Master of Science (MS) in International Business


Introduction

The MS in International Business degree program enables students with undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in business to gain an in-depth and applied understanding of the complexities and functions of international management professionals in a globally competitive and rapidly changing business and economic environment. This specialized degree program is designed to address major managerial, economic and strategic planning issues facing multinational firms such as product development and competitive strategies, protecting raw material sources, foreign direct investment risks, technological change, and managing globally diverse businesses and organizations. The coursework supporting this program draws heavily on actual business firms’ international management practice and experience and the distinctive differences between operating a purely domestic versus a global or international business. This program prepares students upon graduation to assume management-level positions, which require an understanding of the diverse management skills and knowledge necessary to provide effective leadership and vision required to successfully guide the development and management of a complex network of global operations. Students graduating from this degree program are expected to have a demonstrable set of skills and knowledge that makes them very attractive employment candidates for business firms seeking new international management-level talent.

Course Requirements


I. Required Core Courses
  BA 306 Business Research Methodology 3  
  BA 309 Ethics of Business Management* 3  
  BA 310 International Economics* 3  
  BA 340 Managerial Accounting & Financial Control 3  
  BA 481 Business Strategy & Decision-Making for IB 4  
Total MS in IB Core Courses: ............................................................................................................................................ 16 Units
*These courses may be replaced with other courses by the Program Director for a cohort group pursuing a specific interest.
 
II. MS in IB Elective Courses
Students should choose five (5) of the following courses:
  BA 413 International Marketing 4  
  BA 414 International Finance 4  
  BA 415 International Business and Investment Strategy 4  
  BA 416 International Management 4  
  BA 417 Political and Legal Aspects of IB 4  
  BA 418 Import-Export Management 4  
  BA 443 International Banking 4  
  BA 444 International Securities and Foreign Exchange 4  
  BA 491 Graduate Internship and Report in IB 4  
Total MS in IB Elective Courses: ....................................................................................................................................... 20 Units
Total Required for the MS in IB Degree ............................................................................................................................ 36 Units
Required for the MS in IB Degree with Foundation Courses ........................................................................................ up to 54 Units

Unit and Graduation Requirements

To receive the MS in International Business degree, students should satisfy the grade and GPA requirements described in the University’s academic catalog and course requirements summarized in the chart below (a maximum of 9 credit units can be transferred from other institutions of higher education and a maximum of 18 units from a different graduate program at Lincoln University).

Suggested Course Sequencing

A specific sequence of courses in the MS in International Business degree program is not required. A course BA 481 “Business Strategy and Decision-Making for International Business” should be taken in the student’s last semester of the coursework. The course serves as the capstone course for this degree program and includes the qualifying exam required for graduation. Course BA 491 can be extended for a second semester for one additional unit.

Program Chart


Core Courses (16 units)
Grade
Foundation Courses (up to 18 units)
Grade
BA 306 – Business Research Methodology
 
1.
 
BA 309 – Ethics of Business Management
 
2.
 
BA 310 – International Economics
 
3.
 
BA 340 – Managerial Accounting and Financial Control
 
4.
 
BA 481 – Business Strategy & Decision-Making in IB
 
5.
 
Elective Courses (20 units)
Grade
6.
 
1.
 
 
 
2.
 
 
 
3.
 
 
 
4
 
 
 
5.