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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
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:
- Diverse faculty and student body from different national backgrounds
- Specializations in digital globalization, global supply chain, and cross-cultural studies, and various global study options
- Multiple networking opportunities with MSIB alumni and leaders in international business through guest speakers in classes, panel events, and executive lectures hosted by our Institute of International Business (IIB)
- Downtown Denver and Colorado location, a hub for global business and digital entrepreneurship
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:
- Career workshops – perfect your resume, LinkedIn profile, and job search process
- Individual appointments – explore what your personal career path looks like, review your resume, or schedule a mock interview
- Career events – hone your networking skills and meet hiring managers from top companies
- Job announcements – monthly emails with the latest job and internship opportunities specific to your degree
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.
Depending on the courses you choose, you may have to take prerequisites to gain the knowledge to be successful in the course. Prerequisites may be waived if you have completed an equivalent undergraduate or graduate course from an accredited institution.
International business core I (3 hours)
Through this course, you'll build a strong foundation on the environment and operations of international business.
International business core II (12 hours)
Gain a breadth of knowledge in different functional disciplines of international business and global business strategy.
- International entrepreneurship
- International business negotiations
- New global business opportunities
- Marketing challenge at the global frontier
- International Accounting
- International Financial Management
- Inbound International Taxation
International Immersion Experience (3 hours)
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.
International specialization electives (9 hours)
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:
- Digital globalization
- Global supply chain
- Cross-cultural studies
Free elective (3 hours)
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:
- Transformational technologies in international business
- Digital strategy for entrepreneurs
- Global e-commerce
- Protecting information assets
- Cyber risk management
Global Supply Chain
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:
- Blockchain technology in the global supply chain
- Supply chain management
- Global sourcing and procurement
- Global e-commerce
- International trade finance and management
Global Cross-Cultural Studies
This specialization provides the cross-cultural perspectives and experiential learning opportunities through various study abroad programs. Students can immerse in foreign cultures by taking courses abroad in a foreign university for a full semester, or through short-term field visits to various countries. Before embarking on their international journeys, students will be prepared with cross-cultural and global communication skills. Course topics include:
- Intercultural communication
- Global communication
International Business jobs are found in corporate, public sector and non-profit organizations. Many companies either currently conduct business internationally or are considering it. Knowledge gained in your program can be used across many different functional areas.
International Business Job Titles
- Contract Administrator
- Foreign Currency Investment Advisor
- Foreign Sales Representative
- Foreign Service Officer
- Human Resource Administrator
- Import/Export Coordinator
- Inventory Specialist
- Investment Services Representative
- Logistics and Sourcing Coordinator
- Meeting and Convention Planner
- Operations Coordinator
- Product/Project Manager
- Purchasing Agent/ Supply Chain
- Sales Support/ Account Manager
- Trade Specialist
Visit our Careers page for more detailed information on the resources available.
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. As a current student, you can apply for 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:
- MS Accounting
- MS Business Analytics
- MS Finance and Risk Management
- MS Global Energy Management
- MS Health Administration
- MS Information Systems
- MS International Business
- MS Management
- MS Marketing
- MS Taxation
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. For more information about dual degree options and the application process, please contact BSchool.Admissions@ucdenver.edu.
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.
- Applicants must have completed an undergraduate program at an accredited United States college or its equivalent in another country.
- The GMAT is required for admission, however, the GRE may be substituted. GMAT waivers are available on a case-by-case basis and can be requested while completing the online application.
- No work experience or formal business education is required for admission.
How Decisions Are Made
The admissions committee considers each candidate’s entire record of achievement. This is demonstrated through:
- Academic transcripts
- GMAT/GRE scores
- Essay responses
- Letters of recommendation if applicable
- Work experience
- Extracurricular and community activities
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.
- Submit a TOEFL score that meets the minimum requirements of 75 (IBT) or 537 (PBT). The minimum IBT sub scores for each section are: Reading: 15, Listening: 15, Speaking: 18, Writing: 17.
- Submit an IELTS score of at least 6.5 The minimum IELTS sub scores for the reading, listening, speaking, and writing sections are 5.5.
- Submit a copy of completion from the CU Denver ESL Academy.
- Earned an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in the United States or has successfully completed a minimum of two semesters of full-time study in a master’s program at an accredited institution in the United States.
- Have graduated from a US/UK accredited school abroad with English as the medium of instruction.
- Earned an associate's or bachelor's degree in the US or have successfully completed a minimum of two semesters of full-time study in a master's program at an accredited institution in the US.
- Be a citizen of a country whose official language is English. These countries include Australia, Belize, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, Ghana, United Kingdom, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
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.
- Priority: April 15
- Final: June 30
- Priority: March 15
- Final: May 15
- Priority: October 15
- Final: November 30
- Priority: September 15
- Final: October 15
- Priority: February 15
- Final: April 30
- Priority: January 15
- Final: March 15
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:
- Innovation in Cuba
- Sports and entertainment in London
- Leadership in Dubai
- Sustainability in Denmark
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:
- Solix Technologies
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