They come from all over the globe – from small towns in the heartland of the United States to the largest metropolitan capitals in Europe and Asia – all to study international business with us here at UNCW.
The International MBA (IMBA) program at the Cameron School of Business is a one-year, full-time, dual-degree program. In the fall semester, students study core business modules. In the spring semester, students must attend a different university based on their chosen specialization; for example, Cameron’s specialization is international finance and investments. In the summer, and if necessary the following fall, students complete a thesis related to their specialty. Class size is limited to 25 students at each partner institution, which allows for a more intimate learning experience for students. The full semester immersion in another country and the diverse nature of each class provides a true cultural experience while ensuring a close personal bond between the future professionals.
Even more dynamic than the students’ backgrounds is their future global impact upon graduation. As highlighted below, alumni from the Cameron School of Business’ international MBA program are employed globally. Students desiring employment outside of their native lands are better prepared – both possessing the credentials necessary to gain an interview as well as the necessary skills required to succeed in their chosen career at home or abroad. Some jobs currently held by IMBA graduates include:
- Executive vice president at Modoc Research Services, Wilmington, North Carolina
- Senior buyer at General Motors, Detroit, Michigan
- Global technical lead at Cisco, Raleigh, North Carolina
- Federal marketing specialist at SolarWinds, Washington, D.C.
- CFO/CAO at Plati Potom, Moscow, Russia
- Equity analyst, London, United Kingdom
One of our students, Nathan Graham, Class of 2010 (UNCW/Moscow) was hired by his employer in California specifically because he studied emerging economies in Russia. This was a market his employer was interested in entering, and his experiences living and studying in the country provided the skills needed to help the company take its next step in the Russian market.
In addition to a specialized learning experience, the students develop a broader network of peers and friends. Conversations regarding vacations or reunions are not centered around “spring break in Florida,” but are more along the lines of meeting at a summer house in Turkey or flying to Brazil to stay with a colleague from the program.
Many students choose to work in the U.S. while still making a global impact. Our graduates are well suited for positions that allow them to interact with and travel to foreign destinations. Some graduates have even opened their own global companies. So no matter where you are living or working, you are likely to meet alumni from the international MBA program.
For more information about the International MBA at Cameron, visit http://csb.uncw.edu/imba/index.htm
For 2014-2015, Dr. Robert T. Burrus, Jr. will serve as interim Dean of the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Before taking on the role of interim Dean, Burrus was the department chair for economics and finance and a professor of economics. He has been on Cameron’s faculty since 1998. The Cameron School of Business has 90 full-time faculty members and 29 administrative and staff members. The school hosts approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 170 graduate students. International students come to study at Cameron from all over the world. The Cameron School of Business is AACSB accredited; offers capstone experiences; houses a Financial Trading Markets Room; provides for overseas learning opportunities; and is a founding member of the Trans-Atlantic Business School Alliance. To learn more about the Cameron School of Business, please visit http://csb.uncw.edu/. Questions and comments can be sent to [email protected].