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Master of International Business

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Overview

In a globalised world, corporate survival and growth are dependent upon knowledge and experience of the international business environment.

This program emphasises the need for effective and sustainable business growth on an international scale. By joining a cohort of high-calibre students, you will develop the skills and competencies necessary to devise and implement strategic decisions that facilitate sustainable, global corporate expansion. 

We offer you the opportunity to engage in a real-life, mini-consulting project for a company’s current or prospective international operations either in Australia or overseas. The overseas consulting project provides an opportunity to participate in a two-week study tour to countries such as Brazil, India or Vietnam to gain first-hand experience conducting business in these countries.

Subject areas

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

Your funding and scholarships

How to apply

What you'll study

Core units
  • Global Business environment 
  • Global Management and Culture 
  • Global Strategy
  • Managing Global Operations 
Elective units of study

Completion of four electives is a requirement for the Master of International Business. Electives are selected from a wide range of specialist international business related units of study from across the Business School including: 

  • International Accounting
  • Issues in Law and International Business
  • China's Legal Environment for Business
  • International Business Tax Strategy
  • International Business Finance
  • Managing International Risk
  • International Business Alliances
  • Ethical International Business Decisions
  • Comparative International Management
  • International Business Special Project
International Business project

The business project is completed at the end of the program over a five to seven week period as the capstone experience for the program.

For details of available units of study refer to the Business School Handbook.

Completion requirement

The Master of International Business requires the completion of 60 credit points comprising:

  • 24 credit points in core units of study
  • 24 credit points in elective units of study
  • 12 credit points in international business project units of study

Students must complete the units of study in a prescribed sequence.

International Business Project

The International Business Project comprises two units of study which are completed at the end of the Master of International Business program.  Students engage in a real-life consulting project where they will work on a project brief provided by participating companies and designed in consultation with academic staff.

Students work in small groups of approximately three to five students and are supervised by an academic member of staff. Project work is completed over a cumulative twelve-week period and is aimed primarily at defining and solving problems related to the relevant international dimensions of the participating company's operations.

Projects may be with companies based in Australia or overseas. Overseas projects may include an international study organised by the Discipline of International Business, for which there is a $2,500 program fee (in addition to the tuition fee for this unit). Students are also required to purchase and pay for their airfare to the international destination.  While most projects will be sourced and organised by the Discipline of International Business, under exceptional circumstances, the Unit Coordinators and/or the Program Director may also allow students to work on their own projects. On completion of the project, students are expected to demonstrate that they have achieved the program learning goals. 

Admission criteria

To be considered for admission, an applicant is required to have:

  • An Australian bachelor's degree or higher in a related discipline with a credit average (65 percent) or equivalent qualification, or 
  • An Australian bachelor's degree or higher in an unrelated discipline with a credit average (65 percent) or equivalent qualification and relevant professional work experience (typically three years), or
  • An Australian bachelor's degree or higher in a related discipline with less than a credit average (minimum 50 percent required) or equivalent qualification and satisfactory performance in the GMAT (for guidance, the class average score is 630) or equivalent Business School approved admissions test. 

Any grade requirements listed are based on the University of Sydney guide to grades.

For a guide to common international qualifications and equivalent admission criteria, please download the Business School Admission Criteria (pdf, 81.2KB).

 

Statement of motivation

Your application must also include a Statement of Motivation outlining:

  • What you hope to achieve professionally and personally by completing the Master of International Business.
  • Your main academic achievements to date (include any awards or recognition you have obtained.
  • International experiences have you had to date (eg working or studying abroad, languages you have studied, academic exchange).
  • What personal qualities make you a future leader in cross-cultural settings.
  • Inclusion of your CV.

Please ensure that your Statement of Motivation provides answers to each of the above criteria (500-1000 words). Statements will also be assessed on the applicant's ability to communicate their suitability and commitment to undertake the degree. Resubmission of this document will not be accepted.
 

Professional accreditation

The University of Sydney Business School is a world-class business school at the forefront of global business and management education. Relevant and focused on today's business world, we are the only Australian business school to achieve membership to CEMS - the Global Alliance in Management Education in addition to international accreditation from AACSB and EQUIS.
 

Career pathways

Master of International Business graduates pursue roles such as export and import manager, international strategy manager, government officer - Department of Foreign and Trade Affairs, international management consultant, international travel manager, consultant: United Nations

Future study

A postgraduate degree can open doors to further study, whether you are interested in pursuing a research degree, or expanding your postgraduate qualifications and skillset by embarking on a management degree, MBA or specialised business masters.

The Business School offers two research degrees, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and the Master of Philosophy (MPhil), which may be studied full-time or part-time. Embarking on a PhD or masters by research is an opportunity to join a community of recognised leaders in scholarship and make a significant contribution to your area of study. We are home to many leading researchers and attract generous funding in support of our research projects, and the University of Sydney is consistently ranked among the best research universities in the world.

If you are interested in pursuing further postgraduate study, our postgraduate coursework business degrees cater to students from any background and career stage, with pre- and post-experience options available, to help you achieve the future you’ve imagined. Combine your interests and develop specialised skills to be well positioned in an increasingly competitive business environment.

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

Angela Rossi

Angela Rossi
Master of International Business | Trade Advisor, Altios

 
“What I’ve enjoyed most about the Master of International Business is studying with a cohort of many international students. The diversity of ages and cultures has been enriching, exposing us to different schools of thought, and allowing us to put theory into practice.

“The opportunity to manage projects and understand the global business environment on a granular level has been invaluable to my career and professional development. I’m lucky to have landed a consulting role where I can practise what I have learned on a daily basis.”

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