Online International MBA Degree


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An online international MBA degree program gives students the broad business background of a traditional MBA, but with a global twist. Courses such as accounting, management and finance are all taught with an international viewpoint. Graduates will have greater cultural awareness, which is essential when working in today’s global marketplace.

“We find that, regardless of the chosen specialty, a global mindset is the key to success for our students. We believe that internationalization, like sustainability, cannot be a separate and distinct specialty area for our students but must be threaded throughout the curriculum, since little happens in business today that doesn’t have a global connection of some sort,” Marion Dunagan, assistant dean for graduate programs and executive education at the University of Arkansas Walton College of Business, told U.S. News.

Professionals pursuing an online international MBA can obtain the critical thinking and leadership skills necessary to make decisions that have a global impact.

Course Work

Example courses
Financial markets
International management
Global operations management
Macroeconomics for the global economy
International negotiations
International trade and competitiveness

Core course work in an online international MBA program includes international negotiations, multinational market strategies, multinational corporate finance, global entrepreneurship and managerial accounting. Students can obtain greater cultural awareness and communication skills through course work that integrates the history, culture and politics of foreign countries.

An international MBA cannot be completed entirely online, as short-term residencies around the world are required in order to complete the degree and for students to fully obtain a global business viewpoint. While abroad, students attend seminars and complete workshops with their cohort. Opportunities to visit international companies are also integrated into these programs.

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Job Outlook

Median salaries*
Management analyst $60,000
Public relations manager $61,000
Financial manager $68,000
Information technology manager $79,000
International marketing manager $98,000
International tax manager $107,000
Chief executive officer $168,000
Vice president, international operations $182,000


By studying business administration through a global perspective, graduates of an online international MBA program can expand their employment prospects to the global marketplace.

The management and administrative skills obtained can be applied to a wide variety of management positions in fields from information technology to hotel administration. Median salaries range from $60,000 for management analysts to $182,000 for a vice president of international operations, according to PayScale, an online salary database.

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