Graduate Certificate in International Business

Select any 3 courses :

BUS 510 International Economics 3 units
BUS 520 International Human Resource Mgmt 3 units
BUS 530 International Accounting 3 units
BUS 540 International Marketing 3 units
BUS 550 International Management 3 units
BUS 560 International Finance 3 units
BUS 570 Intercultural Communications 3 units
BUS 575 Supply Chain Management 3 units
BUS 542 International Business Law 3 units
BUS 572 Seminar in International Business 3 units


Course Descriptions

BUS 510 International Economics (3 units)

Economics is an important subject that affects the way we live in not only the United States but internationally for countries who use the market system to determine the allocation of resources in their society. The aim of this course is to help students understand the operation of a market system in an international setting and to explore the nature and organization of various societies and the arguments underlying many of the great global public issues of the day in an international setting, and to understand the operation and behavior of international business firms and other decision-making entities through the study of the principles of international economics useful to students in the international MBA program.

BUS 520 International Human Resource Management (3 units)

Human beings are the most crucial components of any organization as all other company assets are always subject to human decisions. Recruitment, management and training of the workforce are then crucial tasks that contribute to the company’s success and can even be decisive for its survival. This is true whether we are considering domestic companies or international companies. This course focuses on the study of human management principles as they reflect on the basic assumption of treating employees as investments benefiting a company in the long run from the international perspective. The class is designed as an overview of traditional functions of international human resource (IHRM) management and an examination of its governing mechanisms contributing to the success of an organization. Compensation, staffing, training, labor relations and employee performance evaluation are studied from an international perspective among other aspects of international human resource management.

BUS 530 International Accounting (3 units)

In our increasingly globalized world, accounting students need to understand the main features of financial reporting practices as they differ in different countries so that they will be able to distinguish accounting and reporting differences that would otherwise give rise to problems for report readers. It is also vitally necessary to understand the ongoing efforts to harmonize standards using International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The course aims to give participants a thorough grounding in the key principles of accounting while enabling them to understand the major features of the international IFRS standards. The course shows the links between accounting statements, valuation methods and investment analysis. The course also reviews important technical areas of differences among accounting systems such as inventory valuation, the use of reserves, consolidations, and taxation of income. The student will be able learn to identify problems in international harmonization while appreciating the capital market efficiencies to be gained from harmonization of international accounting standards.

BUS 540 International Marketing (3 units)

International Marketing frequently requires major changes in how organizations conduct business in a global marketplace. It is a necessity for today’s business leader to be aware of the implications of marketing strategies and how they are employed in different countries with different cultures. This course focuses on identifying and meeting the needs of specific international target markets through close interaction with managers from other functional areas, such as promotion, finance, accounting and human resources.

BUS 550 International Management (3 units)

We are observing a fundamental shift in the nature of geopolitics. No longer will global business leaders focus on one or two stock markets, currencies, economics or political leaders. Today’s business environment is far too complex and interrelated for that. Nation states and multinational corporations will remain both powerful and important. Global networks comprising technological, entrepreneurial, social and environmental interest groups will remain powerful. Future economic and business endeavors will increasingly be characterized by a search for common ground, productive partnerships, and mutual benefit. This course will focus on developing a deeper understanding of how and why management practices and processes can differ around the world, and the development of the skills necessary to function successfully in this international business environment.

BUS 560 International Finance (3 units)

This course covers material essential to a comprehensive understanding of international financial management. Topics will include, but not be limited to, foreign exchange markets, the global cost of capital, corporate strategy and foreign investment and multinational capital budgeting.

BUS 570 Intercultural Communications (3 units)

Intercultural communication is international communication across national boundaries involving many different cultures. There is a wide range of communication problems that naturally appear when one moves across national boundaries, and within organizations which are made up of individuals from different countries representing different religious, social, ethnic, and educational backgrounds. Intercultural communication seeks to understand how people from different countries and cultures behave, communicate and perceive the world around them quite differently. From a management perspective, it studies situations where people from different cultures interact in a business environment. The purpose of this course is to gain an understanding of the variations in language, customs, social attributes, thought patterns, and other aspects of cultures of different groups of people. An understanding of intercultural communication is essential for the conduct of international businesses. It is the purpose of this course to provide this understanding.

BUS 575 Supply Chain Management (3 units)

Supply Chain Management involves the flows of materials and information among all of the firms that contribute value to a product, from the source of raw materials to end customer. The goal of this course will be to help students understand the strategic importance of good supply chain design, planning, and operations for every firm, to provide students with the use of key drivers on a conceptual and practical level to improve supply chain performance, and to give students a solid understanding of analytic methodologies for supply chain analysis necessary to achieve significant increase in performance.

BUS 542 International Business Law and Practice (3 units)

This course provides a comprehensive coverage of the legal, cultural, political, economic and ethical issues faced by global business managers. An understanding of these issues is enhanced through the use of real world examples, cutting edge cases, managerial problems, and ethical issues.

BUS 572 Seminar in International Business (3 units)

Successful managers in a world of global competition must have an array of skills, talents and abilities at their disposal. This course uses extensive examples to illustrate the vibrancy and challenge of international business. Coverage of relevant topics includes the degree of geographical literacy necessary to succeed in international markets, which is frequently overlooked in more traditional courses.