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BS in International Business

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From doing business development research for mergers and acquisitions to working in the USA or overseas as a marketing manager for a major German health care company, a degree in international business puts you on a path to an exciting and rewarding career.

By The Numbers


Success Rate

A high percentage of our graduates are either working or in a secondary education program six months after graduation (2016 Graduates from Quinnipiac Survey)


Critical Details

Percentage of International Business majors who report high gains in their ability to think critically & analytically (NSSE 2015)

Program Overview

Kathy McAfee greets graduate student Latisha Wilson during a networking event.

Getting connected

Kathy McAfee gives introduction tips to Quinnipiac University graduate student Latisha Wilson during a speed networking session Friday, April 15, 2016, at the Connecting Women Breakfast Forum at Burt Kahn Court on Quinnipiac's Mount Carmel Campus.

International business is a vast field with numerous opportunities. As a graduate of our program, you may find yourself the international sales manager at a U.S. technology company, or managing the global supply chain for a major defense contractor. Your background could just as easily land you at a foreign embassy in Washington D.C., where you may work with companies interested in increasing their international trade. Wherever you envision yourself, a degree in international business puts you on the path to an exciting and rewarding career.

Corporations, nonprofits and government agencies both in the U.S. and abroad need talented professionals with a knowledge of global markets and business trends, as well as the cultural sensitivity to work in diverse business environments. Our program teaches you how to effectively work with diverse populations, while building a strong foundation in international finance and marketing, global supply chains, international management strategy and international data sources.

Graduates of the program move on to careers in a range of specialties including, but not limited to: global supply chain management, marketing research, business development, financial analysis and business consulting.

As an IB major, you will have the opportunity to complete full semester (fall, spring, summer) and/or short-term (1-3 weeks) study abroad programs. This experience will help you to develop cultural sensitivity and better understand the history, politics, business practices and culture of a specific region. Many students complete an internship while studying abroad in such countries as Italy, Argentina, China and Japan. In addition, IB majors can also choose to complete a global supply chain certificate.

Collaboration with local businesses, as well as major firms in neighboring New York City, allows you to apply the knowledge you’ve gained in a real-world setting. Internships with companies such as Aetna, Johnson & Johnson, Deloitte, Sikorsky and Perrier provide you with further experience and opportunities to network.

Student Research Conference

Research that crosses borders

The 7th annual Sigma Xi Student Research Conference, held on April 26, 2018, gave four students at Quinnipiac the opportunity to develop cross-cultural research projects in areas that piqued their academic and professional interest. After their submissions underwent a lengthy review and selection process, students defended their work to an audience of faculty judges from a range of scientific disciplines. 

“It was an amazing experience,” said Ryann Glushek ’20. Glushek’s goal is to earn her JD and MBA en route to a career as a legal consultant for multinational corporations.

Ryann Glushek ‘20, International Business smiles next to her research poster

Head of the class

Ryann Glushek ‘20, international business major, presented her research poster at the Sigma Xi conference.

Other research study presentations included “Antecedents of Political Terrorism: A Multinational Study” authored by Pavel Aragon ‘18; “Cultural Influences on Contract Enforcement: A Multinational Study” authored by Ryann Glushek ‘20; “A Multinational Study of Culture’s Impact on Gender Equality and Women’s Entrepreneurial Activity” authored by Cristiana Kamais ‘19; and “Environmental and Cultural Values Impact on Country Happiness; A Multinational Study” authored by Megan Winagle ‘18. 

Sigma Xi, the international honor society of science and engineering, is one of the world’s oldest and largest scientific organizations. In its 125-year history, more than 200 Nobel Prize winners have called themselves members. The Sigma Xi Student Research Conference enables students to cultivate a multinational perspective, significantly increase their research capabilities and enhance their public speaking skills, among many other benefits.

“The presentation was good practice for public speaking and defending my argument,” Glushek said. “I was asked plenty of questions that had me defend my findings, the same way I would have to defend myself in a courtroom.”
Ryann Glushek ’20
International Business student

Student Spotlight

One student’s passport to the world of business

For Jenna Braca ’17, MBA ’18, gaining global perspective was central to both her undergraduate and graduate academic experiences. In 2015, the accelerated dual-degree (3+1) student completed a marketing internship at Tasly Pharmaceuticals in Tiajin, followed by an internship as a credit analyst at TD Bank in New York in Summer 2016. She also studied abroad in Florence, Italy, and traveled to 13 other countries in Spring 2016.

”I had the opportunity to travel to four continents,” Braca said. ”I've managed to learn so much about the world and myself.”

A student shown sitting in a mosaic tiled room in Florence Italy during her semester abroad.

Intercontinental traveler

Jenna Braca '17, MBA '18, had the opportunity to travel to 13 countries on four continents through internships and Quinnipiac's Study Abroad Program.

An internship at Quinnipiac’s Central European Institute in Fall 2017 enabled Braca to continue working in cross-cultural environments while she earned her MBA. There, she utilized her creative problem-solving skills to help Hungarian companies enter the U.S. market.

”I really enjoyed my time with the CEI, and I’m excited to continue my work with the program,” she said.

As she finishes her accelerated dual-degree (3+1) program, Braca is confident that all of her professional growth and exposure will unlock career opportunities, both at home and abroad.

”I know that I will be able to use my experiences working with international companies in my future career.”

Faculty Spotlight: Xiaohong He

Making connections through global commerce

Professor Xiaohong He knows that at its heart, doing business internationally is about much more than just commerce and turning a profit. It is a collaborative endeavor inviting business professionals from emerging countries and long-standing economic powers alike to contribute to and benefit from greater global prosperity.

For her work helping to strengthen the ideals of globalism, He received the Academy for Global Business Advancement (AGBA) Fellow Award. 

“We are bridges between the east and west, the north and south, the rich and poor, and across isms, ideologies and religions,” said He, at the AGBA’s 15th World Congress in Bengkulu, Thailand. 

Xiaohong He sits at a table with business students

International crossroads

Professor Xiaohong He teaches a course.

The AGBA brings together professionals in business administration, economics, entrepreneurship, information technology, tourism and hospitality from more than 50 countries. The organization helps scholars at business schools across emerging nations to connect with the west and share new knowledge and ideas for the betterment of global business education worldwide.

“Educators have a noble responsibility and can make an impact on the world through our students,” said He. “We have to do our share to broaden our students’ perspectives for a better and sustainable future.”


Alumnus Italo Alves shown outside in front of the flags at 30 Rockafeller Plaza in New York, NY.

Making an impact

Quinnipiac University alumnus Italo Alves is photographed outside 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan where he worked as a consultant in the Global Treasury Advisory Services practice at Deloitte. Alves, a 2015 international business graduate from Brazil, was selected for the Schwarzman Scholars program, a one-year master's degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

Faculty Spotlight: Mohammad Elahee

Professor Mohammad N. Elahee stands at the front of his classroom.

Highly placed

Mohammad N. Elahee joined Quinnipiac in 1999. He has a PhD from the University of Texas Pan American, an MBA from the University of New Brunswick, Canada, and both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Dhaka-Bangladesh.

Professor receives Fulbright Scholar Award

Mohammad N. Elahee, professor of international business at Quinnipiac University, will teach and conduct research in Jordan next semester. His work will be funded with a Fulbright Scholar Award from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.  

In February, Elahee will travel to Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan, where he will teach a graduate course and join a Jordanian colleague in conducting research on “Negotiating in a Globalized World: Views from Jordan.” They will examine the relationship among culture, emotional intelligence and ethical negotiation behavior.

Their study will look at the affects culture and emotional intelligence have on negotiation planning, negotiation posturing, information gathering and the use of pressure tactics to achieve desired goals in intra-cultural and cross-cultural negotiations. In addition, they will study related areas, including the importance of face-saving in the Arab culture, patterns of concession making, and the proclivity for renegotiation after signing an agreement. They also will examine the influence, if any, of demographic factors, including age, gender, level of education and income on the Jordanian negotiation style.  

“This award will allow me to expose Jordanian graduate students to the best practices of the U.S. higher education system,” Elahee said. “At the same time, I also will get the opportunity to learn more about this region of the Middle East and North Africa and share that knowledge with my American students upon my return.”  

“I am immensely happy to receive this prestigious award. Being able to represent the United States as one of its academic scholars and cultural ambassadors is a dream come true for me, especially given the fact that I am an immigrant who became a U.S. citizen only a few years ago.”
Mohammad N. Elahee
Professor, International Business


Faculty dedicated to student success

Quinnipiac’s School of Business professors are committed to the personal and professional success of every student. While passionate scholars and accomplished in their own fields, teaching is their number one priority. Small class sizes, accessible professors with significant industry experience and a close-knit, diverse community create the kind of supporting, enriching environment that is rare. We are personally invested in seeking ways to help our students develop into strong, certified, leading professionals.

Curriculum and Requirements

BS in International Business Curriculum

The BS in International Business requires the completion of 122 credits.

Business Core Curriculum
Complete the Business Core Curriculum43
University Curriculum
Complete the University Curriculum for School of Business34
International Business Core
IB 313International Marketing Research3
IB 324Negotiating Internationally3
IB 335International Finance3
IB 352International Management3
IB 345Global Supply Chain3
IB 401International Strategy and Business Plan3
International Business Electives
Select three of the following:9
IB 300
Special Topics in International Business
IB 311
International Marketing
IB 320
Introduction to Global Entrepreneurship
IB 355
Advanced Topics in International Financial Management
IB 362
Cross-Cultural Business Research Part 1
IB 363
Cross-Cultural Business Research Part 2
IB 488
International Business Internship
SB 360
International Business Immersion
MG 342
Supply Chain Analytics
Open Electives
Select 18 credits 118
Total Credits122

Students can choose any course they want. However, it is recommended that students choose open courses that could be applied to their minor. Note: Students placed in MA 107 have 15 credits available under electives.

Study Abroad Requirement

Students are required to study abroad, ideally for a semester but in special circumstances a shorter program is possible (e.g., J-term, Summer etc.). Please see the department chair if you have further questions. Foreign students are exempt from this requirement.

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