Master of Business Administration

MBA with a concentration in International Business

Success doesn’t just come to you. You have to go after it. And sometimes, you may have to chase it across the sea. Our international management MBA program will prepare you for the trip. With classes that focus on international trade and investments, financial management and organizational analysis and design, you will study how multinational firms work in a variety of cultural environments. You will know and understand trade theories and agreements in global financial markets so that you are prepared for your journey to success.

WHAT IS INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS?

Graduate Program Tabs

International Business Concentration

The MBA with an International Business concentration enables the student to build upon the solid foundation from the core coursework in the MBA program and provides students with the knowledge and capability necessary to function effectively as managers in today’s competitive and globalized economies. The courses in the IB concentration will give the students an opportunity to learn about the functioning of the international economy and how multinational firms of all sizes, both governmental and non-governmental working in a variety of cultural and political/legal environments, interact with it. The courses will also allow students to learn about international trade theories and agreements, global financial markets and the financial skills required for effective management of companies engaged in international business with an emphasis on international financial management.

Tiffin University’s Accreditations

Tiffin University is authorized by the Board of Regents of the State of Ohio to award the MBA degree. The program is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The program has also received a national and international stamp of approval with an accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

The Ohio Department of Staff Development and Certification has approved eleven TU MBA courses for Administrative/Management/Supervisory MR/DD certification. Our students and faculty communicate, negotiate, collaborate, and evolve to produce graduates who are well prepared to succeed.

Program Accredited by Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

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Tiffin University’s School of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation body for business education supporting, celebrating and rewarding teaching excellence. They accredit business education programs at the associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degree levels worldwide. Institutions with this accreditation are committed to continuous improvement that ensures their business program will give students the skills employers want. Every quality business program worldwide is accredited.

Your Life Experience Equals A Dynamic Classroom Experience

Our commitment to quality begins with an application process designed to ensure that students entering our program have the ability and background to be successful. The average MBA student enters the Tiffin University program with nearly 10 years of post-graduate work experience. The student body has degrees in fields ranging from business to medicine, from the social sciences to engineering, from law to liberal arts, humanities, and more. The life experience of this diverse student body contributes to the dynamic and interactive nature of the educational atmosphere at Tiffin University.

Academic Tradition

Tiffin University is in its twelfth decade of educating students for success, providing a solid foundation upon which to build your own personal success. Yet at the same time, the curriculum and educational methods at Tiffin University are undergoing a continuous process of improvement. Our curriculum is distinguished by a focus on developing competencies in leadership and teamwork, communication skills, and managerial decision-making and problem solving.

We Provide You With Personal Support

We understand that your success depends on our ability to answer your questions quickly and correctly. Virtually every survey or study designed to identify the critical success factors in online education confirm that keeping students connected is a top priority. Our students rate the personal support they received at Tiffin University as the primary reason for their success, and they would recommend Tiffin University’s online programs to a friend or coworker because of it.

International Business Concentration 12 hours

FIN627 Emerging Markets Finance.............................................................................................................................................................3 hours

FIN617 International Financial Management.........................................................................................................................................3 hours

HRM610 Negotiations and Conflict Resolution......................................................................................................................................3 hours

MKT627 Global Marketing Management .................................................................................................................................................3 hours 

Total ................................................................................................................................................................................. 12 hours

 

MBA Core Curriculum 24 hours

ECO524 Managerial Economics....................................................................................................................................................................2 hours

FIN612 Managerial Finance...........................................................................................................................................................................2 hours

MGT515 Managerial Business Foundations**............ ..................................................................................................................... ........2 hours

MGT516 Fundamentals of Quantitative Business**.............................................................................................................................2 hours

MGT522 Management of Human Resources...........................................................................................................................................2 hours

MGT526 Quantitative Business Analysis and Research...... .............................................................................................................. .2 hours

MGT614 Global & Transnational Management.......................................................................................................................................2 hours

MGT621 Organization Analysis and Design.............................................................................................................................................2 hours

MGT622 Strategic Management...................................................................................................................................................................2 hours

MGT623 Legal and Ethical Issues in Management...............................................................................................................................2 hours

MGT630 Innovative Decision Making.......................................................................................................................................................2 hours

MKT523 Marketing Management................................................................................................................................................................2 hours 

Total ................................................................................................................................................................................. 24 hours

**Courses maybe waived by permission of the Dean.
In addition to the MBA core curriculum, each candidate must complete one of the concentrations listed below.

Total MBA 36 hours

 

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

On Campus - Offered in two terms per semester starting in January, May, August and October

Online - Offered in two terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

- Core MBA, Leadership & Change and Data Analytics courses are offered online or on campus; remaining concentration courses are offered exclusively online.

International Trade (ECO 627) - Overview of the dynamic economic, ethical, cultural, legal, and political issues that affect operations in the global arena. Discussion of various trade theories, trade barriers, and trade agreements. Examination of the external environment for trade and investment - the course seeks to equip future business leaders to exploit opportunities presented by selling to global markets instead of a single national market and adding value by locating different aspects of the value chain in countries where they can be performed most efficiently based upon differences in wage rates and national resource endowments. The course will allow students to understand the structural economic factors that govern locational benefits, government policies that encourage/discourage the integration of national economies with the global economy, and the risks of the global macroeconomic environment. It will also help them cope with the challenges posed by globalization (the increase in potential competition) by studying different modes of entry into emerging markets.

International Financial Management (FIN 617) - Structure and operation of global financial markets: The international monetary system, global banking, eurocurrency markets, global securities markets, foreign exchange markets, emerging capital markets, and global portfolio management. Financial skills required for effective management of companies engaged in international business.

Strategic Analysis in Global Industry (MGT 631) - The examination of organizations in terms of patterns in design and operation through topics including organizational-environment interface, structure, technology, and socio-technical systems and culture are the basis for this course.
 with an emphasis on international financial management - extension of closed economy financial management techniques to the global market environment. Topics include balance of payments and exchange rate determination, the hedging of exchange rate risk, multinational capital budgeting, political risk management, taxation, the corporate management of short-term and long-term assets and liabilities and financing the global operations of firms.

Global Marketing Management (MKT 627) - This course will focus on the application of marketing principles in the globalized markets of the 21st Century. The combination of global free trade philosophies with local market conditions present an array of opportunities and concerns that need to be understood and managed throughout the world. The course will emphasize the global nature of these decisions and their impact on the management of products, services, brands and new market development.

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Faculty

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Thomas Debbink, Ph.D.

Debbinkt@tiffin.edu
419-448-3367

Professor of Management

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.A., Albion College
  • M.S., Kettering University
  • Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

Thomas Debbink, Ph.D.

As do most of his colleagues, Dr. Debbink has a thorough grounding in his topic, both academically and professionally. Prior to beginning his doctoral education in 1992, Dr. Debbink worked for General Motors for 13 years. His experience was largely in Manufacturing and Quality Engineering, but also included significant assignments in Salaried Personnel Administration and Purchasing. As a Certified Quality Engineer, Dr. Debbink worked with over 100 of the Division’s suppliers to remedy specific quality issues and improve the overall performance of their manufacturing systems. Dr. Debbink has also served as a consultant to NCR Corporation, the United States Navy and General Motors.

Academically, Dr. Debbink’s interests are in corporate governance, deception within organizations, and make-buy decision making. His dissertation explored the motivations behind the decision to outsource components in the auto industry. He is a member of the Academy of Management and has presented papers at numerous conferences. Dr. Debbink teaches Strategic Management undergraduate and graduate courses in Tiffin, and graduate courses in the school’s EMBA curriculum in Bucharest, Romania.

Off campus, Dr. Debbink is a twenty-plus year member of Rotary International and serves on the Board of the Foundation of the Tiffin Rotary Club. He is a licensed pilot who enjoys introducing his students to the joys of flying. He and his wife, also a teacher, live on Catawba Island where they enjoy sailing and oenology.

Thomas Debbink, Ph.D.
Professor of Management
Thomas Debbink, Ph.D.
Professor of Management
Perry Haan, D.B.A.
Perry Haan, D.B.A.

Perry Haan, D.B.A.

Haanpc@tiffin.edu
419-618-2867 (mobile) / 419-448-3350 (office)

Professor of Marketing

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • D.B.A., Marketing, University of Sarasota
  • M.B.A., Xavier University
  • B.S., Business Administration, The Ohio State University

Perry Haan, D.B.A.

Dr. Perry Haan has worked as a faculty member and administrator in higher education since 1986. He was won teaching awards at three different institutions of higher learning. He has taught in eight countries outside the U.S. He won the 2016-2017 Tiffin University Scholarship Award. In 2017 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach and conduct research in Nepal. In 2010 he was awarded a Fellowship by the International American Association of Financial Management for his teaching and academic work in international markets.

Haan earned his Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Sarasota, Master of Business Administration from Xavier University and Bachelor of Business Administration from The Ohio State University. He has authored or co-authored over ninety peer reviewed articles that have appeared in conference proceedings and journals, including the Journal of Marketing in Higher Education and the International Journal of Sports Marketing & Sponsorship. He co-authored a textbook, Practical Statistics for Business. His research interests include entrepreneurship, international business, ethics, sales and sales management, education marketing, sports marketing, and leadership.

Research Interest

Dr. Haan is a Fulbright Scholar (research conducted in Nepal) He has authored or co-authored over ninety peer reviewed articles and co-authored a textbook, Practical Statistics for Business. His research interests include entrepreneurship, international business, ethics, sales and sales management, education marketing, sports marketing, and leadership.

Perry Haan, D.B.A.
Professor of Marketing
Perry Haan, D.B.A.
Professor of Marketing
Teresa Shafer
Teresa Shafer

Teresa Shafer, Ph.D.

Tshafer@tiffin.edu
419-448-3309

Executive Dean for Institutional Affairs

Professor of Management

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
  • M.A., Bowling Green State University
  • B.A., Ohio State University

Teresa Shafer, Ph.D.

Dr. Shafer began her academic career at The Ohio State University’s Marion campus. Upon completion of her graduate degree, she completed a ten-year career in the insurance industry. She joined TU in 1993 as an adjunct professor while completing her doctorate degree at Bowling Green State University. She has held numerous positions during her tenure at TU, including the founding Director for the degree completion program, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Dean of Assessment, and most recently as the Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Shafer currently serves as the Vice President for Institutional Planning and Effectiveness where she provides leadership and oversight for institutional research, strategic planning, global education, career services, and accreditation activities of the University. Dr. Shafer continues to oversee operations in Bucharest, Romanian where we have offered the EMBA for 20 years and will start a BBA in Management in fall 2019. Dr. Shafer is considered an accreditation specialist and serves the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) as a Peer Reviewer. She has successfully led TU’s compliance efforts to obtain maximum reaffirmations with the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), HLC, Accreditation Council for Business School and Programs (ACBSP) and the European Council for Business Education (ECBE). She also serves as a Board Member for ECBE. Dr. Shafer holds the rank of Professor of Management within the TU School of Business.

Teresa Shafer, Ph.D.
Executive Dean for Institutional Affairs
Teresa Shafer, Ph.D.
Executive Dean for Institutional Affairs

Testimonials

  • “I began my collegiate journey at Purdue University, where I was recruited out of high school. After a few years there I decided it was best if I left and went somewhere else. I didn't really explore many options outside if Tiffin. I knew the coaches here and knew that at the end of the day, even without athletics, I could see myself attending the university. I didn’t look at the size of TU as a deciding factor, I looked more at the people that were there and the quality of education and the product that was offered - and it was the best fit for me.”

    Coy Blair
    Class of 2017, MBA Graduation 2019
    Logan, Ohio

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  • “There is always gonna be a little doubt in any person's mind when it comes to new things. But for me, I think proving people, who said I couldn't do it, wrong is my biggest motivation. There's really nothing that seems impossible to me anymore, the world is constantly changing and I feel like I am much more capable of adapting to those changes now compared to when I was walking on to TU's campus for the first time.”

    Alexandra Tozzie
    Class of 2018
    Louisville, Colorado

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  • The on-campus events and activities that are offered have made it easy to learn about a number of different topics. I also believe because of the diverse population here at TU it allows me to gain a broader perspective of different cultures and customs that I have not encountered before.

    -Payne VanTilburg '16

    TU helped grow my network and give me experience by meeting students from other cultures and countries, and learning from a range of professors. Anyone who wants to feel connected to their fellow students, to their personable professors, and the community
  • “The main challenge I overcame in order to become a Dragon was the language barrier and the financial situation. However, Tiffin University gave the opportunity to join my passion for soccer with my dream of having an education in the U.S. As part of the soccer team, I was able to overcome my language barrier and have the best experience of my life. For that, I will always be thankful.”

    Talita Russo
    Class of 2013
    Sao Paulo, Brazil

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  • "TU wasn’t just the place I went to get my degree. It was the place I grew up and I am forever thankful for my Dragon family. It’s always a great day to be a Dragon.”

    – Allison Marie Staunton, Class of 2016

    "TU wasn’t just the place I went to get my degree. It was the place I grew up and I am forever thankful for my Dragon family. It’s always a great day to be a Dragon.”  – Allison Marie Staunton, Class of 2016

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