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Darla Moore School of Business

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Curriculum

The MIB journey is a transformational year at the Moore School — a personal and professional leap forward through intensive study and relationship building. Our highly customizable program allows you to select from one of three functionally based tracks through which you’ll hone relevant expertise. Our Double-Degree program allows you to earn an MIB from the Moore School and a second master’s degree from one of our acclaimed international partner schools around the world.

Program Structure

The MIB curriculum consists of 30 credit hours, or 10 academic courses, combined with a business methods boot camp and a professional development workshop series. Students can choose from two program options: the one-year MIB or the double-degree program. All students are required to complete the MIB common core classes and select one of three functional track specifications.

The MIB Common Core
The common core is required for all students and consists of four required courses (two courses taken per semester). These courses address issues that are fundamental to international management and the finance. The courses include advanced training in international strategy, multinational corporation management, cross-national institutional and market analysis, risk analysis, transnational and national innovation systems, cross-border supply chain and team management, alliances, foreign investment strategy and regulatory analysis.

The four required courses are:

  • IBUS 704 – Comparative Corporate Governance (Spring)
  • IBUS 705 – Global Business Management (Fall)
  • IBUS 706 – Nation States, Regional Networks and Global Markets (Fall)
  • IBUS 734 – International Business Negotiations (Spring)

The business methods boot camp, held in mid-August, provides students with intensive instruction so that all candidates enter the program with the same understanding and skillset for international business analysis.

Skills taught include:

  • Advanced use of Excel and Tableau
  • Sampling, measurement and statistical inference
  • Data visualization
  • Basic regression analysis

Offered by the Moore School’s Office of Career Management, the professional development series is a bi-weekly seminar that provides students with the skills needed to effectively secure placement upon graduation from the MIB program. Topics covered include interviewing techniques, building an effective online presence and resume building, among others.

 

Functional Track Options

While completing the MIB core classes, students then choose a track specialization to round out their coursework. These tracks offer students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and skills in one of the key areas of international business.

Area of Focus: International finance and trade

Skills Acquired: Students receive advanced coursework in international financial and trade analysis. Topics covered include international monetary systems and investment decisions; financial risk analysis; cross-border movements of good and services; and international trade strategy.

Career Paths:

  • Financial management of multinational corporations
  • Investment banking
  • Portfolio management or financial consultancy
  • Research positions responsible for identifying new business opportunities

CURRICULUM STRUCTURE
Required Track-Specific Core Course:

  • IBUS 701 – International Financial Management

Track-Specific Electives (choose three courses):

  • ECON 503 – International Trade Economics
  • IBUS 708: – International Business Legal Environment
  • IBUS 709 – International Intellectual Property Strategy and Management
  • IBUS 711 – Global Corporate Valuation
  • IBUS 720 – International Entrepreneurship
  • IBUS 727 – Economic Developement: Strategies and Institutions
  • IBUS 735 – International Mergers and Acquisitions

Two IBUS Approved Electives:

Students must take two additional courses from outside the International Trade and Investment track (i.e., from the International Market Development or International Strategy and Leadership tracks). The open elective courses ideally should build on and complement the skills developed in your chosen track to open up opportunities in multiple areas of employment.

View elective options and course descriptions in the Graduate Bulletin.

Area of Focus: How companies successfully conduct business across borders, languages and cultures as well as different political and financial regimes

Skills Acquired: Students receive advanced coursework in organizational and strategic analysis for leading the internationalization of a firm or leading the ongoing cross-border activities of a firm. Topics covered include management consulting in an international context; global strategic management; alliances, mergers and acquisitions; stakeholder management; product development; or global leadership.

Career Paths:

  • Strategy and management consulting or business
  • Management in a multinational corporation

CURRICULUM STRUCTURE
Required
Track-Specific Course:

  • IBUS 718 – Consulting and Organizational Development in the MNC

Track-Specific Electives (choose three courses):

  • IBUS 709 – International Intellectual Property Strategy and Management
  • IBUS 710 – Global Stakeholder Management
  • IBUS 719 – Social Networks and Global Leadership
  • IBUS 720 – International Entrepreneurship
  • IBUS 726 – Business Case for Offshoring
  • IBUS 731 – Global Competitive Analysis
  • IBUS 735 – International Mergers and Acquisitions
  • MBAD 702 – Strategic Management

Two IBUS Approved Electives:

Students must choose two additional courses from outside the International Strategy and Leadership track (i.e., from the International Market Development or International Trade and Investment tracks). The open elective courses ideally should build on and complement the skills developed in your chosen track to open up opportunities in multiple areas of employment.

View elective options and course descriptions in the Graduate Bulletin.

Area of Focus: Foreign market analysis; business development; and product and brand expansion across national, linguistic and/or cultural borders

Skills Acquired: Students receive advanced coursework in business development and marketing across countries. Topics covered include transnational market analysis and development; marketing and sales; cross-cultural negotiations; consumer behavior; product development; and risk management.

Career Paths:

  • International marketing
  • Market research
  • Brand, product or service management
  • Consultancy

CURRICULUM STRUCTURE
Required Track-Specific Course:

  • IBUS 702 – International Marketing

Track-Specific Electives (choose three courses):

  • ECON 505 – International Development Economics
  • IBUS 542 – Business in Asia
  • IBUS 544 – Business in Africa
  • IBUS 709 – International Intellectual Property Strategy
  • IBUS 719 – Social Networks and Global Leadership
  • IBUS 720 – International Entrepreneurship
  • IBUS 726 – Business Case for Offshoring
  • IBUS 727 – Economic Development: Strategies and Institutions

Two IBUS Approved Electives:

Students must choose two additional courses from outside the International Market Development track (i.e., from the International Strategy and Leadership or International Trade and Investment tracks). The open elective courses ideally should build on and complement the skills developed in your chosen track to open up opportunities in multiple areas of employment.

View elective options and course descriptions in the Graduate Bulletin.

 

Extend Your MIB with Business Analytics

Students can add an optional 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics.

  • Hone their business analytics capabilities
  • Learn how to transform raw data into knowledge based projections
  • Be well-equipped to step into data-driven roles in companies around the world

Certificate credits can be taken while students are enrolled in the MIB program. Successful completion of the Business Analytics certificate qualifies F-1 international students to apply for a 24-month STEM extension of their Optional Practical Training. The extension allows for 24 months of work authorization in the field of business analytics. Learn more about the 24-month STEM extension.

Graduate certificates serve as a tool for graduates to demonstrate knowledge on a specific business skill; students receive a separate diploma awarding a “Post-Bachelor Certificate” in the specific area of business analytics. Four approved courses must be completed to earn the certificate (alongside any required prerequisites). Please note that priority for business analytics classes will be given to students pursuing the certificate due to the limited capacity in these courses.

To obtain the certificate, students must take the following courses and earn a GPA of 3.0 or better across all four courses:

  • MGSC 790 – Data Resource Management
  • MGSC 777 – Advanced Quantitative Methods in Business
  • IBUS 739 – Design Thinking for Global Business
  • IBUS 740 – Data Analytics for International Business

Learn more about the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics.


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