Master of Science in International Management Studies

Master in International Management Studies

The Master of Science in International Management Studies (MS IMS) is a 36 semester credit hours degree program (18-24 months) that provides students with knowledge and training in international management, trade across national boundaries and management on a global basis. Upon program completion, students have gained direct knowledge of:

  • Functional areas of management
  • International business management
  • Cultural, sociopolitical and geographical constraints affecting business decisions

MS in International Management Studies at UT Dallas To apply for this degree program, an undergrad business degrees is not required (all undergraduate majors welcome).

Students can also choose a concentration as part of their degree program:

  • Finance
  • Human Resources/Organizational Behavior
  • Information Management Technology
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management

International Exposure and Careers

Students gain knowledge of business in international environments through international study program. In terms of career, a masters in international management is an excellent choice for students looking for a career in management, government institutions, and international agencies. Typically, global business graduates begin their careers in the domestic operations within an organization and later with an overseas assignments.

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The Master of International Management degree program is designed to help students realize their potentials as global leaders through exposure to international academic disciplines, internships, research, languages, international study trips and cultural engagement. The program prepares future graduates to manage business entities that have international business operations.

Please contact me for more information about the degree program, admission requirements, procedures or discussing your overall academic plans.

Habte Woldu, PhD

Director, International Management Studies

Susan Philips, Program Coordinator

MS International Management Studies

& BS Global Business

The Master of Science degree in International Management Studies (MS IMS) program gives students knowledge and training in international business management, which includes trade across national boundaries and management on a global basis. Students have the opportunity to learn, in depth, the fundamentals of:

  • Functional areas of management
  • International management
  • Cultural, sociopolitical and geographical constraints affecting business decisions

Students can gain direct knowledge of business in international environments through internationalstudy abroad trips.

International business graduates often start their careers in the domestic operations of an organization. Overseas assignments may come after a few years with the organization, although such opportunities may arise earlier if the student possesses special skills, such as knowledge of a foreign language, needed by the organization in its foreign operations.

Degree Plan

Basic Business Core (8 semester credit hours)

All students enrolling in MS IMS must complete the following Basic Business Core Courses:

IMS Foundation Courses (11 semester credit hours)

  • IMS 6204 Global Business (2)
  • IMS 6310 International Marketing Management (3)
  • IMS 6360 International Strategic Management (3)
  • IMS 6365 Cross-Cultural Communication and Management (3)

IMS Electives (6 semester credit hours)

Select a minimum of 6 hours from the following:

  • IMS 6302 Legal Aspect of International Business Transactions (3)
  • IMS 6320 International Corporate Finance (3) or FIN 6366 International Financial Management (3)
  • BPS 6332 Strategic Leadership (3)
  • IMS 6314 Global E-Business Marketing (3)
  • IMS 6205 Export Market Planning (2)

Free Elective Courses (11 semester credit hours)

Four hours of area study is strongly recommended. Any course from the set of IMS electives may be used as a free elective. Also, any advanced courses from other departments within the Jindal School of Management may be used as a free elective. The following are some of the other IMS related courses offered at the Jindal School of Management:

  • MKT 6332 Advertising and Promotion (3)
  • IMS 6314 Global E-Business Marketing (3)
  • IMS 6340 Managing Strategy and People in International Techno-Creative Industry
  • IMS 6341 International Human Resource Management
  • IMS 6343 Sustainability in a Global Business Environment
  • IMS 6vxx Area Studies: Faculty Led Study Trip (2) See for specific number of an area study**
  • OB 6301 Organizational Behavior (3)
  • OB 6303 Managing Organizations (3)
  • OB 6307 Strategic Human Resource Management (3)
  • OB 6331 Power & Politics (3)
  • OB 6332 Negotiation & Dispute Resolution (3)
  • OB 6333 Organizational Decision Making (3)

The MS IMS degree program can be taken by itself or with a concentration in one of the six provided degree program areas. Once students take the 25 semester credit hours (8 semester credit hours of basic business core courses, 11 hours of IMS foundation course and 6 hours of IMS elective courses), they can take 11 semester credit hours of free elective courses from the optional electives or the areas of concentration. However, if students decide to take the MS-IMS with a specific choice of concentration, the students should take 12 semester credit hours entirely from that specific area of concentration.

Areas of Concentration

Supply Chain Management (12 semester credit hours)
  • OPRE 6332 Spreadsheet Modeling and Analytics
  • OPRE 6366 Global Supply Chain Management
  • OPRE 6362 Project Management in Engineering & Operations
  • OPRE 6370 Logistics, Distribution and Warehousing
  • OPRE 6371 Purchasing, Sourcing and Contract Management
  • OPRE 6389 Managing Energy, Risks, Investment & Technology
Human Resources/Organizational Behavior (12 semester credit hours)
  • IMS 6341 International HR Management
  • OB 6301 Organizational Behavior
  • OB 6303 Managing Organizations
  • OB 6307 Strategic Human Resource Management
  • OB 6331 Power & Politics in Organizations
  • OB 6332 Negotiation & Dispute Resolution
Marketing (12 semester credit hours) Finance (12 semester credit hours) Innovation and Entrepreneurship (12 semester credit hours) Information Management Technology (12 semester credit hours) International Study Trips **

The Jindal School of Management encourages all students studying for the MS degree to master one foreign language. However, equally important is direct experience of business practices in a foreign country. In the past, UT Dallas has organized study-abroad opportunities in Russia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and India. These courses usually offered between semesters, vary in length from two to three weeks and are generally taken as part of an Area Studies course. The Area Studies course is preceded by two weeks of seminar and followed by two weeks of post-trip seminar.

  • IMS 6V91 Regional Area Studies: Latin America.
  • IMS 6V92 Regional Area Studies: Western Europe.
  • IMS 6V93 Regional Area Studies: Asia.
  • IMS 6V94 Regional Area Studies: Africa.
  • IMS 6V95 Regional Area Studies: North America.
  • IMS 6V96 Regional Area Studies: Eastern Europe.
Alison Goodwin

Alison Goodwin

I initially looked into an MS in International Management Studies because I have a passionate love for travel and seeing the world and figured that this would be the easiest way to get to travel for the rest of my life. When I sat down for my first class in Global Business with Professor Woldu, I realized that there was more to International Business and Management than travel, and fell even more in love with the program. It’s helped me hone my negotiation and communication skills- my increased adeptness in communicating and working with people from other cultures has helped me in my current field in the medical industry to work and empathize with people from other areas of the world. As part of the ten year plan for APEX (the company I work for), we want to expand internationally and hopefully establish offices overseas- I have serious plans to head up that expansion, fully utilizing my degree and exploring my passions for management and international business.

An IMS degree doesn’t automatically dictate that you’ll land a job overseas. It does not automatically dictate that you’ll be immersed in foreign cultures 24/7 for the rest of your personal life. It does mean, however, that you will work closely to solve problems with persons from around the world who have experienced a different life from you as you work to find innovate solutions. It does mean that you will be armed with a degree that has prepared you for this ever evolving, ever growing, ever moving global market. Thanks to advances in travel and technology, the world is only going to grow smaller, and an IMS degree from UTD equips student to face the challenges and reap the rewards of a global community.

Sophia Tilahun

Sophia Tilahun – Class of 2015

Being in the MS IMS program has allowed me to gain knowledge about global business combined with cross cultural communication as well as providing hands-on business strategy skills which became self-evident towards my future career advancement. Surrounded with leaders and students from different backgrounds in the program on a global basis field, I was able to obtain in-depth knowledge of that area within international management. As a result, I will begin my career with an international company, Zurich American Insurance Company, to embark on invaluable lessons that I’ve acquired. Without my MS IMS degree, I would not be where I am today, professionally and personally.

Xue Bai

Xue Bai – Class of 2013

Currently I am accepting a job offer from Wal-Mart International Academy leadership program. I will start my merchandising trainee program in Canada in July for one year. Soon after that, I will join Wal-Mart China. In my two-year comprehensive and systematic study in International Management Studies program at the University of Texas at Dallas, I experienced and learned lots of practical theories and analytical skills, which gave the confidence to manage businesses in a global environment. I strongly believe that having a graduate program in International Management Studies gave me an edge and made me stand out among my peers.

Lee Dufour

Lee Dufour – Class of 2011

I am working as a Director of Marketing & Communications at Yves Delorme, a European luxury home linens company. I pilot the marketing strategy for the US division of the global brand. I approached the International Management Studies program at The University of Texas at Dallas with a goal of formalizing my experience and having the knowledge and credentials necessary to take my career to the next level in management. I firmly believe that in many circumstances, my MS IMS degree has provided me with an edge and a right compliment to my experience.