International Business

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.

Sophomore Year

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

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.

Senior Year

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

Program Director

Larry Schmedeman

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