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Top Schools for International Business

Get information about degree programs in international business, through which students learn about trade and commerce on a global scale. Get program rankings and options for four leading universities, as well as an overview of what's available at other top schools that offer studies in international business. View article »

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International business programs can be found at many top schools that have been highly ranked for their programs. Students may find bachelor's and doctoral programs that focus specifically on the subject, while international business at the master's level is most commonly found as a specialization within a Master of Business Administration program. Students who are interested in international business can find undergraduate and graduate programs at the renowned Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, an Ivy League institution. The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and New York University also offer undergraduate and graduate programs in international business. Students at the University of South Carolina in Columbia can earn a graduate degree. Each of these schools was nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report for 2017.

University of South Carolina in Columbia

The University of South Carolina is a public institution that was ranked first for its graduate level international business program by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. The university's Darla Moore School of Business offers undergraduates 20 different study abroad options around the world. Graduate students can pursue a unique International Master of Business Administration program with two tracks. The language track allows for the study of one of eight foreign languages; requirements for the global track include courses in regional business practices and strategies.

University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

The University of Pennsylvania tied for eighth among national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2017, as well as tied for fifth for its graduate program in international business. The university's Wharton School offers an undergraduate concentration and a Master of Business Administration in Global Analysis and Multinational Management. Students may also be interested in the interdisciplinary Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, which leads to a dual Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts. Programs offered by the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies, as well as jointly by the Wharton School and the School of Advanced International Studies, culminate in an dual MBA and Master of Arts. An executive MBA program, known as the Wharton-INSEAD Alliance, is also available.

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

The University of Michigan's Ross School of Business placed seventh on U.S. News & World Report's list of international business programs for 2017, which made it the highest-ranked international business program in the Midwest for that year. Undergraduate programs include both a major and minor in international business. Graduate students can pursue a Doctor of Philosophy. Unique to the school is its Asian Studies program, through which students can pursue a joint MBA and a master's degree in Chinese studies. The Ross School's Center for International Business Education and Research also funds scholarships, overseas study programs, and multidisciplinary internships.

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New York University in New York

New York University's Stern School of Business was ranked ninth on U.S. News and World Report's list of the best graduate-level international business programs for 2017. Graduate students at NYU can enroll in a full-time MBA program a pursue a specialization in global business. In addition to core MBA coursework, students take courses that focus on the international aspects of business, preparing them for future success in jobs at multinational companies, government institutions, or international organizations. Undergraduates at NYU can choose to co-concentrate in global business, taking courses such as Emerging Markets Finance and Globalization of the Entertainment Industry. Undergraduate juniors and seniors can also participate in the International Business Exchange or IBEX program, in which they spend a semester abroad at a business school in another country, such as the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark or Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, among others.

Top International Business Programs

The following six schools also offer exceptional international business programs.

School Name Distinction Location
Harvard University Harvard Business School has partnerships with Global Centers in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America Cambridge, MA
Georgetown University Offers a professional certificate program in international business management Washington, D.C.
University of Chicago Offers the Summer Business Scholars program Chicago, IL
Duke University Offers a Global Executive MBA program Durham, NC
Dartmouth College Has a Center for Global Business and Government Hanover, NH
University of Washington Offers an Executive Education program Seattle, WA

Students who want to study international business can find programs that provide excellent education in the field at top universities, including the University of South Carolina and the University of Pennsylvania. Many schools, such as the University of Michigan and New York University, provide real-world training through study abroad opportunities.

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