The Master of International Business (MIB) curriculum focuses on the interaction of political, economic and cultural aspects of global business and enables students to develop a better understanding of the relationship between enterprise and government. Students can also develop a further specialization in a chosen area of interest through elective coursework in international business and international politics.
The MIB curriculum consists of 30 credit hours, including 15 hours of core courses, 6 hours of international business electives, 6 hours of international studies electives, and 3 hours of foreign policy. Elective courses will vary by semester and are subject to change. The following is a listing of the MIB coursework:
Core Requirements (15 hours)
IBUS734 – International Business Negotiations. (3) An advanced examination of how decision makers in business and government settings manage the process and outcomes of negotiations. Cross-cultural negotiations in a global business environment.
IBUS705 – Sustaining the Global Enterprise. (3) Examines the management of strategic, structural, and informal processes within multinational corporations; and how to lead a global workforce.
IBUS706 – Nation States, Regional Networks and Global Markets. (3) Introduces conceptual frameworks to understand globalization and the changes taking place in the international political economy, and the interactions of governments and global organizations. (New course)
IBUS707 – Comparative Institutional Systems. (3) Introduces conceptual perspectives for understanding economic events in the global economy; and a comparative view of national institution-based systems.
POLI710 – Introduction to International Relations. (3) An introduction to the field of international relations, including causes of war, world order, international distribution of wealth, durability of state system, and the individual in the world system.
International Business Electives* (6 hours)
IBUS711 – Global Corporate Valuation. (3) Application of key corporate valuation models in evaluating different business situations facing multinational corporations.
IBUS713 – Global Financial Markets. (3) Advanced issues in the structure of global financial markets, including the Eurobond, foreign bond, syndicated credit, Euronote, and swap markets.
IBUS715 – Foreign Market Entry and Growth. (3) International market selection, foreign market entry, and growth and regional expansion strategies.
IBUS716 – Cross-border Alliances and Joint Ventures. (3) Strategic management of cooperative strategies (e.g., joint ventures, strategic alliances, cooperative agreements).
IBUS718 – Consulting and Organizational Development in MNCs. (3) Restructuring and transformation initiatives within multinational organizations as internal consultants and/or change agents.
IBUS732 – Comparative Management. (3) Cross-cultural analysis of management theory and practice in select countries and regional markets.
IBUS735 – International Mergers and Acquisitions. (3) Practical skills to effectively transact international mergers and acquisitions. Focus given to essential strategic, financial, organizational and legal factors.
IBUS736 – Strategic Management of Global Supply Chains. (3) Strategic frameworks for designing and managing global supply chains, including management of operational practices from an international perspective.
IBUS738 – International Business and Sustainable Development. (3) An introduction to international environmental and social management issues that affect an organization’s sustainable development initiatives.
ECON705 – Economic Development. (3) Overall view of problems of economic development, including its history and relationship to the modern world. Brief consideration is given to such noneconomic factors as political, sociological, and cultural environments. Basic theories of growth are presented and critically evaluated.
International Studies (International Relations/Comparative Politics) Electives* (6 Hours)
POLI719 – Politics and Social Change. (3) Systematic survey, analysis, and comparison of major contemporary theoretical works on political and social change.
POLI724 – Religion and Politics. (3) Religion as a factor in the comparative politics and international relations of states and societies.
POLI733 – International Organization. (3) Examination of theoretical and substantive problems relating to the development and functioning of international intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations.
POLI734 – Economics of International Politics. (3) Study of the international political significance of economic issues relating to monetary reform, trade, aid, and economic development.
POLI737 – Nationalism and Politics. (3) Proeminar on the politics of nationalism from both the political sociology and international relations perspectives.
LAWS784 – Transnational Law (3) A survey course focusing on the actors, sources, and principles of international and transnational law.
Foreign Policy Elective* (3 hours)
POLI731 – Government and Politics of Latin America. (3) This course examines the nature of democracy and democratic transitions, the relationship between economic and political development, and the causes and effects of different economic development strategies in Latin America.
POLI746 – Chinese Foreign Policy. (3) A seminar on the Chinese tradition in foreign policy and the foreign policies of the Republic of China and the People’s Republic of China, emphasizing the impact of domestic Chinese affairs on their foreign relations in the post-World War II period.
POLI747 – Japanese Foreign Policy. (3) A seminar on the foreign policy of Japan with emphasis on the post-World War II period and on the analysis of Japanese objectives and capabilities in international relations.
POLI749 – International Relations of the Middle East. (3) Foreign policies and international relations of the Middle East, focusing on relations within the region and with the West and Soviet bloc.
POLI781 – Government and Politics of Japan. (3) Explores the key institutions, actors, and processes of contemporary Japanese domestic politics.
POLI782 – Problems in Chinese Government and Politics. (3) The Chinese political tradition as it has merged with Communist theory and practice with special attention to problems of regionalism, localism, and central planning.
POLI783 – Dynamics of Middle East Politics. (3) The comparative politics of the Arab countries and inter-Arab relations. Comparative analysis is used to study common political problems (authority, participation, integration) and political structures. Aspects of inter-Arab relations analyzed include: Arab unity, the Israeli conflicts, and East-West competition.
POLI784 – Government and Politics of Europe. (3) Proseminar in European politics. Themes include party systems and voting behavior, parliamentary politics, public policy, democratization and privatization in Central and Eastern Europe, and research on the European Union.
POLI785 – Contemporary Russian Politics. (3) An examination of current domestic issues in Russia and other states of the former Soviet Union, focusing on the institutions, processes, and results of policy decisions.
* Courses are offered in varying semesters and are subject to change.