Master of Science (MS) in International Business

The MS in International Business degree program enables students with undergraduate and/or graduate degrees to gain an in-depth and applied understanding of the complexities and functions of international management professionals in a globally competitive business environment. This specialized degree program is designed to address major managerial, economic and strategic planning issues facing multinational firms such as product development and competitive strategies, foreign direct investment risks, and managing globally diverse businesses and organizations. The coursework draws heavily on actual business firms’ international management practice and experience and the distinctive differences between operating a purely domestic versus a global or international business. This program prepares students to assume positions, which require an understanding of the management skills and knowledge necessary to provide effective leadership and vision to successfully guide the development of a complex network of global operations.

Program Composition and Foundation Courses

The MS degrees are designed for those qualified students who have an undergraduate and/or graduate degree in business and desire to acquire professional-level skills and knowledge in a specific business discipline. The programs academic structure includes required five (5) core courses and a set of special elective courses, all of which support the student’s efforts to gain an in-depth and applied understanding of the business area they have chosen for their continuing professional and career growth. The availability of a broad selection of elective courses provides students with the opportunity to tailor their degree program to their academic backgrounds and career interests. Students with undergraduate or graduate business degrees are required to complete at least 36 semester credit units of courses in order to earn the MS degrees. Students who do not have previous post-secondary education in areas important for major studies, may be required to complete up to 18 units of courses in the following areas: business foundations, accounting, mathematics, economics, statistics, finance, management, psychology, marketing, or computer science. Foundation courses will be determined based on the assessment by the Provost, Dean, Registrar, or an academic advisor. Appropriate adjustments, based on individual background, may lead to somewhat different requirements. All foundation courses should be completed during the first 24 credit units of the study.

Course Structure

MS core courses on 300 level consist of four 3-unit courses (M1/M2) given in a form of 45 hours of lectures each. MS five 4-unit elective courses (M2R) on 400 level and one 4-unit core course on 400 level (M2RA) consist of lecture and a faculty-supervised practicum research component. The lecture component consists of 45 hours of lectures and is classroom-based. The practicum component is based on an instructor-approved independent study project that should be research-based and consists of 45 hours of out-of-classroom work. Supervision by the instructor will include continuous monitoring of the student’s progress in terms of their study project’s stated objectives, evaluation of the student’s final written project report, and its oral presentation in front of a committee of at least one faculty member (different from the advisor). This will give students consulting and presentation experiences. Graduate Internship and Report (BA 481, BA 482) courses are focused on a student’s specific internship and an analytical report about it with total supervised work of at least 180 hours. The course is finalized by a written document, reviewed by an instructor and its oral presentation.

Course Content

I. Required Core Courses
  BA 301 Managerial Economics 3  
  BA 309 Ethics of Business Management* 3  
  BA 310 International Economics* 3  
  BA 340 Managerial Accounting & Financial Control 3  
  BA 490A Business Strategy and Decision-Making for International Business 4  
Total MS in IB Core Courses: 16 Units
* These courses may be substituted by the Dean to satisfy a specific academic interest of a student.
 
II. MS in IB Elective Courses
Students should choose five (5) of the following courses:
  BA 413 International Marketing 4  
  BA 414 International Finance 4  
  BA 415 International Business and Investment Strategy 4  
  BA 416 International Management 4  
  BA 417 Political and Legal Aspects of International Business 4  
  BA 418 Import-Export Management 4  
  BA 443 International Banking 4  
  BA 444 International Securities and Foreign Exchange 4  
  BA 480 Special Topics in Graduate Business Studies (IB) 4  
  BA 481 Graduate Internship and Report in International Business 4  
Total MS in IB Elective Courses: 20 Units
Total (minimum) Required for the MS in IB Degree 36 Units

Program Chart

Core Courses (16 units) Grade Foundation Courses (up to 18 units) Grade
BA 301 – Managerial Economics
1.
BA 309 – Ethics of Business Management
2.
BA 310 – International Economics
3.
BA 340 – Managerial Accounting and Financial Control
4.
BA 490A – Business Strategy and Decision-Making in IB
5.
Elective Courses (minimum 20 units)
1. 4.
2. 5.
3. 6.

Graduation Requirements

To receive the MS degree, students should satisfy the grade and GPA requirements described in the chart above and course requirements summarized in the program chart for  MS in IB  degree. A maximum of 9 graduate credit units may be transferred from other institutions of higher education or working experience. A maximum of 18 units can be accepted from a different graduate program at LU. A grade of C or better is required in all courses to fulfill degree requirements for graduate programs. Academic credit received six (6) years or more before the program completion will be deemed “no longer applicable”.

Academic Progress Requirements

Students enrolled in the MS programs are expected to maintain their grades corresponding to the policy of satisfactory progress and the following chart. The chart specifies the criteria for achieving satisfactory academic progress for full-time students (no transfers) in the University MS program based on the allowable maximum number of semester credit hours attempted (part-time students are evaluated proportionally to the taken part of a program; foundation courses are not included in SAP; students who changed their program will be evaluated on all courses taken):

Program

Maximum Units Attempted*

Evaluation
Point

Minimum Credit Units Earned

Minimum  Cumulative GPA

MS Degree

18

End of 1st Academic Year

6

2.7

36

End of 3rd Semester

12

2.8

54

End of 2nd Academic Year

18

2.9

54

End of 3rd Academic Year

24

3.0

54

End of 4th Academic Year

36

3.0

*    Units attempted means courses’ units for which the students have incurred a financial obligation or for which any university scholarship funds have been disbursed.

Period of Attendance and Estimated Schedule of Charges

Students must successfully complete 36 graduate units of required coursework to complete the MS in IB degree programs. The estimated time for degree completion (ETDC) for MS programs is 2 (two) years. The estimated tuition and fees for completion of MS degree programs is listed below:

Tuition & Fees Charges
Tuition* $4,680
Registration Fees* $250
Total Charges Upon Enrollment* $4,930
Estimated Total Charges for Entire Educational Program $19,720

*NOTE: A full-time graduate student must take 9 units per semester. The tuition and fees posted-above are fall term estimates for new students based on current approved amount and are subject to change. Thus, the final amount may differ from the amounts shown above.