Schools with Import-Export Degrees and Programs: How to Choose

Those interested in the effect that imports and exports have on local and national economies can pursue an associate, bachelor's or master's degree in international business through a 2-year or 4-year school. Specialized training in importing and exporting is available through a few certificate programs.

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Students interested in the the ins and outs of importing and exporting may wish to pursue degrees in international business, as they will offer broad training in the international business field which will likely include training in import-export.

Top 10 International Business Schools

The following universities all offer programs at various academic levels in international business, which will include training in importing and exporting. Tuition rates are based on the 2015-2016 school year.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate
Tuition & Fees*
University of South Carolina Columbia, SC 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $11,482 (in-state), $30,298 (out-of-state)
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's $47,750
University Southern California Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's $50,277
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's $49,536
University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $13,431 (in-state), $38,139 (out-of-state)
Florida International University Miami, FL 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $6,556 (in-state), $18,954 (out-of-state)
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $13,856 (in-state), $43,476 (out-of-state)
Georgetown University District of Columbia 4-year, Private not-for-profit Certificate, Bachelor's, Master's $48,611
San Diego State University San Diego, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $6,976 (in-state), $18,136 (out-of-state)
Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $39,226

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

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School Selection Criteria

Professionals who want to engage in international trade can find colleges and universities across the U.S. that offer import-export programs at various levels. Students interested in commerce programs may want to keep these considerations in mind:

  • Students who are new to the field of international business will benefit from an undergraduate degree in business administration augmented with international relations courses and study-abroad opportunities.
  • For individuals that already have work experience, enrolling in a certificate program in import-export will help them gain specific skills.
  • Students may look for programs that offer study-abroad opportunities, as they provide networking opportunities as well as cultural awareness.
  • Some programs include training for certification, such as the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators' Global Business Professional credentialing exam.

Certificate Programs

Certificate programs are aimed at working professionals seeking additional, specialized training. Some require students to be enrolled in a degree program simultaneously. A review of prerequisites is recommended prior to application. Certificate programs usually consist of about 12-15 credit hours. Some programs require a practicum.

Associate Degree Programs

Though there is no import-export associate degree, many business administration and international trade degree programs offer specialization in import-export procedures along with coursework in business and cultural studies. Associate degree programs can also help working professionals update their knowledge of import-export regulations.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Business administration degree programs may appeal to students interested in the wider business world. Many of these programs offer electives and concentrations in the import-export field. Those interested specifically in trading can pursue a degree in international studies.

Master's Degree Programs

Applicable master's degree programs include those in international business administration and international policy management. Some graduates of master's degree programs become employed at the managerial level, while others take on entrepreneurial pursuits. Some programs offer courses on weekends or online. Programs can typically be completed within two years by full-time students.

Depending on an individual's career goals and previous work history, there are a number of degree and certificate program options that focus on import-export in the field of international business. Students may want to look for programs with study-abroad opportunities and training for specific certifications.

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