INTERNATIONAL MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (IMBA)
The International Master of Business Administration (IMBA) Program offered by the Graduate School of Business at Gardner-Webb University is structured to provide a strong academic foundation in international business through a comparative approach to global business. The IMBA is recognized as the professional graduate degree designed to enhance effectiveness and provide comprehensive knowledge and skills involved in managing international profit and nonprofit organizations.
The 36 credit hour curriculum includes 15 hours of graduate international business courses, 12 hours of required general Master of Business Administration (MBA) core courses and nine hours of electives from the Graduate School of Business offerings. The two-year outline of courses has a logical sequence progressing from required courses of international business, international marketing, international finance, international trade law, corporate and intercultural communication, seminar in international trade to courses in the major emphasis area.
The global competitive market is continuously changing, and the magnitude and speed of the changes and their strategic implications for firms, irrespective of location or product/service, is unprecedented. The aggregate impact of these changes and the competitive responses of individual firms on individual country and regional economies is equally powerful. To be an effective global manager, one must be equipped with the necessary tools for the challenges ahead. The IMBA program at the Graduate School of Business offers a cutting edge graduate international business education that prepares students for these challenges. The intensive, applied nature of this IMBA program provides training in international business through the use of practical techniques, foreign country experience and other important tools that can readily be utilized by the students in their existing positions.
The International Master of Business Administration Program was developed to meet the following goals:
Goal 1: Prepare individuals for careers in international business administration with advanced training in specific areas focusing on the relationship between business in global and domestic environments.
Goal 2: Provide practical skills and technological competencies to analyze and communicate alternative solutions to business problems involving economic, financial, social, legal, political, global, and ethical factors.
Goal 3: Encourage students to exhibit Christian faith, service, leadership in business decision-making and problem solving.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
In order to meet each of the above goals the Graduate School of business have identified the following student learning outcomes:
Goal: Student Learning Outcome
1:a. Students will demonstrate a strategic understanding of the key functions of business, accounting, economics, finance, international business, management, management information systems, marketing, operations, and statistics in the global marketplace.
b. Students will demonstrate leadership and business decision-making skills required within both global and domestic business environments.
c. Students will gain experience in the application of international business concepts through internships, service opportunities, course projects, course simulations, and interaction with business leaders.
2:a. Students will demonstrate individual and team-related problem analysis and decision-making through the use of contemporary caserelated and classic business examples.
b. Students will use current and appropriate technology for communications, problem solving, and decision-making, orally and/or in writing.
c. Students will understand the organization of corporate initiatives to maximize the return on human capital.
3:a. Students will demonstrate the application of Christian values and problem solving skills in business decision-making, developed within an environment of Christian ethics.
b. Students will participate in either a service-learning experience or leadership roles in a church, community, student organization, or work-related experience.
All students must meet the undergraduate business prerequisite requirements to take graduate courses in the MBA, IMBA, MAcc and MBA-Plus programs or have the approval of the Director of Business Graduate Programs.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS REQUIRED (15 HOURS)
* Must have all MBA/IMBA Program Prerequisites or permission of the Director of the program or Associate Dean.
MBA REQUIRED COURSES (12 HOURS)
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ELECTIVES* (9 HOURS)
* The above electives are not an exhaustive list of all applicable courses. Students should consult with the academic advisor about other possible electives.
IMBA DEGREE REQUIREMENTS:
- Overall minimum grade point average of 3.0 in graduate studies.
- Satisfactory completion of 36 graduate hours: 12 core graduate hours (four courses), 24 hours of international business graduate hours (eight courses)within six calendar years for the IMBA.
- Application for graduation by the dates published by the Registrar.
- Application form and information is available at: www.gardner-webb.edu/apply-now
- If desired, participation in the hooding ceremony and commencement exercises.It is the student's responsibility to be familiar with the preceding requirements for graduation.
IMBA PROGRAM GUIDELINES
- INTL 650, 651, 652, and BADM 633 should be scheduled early in the program. Preferred electives should be scheduled whenever they will be offered according to the two-year rotation. Seminar in International Trade, INTL 653, should culminate the program. A minimum of 18 hours of IMBA program courses that include INTL 650, 651, 652, and BADM 633 are required prior to enrollment in INTL 653. A grade of B of better is required to pass the INTL653. A student receiving a final grade less than “B” must repeat INTL 653.
- It is the student’s responsibility to plan the degree in accordance with the program requirements using the two-year-course rotation and the degree planning form available from the advisor.
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