Best MBA Programs for International Business Majors

Best International Business Programs in the United States

Although you can study international business at most large business schools (and even some of the smaller ones), the education and experiences that you get greatly vary from one school to the next. If you are serious about international business and really want to learn how to think globally about the business world, you should seek out a top program. Here are my picks for the best MBA programs for international business majors in the United States based on curriculum, global experiences, and employment opportunities after graduation.

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Not only is University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business consistently recognized as one of the best business schools in the world by multiple organizations, it also tops my list for the best MBA program for international business/international studies majors.

Graduate students have several education options at the MBA level, including a dual degree through the MBA/MA - Lauder Program, which combines the Wharton MBA program with an MA program in international studies from Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences, or a dual degree through the Wharton's three-year dual program, which combines a Wharton MBA with an MA from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of The Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. 

Wharton students can also earn an Executive MBA, major in Multinational Management or take advantage of the Global Immersion Program in India, Asia and other countries or Global Modular Courses offered in India, Israel, Brazil, China, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Other international experiences include a Global Consulting Practicum offered in conjunction with partner schools in Chile, China, Colombia, India, Israel, Peru, and Spain. More »

Without a doubt, Thunderbird has the best international business programs in the United States. It has been top-ranked for decades and is well known for a rigorous curriculum that provides superior preparation in global business. Rather than earning a traditional MBA with a focus on international business, students earn a Master of Global Management (MGM) or a Master of Arts in Global Affairs & Management. (An online program and an executive program is available as well). Thunderbird students learn in the classroom from a world-class faculty and in locations around the world where they gain practical, hands-on management experience.  More »

Michigan's Ross School of Business uses its action-based teaching method to impart exceptional preparation in international business. The MBA in Global Business is the degree most international business majors will be interested in. Students can complete sessions in Ann Arbor or Asia (Korea, Japan and China). The program incorporates many different global learning opportunities and allows students to earn a degree in 16 months or extend their learning for 22 months.  More »

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Stanford Graduate School of Business

The Stanford Schools of Business does well in pretty much every business school ranking. It is on this list because every MBA student at Stanford gains international business expertise and experience though a Global Experience. The Global Experience (both a requirement and a benefit) of the MBA program allows students to live and work in another country. Examples include Australia, Brazil, China, Finland, Germany, India New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, and Spain.

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Duke University's Fuqua School of Business

Duke's Fuqua School of Business offers solid preparation in a wide range of disciplines, including international business. The school has two solids options for working international business majors: the Cross Continent MBA program and the Global Executive MBA program. Students in the Cross Continent program can earn an MBA in only 17 months and study in five different locations across the globe. Students in the Global Executive MBA program earn their degree in 15 months. They must complete a residency at the Fuqua campus and a residency in at least two different cities in a designated region of the world (example: Astana, Kazakhstan and Istanbul, Turkey).