Graduates of the I.M.B.A. generally accept managerial positions whose responsibilities have a global component. The Moore School of Business has demonstrated its ability to equip graduates to perform in positions of leadership in global business. The I.M.B.A. program differs from more traditional graduate business degrees in the extent to which a global perspective is taken on all issues. The language and global issues components offer superb preparation for the internship. Significant assignments are undertaken in the internship. The numerous elective courses in international business and the high-quality elective courses available in all areas of the Moore School of Business allow I.M.B.A. participants who so choose to develop a significant area of specialized expertise. Graduates of the I.M.B.A. program are true internationalists, equipped to operate in the culturally diverse markets now open to the global firm.
The degree program prepares its graduates for global business careers. Each graduate has the opportunity to develop competency in a second language and will complete a rigorous program of graduate business study, develop an understanding of another culture and business environment, and integrate academic course work through the experience of an extensive internship. Each candidate for the degree is admitted to a language track or the global track. The language selected determines the culture to be studied and the region of the world where the internship is located. Language tracks currently offered are French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish (two-year programs), and Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese (three-year programs). Rather than learn another language, students in the global track pursue additional course work that focuses on the political, economic, and business factors affecting the investment climate of various regions of the world. The program must be taken on a full-time basis, with classes beginning each July. The courses in the program are taken in sequence over a two- or three-year period, depending on the track to which the candidate is admitted.
The Language Track consists of, but is not limited to, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French, German and Portuguese.
Candidates in the language tracks will complete a 68 credit hour curriculum as follows.
A minimum of 6 credit hours from a Business Foundations Core consisting of:
Candidates in the Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese tracks must also complete a prescribed overseas curriculum to meet the degree requirements. These three language tracks are full time programs that normally require 36 months to complete. Students spend approximately one-and-a-half years abroad developing language competency and cultural understanding and completing their internship.
Note: As of 2008, the European track is no longer admitting students.
Students with significant work experience may not need the on-the-job training that an international internship offers. To meet the needs of these students, the Moore School of Business has developed a joint program with the Wirtschaftsuniversitat Wien (WU-Wien, Vienna Economics and Business University), Austria’s leading business school. This all-English, 15-month program builds on the best of European and American management education.
Students gain international experience by taking classes at the WU-Wien for six months. Outstanding faculty from both institutions teach the internationalized business core. A distinguished speakers series and field trips reinforce material learned in class with actual European business practices. After finishing the core classes, students take two semesters of elective classes at the University of South Carolina along with students in the language and global tracks who have just returned from their internships.
Candidates in the language tracks will complete 12 credit hours of the following courses:
Candidates in the Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese tracks must also complete a prescribed overseas curriculum to meet the degree requirements. These three language tracks are full time programs that may require 36 months to complete. In such cases, students spend approximately one-and-a-half years abroad developing language competency and cultural understanding and completing their internship.
Candidates in the Language Track who demonstrate language capability to waive DMSB 700 or DMSB 703 must take additional Global track electives as approved by the Full-Time MBA Program office in place of the waived courses.
Candidates in the Global Track will complete 12 credit hours of the following:
These electives are chosen from the list of approved elective offerings of the Moore School of Business.
Electives are chosen from the list of approved elective offerings of the Moore School of Business.
1. The Global Track will allow students to undergo foreign immersion with a focus on additional foreign business issues in place of language. Both Language track and Global track students will have the same degree of international exposure. This change gives students the flexibility to use foreign immersion more optimally to meet their career goals.
2. The core course of MGSC 777 is introduced to meet the need for more training in the functional areas and analytics in the first year of the program. This training has become essential for students to gain internships and jobs.
3. The electives have increased from 18 credit hours to 21 credit hours to train students better in functional areas.
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Will be added to the 2018-19 Graduate Studies Bulletin in February 2018.