Academic Catalog 2020-2021

International Business Administration, International Master of Business Administration

The International Master of Business Administration (IMBA) program offered by the Graduate School of Business at Gardner-Webb University is structured to provide a strong academic foundation in international business through a comparative approach to global business. The IMBA is recognized as the professional graduate degree designed to enhance effectiveness and provide comprehensive knowledge and skills involved in managing international profit and non-profit organizations.

The International Master of Business Administration program consists of 30 credit hours, or 10 three-credit-hour courses, including 18 hours of graduate international business courses and 12 hours of required general Master of Business Administration (MBA) courses. For students maintaining consistent full-time status, normal degree completion time is five consecutive Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Students may begin in any semester. Within the IMBA program, a minimum of six hours is required for full-time status. The two-year outline of courses has a logical sequence progressing from required courses of International Business, International Marketing, International Finance, International Trade Law, Topics in International Business, and Seminar in International Trade to courses in the major emphasis area.


The global competitive market is continuously changing, and the magnitude and speed of the changes and their strategic implications for firms, irrespective of location or product/service, is unprecedented. The aggregate impact of these changes and the competitive responses of individual firms on individual country and regional economies is equally powerful. To be an effective global manager, one must be equipped with the necessary tools for the challenges ahead. The IMBA program in the Graduate School of Business offers a cutting-edge graduate international business education that prepares students for these challenges. The intensive, applied nature of this IMBA program provides training in international business through the use of practical techniques, international experience, and other important tools that can readily be utilized by the students in their existing positions.

Student Learning Outcomes

To accomplish the mission of Graduate Programs in individual courses within the Godbold School of Business, students completing a course in International Business Administration will be able to:

  1. Adapt themselves in advanced professional career positions in business, government, and other areas of human endeavor where organizational, managerial, and analytical skills in international business administration are vital for success;
  2. Learn new advanced managerial skills in international business administration that require advanced knowledge of computerized technology applications in business; and
  3. Respond to complex changes in international business administration in a dynamic, global marketplace and demonstrate high Christian ethical standards in their place of work.

IMBA Degree Requirements

  1. Overall minimum grade point average of 3.0 in graduate studies
  2. Satisfactory completion of 30 graduate hours within six calendar years
  3. Application for graduation by the dates published by the Registrar
  4. If desired, participation in the Hooding Ceremony and Commencement exercises.

It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with the preceding requirements for graduation.

IMBA Program Guidelines

INTL 650 International Business, INTL 651 International Finance, INTL 652 International Marketing, and BADM 633 Entrepreneurial Management should be scheduled early in the program. INTL 653 Seminar in International Trade should culminate the program. A minimum of 18 hours of IMBA program courses that include INTL 650 International Business, INTL 651 International Finance, INTL 652 International Marketing, and BADM 633 Entrepreneurial Management are required prior to enrollment in INTL 653 Seminar in International Trade. A grade of “B” or better is required to pass INTL 653. A student receiving a final grade less than “B” must repeat INTL 653.

It is the student’s responsibility to plan the degree in accordance with the program requirements using the two-year course rotation and the degree planning form available from the advisor.

IMBA Curriculum (30 hours)


An undergraduate business degree is not required for admission to the International Master of Business Administration program, but specific prerequisite course material is required. A minimum grade of “C” is required for all prerequisites. The following general business prerequisites are required.

Accounting Principles I

Accounting Principles II

Principles of Finance



Principles of Marketing

Information Systems or Excel proficiency

Business Statistics

Management Science

The foundation courses below are offered to satisfy some or all of the general business prerequisites.

BADM 501Foundations of Accounting and Finance


BADM 502Foundations of Marketing and Economics


BADM 503Foundations of Management Science and Statistical Methods


International Business Required Courses (18 hours)

INTL 643International Trade Law


INTL 650International Business


INTL 651International Finance


INTL 652International Marketing


INTL 653Seminar in International Trade (IMBA Capstone Course)


INTL 695Topics in International Business


INTL 653: Must have all MBA/IMBA program prerequisites or permission of the Director of Graduate Business Programs

MBA Required Courses (12 hours)

ACCT 600Managerial Accounting


BADM 610Managerial Economics


BADM 620Managerial Finance


BADM 633Entrepreneurial Management


Total Credit Hours: 30