International Business Emphasis
Viterbo's MBA program offers an optional emphasis in international business that includes an optional immersion experience in China. To meet the requirements of this emphasis, students choose electives in international business and focus their capstone project on a topic related to international business.
Students choosing the MBA with International Business Emphasis begin and end the program with a cohort of professionals from a variety of industries. During the summer and in their last semester, students choosing this emphasis focus their study on international business topics.
International Business Emphasis Elective Options
- Global Economic Cycles (3 credits)
How do economic recessions and expansions start? What causes recessions to deepen and expansions to accelerate? What are appropriate and effective government policies to fix economic problems? This course examines answers to these questions in the context of a global economy. Learners consider benefits and costs of creating a more globally integrated economy, discover how business cycles in different countries are related to another, and examine how U.S. economic fluctuations and policy responses depend on changes in the global economy, resulting in a toolkit to make predictions about changes in economic outcomes such as consumer spending, production, unemployment, and inflation.
- Global Strategy and Business Development (3 credits)
This course focuses on strategic planning and management at a global level. Topics examined include international trade, economics, financial systems and laws/regulations that impact negotiations, decisions and opportunities in market selection, entry and development. Various strategic approaches to entering and exiting international markets will be addressed. Students will analyze markets and stakeholders to provide recommendations regarding opportunities or threats in those markets.
- International Business (3 credits)
This course focuses on conducting business on a global level. Students will evaluate the history and dynamics of global industries, global competition, and global strategies and examine topics such as international cooperation among nations, national trade policies, international marketing, technology, as well as the ethical and social responsibility challenges of global businesses. The roles of various stakeholders including the international institutions such as World Trade Organization will be analyzed. Case studies will be used to analyze the impact of complex global factors on the management of multinational operations. In some semesters, students will have the unique opportunity to experience field research in the country of focus. This seven-to 14-day trip will expose students to culture, geography, business practices of an emerging market and to a different academic environment. Students will gain an appreciation for both formal business aspects and informal social aspects of conducting business in another country.
- Globally Responsible Leadership (3 credits)
This course will focus on addressing the complexity and challenges of a globalized society to create a more sustainable future. Included will be discussion of holistic, systems-perspective decision making models that leverage a global mindset to lead collaboration of stakeholders toward a vision.
A sample schedule for a student choosing the MBA with an International Business Emphasis is shown here. Students may begin this program in May, August, or January and graduate in two years while attending class one night per week from 6–10 p.m. or in one year while taking classes two evenings per week.
Year 1 Semester 1:
MGMT 512 Leadership Skills in Organizations
MGMT 550 Business Strategies for Sustainable Change
Year 1 Semester 2:
MGMT 525 Complex Systems Change Strategies
MGMT 565 Methods of Inquiry and Analysis
Year 1 Summer:
Six credits chosen from Global Strategy and Business Development, International Business, Global Economic Cycles, or Globally Responsible Leadership
Year 2 Semester 1:
FINA 510 Socially Responsible Financial Management
MGMT 584 Advanced Business Communications
Year 2 Semester 2:
Capstone project—3 options:
MGMT 683 Integrated Case Study (International Business topic)
MGMT 685 Research Project (International Business topic)
MGMT 681 Field Study (International Business topic)
Year 2 Summer:
3 credit elective course