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Darla Moore School of Business


Curriculum

The Master of International Business curriculum focuses on the interaction of political, economic and cultural aspects of global business and enables students to develop a better understanding of the relationship between enterprise and government. Students can also develop a further specialization in a chosen area of interest through elective course work in international business and international politics.

Program Options

The Moore School MIB

A one-year, interdisciplinary graduate program jointly offered by the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business, College of Arts and Sciences (political science) and School of Law, the program provides an appreciation of the cultural, sociopolitical and institutional settings within which global enterprises operate. It develops a cross-disciplinary international mindset producing world-class leaders.

The MIB Double Degree

Students can also apply to spend two semesters abroad studying at a highly esteemed university in addition to the two semesters they spend completing their MIB degree at the Moore School. After two years, graduates will have earned two master's degrees from two different universities. Multiple double-degree options are available through our top-ranking partnership universities across the globe.

 

Program Structure

The MIB curriculum consists of 30 credit hours, or 10 academic courses plus the Business Methods Boot Camp. The program has three components:

  • Four required core courses in addition to the Business Methods Boot Camp (August) and the Professional Development Series
  • Four track-specific courses within one of the following specialties:
    • International Trade and Investment
    • International Strategy and Leadership
    • International Market Development
  • Two open electives from courses not in your track speciality

Please note that the four core courses and the Business Methods Boot Camp are required for all students. Students must choose their track specialty and their open electives. Each track has one required track-specific core course and three track-specific electives.

The MIB Common Core

The MIB common core is required for all students and consists of four core courses and the Business Methods Boot Camp.

  • The boot camp will be held from Monday, Aug. 13, through Friday, Aug.17. At the boot camp, students will intensive instruction to ensure a common understanding and skill set for international business analysis. These include advanced use of Excel and Tableau, sampling, measurement, statistical inference, data visualization, testing for difference and associations and basic regression analysis.
  • The common core includes a total of four courses (two core courses per semester). These courses address issues fundamental to international management and the finance in and around the firm. The courses offer advanced training in international strategy, MNC management, cross-national institutional and market analysis, risk analysis, transnational and national innovation systems, cross-border supply chain and team management, alliances, foreign investment strategy and regulatory analysis. The four required courses are:
    • IBUS 704 — Comparative Corporate Governance (Spring)
    • IBUS 705 — Global Business Management (Fall)
    • IBUS 706 — Nation States, Regional Networks and Global Markets (Fall)
    • IBUS 734 — International Business Negotiations (Spring)
  • The Professional Development Series is a bi-weekly series conducted by the Office of Career Management to provide students with the skills needed to effectively find successful placement upon graduation from the MIB. Topics covered include interviewing techniques, building an effective online presence and resume building, among others.

 

Overview of the Three Track Specialties

Students must choose to specialize in one of three track specialties. These tracks offer the student the opportunity to deepen his or her knowledge of skills in one of the key areas of international business. For each track, a student must take the required track-specific core course and three track-specific electives. Please note that courses are not always offered every semester. Students are advised to plan accordingly. 

Track 1 Overview: International Trade and Investment

Skills developed in the International Trade and Investment track

Students will receive advanced coursework in international financial and trade analysis. The track covers such issues as international trade and finance, international and comparative political economy, risk analysis and management (foreign exchange, macro, political, institutional, security, technological risk), management of financial processes across countries and cultures, trade trends and trade strategy, and comparative analysis of financial market to identify relative value opportunities and risks.

Who should pursue this track

This track is most suitable for students interested in a career in international finance and trade. This can include students interested in such topics as macro-financial analysis, risk, cross-border movements of goods and services, or financial and economics-based roles at companies needing human capital to seek out and develop new investment opportunities. This track is also suitable for those interested in pursuing an investment banking or portfolio management role. It is also suitable for students wanting a research or analytical position, particularly one based on supplying intelligence and risk assessment to companies or organizations seeking new trade and investment opportunities.

Curriculum Structure

Track-specific core course:  

  • IBUS 701 International Financial Management

Track-specific electives:

  • ECON 503 International Trade Economics
  • DMSB 713 Global Economics
  • ECON 504 International Monetary Economics
  • IBUS 711 Global Corporate Valuation
  • IBUS 731 Global Competitive Analysis IBUS 727 Market Development and Global Strategy
  • IBUS 735 International Mergers and Acquisitions
  • IBUS 729 Comparative Innovation Systems
  • GEOG 721 City & Social Transformation in Comparative Intl Contexts
  • POLI 591 Conflict and Instability in the Middle East
  • ENVR 501 Global Food Politics
  • POLI 591 Politics of European Integration
  • POLI 710 Introduction to International Relations
  • POLI 591 Creation of the Modern Middle East
  • LAWS 819 Regulation of the Financial Sector and Money
  • POLI 734 – Economic of International Politics
  • IBUS 708 – International Business Legal Environment

Open (non-track) electives (two courses)

  • Students must choose two additional courses from outside the International Trade and Investment track (i.e., from the International Market Development or International Strategy & Leadership tracks) to round out their MIB curriculum. The open elective courses ideally should build on and complement the skills developed in your chosen track to open up opportunities in multiple areas of employment.
Track 2 Overview: International Strategy and Leadership

Skills developed in the International Strategy and Organizational Leadership track

Students will receive advanced coursework in organizational and strategic analysis for leading the internationalization of a firm or leading the ongoing cross-border activities of a firm. Key issues addressed include global strategic management, alliances, mergers and acquisitions, stakeholder management, sustainability lean production, product development, global supply chain analysis, and managing cross-border teams. With a strong emphasis in project-based coursework, this track has a focus on consulting, particularly as it relates to organizational structure, conducting business across borders, and understanding and contextualizing businesses and their various stakeholders.

Who should pursue this track

This track is designed for students interested in managing and leading at a multinational corporation or building a career in management consulting. It is ideal for those aiming to join a global leadership program. This track is also suitable for those wanting to gain a thorough understanding of how companies successfully conduct business across borders, languages, cultures, and different political and financial regimes.

Curriculum Structure

Track-specific course

  • IBUS 718 Consulting & Organizational Development in the MNC

Track-specific electives

  • IBUS 708 International Business Legal Environments
  • IBUS 709 International Intellectual Property Strategy and Management
  • IBUS 719 Social Networks and Global Leadership
  • IBUS 710 Global Stakeholder Management
  • IBUS 717 Managing Cross Border Teams
  • IBUS 720 International Entrepreneurship
  • IBUS 735 International Mergers and Acquisitions
  • IBUS 726 Business Case for Offshoring
  • MBAD 702 Strategic Management
  • IBUS 730 International Innovation and Regional Clusters
  • GEOG 581 Globalization and Cultural Questions
  • MGSC 871 Global Sourcing: Strategies and Applications
  • GEOG 721 The City and Social Transformation in Comparative International Contexts
  • POLI 591 Politics of European Integration

Non-track elective (two courses)

  • Students must choose two additional courses from outside the International Strategy & Leadership  track (i.e., from the International Market Development or International Trade and Investment tracks) to round out their MIB curriculum. The open elective courses ideally should build on and complement the skills developed in your chosen track to open up opportunities in multiple areas of employment.
Track 3 Overview: International Market Development

Skills developed in the International Market Development track

Students will receive advanced coursework in business development and marketing across countries. This includes such topics as cross-border and transnational marketing and sales, project management, cultural awareness, business development, cross-cultural negotiations and consumer behavior, market segmentation; innovation and clusters around the world, direct investment and risk, social and digital marketing, and foreign market analysis. Many courses have a strong emphasis on business and political analysis in emerging and frontier markets.

Who should pursue this track

This track is designed for students interested in business development, account management, product and brand expansions, or roles within a multinational corporation that focus on business growth and expansion such as marketing and sales. This track is also beneficial for students seeking an analyst position, particularly one with a focus on taking new products or services to market, entering and investing into new and emerging markets, and supporting brand management and awareness across cultures and regions of the world.

Curriculum Structure

Track-specific core course:

  • IBUS 702 International Marketing

Track-specific electives:

  • IBUS 541 Business in Latin America
  • IBUS 542 Business in Asia
  • IBUS 544 Business in Africa IBUS 544 Business in Africa
  • IBUS 708 International Business Legal Environments
  • IBUS 543 Business in Europe
  • ECON 505 International Development Economics
  • IBUS 709 International Intellectual Property Strategy
  • ENVR 501 Global Food Politics
  • IBUS 710 Global Stakeholder Management
  • GEOG 581 Globalization and Cultural Questions
  • IBUS 720 International Entrepreneurship
  • GEOG 721 The City & Social Transformation in Comparative Intl Contexts
  • IBUS 726 Business Case for Offshoring
  • POLI 710 Introduction to International Relations
  • IBUS 727 Market Development and Global Strategy
  • POLI 591 (001) The Creation of the Modern Middle East
  • IBUS 729 Comparative Innovation Systems
  • POLI 591 Politics of European Integration
  • IBUS 730 International Innovation and Regional Clusters
  • POLI 591 (002) Conflict and Instability in the Middle East
  • ECON 505 International Development Economics
  • POLI 734 Economic of International Politics
  • ECON 705 Economic Growth & Development

Open (non-track) electives (two courses)

  • Students must choose two additional courses from outside the International Market Development track (i.e., from the International Strategy & Leadership or International Trade and Investment tracks) to round out their MIB curriculum. The open elective courses ideally should build on and complement the skills developed in your chosen track to open up opportunities in multiple areas of employment.