Program at a Glance
- On Campus
- Full-Time or Part-Time Study
- 16 Credits
- 9 Months to Completion
- No GRE/GMAT
Build a Foundation in International Business Management
Truly global in scope, the on-campus Graduate Certificate in International Business Management at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) is designed to establish a diverse background in international business. As global leaders wrestle to lead organizations through the COVID-19 pandemic, decisions running the gamut from market selection to managing a global supply chain hinge on careful attention to the drivers of globalization’s future. Well-positioned professionals and companies can navigate, and profit from, globalization’s turbulence. Join faculty, global business leaders, and students from around the world to experience a curriculum tailored to bolster global trade recovery and, coupled with hands-on global trade simulations, designed to develop your international competitive advantages for tomorrow.
BU MET’s International Business Management graduate certificate program combines two required courses with a choice of electives, enabling you to follow a course of study best suited to your individual objectives, while taking full advantage of the Administrative Sciences department’s international focus. This flexibility allows you focus on a specific area of international business—from economics and trade to finance, operations, or ecommerce—or combine courses to gain a wider international business perspective.
Why Earn a Graduate Certificate in International Business Management at BU?
- Active Learning Environment: BU MET’s International Business Management certificate provides practical, hands-on education that you can apply on the job.
- Engaged Faculty: In BU MET’s International Business Management program, you benefit from working closely with highly qualified faculty who draw from active research and substantial professional achievements in areas such as international management consultancy, business analytics, finance, project and operations management, enterprise risk management, ecommerce, international business and trade, tourism management, economic development, innovation, and many others.
- Extensive Network: Study principles of international business management alongside peers with solid business experience, learn from faculty who have valuable business contacts, and benefit from an alumni community with strong professional connections.
- Complementary Analytics Labs: Two levels of self-paced analytics laboratories offer access to advanced tools and provide opportunities to hone analytics skills using cases that are populated with realistic data.
- Student Support: Enjoy an exceptional student-to-instructor ratio, ensuring close interaction with faculty mentors and access to support.
- Valuable Resources: Make use of Boston University’s extensive resources, including the Center for Career Development, Educational Resource Center, Fitness & Recreation Center, IT Help Centers, Mugar Memorial Library, Center for Antiracist Research, Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, George Sherman Union, and many others.
- Flexible Options: Study at the pace that works for you, evenings on campus with courses that begin fall, spring, and summer.
Master the Concepts of International Business
The Graduate Certificate in International Business Management and the MS in Administrative Studies are available through the Department of Administrative Sciences, which offers a variety of evening and online degrees and certificates to help you remain competitive in business and management and rise to the top of your field. Focusing on providing industry-specific programs that are innovative, scholarly, challenging, interdisciplinary, and practically focused, our mission is to produce critical and innovative thinkers—broad in perspective, international in attitude, skilled in communications—who are competent, capable, and comfortable in their ability to make strategic decisions either alone or in teams, and proficient in using the tools necessary to compete in their specialization. We prepare students to succeed in an ever-more international and digital organizational environment, within a professional and ethical framework.
Graduate with Expertise
Metropolitan College’s International Business Management graduate certificate will equip you with:
- An understanding of the unique aspects of different regions and major trading blocs around the world, and how these regions and blocs are positioned for global competition and trade.
- The skills necessary for global market research in market selection and internationalization entry modes, and the ability to assess prospective customer needs as well as the company’s ability to meet those needs.
- Comprehension of the complexity of global supply chain, value-added production, and supply chain distribution, and the cross-cultural, geopolitical, and logistics challenges companies face in meeting those demands.
BU MET graduate certificate programs can serve as building blocks to a master’s degree. The Graduate Certificate in International Business Management shares specific courses with the MS in Administrative Studies degree core and concentrations. To be eligible for the degree, you must apply for admission and be accepted into the degree program. Consult with a graduate admissions advisor to learn more about these options.
Graduate Certificate in International Business Management Curriculum
(Four courses/16 credits)
Choose any two courses from the MS in Administrative Studies Degree Core:
MET AD 632 Financial Concepts
Introduction to the concepts, methods and problems of accounting and financial analysis. Includes accounting principles, measurement and disclosure issues, financial statement analysis, time value of money, cash flow projection and analysis, capital budgeting and project evaluation, bond and equity valuation, cost of capital and capital structure. 4 cr. Effective Fall 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Quantitative Reasoning II, Critical Thinking. [ 4 cr. ]
|A1||IND||Noorian||MCS B29||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A2||IND||Mcgue||HAR 222||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A3||IND||Mcgue||MET 122||R||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
|A4||IND||Mcgue||MET 101||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A5||IND||Mcgue||CGS 527||F||11:15 am – 2:00 pm|
|A7||IND||Kanza||EPC 204||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A1||IND||Mcgue||MCS B29||M||2:30 pm – 5:15 pm|
|A2||IND||Mendlinger||SOC B57||T||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
|A3||IND||Kanza||STH 113||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A4||IND||Mcgue||MCS B37||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A5||IND||Mcgue||STH 113||F||11:15 am – 2:00 pm|
|A6||IND||Staff||PHO 201||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A7||IND||Staff||BRB 122||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET AD 642 Project Management
The course explores modern project management by providing an enterprise- level, experiential view of the discipline focused on connecting projects to the organization's mission, vision, and values. The theme of the course is applying key project management tools and techniques, through case-based group work, which will help students identify, analyze, and develop practical proposals to real-world issues. Groups select, plan, report, and then present on their project's scope, schedule, cost, risk, quality, and communications elements using tools such as the WBS, network diagram, PERT estimate, Gantt chart (including the use of MS Project), risk register, and heat map. Students also gain familiarity with important new concepts in project management: Agile frameworks, actionable sustainability thinking, and Benefits Realization Management, all of which will be important for their success not only in other graduate courses, but as they lead projects for their organizations so as to provide lasting, triple-bottom-line value. The course is aligned with the latest PMBOK? Guide from the Project Management Institute. [ 4 cr. ]Fall 2021
|A1||IND||Kanabar||MET 122||M||9:05 am – 11:50 am|
|A2||IND||Maltzman||CAS 315||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A3||IND||Greiman||MET 122||W||2:30 pm – 5:15 pm|
|A4||IND||Keegan||STH B02B||R||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
|A5||IND||Cipriano||SCI 115||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A6||IND||Keegan||EPC 203||F||11:15 am – 2:00 pm|
|A1||IND||Greiman||EPC 209||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A2||IND||Cipriano||EPC 209||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A3||IND||Kanabar||PSY B33||W||2:30 pm – 5:15 pm|
|A4||IND||Kanabar||EPC 209||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A5||IND||Keegan||STH 113||R||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
MET AD 648 Ecommerce
The course provides a detailed examination of the history of e-commerce, along with important concepts related to the ways that businesses can successfully use Internet and Web technology. Students are introduced to the concepts and problems associated with electronic commerce. Topics include comparison of e-commerce procedures, payment mechanisms, applications in different industry sectors, security, the challenges of starting and maintaining an electronic business site, as well as a comparison with traditional business practices. The development of a WordPress-themed website is a minor feature of the course. 4cr. [ 4 cr. ]Fall 2021
|A1||IND||Appeltans||MET 122||T||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
|A2||IND||Shapiro||CAS B36||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A1||IND||Appeltans||KCB 104||T||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
|A2||IND||Babb||HAR 326||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A3||IND||Staff||PHO 205||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET AD 655 International Business, Economics, and Cultures
This course considers macroeconomic factors of relevance to the firm: aggregate economic activity, cyclical movements, and fiscal and monetary policies. The course reviews the problems of decision-making relating to demand, production, costs, market structure, and price, and provides an analysis of the interplay between governments, economic systems, labor, and multinational corporations (MNCs). Topics include: the basis for the existence, organization, and growth of MNCs; a comparison of major economic and government systems; areas include the impact on the firm's business transactions and trade due to taxation, regulation, legal environments and labor influences. This course additionally investigates the relationship between the interaction of national culture and development. Topics range from developing nations' rain forest and species management to pollution generated by developed nations. Culture, policy, and development are also discussed in relation to the impact of the business interactions (agriculture, fishing, technology transfer, etc.) among developing and developed nations. [ 4 cr. ]Fall 2021
|A1||IND||Goncalves||CAS 315||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A2||IND||Gil Vasquez||CAS 226||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A3||IND||Goncalves||CGS 525||M||2:30 pm – 5:15 pm|
|A1||IND||Goncalves||FLR 121||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A2||IND||Gil Vasquez||KCB 104||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET AD 741 The Innovation Process: Developing New Products and Services
Addresses the specifics of new product and service development and fostering innovation and technology to increase performance. Topics include generating and screening initial ideas; assessing user needs and interests; forecasting results; launching, and improving products and programs; bringing innovation to commercial reality. [ 4 cr. ]Fall 2021
|A1||IND||Park||MET 101||T||9:00 am – 11:45 am|
|A2||IND||Santino||CAS 315||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A1||IND||Arffa||KCB 104||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A2||IND||Park||STH 113||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A3||IND||Bonyhay||FLR 121||R||9:00 am – 11:45 am|
Plus two electives selected from the MS in Administrative Studies courses, with advisor’s approval.
Administrative Studies Faculty
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Assistant Professor, Administrative Sciences
Jay A. Halfond
Professor of the Practice Emeritus, Continuing and Distance Education
Benjamin P. Harris
Assistant Professor, Administrative Sciences
Ivan F. Julio
Assistant Professor, Administrative Sciences
Associate Professor, Computer Science and Administrative Sciences Director, Project Management
Assistant Professor, Administrative Sciences Coordinator, Global Marketing Management
Stephen A. Leybourne
Assistant Professor and Director for Student Admission, Administrative Sciences
Associate Professor of the Practice, Administrative Sciences Coordinator, Enterprise Risk Management
Master Lecturer, Administrative Sciences
Senior Lecturer, Administrative Sciences
Senior Lecturer, Administrative Sciences
Assistant Professor, Administrative Sciences Coordinator, Innovation
Lecturer, Administrative Sciences
Visiting Professor of the Practice, Administrative Sciences
John D. Sullivan
Assistant Dean for Partnerships & Student Success Associate Professor, Administrative Sciences
Professor of Finance Director, Finance Programs Chair, Administrative Sciences
Associate Professor of the Practice Director of Digital Learning, Administrative Sciences Coordinator, Applied Business Analytics