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

Fall Semester

 • MBA Core – 15 credits

Spring Semester

 • MBA Core – 10 credits
 • MBA Electives – 3-6 credits

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