The Top 50 International Business Degrees of 2020
Study.com’s team of education experts scoured the nation to find the 50 best international business degree programs available. We kept affordability and accessibility in mind and created our list using the Department of Education’s data on retention rates, financial aid, tuition, and more. The top schools on our list include those offering student groups in international business, study abroad or professor-led travel opportunities, and options for global work experiences close to campus. The schools on our list also have earned the prestigious AACSB accreditation – a key accreditation for all business programs. If your goal is to earn a bachelor’s degree before entering the international business arena, or if you want to earn a graduate degree after working in the field, you’ll find the best school for your needs on this list.
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1. Florida International University
Florida International University tops our list of best international business degrees because of its abundant program offerings and location in an urban setting with proximity to a variety of global companies. Based in Miami, Florida International University features a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business, along with two master's programs: a Master of International Business and an International MBA. Students are immersed in global business experiences via study-abroad or travel opportunities, global business seminars, and internships with international business leaders.
2. The University of Tampa
The University of Tampa, in Florida, combines international business education with specialized training in a specific business area through seven fantastic international business undergraduate programs:
- BS in International Business and Entrepreneurship
- BS in International Business and Economics
- BS in International Business and Management Information Systems
- BS in International Business and Marketing
- BS in International Business and Finance
- BS in International Business and Management
- BS in International Business and Accounting
Students can also find an international business focus in the university's MBA program, which provides in-depth training through international travel courses and training on global management strategies and issues. The wealth of international business programs here are led by experts in global business, most of whom (97%!) have doctorates, who embrace practical learning through guest speakers, in-class consulting options and travel courses.
3. University of South Carolina - Columbia
A commitment to hands-on learning and global experiences – like the U of SC Consortium in Greece or a global program in Tuscany - puts the University of South Carolina - Columbia among the top 5 schools on our list of international business degree standouts. At this South Carolina school, B.S. in International Business students can double major in international business and another business field, and choose from cohort tracks focused on business in China, Eurasia, Europe, South America, or North Africa and the Middle East. The university’s Master of International Business offers a flexible curriculum led by knowledgeable international business faculty. An international MBA with a global immersion option is also offered here.
4. Northwood University
With an underlying mission to produce global leaders, Northwood University, in Midland, MI, offers a top-notch Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business program that emphasizes cultural understanding, immersion in a global business setting, and foreign language acquisition. An impressive 100% of graduates report being employed in an international business position after earning their degree at Northwood.
5. Wayne State University
Wayne State University stands out on our list because it provides international business students with unique opportunities for hands-on learning through student groups focused on international business and global economic development. Wayne State University is ideally located near the business hub of Detroit, Michigan, offering opportunities for internships and workshops in the global business field. Students looking to study international business at this university can find an MBA in International Business, an MBA in Global Supply Chain Management, and a B.A. or a B.S. in global supply chain management.
6. College of Charleston
The College of Charleston, in Charleston, SC, has a Bachelor of Science in International Business that stands out for its experienced faculty, including ten faculty members recognized as international business experts. Students can enhance their global business acumen by completing a required foreign language minor, with options in Russian, Japanese, or Arabic, to name a few. To further prepare students for careers in the global business world, the college requires study abroad and offers numerous internship opportunities.
7. Arizona State University - Tempe
Arizona State University in Tempe offers a stellar lineup of international business programs, including a B.A. in Global Politics, an add-on international business certificate for any undergraduate business degree and an MBA with an emphasis in International Business. Students can explore global business fundamentals through the impressive array of study abroad programs available here – 300 programs are offered in 60 countries.
8. University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
The University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee boasts an AACSB-accredited business program that provides a top-notch international business certificate program to enhance undergraduate business degrees in accounting, human resources management, finance, marketing, and supply chain and operations management. International study is critical to this certificate program, and students can choose from a European business immersion, Southeast Asia study abroad, or business in Baltic countries programs.
9. Harding University
Based in Searcy, AR, Harding University boasts an international business student organization that combines the Christian principles the university is known for with the cultural and business principles needed to succeed in a global marketplace. Its BBA in International Business utilizes applied learning options in an international environment to prepare students for their careers. A wide array of concentrations available for the international business degree, allowing students to choose from fundamental business areas like information systems, marketing, sales, and project management, or from the more globally oriented foreign language concentration.
10. Temple University
Philadelphia’s Temple University places its students in the heart of the international business world, offering foreign language immersion programs, exchange programs in global hotspots like Korea and Taiwan, and summer programs in Asia. The school features an impressive array of global business programs, offering a BBA in International Business with more granular concentrations in global business, an MBA in International Management, and a PhD in International Business Administration.
11. Western Washington University
Real-world experience in a global setting makes Western Washington University another standout option for students seeking an international business education. This Bellingham-based university offers a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with an International Business concentration as well as an international business minor. The university encourages global experience from day one, so students can find opportunities to study abroad in Finland, France, and India, to name just a few. All that experience paves the way to a variety of careers in the international business world, with some alumni acquiring positions as a Manager of International Relationships in Business or in global non-profit work and public policy.
12. University of Hawaii at Manoa
The University of Hawaii at Manoa’s stellar lineup of extracurricular activities in international business fields puts this university firmly in the top 20 of our list. The university proudly offers an Asian field study course where students can see firsthand the factories, businesses and economic infrastructure that makes up the Asian economy. Students in the BBA in International Business program have a wealth of global study options available at their fingertips, like an international exchange agreement, an international business student organization, and a consortium for international business education and research. An AACSB-accredited Global MBA is also offered here and features a unique focus on Asia and the Pacific region
13. University of Delaware
Graduates of the University of Delaware’s Bachelor of Science in International Business Studies program make their way to the top industries, including sales, analyst, and customer relations positions with JP Morgan Chase, Bloomberg, and CFE International. This Newark, DE, based university’s MBA program with a concentration in international business provides a rich experience in conducting business in more than one country and stands out for its commitment to providing a quality education to international students and U.S. citizens alike.
14. University of Georgia
At the Terry College of Business, in Athens, GA, a whopping 85% of students participate in an internship and nearly half are immersed in global learning through study abroad. The university offers a Bachelor of Science in Business - International Business co-major for students who want the added benefit of global education to boost their career opportunities. Opportunities to live and work in far-flung locales are abundant here, with study abroad options for international business students in Bermuda, London, Oxford, and Panama.
15. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Professional, principled, and problem solvers are just some of the phrases used by corporate leaders to describe graduates of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s business program. One of the largest business schools in North Carolina, the university’s Bryan School offers a robust international business curriculum through both a Bachelor of Science in International Business and an MBA with an international business concentration. Amazon, Lenovo, Volvo, and Syngenta are just some of the corporations who have hired graduates of this business school.
16. University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
With a host of scholarship opportunities for international business students, numerous student groups emphasizing global business acumen, and abundant experiential learning options, the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire easily earns a spot on our list. Graduates of the university’s Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business have landed key positions at multinational corporations like Hormel Foods and Graco, among many others.
17. University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
The interdepartmental nature of this Bachelor of Science in International Business program and the emphasis on the global nature of business in today’s world sets it apart from its competitors. At the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse, international business courses are taught by well-rounded faculty who speak non-English languages and pull from global experiences and a wealth of business knowledge to teach students. A wealth of options for study abroad can be found here, further rounding out a student’s education with study options in Slovakia, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand and so many more.
18. University at Buffalo
Building a strong portfolio is the emphasis at this New York school’s standout B.S. in Business Administration – International Business program, which offers a host of experiential learning options through such notable choices as the Career Passport Program, which builds relationships with alumni and potential employers. University at Buffalo’s commitment to international experience shines through its partnerships with colleges across the world, research projects and faculty-led trips.
19. James Madison University
At James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, VA, a whopping 97% of the 2019 international business program graduates were employed or pursuing continuing education endeavors within 6 months of graduation. Networking opportunities are abundant here, through the Global Commerce Club, which also offers students plenty of opportunities to gain cultural knowledge and an understanding of global concerns. The university supports its BBA in International Business students by offering plentiful scholarships and awards, including an outstanding international business graduate award.
20. Salem State University
Based in the historic city of Salem, MA, and just 30 minutes from Boston, Salem State University is uniquely situated to offer global experiences for students in the Bachelor of Science in Business with an International Business concentration. Salem State’s international business program combines liberal arts with business principles, encouraging students to learn a foreign language and study in a global setting for maximum career potential. The university also offers a unique double major: BSBA in International Business with a BA in World Languages and Cultures, which includes concentrations in Spanish, Italian, or French.
21. Florida Atlantic University
Based in the culturally rich city of Boca Raton, Florida Atlantic University proudly offers a vast array of international business topics through three world-class programs. Whether it’s getting an in-depth look at emerging markets and cross-cultural management through the Professional MBA in International Business, specializing in the field through the B.S. in Management with a concentration in International Business, or getting a broad-based business and management perspective through the BBA in International Business, students have a variety of choices to prepare for high-level careers in a global marketplace.
22. University of North Florida
Introduced in 1995, the International Business Program proudly serves as a flagship program at the Jacksonville-based University of North Florida. This distinction offers students a host of opportunities, from an award-winning Global MBA program, bachelor’s programs in Spain and France, and scholarships, like the SAILS scholarship that awards up to $2,500 for study abroad activities. Students can choose from a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business, an international business minor, or an MBA with a concentration in International Business.
23. Lindenwood University
Longevity plays a key role at this university, where the business school has been offering degrees for a truly impressive 100-plus years. This long-standing commitment to education reaps dividends for students through strong relationships with businesses and corporations who support hands-on learning experiences, internships, and on-campus student-run programs to build students’ business acumen. Based in St. Charles, MO, Lindenwood University proudly features three international business programs for students to choose from, including a B.A. or B.S. in business administration with an international business emphasis and an MBA with an emphasis in international business.
24. Oklahoma State University – Main Campus
At Oklahoma State University’s main campus in Stillwater, the business school awarded an impressive $1.2 million in scholarship funds to students, including international business students. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in International Business offers an immersive, cross-cultural education where students get the essentials of business administration principles, international business concepts, cultural knowledge, and foreign language skills. All those skills combine to prepare students for a host of careers; in fact, 94% of students graduating from this program were employed or in graduate school within 3 months of earning a degree.
25. University of Memphis
University of Memphis stands out for its commitment to science-driven business and management principles, which are evident in the business program’s extensive faculty experience and rigorous curriculum. The BBA in International Business program is led by experts in global business who are frequently recognized for their research and published works. The international business degree combines theory with practical applications to produce career-ready, globally aware professionals.
26. Iowa State University
Based in Ames, Iowa State University stands out for its focus on fundamental business principles in conjunction with an immersive global educational experience for students in the international business program. The internal business program at this university requires students to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business with a major in one of ten fields (such as business economics or finance) and complete a secondary major in international business. Students get a rich cultural experience along with global business expertise through study abroad or international internship options, such as a tropical agricultural production and trade program in Panama.
27. University of Toledo
The University of Toledo’s College of Business and Innovation top-ranked international business program emphasizes career readiness, with a notable 83% job placement rate for graduates. Before you land that job though, you’ll need additional support, and this Ohio school has that, too, from the business career programs office that helps students find internships (85% of business students participate in experiential learning opportunities here) to a robust study abroad program that combines cultural experiences with business, like programs in London, Costa Rica, and Berlin.
28. The University of Texas at Dallas
International business students at the University of Texas at Dallas have a wealth of extracurricular activities to choose from to enhance their global business acumen, including volunteer and guest speaker activities through the Global Business Organization that encourages student interaction with global business leaders. Students in the B.S. in Global Business can find abundant study abroad opportunities like summer internships, faculty-led trips, and exchange programs. A Master of Science in International Management Studies and a Ph.D. in International Management Studies are also available here.
29. University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus
This university earns a spot on our list for its unique approach to international business education with a certificate program attached to the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. This allows students to combine a global education with foundational skills in a major of their choice, such as finance, supply chain management, or accounting. Students can find abundant opportunities for international study here, such as the Global Business Institute internship or International Internship program. Those who want to combine service with education can pursue a service-learning project in Latin America, Eastern Europe, and more.
30. CUNY Bernard M Baruch College
Based in the global hub of Manhattan, Baruch College offers students a premier international business experience through its Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business program. Baruch College’s program isn’t for everybody – only around 55 students are accepted in each cohort, and students must apply to this major separately. This degree program allows students to gain expertise in a foundational business area and hone global business skills through international business projects, foreign language acquisition, and global immersion opportunities.
31. University of Iowa
Students at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, are uniquely positioned to study international business through an international business certificate acquired while earning a BBA in one of six fields of study. The certificate program emphasizes language and cultural experience, as well as a focus on international relations, global institutions, and international business functions. The university’s Tippie College of Business hosts a variety of international experiences through the Global Engagement Student Advisory Board and its Tippie Buddies program pairs international and American students through fun campus events.
32. Texas A & M University - College Station
The Center for International Business Studies Texas A & M University in College Station allows students to add on a focused international business certificates to a BBA, MBA, or MS degree program offered through Mays Business School. Texas A&M University boasts a global semester exchange program with opportunities to study in 27 countries, through partnerships with 44 schools. In case that’s not enough global experiences, students can also find international internships and field trips to boost cultural knowledge, business acumen, and the resume all while getting immersed in a new country.
33. State University of New York at New Paltz
The State University of New York in New Paltz, NY, sits on the cutting edge of international business education, offering a dual Bachelor of Science in International Business and Asian Studies in addition to a B.S. in International Business. Choosing the dual major means students get a jump on their careers in the fast-growing Asian markets through studies in Asian language and culture, in addition to business principles.
34. San Diego State University
San Diego State University in California stands out for its Bachelor of Arts in International Business, which combines key tenets of both the business school and the college of arts and letters. Abundant resources are available for international business students here, including advisors who support students on-campus and abroad and a robust alumni network with a mentoring program. An impressive 100% of international business students at San Diego State University complete both an internship and a global experience. This school also offers a unique Master of Science Degree in Global Business Development program.
35. Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge, makes our list of the best international business degrees for its multitude of offerings, including the one-of-a-kind Bachelor of Science in International Trade and Finance – the only one you’ll find in the state of Louisiana. Students can add an international business minor to any degree program here or focus on global management through the B.S. in Management with a concentration in international management. A host of international study options can be found here, too, like the International Business Seminars program or options through the impressive 400 programs or partnerships the university supports.
36. Appalachian State University
Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Boone, NC, Appalachian State University stands out for the emphasis on international business and markets throughout all of its business programs. In addition to the BSBA in International Business and an MBA with a concentration in international business, the university requires all business majors to participate in an international experience. Students can get firsthand cultural experience through exchange opportunities in more than 25 countries, including such far-flung areas as South Africa, Russia, and Vietnam.
37. University of Arkansas
Fayetteville’s University of Arkansas is uniquely situated in the business hub of Northwest Arkansas and provides an array of global business features to students thanks to its abundant corporate partnerships. The university combines business fundamentals with a global perspective through its Bachelor of Science in International Business program, which features nine concentrations in areas like supply chain management, economics, or finance. The university also offers an MBA with a concentration in Strategic and International Management.
38. Illinois State University
Illinois State University, in Normal, IL, is in a class of its own as the only Illinois public university that offers an international business major. The B.A. or B.S. in International Business program builds in a foreign language requirement to the curriculum and continues its interdisciplinary approach with concentration options in other critical business fields, like management, insurance, and accounting.
39. SUNY College at Plattsburgh
SUNY College at Plattsburgh joins our list of top degrees thanks to the exceptional international business faculty who are not just experts in the international business field but are also top scholars, with 85% of faculty holding a Ph.D. This New York college offers a Bachelor of Science in International Business that encourages cultural immersion by learning a foreign language or participating in a global experience at one of the college’s impressive study abroad options in 600 locations.
40. Southeast Missouri State University
Southeast Missouri State University, in Cape Girardeau, proudly offers a robust international business program led by global business experts and enhanced with global experiences through short-term or semester long study abroad programs. To cap off their experiences in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in International Business program, students can find internships at such global leaders as Boeing, Cintas, and Sprint. Students can also find an MBA in International Business here.
41. Grand Valley State University
Based in Allendale, MI, Grand Valley State University boasts an international business BBA program that features a personalized educational experience with an emphasis on students’ future careers. In fact, about 70% of IB graduates are working in the global business field, according to the school. Internships, study abroad, and language acquisition are just some of the outstanding features available for global business learners
42. University of Nevada-Reno
Students at the University of Nevada’s Reno campus can find a host of cultural and global opportunities while earning a Bachelor of Science in International Business. Some of the outstanding global features here include international partnerships with 10 universities, trade missions to Turkey and Chile, global research symposia, and study abroad options including Singapore, Costa Rica, and Buenos Aires.
43. Central Michigan University
Central Michigan University is home to a robust BSBA in International Business program that is led by global business experts and supported by grants from the U.S. Dept of Education’s Business and International Education Program. Students can explore global business careers and opportunities through the International Business Student Association or via international work experience or study options.
44. Washington State University
Washington State University, in Pullman, WA, proudly offers international business programs led by outstanding faculty members with global experience, including a few Fulbright scholars. Students can choose from a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a major in International Business and a fully online MBA with an international business concentration. The International Business Institute is the hub for all international business students, offering plentiful global experience options, scholarships to fund global study, international internships, and a host of worldwide partnerships with universities and businesses.
45. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The University of Nebraska in Lincoln is jam packed with unique features and programs for students in the BSBA in International Business program. From the Employment Readiness Certificate, a career-prep program for IB students, to the prestigious International Business Select program, students can get what they need to pursue a global business career. Along with study abroad programs, the university offers two international business student groups, an alumni mentoring program, and faculty fellows who participate in immersion programs and offer student support. Graduate students can also find a flexible MBA program with an international business specialization.
46. Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Main Campus
The Indiana, PA, campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania offers an exciting international business program led by well-published, award-winning experts in global business. The Bachelor of Science in International Business promotes decision making from a global perspective, management techniques, and business flexibility through additional concentration options in finance, marketing, or human resources. An MBA with an international business concentration is also offered here, providing graduate students with a global focus on marketing and management strategies for today’s global business world.
47. North Dakota State University – Main Campus
North Dakota State University in Fargo makes our list with a wealth of unique programs in international business offered. To gain a strong foundation in business both nationally and globally, students can pursue the global business track as a second major alongside a Bachelor of Science in areas like management, business administration, finance and more. A more focused option can be found at the master’s level, with the M.S. in International Agribusiness program. The university is also home to the Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth, offering workshops, events, and research opportunities to students interested in global business.
48. Wichita State University
Wichita State University’s location in the largest city in Kansas encourages internships and applied learning opportunities for students in the international business program through the many partnerships the university has developed with the global and national businesses populating the city. BBA in International Business students can access a host of scholarships to pay for college and can engage in study abroad options through the Barton International Group.
49. University of Maryland – College Park
Location is key for students in international business programs, and the University of Maryland in College Park offers an exceptional spot for acquiring the knowledge needed to succeed in global business. Situated fewer than 10 miles from the White House, the university’s setting is ideal for building relationships with industry, government, non-profit, and global networks, in addition to a robust alumni network that features 30,000 graduates based in the D.C. metro area. The university offers a Bachelor of Science in International Business with options to acquire foreign language proficiency in Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, and more. The school is also home to one of only 15 Centers for International Business Education in the country.
50. The University of Montana
The University of Montana, in Missoula, MT, stands out for its commitment to applied learning, with 80% of business students participating in an internship while earning a degree. The BSBA in International Business emphasizes both global business acumen and foundational business education, since it requires students to pursue a second major in a fundamental area like management, accounting, management info systems, marketing, or finance
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International Business Major
Degree programs in international business immerse you in the policies, practices and economics of managing business on a global scale. Some programs, particularly at the undergraduate level, may require or strongly recommend courses in a foreign language. You can also participate in an international internship or study abroad experience, which are most common at the bachelor's and master's degree levels.
|Degree Levels||Program Length||Admission Requirements|
|Associate Degree||2 years||High school diploma or GED|
|Bachelor's Degree||4 years||High school diploma or GED|
|Master's or MBA Degree||1-2 years||Bachelor's degree|
|Master of Laws Degree||1 year||J.D. or bachelor's degree|
|Ph.D. Degree||4-5 years||Bachelor's or master's degree|
Associate Degree in International Business
A two-year associate degree program in international business will introduce you to global management concepts and practices. The curriculum doesn't usually focus on a specific geographical region but instead gives you a fundamental understanding of cultural and global considerations in business management. With an associate degree in international business, you can pursue an entry-level job, such as accounting clerk or human resources specialist, or a bachelor's degree to further your education and enhance your employment opportunities.
International Business Bachelor's Degree
Educational opportunities really start to open up in international business bachelor's degree programs. In addition to the chance to study or participate in internships internationally, some four-year programs let you focus on specific geographical areas, immersing you in the language and culture to prepare you for your career. At the bachelor's level, you can find majors in international business as well as international business concentrations within business administration programs.
Master's Degree in International Business
Most master's degree programs allow you to customize your coursework to fit any career goal. Dual degree options or concentrations let you focus on a specific business area (like marketing or finance). M.S. or M.A. programs in international business can be completed in less than two years, though you may take additional time if your schedule requires it.
MBA in International Business
MBA programs with a focus on international business center center around management and leadership in a global economy, giving you more opportunities for management roles. An MBA in International Business can open up a lot of career options. Like any MBA program, you'll learn about a variety of business concepts, such as marketing, human resources, finance, and technology, but from an international perspective. You can also find customizable programs that allow you to choose a specialization relevant to international business, such as supply chain management, human resources, sales, or finance.
Ph.D. in International Business
In an international business Ph.D. program, you delve into more theoretical research centered around global business practices and leadership. Some programs are specifically geared toward preparation for a teaching career, though you can apply what you learn in a business career. You can find general programs in international business as well as those that offer prepared specializations or that allow you to completely customize your curriculum.
International Business Law Degree
A Master of Laws (LLM) program with a focus on international business is typically a one-year program that concentrates on legal issues in many facets of business. You can take this as a stand-alone program, though it's more commonly pursued in conjunction with a law degree. Some concentrations include:
- Global trade
- Health law
- Real estate
Online International Business Degree
There is an abundance of online degree programs in international business at every level. For undergrads, you can take courses for an associate or bachelor's degree program online or in a hybrid format. At the graduate level, you can find many master's, MBA and LLM programs fully and partially online. Some online graduate degree programs in international business may have in-person requirements, either on-campus or through a study-abroad opportunity.
What Can You Do with an International Business Degree?
Depending on the focus you choose for your studies, a degree in international business can prepare you for a wide swath of international business careers in areas such as marketing, law, import/export, humanitarian efforts, finance, or labor, just to name a few possibilities. Some specific positions you would qualify for include:
- Human resources specialist
- Social worker
- Foreign service officer
- Political campaign representative
- Customs broker
- Marketing manager
- Global business accountant
- Purchasing officer