International Management Concentration

The international management concentration will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the principal topics and issues in international business.

You will focus on developing the skills needed to manage global business partnerships and complex multinational organizations as well as the political, economic, legal and social dimensions of international business.

You may also consider overseas internships and various study abroad programs integrated with the MBA program. Watch the video on the China trip associated with MGO 680.

The School of Management serves a large number of international graduate students from every corner of the world. Students come from such diverse places as China, Colombia, Fiji, Honduras, Germany, India, Indonesia, Montenegro, Taiwan and Turkey. Approximately one-third of each entering MBA class is composed of international students, creating a rich environment for all students interested in expanding their knowledge of political, economic, legal and social factors that impact international business.

International management is a secondary concentration and should be taken together with a functional concentration such as finance, marketing, HR, information assurance, etc.

Concentration Requirements

The International Management concentration requires four total courses (12 credits), MGO 680, MGO 633 and two electives from the courses listed under the electives tab.

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Required Courses

MGO 633LEC Global Operations Management

This course deals with design, control, and operation of supply chains for competing effectively in the context of global operations management. Both manufacturing and service (such as health care) industry supply chains are covered. The topics covered include: state-of-the-art qualitative and quantitative techniques for optimum configuration of in-bound and outbound logistics, principles of postponement in design, processes and logistics, mass customization, global location factors for offices, plants and distribution centers, collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment (CPFR) systems, countering bullwhip effects in supply chains, vendor managed inventory (VMI), strategic alliances and partnering, global purchasing and buyer-supplier relationships, and the complexities of the material, information, and cash flows across international borders. This course supplements MGS 616, which covers e-commerce integration aspects of supply chains.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Spring 2018
Pre-requisite: MGO 620


Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
11658 S1O LEC R 6:30 - 9:10 p.m. Jacobs 106 Tacheva, Zhasmina Yanislavova

MGO 680LEC International Strategic Management

A basic understanding of the global business environment is essential to everyone. Understanding the global economy is necessary for all engaged in business and careers regardless of the size or type of business or career endeavor. The class will discuss the strategy of international business issues involved in today¿s global world. In general, the major topics of global business will be discussed to give students a working vocabulary and basic level of knowledge and skills involved in today¿s global business. For example, the course will explore the interrelation of government and business across boarders and the economic dynamics between countries/regions, including a general overview of the international monetary system, international trade and foreign direct investment. The main premise of this course is that significant business knowledge and skills are increasingly defined by a complex system of cross border, global transactions. Firms face challenges in staying competitive in a global environment of producers, suppliers, and customers where countries are increasingly opening their borders to trade and investment.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2017


Fall 2017 (08/28/2017 - 12/08/2017)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
21124 F1O LEC UNSP Online Kim, Kenneth A

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MBA Study Abroad Programs

The University at Buffalo has a comprehensive study abroad program.  You can find details on the Study Abroad website.  If you are considering this option please note that not all locations have MBA courses available.  You must work closely with Study Abroad and the Graduate Programs Office to determine a good fit and the proper coursework.

International Internships

If you wish to study or experience the international world of business, you can do so through our international practicum program. Students can be placed in paid corporate internships with multinational companies in countries like Argentina, China, Belgium, Brazil, Germany and Malaysia. These internships provide students who desire a career in international business, either in the U.S. or overseas, with a competitive advantage in the global job market.

Student Organizations

The International Business Association is an active student organization that was established for international students and those students interested in pursuing a career in international management. The club sponsors speakers and informational slide shows, which allow students to gain insight into both the practical issues of operating a global business and the many cultural differences that exist between countries. In addition, their cultural dinners, held in restaurants offering authentic international cuisine, are popular social events among all MBA students.

International Management Faculty

Concentration Coordinator and Professor
John M. Thomas
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

International Finance
Ken Kim
PhD, University of Rhode Island

International Marketing
Ram Bezawada
PhD, Purdue University