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International Business B.S./M.S.

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International Business, B.S./M.S.



The bachelor’s/master’s degree in international business combines specialized training in international business with a strong foundation in a foreign language, quantitative research, finance and accounting, communication, ethics and interpersonal skills. Rapid changes in the global economy and the explosive growth in international trade and investment make it necessary that managers be trained in the following:

  • Understanding and managing strategic and functional areas of business,
  • Managing cultural differences in the global environment and
  • Communicating in foreign languages.

Top executives of international business confirm the need for managers with international business training, especially at the master’s level. Graduates of this program will be able to pursue worldwide employment with the following:

  • Multinational companies as well as small exporting firms
  • International financial institutions
  • Government agencies such as U.S. Commerce Department and Ex-Im Bank
  • Management consulting firms and export management companies
  • Logistics and transportation companies
  • Colleges and universities

Students combine theoretical concepts learned in the classroom with practical training gained through fieldwork experiences. Fieldwork options include business internship opportunities with U.S. offices of multinational corporations as well as opportunities to combine work and study abroad. D’Youville admits high school and transfer students directly into the combined B.S./M.S. program in international business and guarantees a place in the class as long as all of the academic requirements are met.

The international business program at D'Youville College has been approved and registered by the New York State Department of Education. Students who successfully complete all requirements specified by the five-year course of study will be awarded B.S. and M.S. degrees in international business at the time of graduation. The program is accredited by the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education.

The program’s first two years are devoted primarily to studying arts, humanities and science to satisfy the general education core requirements of the college’s baccalaureate degree and certain prerequisite requirements specified by the program curriculum (such as macroeconomics, microeconomics and four semesters of foreign language). The third year is dedicated to the business core curriculum. Graduate courses in international business begin in the fourth year and contain relevant research, analytical and communications components.

Required international fieldwork begins in the summer session between the fourth and fifth years of study. Fieldwork assignments are arranged on an individual student basis. Assignments may involve developing exporting or importing strategies, performing advertising or marketing research, developing international financing proposals or developing international policies for organizations interested in internationalizing operations. Students have an opportunity to extend fieldwork into the fifth year of study.


International Business Courses

Graduate courses (500 and 600 levels) offered by the international business program are listed below. Undergraduate college-core and business-core courses, such as management, law or foreign language, are described in the appropriate sections for each discipline. Graduate courses with the prefix GRA are described in the graduate catalog.

Course Requirements

International Business
Degree: B.S./M.S.

Course Requirements for the Major:

In the specific areas of concentration:

Course Number Course Name Credits
ACC 211

Principles of Accounting I

This is a foundation course dealing with accounting principles and procedures with emphasis on the entire accounting cycle, special journals,control accounts and subsidiary ledgers.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

ACC 212

Principles of Accounting II

This course explores theory and applies accounting principles mastered in ACC 211 and accounting for general partnerships and corporations. It also deals with managerial accounting, including accounting cycles, cost analysis, and budgeting
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: ACC-211

ECO 207


This is a general course to acquaint students with the elements and procedures of statistics. It includes the basic concept of statistical methods and analysis, and functional use of descriptive and inferential statistical tools.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

LAW 303

Business Law I

An analysis of the legal principles underlying law of contracts, sales, and torts is the subject matter of this course. Case studies are utilized to help students understand the business legal environment.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

MGT 304

Communicating in Organizations

The course deals with the relation of interpersonal communication to communications strategies in organizations. Students analyze communication networks and the relationship to group characteristics and productivity, leadership and conflict as they relate to communication in the organization.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: Mgt-305 or Permission of Instructor

MGT 305

Principles of Management

This course focuses on the nature and theory of management. It emphasizes the functional application of the basic principles of management to realistic business situations.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

MGT 315

Financial Management

This course deals with financial statements and financial analysis of business firms, tax considerations, net present value and internal rate of return, budgeting, investments and cost of capital.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: Acc-212 Mgt-305 or Permission of Instructor

MGT 411

International Business

This course focuses on the legal, economic, historical, sociological, political and philosophical concepts operative in multinational business.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: Mgt-305 or Permission of Instructor


Two Electives from 300-400 level

Choose two electives from MGT (300 & 400 level courses)
MKT 304

Principles of Marketing

The course focuses on the fundamental concepts of marketing, such as analyses of buyer behavior, product development and distribution, and marketing research, planning and forecasting.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

IB 501

Theoretical Concepts in Global Economics

This course introduces the fundamental theoretical concepts in international economics, including international trade and investment, industrial and economic restructuring, and technological change and innovation. Other topics include economic geography, spatial economics and the principles of locational choice for multinational firms.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Prerequisites: None

IB 630

International Fieldwork II

This course is a continuation of IB 620.

Prerequisites: IB-620

Total 69

In other academic areas required for this major:

Course Number Course Name Credits
ECO 201


This course explores the price system, public and private sectors, national income accounting, unemployment and inflation, fiscal policy, budget deficits and the public debt, money and banking and the Federal Reserve and monetary policy. This course meets the social sciences requirement in the core.
Offered in: Fall and Summer
Prerequisites: None

ECO 202


This course explores supply and demand and the elasticity of supply and demand. It analyzes the degree and nature of competition in various market structures, the economic benefits derived from and the problems presented by big business conglomerates and multinationals and international trade and finance. The course meets the social sciences requirement in the core.
Offered in: Spring and Summer
Prerequisites: None

MAT 123

Introduction to Applied Statistics

This course includes the underlying fundamental mathematical principles and their application to a wide range of statistical methods and tests. Included are the following: sampling, frequency distributions, probability, regression,confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, t-test, analysis of variance, chi-square and correlation. Existent computer software such as MiniTab is utilized by students to aid and facilitate the analysis of results. Not open to those who have taken MAT 120

Prerequisites: one computer science course or take 1 course from PHY-101L PHY-103L or PHY-111L or be a pre-pharmacy student.

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

GRA 601

Research Methodology and Design

This course reviews and critically analyzes components of research design, including collection of data. Emphasis is placed on the professional as producer and consumer of research.

Prerequisites: None

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

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

Foreign Language

Four Electives

Choose four Foreign Language electives
Total 34

Core requirements: 57
100- and 400- level requirements specified by the program: 40
500- and 600- level requirements as specified by the program: 54
Total: 151


Academic Regulations

The academic regulations listed here must be met by full-time and part-time students.

Undergraduate Academic Requirements

To be in good standing during the first three years of the program, students are responsible for the following:

  1. Maintain term (semester/summer) and cumulative averages of 2.0
  2. They must maintain a minimum grade of C in all 100- to 400- level courses required in the major and for all other courses required for the major. Students who fail to obtain a grade of C in a required course for the major at the undergraduate level will not be permitted to enroll in major courses having an IB prefix at the 500 and 600 levels until the course is repeated with a minimum grade of C. If space is available, a course must be repeated with permission of the program faculty the next time it is offered. A course may be repeated only once.
  3. Undergraduate program students experiencing academic difficulties may be required to decelerate their progress until an acceptable level of general academic performance is achieved. Permission to decelerate in the program must be obtained from the chair of the department of business.
  4. Students at the undergraduate level can be placed on program probation a maximum of two consecutive terms or a total of three nonconsecutive terms. Students who exceed these limits are dismissed.

Graduate Academic Requirements

To be in good standing during the fourth and fifth years of the program, the following are required:

  1. A student must maintain a minimum semester/summer and cumulative average of at least 3.0.
  2. No more than a total of two courses with grades lower than B are applicable to the graduate level. This policy applies to all 500- and 600-level courses. A grade of C- or lower is not applicable to the degree in international business.
  3. Students who fail to achieve a minimum grade of C for any course included in the graduate portion of the program (500- or 600-level courses) might not be permitted to enroll for subsequent semesters of the graduate portion until the course has been successfully repeated with a minimum grade of C.
  4. Students can be on probation for one term during their graduate portion of the program. Probation is for one full-time term. Dismissal occurs if, within the one term probation period, program requirements are not met (GPA 3.0, and no more than two courses below a grade of “B”)
  5. Students are required to obtain permission of program faculty prior to registration in fieldwork internships included in the graduate portion of the program. Permission may be denied on the basis of demonstrated weakness or inability to meet the program’s academic or professional standards.
  6. All fieldwork assignments must be completed with a satisfactory (S) grade. Students receiving an unsatisfactory (U) grade for a fieldwork assignment must receive formal approval of program faculty to repeat the fieldwork experience. A student will not be permitted to repeat an unsatisfactorily completed fieldwork more than once.

Student Responsibilities

The international business program is a demanding program in coursework and time commitment. Students enrolled in the program must complete two summer sessions in addition to the ten full semesters of coursework in order to complete the program in five years. Fieldwork assignments, scheduled in the fourth and fifth years of study, may be completed at home or abroad and may require an additional expense for travel and room and board.

Academic Probation

A student will be placed on program academic probation when there is failure to satisfy program academic standards or regulations. A student will be placed on academic probation for the immediate term (semester/summer) following the date of probation. All students on program academic probation must meet the academic standards for their classification (undergraduate/graduate). Failure to meet the academic standards during a probational period will result in dismissal from the program.

Students may appeal a decision of dismissal from the international business program to the chair of the department of business. The appeal is initiated with a letter from the student to the chair of the department that describes extenuating circumstances that limited academic performance. The chair of the department will render a decision and inform the student of that decision via written letter.

Student Conduct

Students enrolled in the D’Youville College international business program are expected to demonstrate high standards of personal behavior and professional conduct in the academic and fieldwork assignments. Academic dishonesty of any form will not be tolerated by the program faculty. College policy regarding academic dishonesty will be followed with the recommendation that the offender be dismissed from the international business program.


Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for applicants entering as freshmen are as follows:

  1. Combined SAT scores of at least 1,080 (math and verbal) or 21 ACT
  2. A high school average of at least 85 percent
  3. High school rank in the upper half of class

Students must also demonstrate successful completion of two years of mathematics. One year of foreign language is recommended, but not mandatory. Although D’Youville does not mandate that letters of recommendation or a letter of intent to study a specific discipline be included with the application, students applying to the international business combined B.S./ M.S. program are strongly advised to include these documents with their application.

The admission requirement for transfer students is a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5. Transfer students are also strongly advised to include letters of recommendation and a letter of intent with their application. Students with a G.P.A. of lower than 2.5 may be considered for conditional acceptance on an individual basis. Conditionally accepted students can matriculate after completing four undergraduate or graduate courses, as appropriate, with a grade of B or better.

Applicants holding other baccalaureate degrees at the time of admission are not required to satisfy the college’s core curriculum. However, foreign language and economics requirements must be met prior to advancement to the fourth year of study. In addition, it is highly recommended that transfer students gain competence in word processing and other basic computing skills prior to entering the program.

Please note that students are admitted directly into the program and do not have to re-apply for admission to the graduate portion of the program.

Clinical Sites/Affiliates

Articulation Agreements

Seneca College, Ontario, Canada:
Students who complete the two-year general arts and science or two- and three-years international business diplomas at Seneca College with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better will be eligible for acceptance into the third year of D’Youville’s B.S./M.S. combined international business program. Specific details for each agreement are available in the department of business or the undergraduate admissions office.


Business Department

D’Youville College, under the auspices of the department of business, offers bachelor degrees in accounting and business management. An accelerated program, the advance program in business management, is also offered to working adults. In addition, the department offers a combined five-year bachelor’s/master’s degree in international business.

The bachelor’s/master’s degree in international business combines specialized training in international business with a strong foundation in a foreign language, research, communication, ethics and interpersonal skills. Rapid changes in the global economy and the explosive growth in international trade and investment make it necessary that managers be trained in the following:

  • Understanding for business practices,
  • Managing cultural differences, and
  • Communicating in foreign languages.

Top executives of international business confirm the need for managers with international business training, especially at the master’s level. Graduates of this program will be able to pursue worldwide employment with the following:

  • Multinational companies,
  • International financial institution,
  • Government agencies,
  • Management consulting firms,
  • Trading or transportation companies, and
  • Colleges and universities.

The bachelor of science degree in business management provides students with knowledge of the various phases of management. The program creates a total experience in which students develop abilities, knowledge and attitudes which will help them perform as competent and responsible business managers. The curriculum prepares the student by emphasizing a firm basis of liberal arts and a common body of knowledge about management responsibilities.

The bachelor of science degree in accounting prepares the student to work in the fields of public accounting, private corporate accounting and financial management. The student who selects accounting as the field of concentration is trained in advanced principles in various systems, in cost analysis and in auditing and tax procedures. The program qualifies the student to sit for the Certified Public Accountancy examination in the majority of states, including New York.

The business department also offers an advanced master’s program in international business and a master's degree in business administration (MBA). Those interested can refer to the graduate catalog for additional information.