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Darla Moore School of Business

Core Courses

The International MBA program starts with a core curriculum in key functional business areas integrated with a progression of international business classes. Faculty use a variety of instructional methods, including cases, lectures, team projects and simulations.

A Solid Foundation in International Business


International Business Core:

Focuses on the management of business activities in and across international regions, incorporating techniques such as institutional and cross-cultural analysis.

Global Strategic Management: Develop a fundamental understanding of strategic and comparative management issues faced by organizations around the world. Students engage in analysis of different industry structures, country-based competitive advantages and the distinctive competencies that global organizations have as they participate in various economic systems.

Managing the Multinational Enterprise: Explore the context in which global businesses operate, including economic and political conditions in different countries, and analyze the impact of those variables on strategic management. The course also examines global leadership, cross-cultural motivation, organizational transformation, sustainability, ethics and knowledge management in multinational enterprises.

Comparative Institutional Systems: Focus on analyzing cross-national variations, state regulation and control, the organization of capital and labor, and management processes within national institution-based systems. This provides an overall framework for International MBA graduates to structure questions, observations and negotiations as they conduct business in different countries.

Functional Core:

Courses focus on global best practices across traditional business foundational topics.

Global Supply Chain: Provides an understanding of the operations function in effectively delivering products and services. Includes operations strategy, process design, quality control, capacity planning and supply chain management.

Global Finance: Finance concepts and techniques as applied to a global setting. Considers financial markets and corporate financial decision-making.

Global Marketing: Marketing management of the international operation stressing the viewpoint of the marketing manager who must recognize differences in market arrangements and in legal, cultural and economic factors in different countries.

Quantitative Methods: Decision analysis techniques taught in the context of making business decisions. Includes basic statistics, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, decision theory, simulation, optimization and project management.

Managerial Accounting: Uses accounting information to make informed and rational decisions and choices congruent with corporate strategy.

Financial Accounting: Provides a framework for the basic role of financial accounting in business organizations and in the global economy. Focus is on understanding and using financial statements.

Introductory Language Training

Students complete initial language courses on campus. This initial language study provides a solid foundation of written and oral principles in the language they selected. Students who enter the program with prior language training have the option to test out of one language class and take an additional functional core class instead. 

No prior knowledge of a language is required.

Choosing a particular language is a matter of personal and professional preference.

The language track you choose does not affect the chances of admission into the program, and there are no enrollment limits on a particular language track.

Download our Elective Course List [pdf] for full-time MBA students.