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International Master of Business Administration

USD’s School of Business Administration was one of the first business schools in the country to establish a master’s level degree program to focus on international business. Our faculty, who have a wide variety of teaching, research and work experience in many different countries, strongly support the international emphasis. In our International MBA degree program, global issues are woven throughout the curriculum and are examined in every course. Our small classes, student and faculty interaction, as well as team learning, all form integral and unique parts of our international business learning experience.

The International MBA (IMBA) is a full-time program that can be completed in 2 years or 17 months. The structure of the program is flexible: students can participate in a semester exchange program, complete an internship with an international company in the United States and abroad, or participate in an intensive language program. In this program, even the traditional business foundation courses – such as marketing, management, finance and accounting – have an international focus.

In addition to the program’s many international study opportunities, the degree requires students to participate in an international consulting practicum. Each student works with a team of other students to perform a consulting project for an international company. The international educational experience at USD is enriched by not only our international student body, but also by the opportunities provided by the John Ahlers Center for International Business. The Ahlers Center sponsors study abroad opportunities of varying lengths in countries on four continents. In addition, the center hosts visiting international distinguished faculty or international executives-in-residence and sponsors a variety of events and speakers on global issues.

The MBA program develops managers with a global orientation and the professional skills they need to succeed in the international marketplace. This program is designed for students interested in leadership roles in international organizations based in any country in the world. In addition to a strong grounding in international business, the International MBA degree provides students with interdisciplinary training in international law, as well as exposure to political, cultural and ethical perspectives on business.
The program begins three to four weeks prior to the regular semester calendar to allow for completion of the international core courses during the first semester.

Requirements For The International MBA Degree

Prerequisites are indicated in parentheses. Degree requirements include coursework, applied projects, and career/professional development-oriented activities.

I. International Leadership Development (3 units and co-curricular requirements)

GSBA 515 Leading Multicultural Teams and Organizations (3) (must be taken first semester)
AND Career and Professional Development course
Leadership Labs

II. International Business Function Core (17 units)

GSBA 505 Financial Management and Analysis (3) (502 or Statistics certification, 510)
GSBA 506 Operations and the Global Supply Chain (2) (503)
GSBA 510 Financial Accounting and Statement Analysis (3) (515 or concurrent)
GSBA 516 Marketing for International Managers (2) (515 or concurrent)
GSBA 518 International Economy and Business (2) (515 or concurrent)
GSBA 523 International Financial Management (3) (505)
GSBA 532 International Comparative Management (2) (515 or concurrent)

III. Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, and Ethics (5 units and co-curricular requirements)

GSBA 508 Legal and Social Environment of Global Business (2) (515 or concurrent)
GSBA 517 Sustainable Business Model Design (1) (515)
Elective in CSR/Sustainability/Ethics area (2)
AND Two business related community service activities (12-15 hours)

IV. Integrative Problem Solving (10 or 13 units)

GSBA 500 Strategic Thinking and Communication (2) (515 or concurrent)
GSBA 503 Problem formulation and Decision Analysis (2) (Statistics certification or 502)
GSBA 590 Strategic Execution (3) (final semester of program)
GSBA 593 International Practicum (3) (minimum of four of the following courses 503, 504, 505, 506, 507, 509, 510, 511, or 516 along with consent of adviser)*

*GSBA 593 must be taken twice and in two different geographic regions. Students may substitute the second International Practicum requirement: (1) with a study abroad course in the summer term, (2) an elective taken during a semester exchange program, or (3) another elective if they pursue an internship abroad during the program or have significant prior international work experience.

V. Program Electives (18 or 21 units)

Courses at USD: There are a wide variety of elective courses. You may also select a concentration by focusing electives in particular areas of expertise. A maximum of 6 units may be chosen from the School of Law or other relevant USD graduate program. For courses outside the School of Business Administration, permission must also be obtained from the director of the graduate program. See the appropriate section of this course catalog or the School of Law Course Catalog for information about course offerings outside the School of Business Administration. Prerequisites for all elective courses must be observed.
Courses abroad: Electives (as well as the International Courses) can be taken in the study abroad programs sponsored by the John Ahlers Center for International Business. These courses can also be taken at one of our partner universities for a semester study abroad experience.
Two additional electives units must be taken in the corporate social responsibility area and are listed under the “Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability, and Ethics” category above.

VI. Additional Requirements:

Statistics for Managers – certification (on-line course completed or GSBA 502)
Second Language Competency – Students are required to demonstrate “mid-intermediate” or higher on the ACTFL scale oral competence in one major business language other than English.
Total Units for the International MBA: 56

Concentrations

Students in the MBA program may focus their electives on an area of concentration by meeting the requirements indicated below. Students must observe all prerequisites as listed in the course descriptions.

Finance Concentration

Students pursuing the Finance Concentration choose either a Corporate Finance (A) or Investments (B) track.

(A) Corporate Finance Track in Finance Concentration
Completion of courses towards the Corporate Finance Concentration will provide students with the requisite knowledge and skill set to pursue career opportunities in corporate finance, multinational financial management and in venture capital finance. Additional career opportunities include business consulting and investment banking.

Students pursuing this concentration are required to complete at least 12 units of electives as indicated below.
Required (6 units):
GSBA 520 Advanced Corporate Finance (3)
GSBA 523 International Financial Management (3)

And choose from among these courses (at least 6 units):
GSBA 511 Managerial Accounting (2)
GSBA 513 Corporate Governance and Values (2)
GSBA 522 Advanced Seminar in Finance and Investments (2)
GSBA 524 Financial Management for New Ventures (3)
GSBA 528 Business Cycles and Forecasting (3)
GSBA 540 Taxes In Business Decisions (3)
GSBA 594 Financial Statements Analysis (3)
GSBA 594 Special Topics in Finance (1-3)

(B) Investments Track in Finance Concentration
Completion of courses towards the Investments Concentration will provide students with the requisite knowledge and skill set to pursue career opportunities in financial services industry and investment analysis. Additional career opportunities include wealth management and risk management.

Students pursuing this concentration are required to complete at least 12 units of electives as indicated below.
Required (6 units):
GSBA 521 Investments (3)
GSBA 594 Financial Statement Analysis (3)

And choose from among these courses (at least 6 units):
GSBA 522 Advanced Seminar in Finance and Investments (2)
GSBA 523 International Financial Management (3)
GSBA 524 Financial Management for New Ventures (3)
GSBA 526 Real Estate Markets, Financing, and Institutions (3)
GSBA 594 Commercial Real Estate Capital Markets (3)
GSBA 594 Special Topics in Finance (1-3)

Managerial Leadership Concentration

Completion of courses towards the Managerial Leadership Concentration will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue career opportunities in human resources, project, program and organizational change management. The Management Emphasis allows students to concentrate their electives in the management area to gain additional expertise in the field beyond the core business courses.

Students pursuing this concentration are required to complete at least 12 units of any combination of the following electives:
GSBA 512 Negotiation (3)
GSBA 530 Human Resource Management (2)
GSBA 531 Business Leadership and Spirituality (2)
GSBA 532 International Comparative Management (2)
GSBA 533 Organization Change and Design (3)
GSBA 534 Values, Ethics and Corporate Culture (3)
GSBA 535 Interpersonal and Group Dynamics (3)
GSBA 537 Entrepreneurship (3)
GSBA 539 Power and Politics in Organizations (3)
GSBA 582 Advanced International Business Negotiations (2)
GSBA 583 Business Initiatives with the Base of the Pyramid (2)
GSBA 594 Management Consulting (2)
GSBA 594 Special Topics in Management (1-3)

Marketing Concentration

Completion of courses towards the Marketing Concentration will provide students with the requisite knowledge and skill set to pursue career opportunities in product and brand management, advertising, public relations, multinational marketing management and other areas in the marketing field.

Students pursuing this concentration are required to complete at least 12 units of electives as indicated below.
Required (6 units):
GSBA 551 Seminar in Consumer Behavior (3)
GSBA 554 Strategic Marketing (3)

And choose from among these courses (at least 6 units):
GSBA 550 Marketing Research (3)
GSBA 553 Seminar in Global Marketing (2)
GSBA 556 New Product Development (3)
GSBA 558 High Technology Marketing (3)
GSBA 594 Special Topics in Marketing (1-3)

Supply Chain Management Concentration

Supply chain management is a core competence at world-class firms. The principal benefit of supply chain management is the generation of a sustainable competitive advantage. A firm’s supply chain extends from the end customer back through the firm’s distributors, the firm itself, its suppliers and their suppliers. Supply chain management focuses on the design, development, and management of relationships, both inside the firm and with the firm’s supply world. These relationships are essential to ensure a smooth flow of quality goods, services and technology which optimizes end customer satisfaction. The program integrates three key legs: procurement, logistics and information systems. Students also will be able to participate in the activities of the Supply Chain Management Institute.

Students pursuing this concentration are required to complete at least 12 units of electives as indicated below.
Required (5 units):
GSBA 511 Managerial Accounting (2)
GSBA 560 Supply Chain Systems (3)

And choose from among these electives (at least 7 units):
GSBA 512 Negotiations (3)
GSBA 528 Business Cycles and Forecasting (3)
GSBA 561 Supply Management (3)
GSBA 562 Strategic Cost Management (3)
GSBA 563 Sustainable Global Supply Chain Management (2)
GSBA 594 Special Topics (1-3)

New Venture Management Concentration

The New Venture Management Concentration is intended for students interested in understanding the skills required to successfully launch and manage new ventures in entrepreneurial or corporate organizational settings. Each course in this emphasis addresses strategies and managerial actions required for the successful exploitation of opportunities that deliver above-average returns to the organization and its investors.

Students pursuing this concentration are required to complete at least 12 units of electives as indicated below.
Required (6 units):
GSBA 524 Financial Management for New Ventures (3)
GSBA 537 Entrepreneurship (3)

Choose from among these electives (at least 6 units):
GSBA 511 Managerial Accounting (2)
GSBA 528 Business Cycles and Forecasting (3)
GSBA 530 Human Resources Management (2)
GSBA 533 Organization Change and Design (3)
GSBA 540 Taxes in Business Decisions (3)
GSBA 556 New Product Development (3)
GSBA 594 Negotiations for Entrepreneurial Ventures (2)
GSBA 594 Special Topics (1-3)

Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Enterprise Concentration

The Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Enterprises Concentration prepares students to strive to achieve success in the triple bottom line: economic, environmental and social. Courses analyze what business must do to be socially responsible in a global landscape. Students develop leadership skills to face complex managerial decisions to align economic wealth creation and social value. A focal point is on management and governance systems, as well as personal values, leading to responsible conduct by firms and their employees.

Students pursuing this concentration are required to complete at least 12 units of any combination of the following electives:
GSBA 513 Corporate Governance and Values (2)
GSBA 531 Business Leadership and Spirituality (2)
GSBA 534 Values, Ethics, and Corporate Culture (3)
GSBA 563 Sustainable Global Supply Chain Management (2)
GSBA 570 Program or Project Management (3)
GSBA 583 Business Initiatives with the Base of the Pyramid (2)
GSBA 594 Microfinance (3)
GSBA 594 Models of Participatory Leadership (3)