Credit hours: 30+ (possible prerequisites)
Online and evening class options
16:1 student-faculty ratio
Start terms: fall, spring, summer
Home to Colorado’s only CIBER institution
CU Denver’s international business curriculum prepares current and future practitioners to work in and contribute to a dynamic global economy. The program features specializations in digital globalization, global supply chain, and global cross-cultural studies. Graduates pursue diverse careers in multinational companies, born-global entrepreneurial ventures, international and government organizations, social enterprises, and educational institutions.
Pathways to International Internship and Employment program provides consulting and internship experience
Classes offered in the evening and online
“My master’s degree has meant more than a higher education opportunity. I feel empowered as a woman and able to contribute to the people who cannot have the access and resources to get a better education.”
– Liliana Ferrua Villanueva '18
Our Master of Science in International Business program addresses important and timely topics needed to succeed in a rapidly changing global economy. Compared to a traditional MBA program, our MS International Business program offers breadth and depth of knowledge of international business. Our student population is made up of driven professionals with a mix of travel experience, international project work, and language fluency. No matter what course you’re taking, you’ll interact with people who will challenge your perspective.
Program highlights include:
You'll gain the knowledge and skills to lead and manage international business operations. Specifically, you'll learn transformational technologies such as blockchain in the global supply chain and practices driving international business such as global buy, global transport, and global pay.
You'll have full access to our Business Career Connections team for life. With over 10 years of recruiting and advising experience, they'll help you navigate your way through the corporate recruiting process. Our connections to over 300 business partners provide exclusive opportunities to network with industry leaders. Their services include:
The MS International Business curriculum consists of 30 hours of international business core, international immersion experience, international specialization, and a free elective. There may be prerequisites that could be waived based on prior business education.
This course is designed to help students enter international business through consulting coursework and mentorships. Projects range depending on company needs. Many students have received internship offers from this course.
Depending on the courses you choose, you may have to take prerequisites to gain the knowledge to be successful in the course. One prerequisite may be counted as your free elective.
Through this course, you'll build a strong foundation on the environment and operations of international business.
Gain a breadth of knowledge in different functional disciplines of international business and global business strategy.
Apply your knowledge and skills to real-world business scenarios and gain exposure to various cross-cultural settings through an internship, study abroad program, or international business consulting course. This requirement allows you to work with the Institute of International Business or the Experiential Learning Center to find an international internship. The Business School offers students a number of study abroad programs every year following fall and spring semesters.
Choose one of three specialization options listed below. These courses span across discipline and help you tackle challenges you’ll face in global markets. Your specialization options are:
Explore other business courses relevant to your success including areas such as entrepreneurship, accounting, business analytics, finance, health administration, information systems, management, marketing, and risk management.
This specialization provides a fundamental understanding of digital globalization and how it is transforming international business. A key emphasis of this specialization is global and cross-border e-commerce such as global buy, transport, and pay. Course topics include:
This specialization provides a fundamental understanding of how goods, services, information, and finances flow in an interlinked global economy. You'll gain knowledge in supply chain management including the flows of products, import-export operations, and technologies shaping the digitization of global trade. Course topics include:
Gain a new perspective and access cultures different than your own. Your options include a semester abroad program, where you'll be fully immersed by taking courses abroad at another university. You also have the option of completing two short-term study abroad programs. These options vary every year and cover unique topics targeted to that area of the world.
The cost of tuition for the MS International Business degree is different for in-state and out-of-state students.
Residents of western states may qualify for in-state tuition. The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) requires that students maintain current residency of WRGP state until degree completion.
Scholarships are available for students. The Business School offers a recurring scholarship opportunity for applicants based on merit at the time of admission. You must have submitted your application by the priority deadline to be considered for this scholarship.
$3,000-$5,000 for incoming students. If you have a GMAT score over 680 you will automatically be contacted for consideration.
As a current student, you can apply for additional scholarships every semester. Some awards are based on program and course enrollment.
Dual degree options for Master of Science programs include all of our MBA programs and all Business School Master of Science programs. We design a specific degree plan so you get through both programs as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. The amount of credits in each dual degree depends on the amount of overlap between degree programs. Eligible Master of Science programs include:
If you are applying for both degrees, you will only need to submit one online application and pay one application fee. Be aware that you must meet specific admission standards for each degree.
Applicants are required to submit all application materials. Interviews are not a part of the admission process. To receive priority admission, we must have received your online application and all other required materials including transcripts and GMAT/GRE scores by the deadline.
You can check your admission status online through the account you created for the online application. You will receive a final decision by email within two to three weeks from submission of all materials.
The admissions committee considers each candidate’s entire record of achievement. This is demonstrated through:
No work experience or formal business education is required for admission. However, professional experience strengthens your application. Candidates with less work experience can show potential through academic and experiential success.
For any questions, please contact our admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-315-8200.
To meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) criteria, you must either showcase your proficiency through past education in English instruction or an English Language Proficiency test. If you are a citizen of a country whose official language is English, you do not have to prove proficiency. See below for a listing of accepted countries.
To claim proficiency, you must complete one of the following criteria. Please note that test scores are valid for two years.
To be eligible for scholarships you must apply by the priority deadlines. Plan to submit materials early to expedite processing. Deadlines apply to all required documents. Please note that if you apply by the final deadlines many classes may be full.
Plan to submit materials early to expedite processing. Deadlines apply to all required documents. To be eligible for scholarships you must apply by the priority deadlines. Please note that if you apply by the final deadlines many classes may be full. Course offerings are limited for summer.
Traveling abroad is a critical part of expanding your perspective. You'll expose yourself to new cultures and business environments. Compare business in various market conditions in both emerging and developed countries. Past trips have covered:
The only CIBER in Colorado, one of two in the Rocky Mountain region, and one of only 15 in the United States, we have established ourselves as a hub of international business expertise. The Center regularly hosts CEOs, government leaders, and renowned academics as a part of their International Executive Roundtable series.
Live projects are a cornerstone to the MS International Business curriculum. Past projects have included working for companies such as:
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