International Business Department {College of Business}

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Programs : Certificate

The International Business Department offers a certificate in International Business.


This certificate program is designed to offer international students and non-matriculated U.S. residents the opportunity to acquire competencies in international business in two semesters. The program consists of eight specified courses that focus on conceptual, theoretical, and practical skills as well as overall knowledge of international business. Although the program does not lead to a degree in international business, it 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.

Admission Requirements

Selection for admission to the program will be based on student objectives, academic background, and recommendations as appropriate. In order to be admitted to the program, a candidate should have completed the equivalent of 56 units or more of undergraduate courses through course work and/or appropriate professional or other preparation. Grades in course work completed should be of an average level equivalent to a GPA of 2.3 or higher on a 4.0 U.S. scale, or an equivalent combination of educational and professional preparation, in her/his home country. English language ability must be demonstrated by adequate scores on the TOEFL examination (Test of English as a Foreign Language), TOEIC examination (Test of English for International Communication), or certification by appropriate academic personnel.

Admission Procedures

All candidates must complete the application forms for the Certificate in International Business, which are available from the Department of International Business and the College of Extended Learning at San Francisco State University. After review of their academic, professional, and language preparations, students will be notified of their rejection or acceptance into the certificate program by the program coordinator. The coordinator will arrange for student registration through Open University.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

English proficiency at the conclusion of the program will be determined through evaluation of written papers in IBUS 590. Satisfactory performance in writing is required for both passing the IBUS 590 course and for completing the program.


Students must complete two semesters of course work from 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 program coordinator.

Award of the Certificate

The certificate will be awarded by the Dean of the College of Extended Learning, and will also be signed by the coordinator of the certificate program. Notice of issuance of the certificate will be entered on the student’s official academic record.

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