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International Business degree program curriculum

Earn an international MBA online and you’ll build a better understanding of globalization and international markets. Our International Business degree program curriculum is designed to teach students how to make strategic business decisions, communicate effectively, and implement new and innovative marketing, sales, and financial strategies.

Semester 1

MB600 - Orientation  

This non-credit orientation is a foundation-building experience that introduces and refreshes the skills necessary for success in your Master's Degree Program. You'll learn how to navigate ProQuest, Ashworth College's online library, and review the distinguishing characteristics of academic journals and other publications. Internet research skills are polished enabling you to identify credible and unbiased Web sites for your research. Emphasis is placed on submission requirements, project structures, and writing formats used throughout your coursework, and APA writing style. The final portion of this course provides you the opportunity to research and explore the various career fields in the world of Business Administration.

MB601 - Strategic Management  

Plan for increased productivity. Learn about the organization, its structure, and its relationship to the economic, political, and social environments surrounding it. Examine theories and guidelines for dealing with geopolitical events, consumer trends, and new developments in information technology. You'll study a model of strategic management using the "strategic audit" as an approach to addressing complex organization-wide issues.
Credit Hours: 3

MG641 - Marketing Management  

Discover how marketing serves as a foundation for making critical decisions related to identifying customers, delineating which needs to satisfy, developing products and services that satisfy these needs, setting prices, using appropriate communications, staging sales promotions, managing the sales force, selecting channels of distribution, maintaining funding and coordinating partnerships. Concepts presented are directed to the marketplace realities of the 21st century, including global marketing.
Credit Hours: 3

MA610 - Managerial Accounting  

Integrate accounting data into your decision-making process. Managerial accounting is an essential tool that enhances managers' abilities to make sound decisions. You'll examine concepts and procedures of managerial accounting from the user's viewpoint, how they are typically applied in real-world situations, and see the role they play in improving the decision-making process within all types of organizations. Also discussed are issues in cost basics, cost management systems, planning and control, and product costing.
Credit Hours: 3

MB661 - Leadership and Motivation  

Develop your leadership potential. Discover the qualities, talents, and vision that leaders need to survive and grow in a changing world. You'll examine how today's theories of leadership and motivation have evolved, and how leadership concepts and motivational techniques are applied in a wide variety of business environments. Case studies reveal how executives and other decision makers lead, motivate and succeed.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 2

MI605 - International Business  

Learn the requirements and challenges of doing business in other countries. A thorough review and analysis of international business and globalization that reveals the effects companies have on the economy, politics, laws, and cultures of other countries. Find out what's necessary to establish an international business, and survive competition in situations where the rules are radically changing.
Credit Hours: 3

MF620 - Financial Statement Development and Analysis  

Use financial data to your advantage. Learn what financial disclosures contain and how they effect management decision-making, plus the principles and economic factors behind publicly reported disclosures, their limitations and constraints, and how to analyze them. You'll examine research methods and how they help you convert raw data into useful information that influences decisions about financial performance, wealth creation and economic valuation.
Credit Hours: 3

MI607 - International Marketing  

The focus of this course is entirely on international marketing, rather than on the traditionally broader topic of international business. It begins with a discussion of what global marketers do, how marketing theory is applied to the global marketplace, and the impact of cultural differences on global marketing. The greater part of the course concentrates on the three skill sets a global marketing manager must have to be successful in the global marketplace: foreign entry skills, local marketing skills, and global (marketing) management skills.
Credit Hours: 3

MI606 - International Human Resource Management  

This course will cover both the practical and theoretical aspects of international human resource management (IHRM). From a practical perspective, we will address the role that IHRM plays in assisting companies with the dilemmas of coordination and conflict in international firms, alliances, and acquisition integration. Theoretically, the course will emphasize the cultural context of managing the many contradictions and dualities confronting international firms.
Credit Hours: 3

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Program description

The purpose of the MBA program is to provide a learning experience that students can readily transfer into everyday practice in their careers and businesses. Performance competency (skill- and knowledge-developing projects) and affective development (value-challenging experiences) are emphasized. Projects focus on enhancing the following skills: Internet, primary, and secondary research; software (MSWord, Excel, PowerPoint, and Project Management); creative; decision making; project and people management; analytical; synthesis; integrative; conceptual; and communication. The MBA program includes core courses in general functional areas and covers general management and administration skills that can be applied toward any field or industry. The program builds upon the core curriculum by focusing on advanced topics in business administration.

Program objectives

Graduates of the general MBA program will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Broaden the base of business administration knowledge, smoothing the transition from specialist to generalist.
  2. Utilize an expanded business vocabulary by exploring the functional and specialty areas of business.
  3. Conceptualize the impact of strategic decisions on various functional areas of business and evaluate business- and corporate-level strategies.
  4. Perform market segmentation, SWOT, and competitive analyses to take advantage of changes in the marketing environment and advances in technology.
  5. Apply cost management tools and techniques to managerial decision making.
  6. Develop overall leadership and team building skills to become a more effective change agent and achieve desired business outcomes.
  7. Analyze the various functions of a human resources department, and examine the interaction between the human resource department and other departments to develop and implement corporate strategy.
  8. Analyze the financial disclosures required to effectively evaluate a business and make appropriate strategic decisions.
  9. Evaluate the legal issues arising in the operation of a typical business and apply legal concepts in making and implementing business decisions.
  10. Examine the concepts of entrepreneurship and small business to include identifying new business opportunities; analyzing markets, customers, and product risks/benefits; developing marketing and financial plans.
  11. Strategically and functionally examine the development of a business from domestic to international, and evaluate the impact of diverse cultures on international business processes, strategies, and human resource management issues.
  12. Manage large and small business projects, to include developing timelines to guide completion, writing associated reports, and utilizing project management software.
  13. Evaluate ethical and legal issues relevant to the policies, practices, and management of employee behaviors and business operations in a competitive environment.
  14. Research and analyze the competitive environment of an industry, recommend product, business, and strategic positioning changes within the industry, and develop associated strategic plans.

Diversify your skills in international business

With a Master’s in International Business, you’ll have the expertise to make strategic business decisions for companies with a global influence. To make sure you’re successful in your job search, we’ll give you exclusive access to our Career Tools, which include professional resources such as one-on-one interview coaching and resume writing workshops.

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