4+1 International Studies BA/MBA

4+1 International Studies BA/MBA

4+1 International Studies B.A./M.B.A.

New Degree Program!

International Studies BA/MBA Brochure

Rowan now offers a 4 +1 accelerated dual degree program where students earn a B.A. in International Studies with a Concentration (formerly known as "Specialization") in International Business & Economics and an M.B.A. in five years. Students in this program may take 12 credits of the 36 credit M.B.A. program as a senior, saving time--and over $10,000--on their M.B.A. tuition and fees.

Whether a company is headquartered in Glassboro N.J., New York, or Hong Kong, almost every business enterprise today has a global aspect. This accelerated dual degree program--a B.A. in International Studies with an International Business & Economics Concentration and M.B.A.--offers an exciting curriculum that responds to the needs of this globalized economy. As markets and economies become increasingly connected and integrated, employers need people with strong communication skills, interdisciplinary training, and familiarity with the politics, economies, cultures, languages, and professional and business practices of countries around the world. At the same time, they seek graduates who have acquired the practical business and analytical skills needed to succeed in the corporate world. 

The 4 + 1 B.A./M.B.A. program prepares students for a wide range of positions in local, regional, national, and international companies as well as international organizations and NGOs, including positions in international marketing, banking, finance, trade and customs, management, and consulting, and international development. The program combines the broadened outlook, critical thinking, and communication skills acquired from an intensive and rigorous liberal arts education with advanced professional training. It draws on the expertise of hundreds of Rowan faculty members in numerous departments and colleges across campus: the university is rich in scholars who are experts in many areas of the world and who produce nationally and internationally recognized research.


Application Process

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. If you're interested in applying for this program, begin the application process by emailing the Coordinator of International Studies, Dr. Duke Bryant (duke-bryant@rowan.edu) to discuss the B.A./M.B.A. program.

International Studies majors with a Concentration in International Business & Economics who have a GPA of at least 3.3 and have passed Calculus: Techniques and Applications (MATH03.125) OR Calculus I (MATH01.130) AND Statistics I (STAT02.260) with at least a C may be admitted into this program as early as the summer after freshman year (30 credits). After meeting with the coordinator to discuss whether the program fits their needs and goals and whether they meet the criteria listed above, students will be added to the BA/MBA by the Coordinator of International Studies.

Students who are interested in the program are encouraged to contact the Coordinator of International Studies during their freshman year, however, to ensure they take the courses necessary to complete the program on schedule. Students should also review the program guide and suggested sequence carefully and remain in touch with the Coordinator to ensure they're following the curriculum.

Junior Admission: After earning 60 credits, students who wish to apply to the B.A./M.B.A. program must meet the criteria listed below to ensure that they can finish undergraduate requirements within 4 years. Transfer students who have fulfilled the requirements may also apply.

  • International Studies major with an International Business & Economics Concentration;
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.3 in undergraduate coursework with at least a C in M.B.A. prerequisite courses and at least a C- in all courses that count towards the International Studies major.
  • Completion of at least five of the M.B.A. prerequisite courses listed below with at least a C in each course:
    • Calculus: Techniques and Applications (MATH03.125) OR Calculus I (MATH01.130)
    • Statistics I (STAT02.260)
    • Introduction to Macroeconomics (ECON04.101)
    • Introduction to Microeconomics (ECON04.102)
    • Principles of Accounting I (ACC03.210)
    • Principles of Accounting II (ACC03.211)
  • Completion of the International Studies requirements listed below: 
    • At least one year of Foreign Language study (or equivalent placement testing)
    • At least three of the International Studies core courses (see program guide)
    • At least one course that counts towards the International Business & Economics Concentration.
Students in this program are encouraged (but not required) to pursue a minor within the College of Business. Students in this program can complete requirements for the Minor in Business Administration, for example, with just two additional courses.

Requirements for beginning M.B.A. program as a senior (90 credits):

To begin taking M.B.A. courses during their senior year, students who have been accepted into this accelerated dual degree program must meet the criteria listed below by the spring of their junior year.

  • At least 90 credits (counting credits from spring semester) with a 3.3 overall GPA (GMATs are waived for M.B.A. applicants with at least a 3.3 GPA);
  • Completed all prerequisites for the M.B.A. with a grade of at least C (or enrolled in these courses for spring):
    • Calculus: Techniques and Applications (MATH03.125) OR Calculus I (MATH01.130)
    • Statistics I (STAT02.260)
    • Introduction to Macroeconomics (ECON04.101)
    • Introduction to Microeconomics (ECON04.102)
    • Principles of Accounting I (ACC03.210)
    • Principles of Accounting II (ACC03.211)
    • Principles of Marketing (MKT09.200)
    • Operations Management (MGT 06.305)
    • Principles of Finance (FIN04.300)
  • Completed or enrolled in the International Studies requirements listed below:
    • Two years of a foreign language or at least intermediate level proficiency in a foreign language
    • At least four of the six International Studies core requirements (see program guide), including Introduction to International Studies (IS25.300)
    • At least two of the five required courses for the International Business & Economics Concentrn (see program guide).

Students who meet this criteria should submit to the Coordinator of International Studies the material listed below, preferably in January of their junior year.

  • A statement of purpose (300-500 words);
  • Names and email addresses of two professors who will provide letters of recommendation (preferably one from the Rohrer College of Business). Ask your recommenders to send their recommendations--which may be in email form rather than a formal letter--to the Coordinator of International Studies via email--or in hard copy if they prefer.

Students who have completed the requirements listed above and gained permission to take M.B.A. courses as a senior will then meet with the Director of M.B.A. program, preferably before preregistration, to review course work and requirements for the M.B.A. Students enrolled in this accelerated B.A./M.B.A. program may take up to 12 credits of graduate courses at the undergraduate rate in their senior year (two in fall and two in spring), providing they meet the criteria listed above. Beyond this, students will pay graduate tuition rates for their M.B.A. courses. 

The International Studies coordinator will meet with students who do not meet the criteria and have not gained permission to take M.B.A. courses to discuss the best alternative for the student, e.g. graduating with a B.A. in International Studies with a Concentration in International Business and Economics and possibly a minor in business.


Requirements for Graduation

To graduate from this accelerated dual degree program with a B.A. and an M.B.A., students must:

  • Complete all requirements for the International Studies B.A. with an International Business & Economics Concentration, including General Education and Rowan Experience requirements, as outlined above;
  • Earn a grade of C- or better in all undergraduate foundational, core, and concentration courses.
  • Complete all prerequisites for the M.B.A. program;
  • Complete all requirements for the M.B.A., which is a level III program at Rowan. In level III programs, students must achieve a 3.0 overall GPA with no grade lower than C and no more than two Cs.

Contingency for Students who do not complete the M.B.A. program:

Students who are dropped from the graduate program or choose not to complete the B.A./M.B.A. program may earn a B.A. in International Studies with a Concentration in International Business & Economics (or any other International Studies concentration) once they have completed all requirements for that undergraduate degree, achieved at least a 2.0 GPA, and earned at least 120 credits. Students may count up to 12 credits of their graduate courses towards their B.A. requirements; these courses will count as free electives towards the 120 credits required for a B.A.