Weigh an Online Master’s Program to Study International Business

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Ed Galasso may be 67 years old, but he has no plans to stop working completely. The South Carolina resident, who describes himself as semi-retired, owns a telecommunications consulting firm, and he just recently earned an online international MBA from Southern New Hampshire University.

For Galasso, the decision to enroll in a program with an international focus made sense. “Given the scope of business today – and the telecommunications industry, which I happen to be in – it’s global,” he says.

The idea of studying cultures, governments and economies around the world also appealed to him, he adds.

In addition to an online MBA focusing on international business, there are other program options for learning how to conduct business on a global scale. For instance, Colorado State University—Global Campus offers a fully online master’s degree in international management, as well as an online master’s degree in management with a global management specialization.

To select the right online degree program in this discipline, prospective students should ask the following questions as they conduct research on the school’s website, consult an academic adviser and reflect on their own goals.

Does the coursework align with my career aspirations? Many students continue working full time when they enroll in an online program. Experts say prospective students should look into the coursework and curricula for different types of online degrees to determine what option best meets their professional needs and satisfies their interests.

At the University of Delaware Lerner College of Business and Economics, the online MBA with an international business concentration focuses more on the broader subject areas in business – finance, marketing, management and the like, says Jack Baroudi, senior associate dean of academic programs and professor at Lerner. Students then take nine credits focusing specifically on international business.

In the Washington State University Carson School of Business‘ online MBA program, many students already work for companies with an international presence, says Cheryl Oliver, associate dean for professional programs at the business school.

“A lot of their employees end up working with international clients or their counterparts in international offices,” she says.

Compared with the online MBA at the University of Delaware, the online Master of Science in international business program often takes less time to complete, Baroudi says. In addition to taking core classes centered around international business, Master of Science students at the University of Delaware take courses in various business disciplines depending on their interests.

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