MBA Program Spotlight: International Business

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It’s no secret that the countries of world are increasingly interconnected. Hundreds of American companies have overseas operations and hundreds of foreign companies cater to the American market. Therefore, the ability to speak a foreign language and a solid grasp of cultural sensitivities are highly attractive skills in MBA graduates. If you value an international component in your business education, here are some excellent options.


Georgetown University – McDonough School of Business

What’s so great about this school? Location, location, location. Georgetown University is located in Washington D.C., a town that has been known to attract an international business traveler or two. At Georgetown, MBA students have easy access to incredible internship and networking opportunities with people from around the world. In addition, the full-time MBA program places a heavy emphasis on global business in its core curriculum. All students begin their studies with a three week, intensive Structure of Global Industries course and end their studies by serving as an international consultant as part of the mandatory Global Experience.

School Type: Private

Median GMAT Score: 690

Average Incoming GPA: 3.37

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 51%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 10 to 1

Average Student Age: 27


Thunderbird School of Global Management

What’s so great about this school? Thunderbird has been ranked #1 among all International MBA programs for 17 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report. 56 percent of the student body is foreign-born and every program has an international focus. All programs are at the Masters level or higher. The core curriculum includes coursework in cultural awareness and global citizenship, and fluency in a second language is a prerequisite for completion of your degree. Thunderbird also offers a wide variety of options for completing your MBA, including traditional, accelerated, distance learning, dual degrees, four international locations, and executive programs.

School Type: Private

Median GMAT Score: 610        

Average Incoming GPA: 3.31

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 75%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 27 to 1 **

Average Student Age: 28


Florida International University                         

What’s so great about this school?  The Florida International University MBA program is especially attractive for students who are interested in the future of Chinese-American business relations. The China Track includes a language immersion stay in China while taking MBA classes in English, and the chance to experience the business climate of the economically-advanced city of Shandong. Special scholarships are available for students who choose the China Track as part of their International MBA. As a bonus, the FIU full-time MBA is only 12 months long.

School Type: Public

Median GMAT Score: 550

Average Incoming GPA: 3.28

Percent of Applicants Accepted: 49%

Student to Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1

Average Age: 30