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 perspectives 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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Degree Overview

International Master of Business Administration

The International Master of Business Administration at UMSL is an intensive, two-year program in which students enroll in two graduate business programs at the same time – UMSL and one of our global partner institutions in China, Taiwan and South Korea. Students study one year at one of the partner institutions and then one year at UMSL where they also must complete an international internship, resulting in two degrees from top-quality institutions.

To be admitted to the program, applicants must demonstrate functional fluency in another commercial language beyond English and must be passionate about leading and transforming organizations in the global economy. All classes are taught in English and are designed for those who seek a rewarding, challenging and exciting way to earn two high quality MBA degrees and valuable international experience.

Outcomes and Career Outlook

UMSL’s international business curriculum focuses on international markets, importing and exporting, multinational finance, strategy and managing global enterprises in both traditional and nontraditional, as well as emerging and growth economies. Department faculty prepare students to navigate international markets, develop a global business mindset, and become contributing global citizens and community leaders.

Employment of international MBA graduates has a median annual salary of $95,055 according to wage and employment data from


Median annual salary

Career Opportunities

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


The iMBA application deadline for the fall semester is May 1.


Basic admission requirements to the UMSL IMBA program include:

  • GPA (Undergraduate Grade Point Average): 3.0
  • GMAT (Graduate Management Aptitude Test): 500+
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 79
  • Functional fluency in the native language of the foreign partner school. For example functional fluency of Spanish is required for Tecnologico de Monterrey – Mexico and French is required for EM Strasbourg Business School.


All students must demonstrate quantitative skills, knowledge of microeconomics and macroeconomics, business statistics, and managerial communication skills. If students have completed equivalent undergraduate courses, prerequisites may be waived.

Plan of study

The UMSL International MBA program is a two year program in which students study one year abroad, one year at home and complete an international internship.

Business Core (0-21 credit hours)
ACCTNG 5400: Financial and Managerial Accounting (3)
BUS AD 5900: Law, Ethics and Business (3)
FINANCE 6500: Financial Management (3)
INFSYS 5800: Management Information Systems (3)
SCMA 5320: Production and Operations Management (3)
MGMT 5600: Managing People in Organizations (3)
MKTG 5700: Contemporary Marketing Concepts (3)
Advanced Topics (0-18 credit hours)
MBA candidates must take at least one course in each functional area.  If a course in the Business Core section is waived, an advanced course in that functional area must be taken. If ACCTNG 5400 is waived, students must complete ACCTNG 5401. Students can take no more than a total of 15 credit hours in any functional area.
ACCTNG 5401 only if ACCTNG 5400 waived (3)
FINANCE Elective: only if FINANCE 6500 waived (3)
INFSYS Elective: only if INFSYS 5800 waived (3)
SCMA Elective: only if SCMA 5320 waived (3)
MGMT Elective:  only if MGMT 5600 waived (3)
MKTG Elective: only if MKTG 5700 waived (3)
Required Electives (9 credit hours)
Students must complete a minimum of nine credit hours of elective courses. Courses must be graduate-level and business-related. Elective classes may be applied to an emphasis. IMBA students can take up to 6 credits internship toward the elective requirement.
Global Management- take one of the following* (3 credit hours)
BUS AD 6990: Strategy Formulation and Implementation (3) 
INTL BUS 5289: International Business Strategies (3)
MGMT 4614: Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management (3)

*For students with a non-business undergraduate degree, The Global Management requirement is satisfied only with BUS AD 6990- Strategy Formulation & Implementation.

Students must complete at least 30 hours in residence. No more than 9 units of credit may be transferred from partner institutions.

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.

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Career Services – Students have access to professional career counselors who can assist in everything from resume development and interview preparation to lining up an internship or connecting you with your next fulltime career. UMSL alumni also enjoy high quality, lifelong career management programming, services, events and resources to assist in all phases of career development.

Networking – with the largest alumni network in the region, UMSL graduate students have access to leading professionals engaged in business, research, entrepreneurship, non-profit, government, community organizations. Our academic units engage this network in curriculum development to ensure our graduate students gain the skills needed to advance along their choose career path.