May 24, 2024  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalogue 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalogue Archived Catalogue

Business Administration (International) - M.B.A.

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International MBA program coordinator: Dr. Tammy Hunt

The Cameron School of Business offers four programs (Option 1: Executive MBA program, Option 2: International MBA program, Option 3: Online MBA program. Option 4: Professional MBA program) of study leading to a Master of Business Administration degree for qualified holders of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The overall objective of all programs is the development of the broadly educated professional manager who is prepared to meet the demands and the changing needs in the global environment.


Specific Objectives

  • All programs use integrated learning methodology that parallels business practice for: preparation in the core functions of business including accountancy, economics, finance, marketing, business regulation and legal environment, information systems, and production and operations management.
  • Development of certain analytical and quantitative skills applicable to effective business decision-making.
  • Formation of thought about current and future challenges facing business leaders with emphasis on communications, teamwork, organizational change, information technology, total quality, the international dimension of business, technological innovation, social responsibility and ethics.

Admission Requirements:

International Business School Alliance Partner Schools (IBSA): Hochschule Bremen (Germany), University of Hertfordshire (United Kingdom), Universitat de Valencia (Spain), Institute of Business Studies (Moscow), and ESSCA Ecole de Management University (France).

Applicants seeking admission to the International MBA program in business administration are required to submit the following to the Graduate School (Option 2):

  • An application for graduate admission.
  • Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate) showing completion of an undergraduate degree in business and/or economics or six business prerequisite courses. 
  • A minimum score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL iBT test or 6.5 on IELTS test (7.0 to be eligible for a teaching assistantship). Required for non-native English speakers only (unless applicant earned their baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited US institution). Scores are good for two years from the date the test is administered.
  • Three online recommendations including one from an employer or supervisor who can comment on the applicant’s work experience and potential for successful completion of a master’s program. Professional work experience is preferred.
  • Applicant’s resume and cover letter.
  • IMBA Statement of Interest uploaded into graduate application. The Statement of Interest requires selection of a primary and secondary specialization choice.
  • International applicants requiring student visa sponsorship must complete international student forms and provide proof of financial support.
  • Application and supplemental documents must be submitted by the published deadline.

A strong overall academic average is a minimum requirement for consideration for graduate admission. However, admission decisions are based upon several factors, and if other indicators of success are evident, individuals who fall below the established criteria in one of the areas may be considered for admission. 

Degree Requirements:

  • Thirty-six credit hours of approved graduate credit must be satisfactorily completed for the degree. Classes begin in the fall semester at any IBSA partner school for core courses, continue in the spring for specialization courses at a different partner school and culminate in the summer/early fall with the completion of a thesis or practicum. Program length is approximately 13 months.
  • The student must complete one semester, core or specialization, at UNCW. The other semester should be completed at a non-USA IBSA partner school.
  • Each student must successfully complete a thesis or practicum and must successfully pass an oral competency requirement in defending their capstone project/thesis. A thesis manuscript must be submitted to the Graduate School.
  • Each student must complete the approved course of study within five years of the date of first registration for graduate study.

Course Requirements (36 Credit Hours):

All International MBA students will be required to complete the following degree components:

International Core (A), Specialization (B) and Thesis (C)

A. International Core Requirements (12 credit hours): Semester One

B. Finance Specialization Requirements (12 credit hours): Semester Two

C. Capstone Project/Thesis (12 credit hours)




Components International Core (A) or Specialization (B) can be completed at any IBSA Partner School. The International Core Requirements (A) are offered at all IBSA partners. Students should study in two different countries. The Specialization Requirements vary by IBSA school (see below) and each student selects their specialization during the application process.

International Business School Alliance Members Member School Area of Specialization
University of North Carolina Wilmington International Finance & Investments
Hochschule Bremen University of Applied Sciences - Germany International Logistics & Supply Chain
University of Hertfordshire - United Kingdom Global Human Resource Management
Universitat de Valencia - Spain International Marketing
Institute of Business Studies - Russia Management in Emerging Economies
ESSCA Ecole De Management University - France Entrepreneurship and Business Development


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