International BusinessDegree Program

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Overview

International know-how could be your key to success in today’s business world

Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a concentration in International Business

We live and work in a global economy that is constantly changing. Consumer and business needs are always evolving, and new regulations and trade agreements happen almost daily. In addition, the Internet has helped to erase geographic boundaries so now even the smallest companies have international customers.

Learn to recognize opportunities…

Organizations that do business internationally need international business professionals who understand the complexities of working with foreign companies. New opportunities exist overseas for company partnerships, mergers, acquisitions, sales, outsourcing, and other relationships, and trained individuals must determine which prospects make the most sense for their organization.

…as well as potential risks

On the flip side, anti-U.S. attitudes and political and social trends in Europe, Russia, Asia, China, India, and the Middle East will affect a company’s future. They will need someone to recognize these threats and help strategize to overcome them.

Distinguish yourself as an International Business expert

Those who succeed in an international business career will be able to monitor and manage differences in:

  • Legal and political systems
  • Accounting and labor standards
  • Economic policies
  • Environmental controls
  • Local and corporate culture
  • Personal interaction and communication practices
  • Religious beliefs and how they affect business
  • Import and export regulations
  • Trade agreements

International Business - A career that can really take you places

Successful International Business leaders must understand and respect other cultures and their regulations. They must enjoy traveling and have in-depth knowledge of other countries. It is also helpful to speak at least one foreign language.

A career in international business could be right for you, if you:

  • Enjoy learning about and working in different cultures
  • Are adept at keeping current with changing regulations
  • Have solid communication and people management skills
  • Can relate statistical research to practical applications
  • Work well in a structured atmosphere
  • Enjoy working with people from different cultures

Careers

Nearly every company is going global, and virtually every aspect of the company is affected.

There are many different careers that an International Business professional can pursue. Professionals in this field typically combine this specialty with an interest or talent they hold in a particular aspect of business. For example, an International Business student who enjoys marketing may seek out opportunities in the marketing department of companies that conduct business globally, and an individual with a hobby of investing in the stock market may be a good fit as a company’s representative to overseas shareholders.

There are four main types of international business career arrangements:

  • Live in the U.S. and work for a U.S. company that does business abroad, with little or no travel involved
  • Live in the U.S. and travel abroad frequently to represent a U.S. company
  • Live in a foreign country while working for a U.S. company, and travel back to the U.S. occasionally or rarely
  • Live in the U.S. and work for a company that is based overseas with little or no travel involved

While the opportunities are endless, below are a few of the most common positions available in the International Business career field:

  • Foreign Service Officer/Diplomat - This group of workers is employed by the U.S. government to live abroad and help protect the interests and the citizens of the U.S. A large part of their job is to promote peace and cooperation with their country of residence. Entry into this field is competitive, and those interested must pass the Foreign Service Officer Test and agree to live anywhere in the world. Salary is dependent upon years of service and level of education, and officers may also receive additional allowances for living and travel. According to the U.S. Department of Affairs, there are five different career tracks for diplomats:
  • Management Officers - run U.S. embassies and make diplomacy work
  • Consular Officers - protect Americans abroad and strengthen U.S. border security
  • Economic Officers - promote U.S. economic and trade interests abroad
  • Political Officers - interpret events and situations related to U.S. interests
  • Public Diplomacy Officers - broaden understanding of American values and policies
  • International Account Rep - Also called International Sales Rep or Executive, this position is responsible for cultivating and/or maintaining relationships with overseas clients. Compensation may include sales bonuses and is usually higher than other sales positions because of the extensive travel that is typically required.
  • International Marketing/Sales Analyst -This position conducts market research to determine which areas overseas might provide good opportunity for the sale of a company’s product or service. Once they are identified, the analysts will do additional research to find out how to sell that product successfully in the new market.
  • International Mergers and Acquisitions Specialist - When a company is looking to partner with or purchase an existing company abroad, the mergers and acquisitions specialist will seek out potential businesses and markets that would be conducive to the company’s goals. This includes:Identifying the best geographic, cultural, and political location for the company to expand; researching the prospective businesses (such as their financials, employees, and facilities); negotiating the purchase or partnership with the potential business; making sure the country’s business laws regarding partnerships and mergers are followed; helping to implement the new relationship with that business.
  • International Product Manager - Whereas international account reps focus on customer relationships, product managers concentrate more on the product and product development. They take ownership of a specific product or product line and typically help to design, enhance, market, sell, and get customer feedback about the product.
  • Import/Export Agent - Also referred to as Brokers, this career bridges the gap between the producer and retailer(s) of that product. Import/export agents work with a manufacturer from one country to buy a product at wholesale, often receiving a volume discount for buying a large quantity. They then resell it to companies in another country. This arrangement can be very beneficial to both the manufacturer and the retailer because:
    • The manufacturer can produce their product faster if they are filling one large order rather than many small ones
    • The manufacturer has less overhead by managing one giant account rather than a large number of smaller ones
    • The retailer also has less overhead if they buy a number of different products from one import/export agent, rather than having accounts with many manufacturers
    • The retailer would pay a much higher price if they bought from the manufacturer on their own because they only need a small amount of the product and therefore would not qualify for the volume discount
    • Neither company has to worry about the obstacles and challenges of doing business with a different country or culture

Whichever country, culture, or area of business is most interesting to you, there’s a career for you in International Business.

Curriculum

International Business Program Curriculum

ProgramCreditsMonths*
Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a concentration in International Business12336
*Average number of months for students to complete program
Program availability varies by location
 

Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a concentration in International Business

The Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a concentration in International Business degree program is designed to prepare you to work for and with companies around the world. The coursework provides insight into different cultures and protocols as well as a well-rounded understanding of the regulations involved in global contracts. Our graduates have the credentials needed to work at a current multinational corporation as well as capabilities required to help a company join the global marketplace.  View Program Course Sheet

Upon completing the International Business program, our graduates:

  • Have the ability to apply financial and economic knowledge to international business affairs
  • Understand the international laws governing intellectual property to include patents, trademarks, and copyrights
  • Think critically at a conceptual level and by using mathematical analysis as well as the scientific method
  • Understand human behavior in the context of the greater society in a culturally diverse world

FAQs

Answer:

Herzing's MBA programs all begin with "business level-setting" courses. Whether a student has years of business experience or not, students will begin with fundamentals that will be a refresher for some and an introduction for others. Additionally Herzing offers tutors and academic support resources both on-campus and through Herzing Online.

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Bachelor's Degree Program Available Certification and Prep-to-sit for Certifications:

CertificationMethod to Earn
SHRM Certified ProfessionalHuman Resources Concentration prepares student to sit for exam
CGBP CertificationInternational Business Concentration prepares student to sit for exam
CAPM CertificationCourse BU345 (Project Management) prepares student to sit for exam
QuickBooks Certified UserCourse AC335 (Computerized Accounting) prepares student to sit for exam
Entrepreneurship CertificateComplete course B234 (Entrepreneurship)
Six Sigma Yellow BeltComplete course BU421 (Operations Management)

MBA Degree Program Available Certification and Prep-to-sit for Certifications:

CertificationMethod to Earn
CMA CertificationFinance & Accounting Concentration prepares student to sit for exam
PMP CertificationProject Management Concentration prepares student to sit for exam
PMI-PBA CertificationProject Management Concentration prepares student to sit for exam
 
Answer:

Concentrations enable a student to customize their business acumen to their career goals, differentiating them in the workforce with specialized knowledge. Herzing currently offers the following business program concentrations.

Bachelor Concentrations:

  1. Business Administration
  2. Entrepreneurial Studies
  3. Human Resource Development
  4. International Business
  5. Marketing
  6. Technology Management

Graduate Concentrations:

  1. Accounting
  2. Business Management
  3. Healthcare Management
  4. Human Resources
  5. Project Management
  6. Public Safety Leadership
  7. Technology Management
Answer:

Herzing's business program is different because it is focused on leadership development according to what has been identified by employers in the global market.

Specifically Herzing's business program offers:

  1. Practical Experience - Students will gain practical experience, understanding the impact of a Changing Global Economy even at the local "mom & pop" level; importance of Leveraging Technology and information to make decisions; and the key skills of Professionalism & Teamwork that are essential to leadership and management.
  2. Industry Certifications - Graduates will earn more than a degree, they will have the opportunity to earn sought-after industry certifications.
  3. Up-to-Two Concentrations - Students in the MBA program have the option to enhance their academic experience by completing up-to-two concentrations.
  4. Dual Credit - Students in the undergraduate program can get a "jump start" on a MBA at the same time. Up-to 12 graduate credits could be taken while still an undergraduate and applied toward both degrees, thereby saving both money and time.
  5. Transfer Friendly - Students with an associate degree from an accredited institution like a Community College can receive up-to 60 credits toward a Herzing Bachelor's degree, and in some instrances may receive more. DEGREE UP students are provided with the opportunity to transfer in additional credits earned after completing an associate degree. Herzing will review all transcripts a student may have, as there is an ability to transfer up-to 75% of their previous credit load toward their Herzing program, thereby saving them time and money.
Answer:

Program length can vary depending upon degree level, number of concentrations, course load and credits transferred, as well as class schedule.

Associate degree is 4-semesters and with a full-time schedule can be completed in two (2) years.

Bachelor's degree program is 9 semesters and depending upon transfer credits, can be completed as a full-time student in three (3) years.

  • When transferring in a Herzing Associate degree: the Bachelor's program can be completed in 4-semesters or 2-years.
  • Students with an associate degree from an accredited institution like a Community College can receive up-to 60 credits toward a Herzing Bachelor's degree saving them time and money.

Graduate degree is a 3-semester program and a student can transfer in up-to 18 credit hours.

Answer:

Yes, Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and our Business program is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). IACBE accreditation represents a level of confidence for a student looking for a business degree. There are only 179 Accredited Memebers.

Answer:

A business degree is a versatile degree that has application in almost every industry from healthcare to manufacturing to tourism to commerce. Herzing offers 6 undergraduate and 7 MBA concentration areas that enable a student to gain relevant additional experience.

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Bachelor of Science in Business Management - International Business
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Bachelor of Science in Business Management - International Business
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Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science in Business Management - International Business
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Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science in Business Management - International Business
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Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science in Business Management - International Business
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Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science in Business Management - International Business
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