International Business, M.S.
The master’s of science degree program in international business combines specialized training in international business with a strong foundation in foreign language, research, communication, ethics and interpersonal skills. Coursework concentrates on all facets of international business operations, such as law, economics, management, marketing, finance, logistics and transportation, and negotiation techniques.
The program may be completed in four semesters if pursued on a full-time basis (nine to twelve credit-hours per semester). Part-time students generally register for six credit-hours per semester. Classes are offered weekday evenings and weekends to accommodate the working student. Select courses are also offered on the Internet. The master of science in international business is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
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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.
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.
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.
This course emphasizes the financial issues that multinational enterprises face. Topics
include risk management, financing and investment decisions.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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.
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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.
Total Required for M.S.: 39-45
Graduate Academic Regulations:
To be in good standing during the fourth and fifth years of the program, students are responsible for the following:
- A student must maintain a minimum semester/summer and cumulative average of at least 3.0.
- 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.
- 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) will 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. If space is available, the course must be repeated the next time it is offered.
- 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.
- 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.
A minimum of three to nine credit-hours (30 clock hours/credit) of fieldwork experience in an international business environment in the U.S. or abroad are required. Credit-hours required will be determined by the department of business, based upon the length and type of any previous internship or professional experience.
Four semesters of college-level courses or fluency in a modern foreign language (other than English) prior to the completion of this program are required.
In addition to the general academic regulations, all matriculated students in the master’s program in international business must fulfill these requirements:
- Completion of a minimum of 39 credits as required in the program.
- Completion of fieldwork and language requirements.
- Completion of a master’s project.
A student will be placed on program academic probation when there is failure to satisfy specific program academic standards or regulations. A student will be placed on academic probation for the two full-time terms (i.e., semesters and/or summers) which immediately follow 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 probationary period will result in dismissal from the program.
Students placed on academic probation are not permitted to advance to subsequent terms of study until the academic deficiency which resulted in the probation status has been remedied. The student will remain on probation for two terms in which full-time coursework, or its equivalent, is satisfactorily completed.
Students may appeal the 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 department chair that describes the extenuating circumstances that limited academic performance. The department chair then presents the appeal to the business faculty for consideration. If the appeal is accepted, the student will remain on program academic probation for two fulltime terms and must satisfy the criteria of probation.
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.
In addition to the general admission requirements for graduate programs at D’Youville College, applicants for the master of science degree in international business must present the following:
- A completed baccalaureate degree in business.*
- An undergraduate course in computer science or its equivalent and a minimum of a three-credit statistics course. Courses in computer science and statistics are available at the college for students who do not meet these admission criteria.
- Two reference letters from undergraduate professors and/or employers (supervisors, colleagues).
- The GMAT or the GRE may be required based upon an evaluation of the applicant’s education and work experience.
- An undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 (equivalent to a B) or better. Students with an overall G.P.A. lower than 3.0 may be considered for provisional acceptance into the program based INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS (M.S.) upon personal and professional qualifications.
- A minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 500 is required for international students from non-English speaking countries.
*Students with baccalaureate degrees in fields other than business may be required to take MGT 412 Management Strategy and Policy and MGT 315 Financial Management as prerequisites prior to entering the M.S. in international business program, should the student lack basic knowledge in principles of business, such as in accounting, finance, marketing, economics, business law, management or business statistics. The department of business may allow students to waive these prerequisites based upon an evaluation of any relevant previous coursework or work experience. The decision to waive any of the following courses rests with the chair of the department of business.
The academic qualifications of each individual student will be reviewed by the business department to determine if the student needs to take the prerequisites MGT 315 and MGT 412.
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.