Goal: To prepare international professionals to successfully navigate the dynamic and diverse global landscape of entrepreneurship and enterprise.
Coursework: Students will complete 10 units of graduate coursework for the International Business concentration of the MAIS program. Course titles include: Foundations of Chinese Business (MAIS 530), Global Economics & Enterprise (MAIS 531), and International Management & Leadership (MAIS 533). Starting with a general survey of the history, sociology, and economics of business in China, students develop an intimate understanding of best practices and approaches to commercial activity in China. Methodologies and strategies appropriate to the Chinese marketplace are developed through practical and experiential implementations of business theories and research. The curriculum concludes with an exploration of the leadership styles and outcomes of CEOs and business leaders in multinational corporations in China. International Business students will also choose between teaching English at a local school, or learning Mandarin in the morning and working as a business intern in the afternoon.
Theses: Students in the International Business concentration pursue research in a range of topics related to business. Some examples of previous thesis topics include: Consumer spending behavior, small business growth, the wine industry, logos and branding, television commercials and segmentation, job satisfaction for employees, and corporate philanthropy. Examples of non-business related thesis topics include: attitudes towards marriage, cross-straits relationships between China and Taiwan, and the Nanjing Massacre.
Outcomes: Graduates with an International Business concentration in MAIS find positions as analysts at multinational corporations, entrepreneurs of international business, international business consultants, import-export coordinators, marketing agents, and many other opportunities with companies in the U.S., China, and around the world.