MBA with International Business

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100% Online MBA with International Business

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Develop the managerial skills you need to succeed in global business with St Marys’ 100% online MBA with International Business

St Mary’s University’s 100% online MBA with International Business enhances your knowledge of economics, cost-based decision making, corporate financial management, operations, marketing strategy, organisational management, corporate planning and more. In our digital classroom, you will apply the theories you learn to real-world workplace challenges, collaborate and work effectively in teams across and within functional areas, enhance your communication skills, sharpen your critical and analytical thinking, deepen your ethical decision-making in business contexts, and proactively anticipate rapidly changing business challenges in a global economy.

The international business specialisation comprises three courses designed to give you the business and strategic acumen to be a successful leader in a global organisation. You’ll learn about global financial markets and operations, the global competitive environment and the key challenges facing international businesses. You will conduct a global strategic assessment, create global marketing and execution strategies, and explore the key elements of financial regulation in an international marketplace. On completion, you will have a well-rounded set of strategies that can be applied in any global marketplace.  

You’ll develop your capacity to

  • Analyse the global market to develop a market entry strategy that considers an organisation's resources, capabilities, and preferred entry modes.
  • Create effective strategies for leveraging organisational resources and apply strategic frameworks and models to assess an international organisation's strategic direction and competitive position in diverse cultural contexts.
  • Develop strategies for managing cultural diversity in international business operations to achieve organisational goals and evaluate the impact of cultural differences on international business operations.
  • Develop and align organisational marketing strategies that utilise marketing research and decision tools to analyse an organisation's current and future global position.
  • Analyse factors that have shaped the global financial system and conduct a risk assessment of international financial markets.
  • Critically analyse the impacts of contemporary geopolitical events on the global financial system and compare the roles and functions of major financial institutions in the post-financial crisis world.

And grow your career

The career possibilities in international business are endless. An MBA with International Business prepares you for a global and diverse career, with opportunities across a range of sectors and industries in roles such as: Financial Trader, Business Development Manager, Management Consultant, Supply Chain Manager and more.

With a programme designed for you

Ready yourself for the international business world with a programme designed with the in-built flexibility needed to support those looking to upskill without taking a career break. This programme offers key management and leadership skills and the know-how to contribute to global business contexts strategically. You can access your materials as and when needed through 100% online and part-time study, so you can learn while you earn and keep up with other important life commitments.

Programme Modules

Global Strategic Management
Strategically assess the overall global competitive environment and consider how an organisation can leverage resources, capabilities, and preferential entry modes to create competitive advantages when entering a foreign market. As part of your final assessment, you’ll take part either virtually or in-person in an international trip, visiting one to two foreign locations to experience local business culture. Finally, you’ll use theoretical knowledge to assess the strategy of an international organisation in an applied cultural context.
Global Marketing
Explore the specific issues involved in developing and executing marketing strategies on a global scale. You’ll gain a thorough understanding of global marketing strategies, including:
  • fundamental trends of merging world markets
  • risks and challenges of entering other countries
  • methods of designing global marketing strategies
  • the impact of organisation structure, management processes, culture, and people on global marketing strategy implementation
  • the important and unique role emerging markets play in global marketing strategies.
International Financial Regulation
Explore the liberalisation of international financial markets, the development of international regulations in response to crises, and how the most recent financial crises have shaped the current global economic environment. You’ll examine key elements in financial regulation, such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, as well as important historical events, including the Breton Wood Conference of 1944 and the Herstatt Bank failure of 1974. Finally, you’ll assess the benefits and challenges of liberalisation related to saving and investments, market forces on government action, and the creation of derivative instruments aimed at managing risk, among other relevant topics.
Business Strategy

Gain a perspective on organisations, both within and outside of the for-profit business world. You’ll apply learned strategic analysis and managerial thinking to organisations to make better decisions that improve the competitive position and provide value for its key stakeholders. Finally, you’ll explore the main theories, concepts, and models of strategic analysis and their role in management practice.

Finance for Managers

Examine the key financial fundamentals necessary for managing an organisation's operational activities and achieving its strategic goals. You’ll learn about the time value of money, investing in various instruments, making critical decisions regarding capital expenditures, and various methods for successfully capitalising the firm. Managing critical cash flows and allocation of financial assets are also discussed from a managerial perspective.

Economics for Managers
Explore key economic concepts, theories, analytical techniques and the economic fundamentals. You will learn about the supply and demand model, the fundamental market model where trade-offs and choices are considered by comparing benefits and costs. Product and market structures are also analysed at the firm level, while macroeconomic issues of fiscal and monetary policy are explored at an aggregate level. Finally, you’ll gain an understanding of selected topics in international trade, financial markets, economic growth, and positive and negative externalities.
Financial Accounting and Analysis

Many business decisions throughout every level of an organisation are based on the information found in the company’s financial statements. Explore how small and large process changes can increase organisational efficiency and profits through analysing financial statement information. Finally. you’ll examine how decisions made about capital projects, long-term investments, and a company’s risk aversion impact the bottom line.

Leadership & Organisational Behaviour

Equip yourself with the skills and characteristics necessary to be an effective leader. You’ll learn how to apply leadership skills during change and in multicultural and diverse environments. The common thread throughout the course will be leading with strong managerial ethics, emotional intelligence, and reflective leadership. You’ll also explore the relationship between contemporary leadership issues and classical leadership theory.

Marketing Management

Explore the design and implementation of the best combination of marketing efforts to carry out an organisation's strategy in its target markets. You’ll develop an understanding of how an organisation can benefit by creating and delivering value to its customers, and stakeholders, and the skills in applying the analytical concepts and tools of marketing to such decisions as segmentation and targeting, branding, pricing, distribution, and promotion.

Operations Management

Gain a deep understanding of operations management and how it is critical to your success in any field, from consulting to entrepreneurship to general management. You’ll explore the major problems and decision processes of operations management such as operations strategy, process and capacity planning, facilities planning, aggregate planning, materials planning, and quality planning.

Business Intelligence & Visualisation Tools

Business Intelligence (BI) uses historical data to better understand and thereby improve business performance, as well as create new strategic opportunities for growth. Part of this process is to display the results in graphical images for easier understanding. Examine the technologies used to support organisational decision-making. You’ll develop an understanding of data organisation, and examine the BI processes and techniques used in transforming data into knowledge and value. Various functions and applications of business intelligence are described, including but not limited to reporting, online analytical processing, data visualisation and business process management.

Research Methods for Business and Management

Develop your understanding of research in general and business. You'll address both academic business research and business consultancy research and examine the concepts and theories underlying research, as well as the practice of research. This course has an applied focus. You'll identify a feasible research topic through readings and assignments and develop a research proposal for academic business or business consultancy research. You will examine how research problems and questions are identified and the process of achieving thoughtful, effective, and efficient research design. You will also investigate the importance of the literature review and how to carry it out for optimal effectiveness in research. You will also study the philosophical and epistemological assumptions underpinning the research approaches and methodologies, as well as their role in determining the design and implementation of the research. Finally, you will also examine the ethical aspects of research and consultancy.


Entry requirements

To study St Mary’s University's 100% online MBA with International Business you will need to have completed:

  • An undergraduate degree at 2:2 (or higher), or
  • 3 years’ relevant work experience in a professional/managerial role

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English, or most recent education or work experience was not in English will need to demonstrate proficiency by completing an approved English language test such as IELTS (6.0 overall with no individual sub-scores under 5.5), Pearson PTE (55 overall minimum), or equivalent.
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