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International Business (MS), 2-Year

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

Our innovative master’s program that 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 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 international settings. In the world of international business “business unusual” is “business as usual.”

If you’re interested in participating in the global marketplace, a Master of Science degree in International Business from D’Youville College may be your passport to future success. As a student in the program, you will acquire the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the global marketplace.

D'Youville's IACBE-accredited combines cutting-edge business theory and practical knowledge taught by faculty with real-life, hands-on experience in international business.

What You'll Learn

D’Youville’s Master of Science 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 learned in the classroom, you will 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 solutions for real-world international business challenges; and
  • Participating in faculty-mentored research projects.

Why Choose D'Youville?

D’Youville’s Master of Science 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 their students.
  • We offer a wide range of opportunities for study abroad and doing fieldwork in dozens of international businesses.

Affordability

We offer numerous scholarship and financial aid opportunities for graduate students, including a 20% discount for Canadian citizens and opportunities for tuition waivers and discounts for military veterans.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admission Requirements

Admission to the international business program is based on the qualifications of each student. A GPA of 3.0 (equivalent to a B) or better is the minimum requirement for acceptance into the program. Students with a lower GPA may be considered for provisional acceptance into the program based upon personal and professional qualifications.

In addition to the general admission requirements, applicants must present the following for the International Business program:

Additional Requirements
Completion of a baccalaureate degree. Students with baccalaureate degrees in fields other than business may be required to take two additional courses in business.*
An undergraduate course in computer science or its equivalent
A minimum of a three-credit statistics course
Two letters of reference from undergraduate professors and/or employers (supervisors/colleagues)
The GMAT or the GRE may be required based on an evaluation of the applicant's education and work experience. 
An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (equivalent to a B) or better. Students with an overall GPA lower than 3.0 may be considered for provisional acceptance into the program based upon personal and professional qualifications.
International Students: A minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 500 is required.
*Students with baccalaureate degrees in fields other than business may be required to take MGT 412 Business Policy and MGT 315 Corporate Finance prior to entering the master's degree program in international business. These courses will be required should the student lack basic knowledge in principles of business (for example, accounting/finance, marketing, economics, business law, management or business statistics). Each student will be evaluated and advised on an individual basis. The director of the international business program may allow students to waive prerequisite course based upon an evaluation of any relevant previous coursework or work experience.

Curriculum

Course requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
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
Research Component:
Course # Course Name Credits
GRA 600 Theory Development 3
GRA 621 Applied Research Methods 3
GRA 622 Applied Research Project Seminar 3
  TOTAL 9

Fieldwork:

Course # Course Name Credits
IB 620 International Business Fieldwork 3-9
  TOTAL 3-9
Language Requirements:

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


TOTALS

Total Credits Required for MS: 39-45 

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 MS in 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."

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