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International Management Concentration

The International Management concentration is intended to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the principal topics and issues in international business.

In addition, the concentration focuses on skill development related to the management of international business partnerships and complex multinational organizations.

The concentration consists of four courses concerned with the political, economic, legal and social dimensions of international business partnerships and complex multinational operations. The International Management concentration supplements training in a particular functional area and should be taken together with a second MBA concentration . The International Management concentration includes opportunities for overseas internships and various study abroad programs integrated with the MBA program.  Watch the video on the China trip associated with MGO 680.

The University at Buffalo, and particularly the School of Management, serves a large number of international graduate students from every corner of the world. Students who entered the MBA program in the fall of 2007 originated 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. This creates an extremely rich environment for all students interested in expanding their knowledge of political, economic, legal and social factors that impact international business.

Concentration Requirements

First Year

  • Fall Semester
    • MBA Core - 15 credits
  • Spring Semester
    • MBA Core - 10 credits
    • Electives - 3 - 6 credit

Second Year

  • Fall semester
    • MGF 685 International Financial Management* - 3 credits
    • Primary concentration courses and/or internship – 9 creditss
  • Spring semester
    • MGO 642 Integration of Business Functions - 1 credit
    • MGO 644 Business Practice - 1 credit
    • MGM 683 International Marketing* - 3 credits
    • MGO 633 Supply Chains and Global Operations* - 3 credits
    • Primary concentration courses – 6 - 9 credits

One elective* in addition to the requred courses above, selected from:

GEO 531 Introduction to International Business and World Trade
MGO 695/MGO 681 Special Topics relating to China/The China Trip
MGO 680 International Business Environment (if offered)

*concentration requirements

MBA Study Abroad Programs

  • Korea: National University of Seoul and Korea University
  • Mexico: Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM)
  • Finland: Turku School of Economics and Business Administration and the International University of Turku
  • France: Groupe ESC; Grenoble Graduate School of Business 
  • Netherlands: TSM Business School, University of Twente
  • Germany: Technische-Hochschule Darmstadt
  • Singapore: Nanyang Technological University

International Internships

Students who want to study or experience the international world of business are provided with opportunities 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