International Business

  • Overview
  • Program Details

img-ib-photos1-2006Our future is subject to the forces of innovation, globalization and technology. Our challenge is to succeed under these conditions. International business at MSOE prepares you for that challenge.

Now more than ever, business operates on a global scale. U.S. businessmen and women are working with—or for—companies from other countries. Those who work in international business need to know the customs of other cultures, and knowing a second or third language is a great benefit to your career. The international business (IB) program is a four-year program of study built on MSOE’s rich tradition of integrated technology and lab practice, using the tools of your trade.

A cornerstone of MSOE’s IB program is the required one-year study abroad during your junior year. You’ll study at Lübeck University of Applied Sciences in Lübeck, Germany, where you’ll take courses with students from Lübeck and the following year, they’ll come here. You’ll also receive degrees from both schools, and never miss a beat, so you’ll graduate on time.

In addition to international experience, gain a strong foundation in business and management while having the option to specialize in one of the following concentrations:

  • Marketing
  • Information Technology (IT) Systems
  • Operations and Logistics

The results

The three-year average placement rate for business and management graduates was 80% in 2013-14, while the average starting salary was $50,556.

The field

All of the skills you gain at MSOE—including a strong foundation in business theory, international experience, foreign language experience and improved communication abilities—you’ll put to work starting day one of your career. Help domestic companies expand overseas, work as part of international and cross-cultural teams and understand the challenges of doing business in multiple markets.

You may want to consider international business if you …

  • Enjoy working in teams
  • Possess strong written and oral communication skills
  • Enjoy utilizing technology to solve problems and improve processes
  • Excel in leadership positions
  • Enjoy working with people of different nationalities and cultures

Curriculum Year by Year

Freshman Year

Begin learning about core business management topics. Get a broad-based education focused on communication, core business concepts and the humanities.

Junior Year

Your junior year will be spent at Lübeck University of Applied Sciences in Lübeck, Germany. Classes are taught in English with a year of German included in the curriculum. You’ll take a set of core courses as well as business and engineering courses. You’ll also have a chance to travel Europe and experience its cultural diversity and historic heritage.

Sophomore Year

Move to a more focused business program through advanced studies in accounting, statistics, international business and communication.

Senior Year

Complete your capstone project while taking advanced business courses like international marketing, entrepreneurial business plans and business law.

Program Director

Larry Schmedeman

Program Educational Objectives

Program objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the academic program is preparing the graduates to achieve.

The program goals for the Bachelor of Science in International Business degree are formed in three broad areas. Graduates should have:

  • acquired a body of knowledge in business and management.
  • developed a specialty knowledge by attaining expertise in one or more specialized areas ranging from computer systems and networking, software development, marketing or operations.
  • developed professional skills and personal growth through excellent communication skills, having the ability to work alone and in teams, and is committed to professional growth and lifelong learning.

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes are narrower statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. International business graduates will:

  • have a solid foundation in economics, marketing, accounting, management sciences and finance.
  • demonstrate theoretical use and practical application of business and management tools.
  • be able to unite theory with practice in analyzing, and executing appropriate solutions to a set of problems appropriate for an entry level professional.
  • critically analyze and interpret information presented in written, verbal and nonverbal forms.
  • demonstrate the ability to communicate skillfully in written, verbal and other forms across a diverse set of situations and cultures.
  • apply ethical and socially responsible reasoning in professional and managerial roles.
  • analyze and appraise ideas from a global perspective.
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