IMBA International MBA

University of San Diego School of Business Administration

Program Description
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IMBA International MBA

University of San Diego School of Business Administration

IMBA International MBA

The International Master of Business Administration (IMBA) is designed for individuals interested in leadership roles in international businesses or organizations where people and markets are united. This program develops business leaders with a global orientation and provides the skills to succeed in the international marketplace.

The IMBA is a 2-year, cohort-based program comprised of students who who bring a wide range of international experiences and diverse perspectives. The supportive learning environment features small classes and stresses collaborative teamwork and networking with fellow business professionals in the program. Students in the IMBA program complete core courses with their cohort and blend with students in the Full-time MBA and Evening MBA for electives.

IMBA students are required to complete two international experiences on two different continents. Students may either complete two international practicums (strategic consulting projects), which integrate business skills in an international environment, or one practicum and a short-term study abroad course, semester exchange, or an international internship on a second continent. Previous consulting assignments have been completed in locations as varied as Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Beijing, China; Munich, Germany; Bangalore, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Capetown, South Africa.

The program design incorporates flexibility for numerous study abroad options: completing an international dual degree, enrolling in a semester exchange program, and participating in short-term study abroad opportunities. The Ahlers Center for International Business hosts IMBA students south of the Mexico border for a three-day course at the start of the program and organizes the international consulting practicums and study abroad opportunities for IMBA students.

Admissions Criteria

Bachelor’s Degree

A four-year baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited university. A "B" average or higher is preferred

Work Experience

A minimum of 2-years of full-time, post-graduate work experience is expected. Additional consideration may be given to candidates with substantial business experience


A competitive score from an exam taken within five years (official score required for consideration)


Two professional recommendations


Given upon request of the admissions committee. All admitted applicants will receive an interview

English Language Proficiency

Language proficiency must be demonstrated by applicants not previously educated in English

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
2 years
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Start date Sept. 2017
USA San Diego, California
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