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A major in International Business Administration prepares a student for careers in international business operations.

Degrees offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration
  • Minor in in International Business Administration
The major builds from a theoretical background in principles of economics and international economies. It is application-oriented in management, finance, accounting, and marketing. Students are prepared to understand, evaluate and suggest alternative solutions to global business problems/issues.

Graduates may seek professional opportunities with multinational firms, international banks, government agencies and non-governmental organizations.

See also:

  • 4+1 MBA Program

    Students with strong academic performance may apply for admission to the 4 + 1 MBA Program through ODU's Graduate Programs. Students accepted into the program will work toward completing both their bachelor's and master's degrees in five academic years. 
  • Sample 4-Year Plan for International Business Admin. Majors
    The course plan below is a sample plan for your major; it does not and should not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor to map out the best course plan that suits your individual academic goals and placement upon initial registration.

    Classes listed may not necessarily be offered during a particular term. 

    Year 1
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENG 110 ENG 111
    CORE 179 ACT 220
    ECN 207 ECN 208
    ACT 210 BUS 220
    MTH 140 THL
    Year 2
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 279
    IBA 305
    BUS 221
    PHL 246
    CIS 107 HST
    GEO 125 Elective
    LNG 242 or 201 Elective
    Year 3
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 379 BUS 250
    IBA 391 ECN 340
    BUS 240 Natural Science
    Year 4
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    BUS 479 BUS 343
    FIN 325 IBA 311
    PHL Elective
    Student either needs Minor or an Emphasis (complete 9 credit hours) but could also do both.
    • Required Elective: Foreign language course at 111-level, LNG 201, LNG 242, Study Abroad Exchange Credit, SOC 379B, POL 360, HST 370

    Faculty Advisors should help students pick Emphasis Electives and Minors based on career path. Other electives should be towards minor or graduate school prerequisites (meet with Advisor) and all students need 120 credits (15 credits per semester) to graduate in 4 years.

Course Requirements

  • B. S. in International Business Administration
    Students must complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in addition to the major requirements listed below.
    Courses Credits
    ACT 210 Accounting for Financial Decision Making 3*
    ACT 220 Accounting for Managerial Decision Making 3*
    BUS 220 Principles of Marketing 3*
    BUS 221 International Marketing 3*
    BUS 240 Management & Organizational Behavior 3*
    BUS 250 Legal Environments of Business 3*
    BUS 343 Human Resource Management 3*
    BUS 479 CORE: Strategic Management 3*
    ECN 207 Principles of Microeconomics 3*
    ECN 208 Principles of Macroeconomics 3*
    ECN 340 International Economics 3*
    FIN 325 Managerial Finance 3*
    GEO 125 World Geography 3*
    IBA 301 World Economics Resources & Business Sourcing 3*
    IBA 305 International Business Environments 3*
    IBA 311 International Accounting & Finance 3*
    MTH 140 Introduction to Statistics 3*
    PHL 346 Principles of Business Ethics 3*

    Select one course from the following:

    Courses Credits
    Foreign Language course at 111-level, or LNG 201, or LNG 242, or 3
    Study Abroad Exchange Credit, or SOC 379B or POL 360 or HST 370. 3

    Required Correlatives

    Select three credits from the following:

    Courses Credits
    CIS 107 Computer Applications or (if qualified) CIS 234 Database Management Systems 3
    Total Credits Required 60

    * Used to calculate the Major GPA

  • Minor in International Business Administration
    Courses Credits
    BUS 221 International Marketing 3
    ECN 340 International Economics 3
    GEO 125 World Geography 3

    Select two courses from the following:

    Courses Credits
    IBA 301 World Economic Resources & Business Sourcing 3
    IBA 305 International Business Environment 3
    IBA 311 International Accounting & Finance 3
    HST 106 World History I or HST 107 World History II* 3
    POL 360 International Politics 3
    SOC 379B Global Ethnic Relations 3
    Study Abroad 3
    Total Credits Required 15

    *Note: Student may choose one but not both.