Top Ranked School with a Degree in International Business - Seattle, WA

Seattle has three universities with programs in international business. Find the best program for you by reading about schools' rankings, program offerings and tuition info.

School and Ranking Information

International business studies in and near Seattle, WA, are offered in both 2- and 4-year colleges and universities. Based on rankings, graduation rates and levels of study, the following institutions are considered the top Seattle schools for international business degree programs:

  • Winner: The University of Washington - Seattle Campus has highly ranked international business programs, is the largest school in terms of enrollment and has the highest graduation rate, earning it the top spot among the three schools. International business can be studied at both the bachelor's and master's degree levels.
  • Runner Up #1: Emerging as the first runner up is Seattle University, because its graduation rate is nearly equal to that of the University of Washington and it is a highly ranked regional school. Its bachelor's and master's degree programs in business offer international business studies.
  • Runner Up #2: Coming in third is the City University of Seattle. Though it is not ranked and has the lowest graduation rate among the schools, this university has the lowest student-to-faculty ratio and offers online courses. Students can earn a bachelor's or master's degree in international business.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle University City University of Seattle
Rankings (2013) 18th among undergraduate international business programs;
23rd among best graduate business schools*
10th among regional universities (West)* N/A
Location Seattle, WA Seattle, WA Seattle, WA
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $12,383 (undergraduate, in-state),
$29,938 (undergraduate, out-of-state);
$14,358 (graduate, in-state),
$26,768 (graduate, out-of-state)**
$34,800 (undergraduate);
$19,338 (graduate)**
$14,440 (undergraduate);
$15,192 (graduate)**
International Business Degree Levels Offered Bachelor's and master's degrees Bachelor's and master's degrees Bachelor's and master's degrees
International Business Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 N/A 42** N/A
Most Popular International Business Program in 2011-2012 N/A Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (31 awarded)** N/A
Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2006 Entering Class 81%** 78%** 25%**
Noteworthy Students get numerous opportunities to develop leadership skills Features a program in which local executives mentor undergraduate seniors and graduate students Management school's professors have experience working in the business field

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator.

Winner: University of Washington - Seattle Campus

  • 15:1 student-faculty ratio
  • Students study a foreign language and have opportunities to practice abroad
  • Internships are available with both local and international companies
  • Mentors guide undergraduate students throughout the program

Students pursuing a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Michael G. Foster School of Business can pursue an international studies in business certificate. In addition to completing coursework in international business and a foreign language, students practice their foreign language skills through a study-abroad experience or international internship. Students may also opt to participate in team projects with a partner company.

Individuals pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree can earn a global business certificate. Only MBA students are eligible to enroll in the certificate program. Students in this program participate in an international experience, such as a foreign exchange program, international study tour, international business competition or internship. In addition to required courses, students can take international electives through the School of Business, as well as other graduate departments.

Runner-Up #1: Seattle University

  • Business school accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • Speakers on international business issues visit the school
  • Faculty members published in leading business journals
  • Students can complete international business internships or study abroad

Seattle University's Albers School of Business and Economics offers both bachelor's and master's degree programs that focus on international business. The Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration program's international business emphasis may include coursework in international management, international trade and finance, international marketing and business law. To meet the graduation requirement for two supplemental activities, students can choose to study a foreign language, do an internship, study abroad or complete a related minor.

The Master of International Business program requires foreign language competency and an international experience. Graduate students may also participate in a program for leadership formation. Courses cover international marketing, international consulting, finance, international law, cultural issues, international strategy and team development.

Runner-Up #2: City University of Seattle

  • 7:1 student-faculty ratio
  • Program is available both online and at the campus
  • Study-abroad opportunities are available in Central Europe and Greece

The School of Management at City University of Seattle offers undergraduate and graduate international business programs. Undergraduates enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program can choose a concentration in international management. After completing lower-division general education and business core requirements, students take specialized international business courses. Some topics covered in these upper-division courses include geopolitics, international trade and international financial management.

The management school also offers a Master of Business Administration program with emphasis options in global management and global marketing. Students craft business plans as they complete courses in areas like business communication, applied marketing, global business law, managerial accounting, financial management and operations. The global management emphasis includes courses in human resource management, leadership and international business. Global marketing students study PR, channel management and brand creation.

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