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 list below:

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MGF 685LEC International Finance Management

This course is designed to familiarize students with the core concepts related to international financial management, including foreign exchange markets (from institutional details to quantitative models for the forecasting of future exchange rates), currency risk derivatives (spanning both a discussion of contract characteristics and quantitative methods for pricing and valuation of currency forwards, options, and swap contracts), quantitative approaches for risk management and hedging in cross-border settings, quantitative analysis of currency arbitrage operations, analysis of translation, economic, and political risks, cross-border financing, issues with cross-border taxation, analysis of institutional details and recent statistics on foreign debt and equity markets, and other topics.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018
Pre-Requisite: MGF 611 and MGQ 608

Fall 2018 (08/27/2018 - 12/07/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
12335 F1F LEC MW 3:30 - 4:50 p.m. Jacobs 110 Fotak, Veljko N

MGM 683LEC International Marketing

The objective of this course is to develop familiarity with the problems and perspectives of marketing across national boundaries and to gain knowledge of tools and approaches to make international marketing decisions. The influence of e-commerce on international marketing problems such as gray channel and price coordination is also analyzed.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered:

MGG 602LEC Global Perspectives

The main objective of this course is to provide a first-hand, hands-on global experience, both in general terms and in relation to a specific global region. This course is designed to provide an overview of international business elements, followed by an in-depth study of an emerging market, focusing on a specific global region. The intent is to provide an understanding of the economics, business history and economic geography of the selected region, market analysis and entrepreneurship in region, industry structure, government-industry relations, financial and legal complexities, as well as cultural norms, business etiquette, and unique aspects of doing business in the region. The course is aimed at imparting an experiential type of learning, utilizing on-line, in-class and field trip-based learning modes.

Credits: 3.00
Semesters offered: Fall 2018 | Spring 2018

Fall 2018 (10/16/2018 - 12/07/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
21515 F1G LEC TR 5 - 6:20 p.m. Jacobs 122 Siaw-Asamoah, Dorothy

Spring 2018 (01/29/2018 - 03/16/2018)

Reg. Num. Section Type Topic Days Time Location Instructor
20576 S1O LEC TR 2 - 3:20 p.m. Alfiero 205 Thomas, John M

 • GEO 531 Introduction to International Business and World Trade

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