Oct 17, 2018  
2017-2018 SGPP Catalog and Handbook 
2017-2018 SGPP Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Business, M.A.

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The Master of Arts in International Business (MIB) is designed to prepare graduates for international careers in domestic or foreign corporations and for conducting business internationally. The program provides students the opportunity to develop the tools and skills to be successful in the global marketplace. Special emphasis is placed on cultural awareness and field experiences. To that end, courses include emphasis on global religions, leadership and decision making, ethics, and other major themes that have been developed for the program. Practical experiences through field studies, corporate visits, and numerous class projects are an integral part of the program.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Arts in International Business program are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Analyze and apply principles and skills of economics, finance, marketing, and management to contexts and environments of international business.
  2. Analyze the geopolitical, social, cultural, and religious contexts and environments of international business, and apply appropriate principles.
  3. Analyze and apply legal and ethical principles to contexts and environments of international business, and understand implications of actions.
  4. Design effective international business strategies.
  5. Communicate effectively in a variety of modes.
  6. Demonstrate critical thinking skills.
  7. Work effectively with diverse populations by demonstrating cultural competence and cultural awareness.

Program Structure and Delivery

This program is a full-time day program delivered only at the Winona Campus. Coursework is delivered face-to-face Monday through Thursday with Fridays set aside for program enhancement activities such as company tours, etc.  The courses are taught over a 16-week period, primarily face-to-face with a small amount of out-of-classroom online instruction.

Degree Requirements

Required International Business Courses 27 cr.
Required Management Course 3 cr.
Required Synthesis Activities 6 cr.
Total 36 cr.


The faculty members for this program have earned doctorate or master’s degrees. Faculty are selected for their combination of educational and professional experience and expertise.

Admission Requirements

Applicants may apply for admission to master’s degree programs at any time during the year. Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution and maintained an overall grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale. Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for successful graduate coursework. Applicants must complete an interview with a program administrator as part of the admission process.

Application Process

Applicants must submit:

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel) and,
  2. An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits. ( An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated by a university accepted evaluation source, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards).
  3. A personal statement which includes:
    1. brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience and,
    2. statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and his or her reasons for seeking admission to the program and,
    3. description of the areas the applicant considers to be his or her strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities and,
    4. personal information the applicant wishes to share.
  4. Letter(s) of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability.
  5. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.
  6. Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or MELAB accepted.)

Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities campus.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Office of Admission
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404

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