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International Business Administration

Dr. Arvind Phatak, Executive Director
Kim Cahill, Program Advisor
Office: Speakman Hall 349
(215) 204-3778

Note: Department chairs frequently change at the beginning of the academic year.  Students should contact departments for updated information.
The International Business Administration major results in a multidisciplinary degree combining courses in IB and language, with a strong, functional business component. The major design enables students to develop an understanding of the various functional areas of international business, preparing students for positions in the government, global corporations, or international public institutions. Necessary skills are developed through specialized international courses in economics, finance, management, HR, law, marketing, and accounting. All International Business majors will complete the requirements for a functional business major.

Additionally, there is an emphasis on language; for without minimal language capability, one is truly handicapped in interpersonal relationships and in international interactions. Courses in language and language certificates are offered through the College of Liberal Arts. To further round out students’ education, study abroad is recommended. Students are provided opportunities to spend a semester or a year abroad in various countries where the University has established business programs.

A cultural, historical, and geographic area of understanding is also essential. Students are encouraged to acquire this background through completion of  Certificate of Specialization in Latin American Studies and Spanish for Business or Asian Business and Society facilitated by IGMS/CIBER or elective courses offered by the College of Liberal Arts.

International Business Administration majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad, earn an Area Studies and Language Certificate, and become actively involved in the International Business Association (IBA). This student organization hosts the Global Lecture Series with guest speakers from international business disciplines, networking events, and career development activities. This organization is open to all FSBM majors. For more information, contact the International Business Association officers at (215) 204-8185.

Summary of Requirements

Students pursuing the International Business major must complete all the requirements of their functional major; these requirements are combined with language fluency and language course work,  as well as international course work and experiences. Participation in the International Business Association is expected. Students must maintain a 2.3 GPA overall and in the major to graduate as an International Business major. Use the major GPA calculator at to calculate the GPA in the major.

(Note: The University is reviewing all school and college, major, and GPA requirements above 2.0.  Please refer to the electronic Bulletin for up-to-date information at

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