Courses & Curriculum
The 30 credit-hour curriculum is designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the functional areas of international business and to increase students' awareness of cross-cultural, societal and business differences. The program, which lasts one year, presents organizational, social and economic structures existing within the major regions of the world. Courses are designed to reinforce the foundations of the business core curriculum and to expand and apply those concepts through extensive use of case analyses and examples. Students also have access to experiential learning opportunities through the international Study Tour (a curriculum requirement) and our exchange program partner schools, where students may study for a summer, semester or more.
MAIB Full-time Program Curriculum
Students who complete the 30-hour curriculum will be awarded the Master of Arts with a major in International Business degree. The graduation date for students participating on semester-long exchange programs will be delayed by one or two semesters due to the time it takes to receive foreign transcripts.
Graduate business courses are taught in a modular format, which divides the UF semester into two halves. Fall term is comprised of Modules 1 & 2 and Spring term is comprised of Modules 3 & 4. Modular courses are seven weeks long, plus an additional week for exams. The Summer A and Summer B terms are 6 weeks long each, including exams. Visit the Hough Academic Calendar for Module dates.
Students may gain credit abroad after the completion of core courses. Please note that all foreign schools are on a different term/module system and dates of study will vary.
The first two semesters are comprised of core classes that take on a global perspective to explore the fundamentals of functional areas of business.
- GEB 5212 Professional Writing
- GEB 5215 Professional Communication
- GEB 6366: Fundamentals of International Business
- MAN 6636 Global Strategic Management
- ECO 5715 Open Economy Macroeconomics
- FIN 6638 International Finance
Students are also required to complete MAN6958 Study Tour, as part of the mandatory study tour requirement and MAN6973* Project in-lieu-of Thesis (explained below)
Half of the MAIB program is elective, meaning that students can choose the courses they take. There are many Master's programs in the Hough Graduate School of Business and approximately 90% of the courses offered to other Master's students are available as elective for MAIB students. There are significant offerings in:
- Information Systems & Operations Management
- International and Region-Specific Courses
- Hospitality Management
- Real Estate
We also permit MAIB students to take up to 9 UF graduate credits from outside the Hough Graduate School of Business as elective credits that can count toward the MAIB program. Previous courses taken have been from Agribusiness, Latin American Studies, Law, Advertising, Non-Profit Management, Urban and Regional Planning, and Sport Management. Students must meet pre-requisites and get permission from the outside department. Courses taken at our foreign partner universities as part of study abroad are elective for the MAIB program and choices vary depending on the study location.
Schedule of Courses
- Fall 2013 MAIB Course Schedule
- Summer 2013 MAIB Course Schedule
- Spring 2013 MAIB Course Schedule
- Course Periods and Times
Project in-lieu-of Thesis
The MAN 6973 Project-in-Lieu-of-Thesis is required for all students completing the program and is supervised by the College Dean. Students will select a global company and analyze the company using a series of questions in three strategic module assignments. Explicit questions in the strategic module assignments are designed to help students define the company, analyze the industry in which it operates, perform an internal analysis of the company/division, and define the strategies and company organization. The project will result in the development of a case study of the company.
Spring and Summer B Start students begin working on the final project in June and submit research assignments throughout the Fall term. Students who start MAIB in Fall will begin working on the final project in December and submit research assignments throughout the Spring term. The Final Case Analysis is due during the student's graduating term. Students get significant feedback throughout the research and writing process so that improvements can be before the final submission. The project assignments are managed online, so students who study abroad can have the same educational experience as the students who stay on the UF campus.
Students are encouraged to select a project topic that relates to their career interest so they can blend an educational experience with job preparation. Examples of past topics include: Coca-Cola, Citi Financial, Telefonica, Luxottica, Quiksilver, Starbucks, Hilton, and Haier.