International Business Programs

Undergraduate Programs

BBA with a Concentration in IB

The BBA with a concentration in international business provides undergraduates with the analytical tools and conceptual framework to understand the international financial, political, and economic environment, how that environment influences a firm’s strategy and performance, how culture plays a role in guiding a firm’s strategic activities, and how a firm can leverage home and host country resources to overcome challenges inherent in managing a multinational enterprise. The academic program allows students to understand international business from three inter-related perspectives: international economics and finance, international marketing, and international corporate strategy.

Program of Study

All students are expected to complete a range of prerequisite classes that have a direct impact on later studies in international business. During their first year, students must take Econ 1011 (Microeconomics) and Econ 1012 (Macroeconomics), which provide basic economics skills and principles that are critical to later coursework. These economics courses prepare students for BADM 2201 (International Financial Environment), which is a prerequisite to all IBUS courses. Students will also take courses in marketing (BADM 3401), finance (BADM 3501), and statistics (STAT 2112 or 2118). These courses provide students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in upper division international business courses. Students whose native language is English should strongly consider coursework in any modern foreign language to fulfill their field-related elective requirement. Other students may wish to do so, as well. All international business students are required to complete IBUS 3001 (Introduction to International Business), which provides an overview of the basic topics studied in international business. Students may then choose any three courses in the International Business Department to complete their field concentration. Students interested in gaining a broad knowledge of international business may choose courses across the various topical fields. Students interested in a deeper knowledge of a single topic may choose to take most of their coursework in either international finance or international marketing and strategy. The George Washington University bulletin contains course descriptions.

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Graduate Programs

MBA/Master of Arts

The George Washington University School of Business in conjunction with the Elliott School of International Affairs offers multiple programs for students to explore dual degrees in both business and international business.

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Ph.D. Programs

Studies in international business cover a broad spectrum of subjects studied in their special global contexts.

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Summer Programs

Students will examine relationships between business and the state, focusing on privatization and public-private partnerships, a major political and economic issue for many countries.

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