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International Business, MBA

International Business, MBA

What Is an MBA Degree in International Business?

International Business, MBAA master’s in business administration (MBA) degree is a valuable commodity in all manner of business environments—public or private, for-profit or nonprofit, large or small. But if you enjoy engaging with diverse global cultures and understanding different business environments, or want to make international travel part of your career, our MBA with a concentration in International Business is for you.

What Does This Degree Entail?

The Bisk College of Business’s MBA in International Business complements a strong foundational core of business principles with experiential courses covering all aspects of international business to create a complete global business program. The program includes courses in cross-cultural management, international marketing, global finance, global management, and international economics, with multiple study-abroad options to complete your diversified international business education.

The international business MBA offers a diversified plan of study that engages students in understanding multinational enterprise (MNE) strategies, global brands, international industries, and worldwide markets. Focused courses challenge students to gain an understanding of global competitive advantage, international finance, and national-level institutional policies through experiential learning and active participation.

Building on business foundations in accounting, marketing, finance, economics, human resources, information systems, management, and organizational behavior, the MBA curriculum is enriched through practical applications, a global perspective, faculty mentors, and collaborative teams.

The master’s in international business requires students to work in teams on a wide array of international case studies. Theory is developed and applied through teamwork, presentations, and individual research papers.

What Can I Expect in This Program?

Whether you want to be a multinational corporate manager or an innovative entrepreneur, are looking to start a new career in the international field, or extend your existing career, the MBA in International Business program at the FIT Bisk College of Business gives you all the tools you need to be successful.

When completed, you will be fully prepared to do decision-making in multinational firms, be a global consultant, or grow a small or medium enterprise (SME) to reach global markets. Here you’ll develop a strong background in business and get hands-on experience in modern global management strategies and best practices.

In this program, you can expect:

  • To learn the skills necessary to compete in the global marketplace
  • Small class sizes with individualized attention and opportunities
  • Internationally recognized global case studies
  • Case competition opportunities with our partner universities
  • Access to an interdisciplinary faculty with real-world experience in global business

What Study-Abroad Opportunities Do You Offer?

Florida Tech’s study-abroad tour of Europe is business-intensive, focusing primarily on direct engagement with executives of multinational firms and executive-level presentations at companies like the Philips Corporation (Amsterdam), Freixenet Cava (Catalonia), SEAT Corporation (Spain and Germany), the Port of Algeciras (the sixth-busiest container port in Europe), El Corte Inglés (Madrid), and more. Graduate students will have the opportunity to engage with MNE executives and work on real-world case studies.

You’ll be immersed in local culture, bringing you into direct contact with history so you can grasp—firsthand—the cultural strength behind business decisions. You’ll also have multi-hour engagements at top-ranked universities, including “TED Talk style” presentations from world-renowned lecturers, meetings with executives from global NGOs (nongovernmental organizations), and face-to-face interactions with your European grad student peers.

In addition to the summer tour of Europe, other study-abroad programs for international business students are being developed for Central and South America.

Who May Apply for This Program?

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree; however, the degree need not be in business administration or international studies. Applicants who are graduates of non-business programs are also encouraged to apply. An applicant is assigned an advisor soon after acceptance into the MBA program, and should meet with the advisor to prepare a program plan outlining the courses needed for the MBA in International Business.

The admissions decision is based on a review of the application documentation including work experience, academic performance, references, and written statement of purpose. Preference for graduate scholarships will be given to applicants who take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).

How Long Does the MBA in International Business Take to Complete? Does it Require a Thesis?

This MBA in International Business is a 36-credit-hour program, which usually takes 18 months to complete.

This program has a rigorous core curriculum, and does not require a thesis. It includes foundational courses in managerial economics and accounting, financial and marketing management, and cross-cultural management, plus specialized courses in international business, global accounting and financial analysis, global marketing management and business strategies, and more. The study-abroad program (above) can also be used as a business elective.

Why Pursue an MBA in International Business at Florida Tech?

Florida Tech is consistently ranked as one of the most internationally diverse campus communities in the country. With students and faculty from more than 120 countries, our focus on international diversification allows us to bring together various people and cultures to foster a strong international learning atmosphere right here on our campus.

The MBA in international business extends this diversification by creating a unique masters’ program that specializes in giving students the skillset required to excel in multinational business. You will benefit from faculty who are academically rigorous and have years of experience working in global industries. We put the “experience” into experiential learning to challenge you to think globally and to bring a global mindset to all business decisions.

Located in the Heart of Florida’s High-tech Corridor

Florida Tech is the perfect place for an MBA in International Business. 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 one of the largest high-tech workforces 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.

Emphasis on Ethics, Leadership, and Corporate Social Responsibility

The Nathan M. Bisk College of Business is dedicated to educating leaders to make thoughtful decisions, set high standards, and promote corporate accountability. Undergraduate students tackle ethical challenges from both practical and professional perspectives in an annual competition, and can participate in a conference that encourages students to learn from business, community, and government leaders.

Students learn about corporate social responsibility through hands-on class projects, and individual service with the perspective of making an impact.

Global business program students also hone their finance and international business skills through competitions, including:

  • The Strategic Management Intercollegiate Case Competition
  • The Cadillac Case Competition, where Florida Tech students placed fourth among 53 universities
  • ANGA Collegiate Energy Challenge
  • Honda CRZ Social Marketing Challenge
  • Florida National Guard Promotion Challenge

How Will an MBA Benefit My Business Career?

A graduate of the Florida Institute of Technology with a MBA degree in International Business is ideally suited for a variety of global business administration careers. With a solid background in the science of management, relevant skills in international relations, and a portfolio of practical, hands-on experiences, you’ll be prepared to immediately begin an international business career or, if desired, pursue a graduate career in business, law, or related disciplines.

International Business Careers

Career opportunities abound with a degree in International Business. These positions are in high demand, and the salaries are among the highest starting salaries in the field on business.

  • Executive-level international business leadership
  • Budget analyst
  • Customs broker
  • Export sales representative
  • Foreign trade consultant
  • Global economist
  • Global sourcing specialist
  • International business development manager
  • International investment specialist
  • International trader
  • Marketing representative
  • Political risk analyst
  • Research analyst
  • Logistician
  • Bilingual educator

 

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