizations 3
MGT 305 Principles of Management 3
MGT 315 Financial Management 3
MGT 411 International Business 3
MKT 304 Introduction to Marketing 3
MGT Electives Two 300 or 400-level Management Courses 6
IB 501 Theoretical Concepts in Global Economics 3
IB 503 International Economics, Finance and Accounting 3
IB 505 International Negotiations and Communications 3
IB 506 International Human Resources Management 3
IB 602 Multinational Corporate Finance 3
IB 604 International Marketing and Research 3
IB 605 Legal Environment in International Business 3
IB 607 Global Supply-Chain and Logistics Management 3
IB 608 Multinational Strategic Management 3
IB 610 Multinational Financial Reporting 3
IB 620 International Business Fieldwork I 9
IB 630 International Business Fieldwork II 3
In other areas required for this major:
Course Number Course Name Credits
ECO 201 Macroeconomics 3
ECO 202 Microeconomics 3
  Foreign Language 12
MAT 123 Applied Statistics 4
GRA 600 Theory Development 3
GRA 601 Research Methodology and Design 3
GRA 610 (or) GRA 621 Thesis Seminar (or) Applied Research Methods 3
GRA 629 (or) GRA 622 Thesis Advisement (or) Applied Research Project Seminar 3
Language Requirements:

Students are required to have 4 semesters of college language (not sign language or Latin).


Totals

Core Requirements: 57
100-400 Level Requirements: 60
500-600 Level Requirements: 54
Total Credits: 151 

Internships

Internships

While the theories and knowledge you learn in the classroom are an essential part of your international business education, if you’re going to work in the global marketplace you need to get out into the global marketplace. Not only will you be able to put your learning into practice, but you’ll be able to build relationships, explore career options, and feel the pulse of international business by being immersed in it.  And, because fieldwork is a required component of your international business degree, you’ll earn academic credit as well.

Requirements

All International Business students must earn a minimum of three to nine credit hours (90-180 work hours) of on-the–job fieldwork experience at an international business setting/environment in the US or abroad. The total number of credits required for graduation vary depending on each students’ prior professional or internship experience, so please check with your academic advisor about how many fieldwork credits you’ll need in order to earn your degree.

Past Internship/Fieldwork Locations & Responsibilities

Our students have interned at the following organizations, among many others, with the following internship responsibilities:

International Institute of Buffalo
  • Assist with designing educational materials and marketing collateral for annual fundraising events
  • Assist with Model UN event planning

www.iibuff.org

ECIDA-Erie County Industrial Development Agency
  • Assist in preparation of documents for financial support to grow and prosper in Erie County
  • Research data related to area tax exemptions, leases and tax abatements
  • Interaction and coordination with other government agencies related to economic development –assist in preparation for meetings/events

www.ecidany.com

Empire State Development
  • Assist companies to initiate or to expand their exports through trade mission and trade show planning while targeting key economic sectors for support
  • Position and market for inward investment and job creation
  • Assist director in World Bank liaison activities.
  • Analyze export capabilities and identification of promising markets for New York State's products and services
  • Invite businesses to participate in the Export Market Assistance Program to support New York State's trade promotion
  • Assist the International Trade Development sector on all day-to-day activities in the international arena

www.esd.ny.gov

Fisher Price (Mattel)

Internships are offered by many divisions within the company, including, but not limited to, Marketing, Finance, Supply Chain and Human Resources. These unique opportunities provide project-based work that requires teamwork, ingenuity and creativity, as well as tactical responsibilities that expose the intern first-hand to the experiences of a full-time employee.

The interns learn the complexities of the department to which they are assigned, spend time with senior level executives, attend "Meet & Eat" presentations and seminars, and enhance their understanding of the company's various operations.

www.fisher-price.com

M&T Bank

Interns work on real-world business problems while learning about the banking industry. The program provides insight into how M&T operates as one of the top regional banks through meeting with senior management and individual departments.

www.mtb.com

New Era Cap Company
  • Assist marketing department in developing and maintaining databases for customer base
  • Work with departments specific to baseball, football, soccer in development of product support

www.neweracap.com

Rich Products
  • Interns work closely with staff on projects that support the marketing processes. Special attention will be focused on research, record keeping, analysis and reporting.
  • Interns gain exposure to 'real world' business experiences. They also gain critical experience in the areas of goal attainment, decision making, influencing, organizational structure, communication and general 'best practices' in a business environment
  • Responsibilities include assisting staff in the design of marketing materials.

www.richs.com

Seal & Design, Inc.
  • Accept orders and initiate the order entry process
  • Conduct tasks associated with procurement and supply chain management
  • Support the inside and outside sales staff

www.sealanddesign.com/

Other Internship Locations

Other past internship locations for D'Youville College international business students include:

  • Caplugs
  • Cintas
  • HSBC
  • Iniciativas Empresariales (Spain)
  • International Center for Democratic Transition (Hungary)
  • Legend Financial
  • Life Technologies
  • Rich Products (South Africa)
  • Sorrento Lactalis
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara
  • Verizon

Careers

Careers

When you’ve earned your MS in International Business from D’Youville College, you’ll have the skills and knowledge you’ll need to succeed in today’s global marketplace. And not only will you have the confidence that you’re ready to work in a global business environment--employers will know you do, too.

Potential employers for graduates may include:
  • Multinational companies for overseas or local assignments
  • Government agencies
  • Higher-education institutions for international enrollment management
  • Non-profit organizations
  • International organizations concerned with economic and social development
  • Commercial banks

Regardless of your specific area of interest, the international business education and experience you’ll get while at D’Youville will enable you to kick-start your career in areas as diverse as:

  • International Marketing
  • Financial Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability
  • Business Development
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Trade and Investment
  • Supply Chain and Logistics Management

Wilfredo Leon, '12

our alumni

""My degree has helped my professional career since most of what I do on a daily basis is international financing."

read his story

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