The BS in Business Administration—Global Management and Finance program prepares students for work in domestic or foreign-based companies involved in international trade or finance. Emphasizing the impact of national cultures in shaping values, behaviors, and business practices, students apply critical thinking to evaluate global financial issues related to currency fluctuations, exchange rate risk, and multinational investment and capital budgeting.
Whether you want to be a global sales manager, a cross-cultural customer relations specialist or an international entrepreneur, a global management degree from Florida Tech gives you a strong background in business and a valuable skillset in global financial management, cross-cultural management, and global macroeconomics.
A global management degree prepares students to jump right into the business world with courses such as Global Business Perspectives, Macroeconomics, and Computer Applications for Business. The Nathan M. Bisk College of Business is internationally focused, from multinational business strategies to cultural awareness. As you progress through the curriculum, you can take elective courses such as International Trade, Global Communications, or Business in the Western Hemisphere. You may even choose to concentrate in a foreign language.
Part of the global management degree program is the practicum in business, a professional internship course in which you apply your business skills and savvy in a dynamic local company. As a result, you get valuable experience, an expanded professional network, and perhaps even a pre-graduation job offer. Writing business plans, conducting market research, developing financial acumen, building leadership and teamwork skills, and understanding ethical decision-making are capabilities you develop through hands-on projects and national competitions.
Florida Tech offers an exciting global management program in an environment that nurtures success and embraces multinational diversity. As globalization drives businesses onto international shores, the demand for international business professionals with global preparedness also increases.
Students learn alongside their international peers both on-campus and through virtual teams, bringing together students from around the globe using cloud and web technologies. Students have an opportunity to study abroad, take advantage of international internships, and participate in a postgraduate business practicum to jumpstart their career. Florida Tech’s global management program students also enjoy a global experience as they interact with a diverse student population, 30% of whom come from more than 100 countries around the world. They benefit from small class sizes, working closely with high-quality faculty who have expertise in various international business disciplines such as economics, accounting, management, finance, and marketing. And they participate in innovative class projects such as the X-Culture project.
Global management program students hone their finance and international business skills through competitions, including:
There are also many opportunities for hands-on learning, particularly through our Center for Entrepreneurship and New Business Development, which focuses on entrepreneurial education, global innovation, and practical research in pursuit of new venture creation, sustainability, social value creation, and venture acceleration; and our Center for Ethics and Leadership, which promotes the practice of ethical behavior and effective leadership by engaging in activities that provide a forum for research, discussion, and better understanding of ethics and leadership among all stakeholders in society. Key initiatives in the global management program include an ethics and leadership breakfast, intercollegiate ethics competition, leadership conference and projects about corporate social responsibility.
Florida Tech is the perfect place for a Global Management and Finance degree. The 130-acre campus is located on the Space Coast (so named because of the presence of NASA and the Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral just north of us), minutes away from the Indian River Lagoon, the most diverse estuary in North America.
The area has the fifth largest high-tech workforce in the country, with more than 5,000 high-tech corporations and government and military organizations located nearby. This workforce also provides an abundance of internship and employment opportunities.
Florida Tech is just over the causeway from the Atlantic Ocean with its 72 miles of beautiful beaches, and a short trip to the Florida Keys or the Orlando theme parks. We also have a rich campus life that includes a wide range of intramural and collegiate sports, clubs, and social activities.
Beyond the classroom, global management degree majors develop leadership experience through participation in academic organizations like the Society for the Advancement of Management, the International Business Club, student government, and over 100 other student organizations.
The business honor society Delta Mu Delta helps students make connections nationally and internationally as they prepare to enter a global job market. Delta Mu Delta also helps develop academic excellence in business students. The Florida Tech Entrepreneur Club also allows students to meet with local entrepreneurs to learn more about business first hand and exchange creative ideas.
The Internationalizing Campus Committee was established to integrate international perspectives into the university academic experience. As a business student in the global management program, you can contribute your unique point of view to this ongoing process.
A business degree is a valuable commodity in all sorts of business environments—public or private, for-profit or nonprofit, large or small. Florida Tech’s business administration degree program is designed to give students more than just classroom learning; it provides résumé-building experiences, insight into industries of interest through projects and internships, and business networking opportunities.
Students develop real world global management skills through culturally rich study abroad programs. Some of these study abroad locations include:
As our students study in Europe and Asia, they visit corporations to see how multinational companies deal with a global economy.
If students choose to study abroad over summer in Europe or Asia, they return ready to put their global management skills to work in the Business Plan Research Course. This critical thinking-focused course challenges students to develop a business plan for a real or hypothetical opportunity. Students take the business plan from a concept to a full-fledged program.
Students can also choose to study in Europe as part of a business practicum the summer after their senior year. This practicum gives students a way to immediately apply their global management skills in the workplace. Business practicums also serve as an opportunity to forge networks outside the US for potential careers in the field of international business.
Graduates with a degree in business administration, global management, and finance from Florida Tech will find a wide range of opportunities for a global management career. If you are interested in studying the relationship between business and globalization, have an interest in language, travel, different cultures and economic systems, you will be prepared to navigate the borderless world of 21st century business.
Many large companies visit Florida Tech’s Employer Day each semester, giving students the opportunity to network, look for internships, and discover the opportunities a global management degree might provide. Employers that have recruited Florida Tech students for internships and careers include:
Whether you embark on your global management career immediately after graduation or wait to complete graduate school, a Florida Tech degree will prepare you well for opportunities in commerce, industry, government, or international law.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, provides detailed information about hundreds of occupations, including, entry-level education, overall working environment, and employment prospects. According to the Bureau, employment among managers in finance and international business will continue to grow as the economy grows, and as more and more companies expand their businesses abroad.
One of the most desirable global management careers is that occupied by management analyst. The Bureau estimates that employment for management analysts is expected to grow 22% between 2010 and 2020. Much of the growth will be from the sheer volume of international businesses as US organizations expanding their businesses abroad need professionals with the skills necessary to help them formulate successful strategies for competing in the international arena.
Another profession available to those pursuing a global management career is that of financial analyst. These individuals provide guidance to businesses and government agencies making investment decisions. The ability to assess the performance of stocks, bonds, and other types of investments in international commodities markets places candidates in high demand.
A global management career offers many options:
After receiving their global management degree, many of our students go on to graduate school to pursue their MBA at Florida Tech or other prestigious universities such as Wharton School of Business or the University of Florida, while others even attend law school.
Nathan M. Bisk College of Business students are eligible to enter Florida Tech’s FastTrack MBA. Students must maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA and complete 95 credits to be accepted into the programs.