In the online MBA’s International Business specialization, you will explore the opportunities and challenges unique to global business.


From financial modeling to marketplace globalization and building an international network, this degree gives you the tools to succeed in business activities around the world.

With Your MBA in International Business, You Will:

  • Expand and enrich your global mindset in terms of:

- Interpreting individuals, groups, organizations and institutions around the world.

- Participating in interpersonal and institutional cultural contexts around the world.

- Gauging the expanding digitalization of the global business environment.

- Seeing challenges as opportunities that support purposeful and profitable business activities.

  • Interpret theoretical frameworks that shape contemporary interpretations of globalization and international business.
  • Integrate concepts and tools to analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the management of international business activities.
  • Evaluate how managers direct international activities responsibly, ethically, fairly and sustainably.
  • Recognize the opportunities and challenges that influence how entrepreneurs and executives interpret, open and operate international activities.
  • Complete academic activities that improve complex problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity and integrated reasoning skills.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal activities that improve adaptability, listening, communication and collaboration skills.
  • Participate in experiential activities that improve your leadership, relationship management, time management and presentation skills.
  • Explore globalization in today’s business marketplaces.
  • Learn how to build an international network.
  • Understand the implications of global technological transformations.

International Business Concentration

In online classes taught by UD’s experienced faculty, you will explore the relationships between international business trends, innovative technology, global business theories and industry development. 



BUAD 611 Globalization and Business - 3 Credits

Assesses environmental, institutional, industrial, strategic, and organizational features of globalization and business. Considers frameworks that guide managers’ understanding of globalization and business, how managers interpret the challenges and opportunities of globalization and the implications of globalization to professional development.


BUAD 641 Managing the Global Enterprise - 3 Credits

Focuses on the development of business strategies and management practices for managing the multinational business organization.


BUAD 678 Leading Across Boundaries - 3 Credits

Leading Across Boundaries focuses on cultural similarities and differences worldwide and how they impact managers’ effectiveness. Attention is given to general cultural dimensions as well as specific global mindset competencies. This course will focus on cultural similarities and differences, and interpersonal interactions with people who are different from us. By understanding this, students will uncover and improve their own global leadership skills. 

This degree program enhances your potential for several international business careers. Business and financial occupations in the U.S. had a median annual wage of $76,570 in May 2021, which was higher than most other occupational groups. You could advance to some of the highest-paying leadership roles, such as a marketing director, marketing research analyst, investment manager, public relations manager, account executive and more.

Answers to Common Questions

You can earn your degree in as few as 16 months full-time, or complete the program part-time at your convenience.

Yes. The online MBA at the University of Delaware is delivered through the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, which has been accredited by AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) for more than 50 years. AACSB accreditation is the highest standard of accreditation for business schools in the world, and a distinction fewer than 5% of business schools worldwide have earned.

You can transfer up to nine credits from another AACSB accredited MBA program that have not already been used toward a completed degree. Contact an admissions counselor for more information about transferring your prior credits.

You do not need to officially declare a major or concentration until graduation although we suggest that you meet with your advisor to be sure that you are on the right track to earn the major or concentration that you want.


You are not required to choose a major or concentration. If you want to pursue a General MBA, you may choose five unrelated graduate elective courses for a total of 15 credits.


You can also choose from the following options. Please keep in mind that the actual credit count may vary depending on your course waivers and course transfers.

  • MBA with a major and a concentration: 15 credits for the major + 9 credits for the concentration (the program will be 53 credits).

  • MBA with a double major: 15 credits for the 1st major + 15 credits for the 2nd major (the program will be 59 credits).

  • MBA with a double concentration: 9 credits for the 1st concentration + 9 credits for the 2nd concentration (the program will be 47 credits).

Course waivers are granted for certain courses only and may be granted when all of the following criteria are met:

  • You have earned a bachelor’s degree from an AACSB-accredited institution within the past 5 years.

  • You have successfully completed at least 6 credits of undergraduate coursework in the related discipline with a grade of “B” or better in each course.

  • Except as noted below, at least 3 of the above credits are in a course at the intermediate level.


All course waivers are subject to individual review and require the submission of syllabi for all non-UD courses. Meeting the above guidelines does not guarantee that a course waiver will be granted.


Students in the MBA program may have up to 12 credits of course waivers and 9 credits of course transfers but no more than 12 credits combined between the two. A minimum of 32 graduate credits must be taken at the University of Delaware.

MBA Course Waiver Guidelines Effective 6/1/23

If you have moved away, you can continue with your Lerner MBA in most cases by taking online courses as part of the hybrid MBA option for on-campus students.


Under certain conditions, we may be able to accept graduate credit from other institutions:

  1. The institution must be AACSB-accredited;

  2. The class must carry a grade of B or better (not a B-); and

  3. The class must have been completed within the past five years.


Per University policy,

  • Only 9 graduate credits may be transferred in.

  • Credits are not transferred until the student has completed nine credits of graduate work at the University of Delaware.

  • Only earned credits transfer, not earned grades.

  • Courses must have been conducted over a ~14 week semester in order for all credits to transfer. Credits from schools on 10-week quarters will be transferred at 2/3 value.

  • Students who wish to transfer credits to the University of Delaware must provide a course syllabus (not a course description) for each course being considered and official transcripts showing the courses and grades. You may need to contact your prior institution for copies of course syllabi.