International MBA

Multicultural Team Experience

The International MBA immerses you in a multicultural learning community. At the program’s start in Beijing, you’re assigned to a team of fellow students. Teammates collaborate on class projects, exchange ideas, and challenge each other with diverse ways of thinking, doing, and leading.

Teamwork extends beyond coursework; students live with classmates and down the hall from School of Management faculty and staff.

The Degree

Students enrolled in the One-Year International MBA earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with the ability to add on a concentration in International Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Operations & Tech Management, or Strategy and Business Analysis Policy. The program combines a rigorous core business curriculum with elective courses.

The Boston University One-Year International MBA prepares you for the increasingly competitive, global world of management.

This program begins with intensive coursework in Beijing and Shanghai, China, from early May until late July. Students then return to Boston to complete the remaining MBA coursework, possibly including an international field seminar. Students have the option of accelerating their program to 12 months (May to May) by taking an additional course during the Spring Semester. They may also spread the credits out (to 14 or 18 months) for a multitude of reasons, including taking additional electives or completing a summer internship.

The program focuses on contemporary business perspectives and issues, collaboration, teamwork, and entrepreneurial skills. Case studies emphasize making the best decisions for the overall organization, not just for a single department or project. You will learn to solve problems, avoid creating new ones, simplify issues, and optimize results.

Concentrations align learning with your professional goals.


  • ES 701 Executive Written Communication (1 cr)
  • ES 700 Executive Presentations (1 cr)
  • OB 712 Managing Organizations and People (4 cr)
  • OM 726 Creating Value Through Operations and Technology (4 cr)
  • AC 711 Financial Reporting and Control (4 cr)
  • MK 724 Marketing Management (4 cr)
  • IM 842 Business in Asia Pacific (4 cr)


  • ES 740 Career Management (2 cr)


  • FE 722 Financial Management (4 cr)
  • QM 717 Data Analysis for Managerial Decision Making (4 cr)
  • FE 730 Economics and Management Decisions (4 cr)
  • Elective (3 cr)
  • Elective (3 cr)
  • Elective (3 cr)

Pre-Semester (2 weeks)

  • SI 751 Competition, Innovation & Strategy (4 cr)


  • PL 700 Introduction to Business Law (2 cr)
  • IS 711 IT Strategies for a Networked Economy (4 cr)
  • Elective (3 cr)
  • Elective (3 cr)
  • Elective (3 cr)