Certificate in International Business

The Certificate in International Business is designed to offer international students and non-matriculated U.S. residents the opportunity to acquire competencies in international business in two semesters. Semester option is available.

The program consists of eight specified courses that focus on conceptual, theoretical and practical skills as well as overall knowledge of international business. The program prepares students to seek a career or advancement in international business.

The award of a certificate means the holder has completed the required courses at an acceptable level of academic accomplishment. The certificate indicates to a prospective employer that the University validates the certificate program in international business.

Students must complete two semesters of coursework from the International Business core and specialized courses. Students who have specific educational or career needs may be allowed to vary selection of courses in the program after consulting with and obtaining written approval from the Chair, Department of International Business.

Certificate in International Business - 24 Units

In pursuing the Certificate in International Business, students must complete the five core courses listed below. They also must complete three courses from the electives. The courses are offered on rotation each semester. Not all elective courses will be available each year. Course descriptions are available in the SF State Bulletin.

Core Courses - Complete All Four

Core Courses
Code Title Units
IBUS 330

International Business and Multicultural Relations

IBUS 681

Seminar in Comparative Management

IBUS 590

International Environmental Analysis

IBUS 690

Global Strategic Management


Electives - Select Four

Elective Courses
Code Title Units
IBUS 430

Import-Export Management and Small Business Operations


IBUS 440

Advanced Import-Export Management


IBUS 517

Legal Environment of World Business


IBUS 531

Cross-Cultural Innovation and Creativity in Business and Management


IBUS 576

Global Entrepreneurship


IBUS 591

Doing Business in Latin America


IBUS 592

Doing Business in Greater China


IBUS 593

Doing Business in Europe


IBUS 594

Doing Business in Asia-Pacific Countries


IBUS 596

Doing Business in Japan


IBUS 598

Doing Business in Emerging Markets


IBUS 618

International Human Resource Management


IBUS 620

Research in International Business & the Global Market


IBUS 638

Global Leadership and Cultural Competencies


IBUS 659

Introduction to International Business Negotiation


IBUS 676

Social Entrepreneurship in a Global Context


This one-unit course introduces new students to the geographic, historical and environmental, socio-cultural and political context of the Bay Area, San Francisco and San Francisco State University. In addition, this course prepares students for success in their transition to living in San Francisco while preparing for life in San Francisco, building community, and learning about the campus and the surrounding area. The course is experiential and includes field trips throughout the city.

The course is optional, in-person/hybrid, and is offered to you free of charge. You are encouraged to take it to learn more about and experience the City of San Francisco. You can sign up when completing your course preference wishlist.

Global Business Communication Skills – This topic is delivered as Global Business Communication Skills I and II. The two CEU courses are designed to prepare students for a successful job or internship search and the professional skills needed to excel in this internship or job. These classes are not required for the certificate but strongly encouraged enrichment options if you are planning to apply for graduate school, Optional Practical Training (OPT), an internship or a job.

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