Develop a global mindset.

The world keeps getting smaller. Faster and more efficient shipping and the increased availability of the internet have led to a global economy where businesses are constantly seeking out new markets as new sources of revenue and profit. Businesses, organizations, governments and nonprofits need leaders with global perspective who understand international laws, and have the ability to negotiate around the world. Those with a business oriented mindset and the ability to incorporate a variety of perspectives to solve problems are valued and highly sought-after.


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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration -

International Business Emphasis

The BSBA, International Business Emphasis degree is a 120-credit-hour program that requires proficiency in a foreign language of international commerce (determined by the College of Business Administration). In addition, students must complete one of the following international experiences

  • Study abroad for 3+ credit hours
  • Complete an international internship approved by the International Business Institute
  • Complete a minimum of one year international experience within 5 years of entering the program in any of the following areas: Peace Corps; volunteer work with an organization; an international posting by a company or government agency and/or approved, significant international experience

Outcomes and Career Outlook

Throughout the program, students will develop skills in critical thinking and communication, gain a deeper knowledge of cross-cultural and international phenomena while studying the forces behind the globalization of markets and production as well as the constraints on attaining globalization. They will apply basic business concepts to a diverse global marketplace while having a solid foundation in finance, marketing, accounting, supply chain and management. Students may also have the opportunity to enhance their experience by studying abroad while earning credits toward graduation. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to enter the workforce and succeed globally across a wide range of industries.

The median annual salary of international business graduate is $77,000, according to wage and employment data from


Median annual salary

Career Opportunities

  • Financial Analyst
  • Global Marketing Researcher
  • Global Marketing Manager
  • Global Operations Manager
  • Import/Export Compliance Specialist
  • International Business Consultant


Emphasis plan of study

All business majors must meet the general education requirements of the university in addition to completing degree-specific curriculum requirements.

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Non-Missouri Residents: Prospective students are responsible for reviewing the  NC-SARA state authorizations page to see if this program is offered in their state throughout their program and to review the licensure or certification requirements for the state in which they reside.

Student organizations

Make new friends and learn new skills by joining one of our Recognized Student Organizations. Here are several opportunities you may be interested in as a business administration, international business emphasis major:

  • International Business Club
  • Epsilon Eta Pi, International Business Honor Society
  • Student Government Association
  • Students of the University of Missouri

Internship opportunities and undergraduate research

The Career and Internship Program at the UMSL College of Business Administration will help prepare you with the real-world experience to hit the ground running when you get a job. We also encourage majors in accounting to participate in Undergraduate Research and Scholarship to innovate and collaborate with leaders in your field.

Honors College

The UMSL Honors College is a certificate program that can be paired with any major without adding extra classes or extending time to graduate. Classes in the Honors College are seminar-style, meaning that they are based in reading, writing, discussion, and critical thinking. This unique class format fosters an intellectual climate centered around democracy, diversity, civility and academic excellence.