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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 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 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 program 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 550 is required or completion of D'Youville's Intensive English Program.
*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

International Business
Degree: M.S.

In the area of concentration:

Course Number Course Name Credits
IB 503

International Econ Finance & Accounting

This course studies the economic principles in trade and investment among nations. More specifically, topics such as the international exchange and balance of payments, the scope and significance of international investment and capital movements, and the basics of international financial accounting and reporting are explored.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
IB 505

International Negotiation & Comm. Communications

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the aspects of cultural differences among peoples in different countries that significantly affect managing businesses, communicating and marketing products or services in the global economy through the study of major economic regions of the world. Emphasis is placed on the role of managers as leaders, negotiators and facilitators in the international business environment.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
IB 506

International Management

The course covers various areas of knowledge, theories and applications of organizational behavior and human resource management in the global arena. Topics include leadership and organizational styles in different cultures, motivational techniques, managing human resources and cross-cultural training, preparing expatriates for foreign deployment, compensation and related problems in international business, and country-specific factors affecting foreign placement of company personnel.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
IB 602

Multinational Corporate Finance

This course emphasizes the financial issues that multinational enterprises face. Topics include risk management, financing and investment decisions.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: IB-503

3.0
IB 604

International Marketing & Research

This course is a study of how international business variables affect the marketing process. Emphasis is placed on the mechanics and strategies of international marketing, including export and non-export entry modes. The course focuses on product, pricing, promotion and distribution decisions in a global marketplace.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: IB-505

3.0
IB 605

Legal Environment in International Bus

The course investigates international trade organizations, conferences, treaties, export regulations, antitrust laws, securities regulations in the international environment, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, laws that provide protection against unfair competition from foreign goods, and laws that provide economic relief to those affected by import competition.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: IB-503

3.0
IB 607

International Transportation & Logistics

This course examines the escalating importance of international logistics and transportation in world commerce. It emphasizes the importance of increasingly complex global supply-chain and product distribution management. Transportation and logistics issues such as export management and documentation, distribution and traffic management are also discussed.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: IB-503

3.0
IB 608

Multinational Strategic Management

This course is an advanced study in global strategic management that allows students to apply and extend skills learned in earlier international business theoretical and functional courses. Students relate recent innovations in international operations management and information technology to business strategy, and integrate core management courses in organization,leadership, strategy, marketing, accounting,finance and cross-cultural concepts from the perspective of a business executive.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: IB-602 IB-604

3.0
IB 610

International Financial Reporting

This course is a study of the accounting aspects of international business. Topics include comparative international accounting systems, practices, reporting and taxation. This course also includes a discussion of the need for and uses of relevant accounting information by managers for planning, forecasting, budgeting and decision making in a global competitive business environment.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: IB-602

3.0
Total 27


Research Component:

Course Number Course Name Credits
GRA 600

Theory Development

This course is a critical analysis of the processes involved in the development of theory. It includes a perspective of the underlying philosophical and historical trends in the development of theory. Emphasis is placed on the processes of concept analysis, components of theories, relationships and the relationships between research, practice and theory. Social, ethical and value problems related to the development of knowledge are examined.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
IB 621

International Business Project Seminar I

This course will provide the fundamental framework and support system needed to allow students to formulate a proposal for a viable research study or an applied project of equivalent scholarly rigor in the field of international business. The course perspective is the utilization of theory to frame research questions for applied research problems in international business. The review and critical analysis of components of applied research designs prepare the student to be a producer and consumer of research as a manager. Students will work closely with the instructor to investigate, formulate and describe, in the proper format, a research study or project.

Prerequisites: GRA-600 or GRA-601

3.0
IB 622

International Business Project Seminar

This course prepares the international business student to complete a graduate research project. Current research is examined to identify appropriate areas of inquiry for students entering the international business field. Prerequisite: GRA 621.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
Total 9


Fieldwork:

Course Number Course Name Credits
IB 620

International Business Fieldwork

This course allows students the opportunity to apply international business knowledge and skills in real world settings. Assignments include positions in multinational corporations, government agencies and other institutions in the U.S. or abroad. Fieldwork assignments will be arranged on an individual basis.
3-9
Total 3-9


Total Required for M.S.: 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 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, 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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