International Business Management

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
Saint JohnSeptember 2018 Cost Estimate

Program Overview

Learn about the versatile world of international business and gain the knowledge needed to excel in today's global marketplace. This program will help you develop the specialized skills needed to be successful for trade initiatives and international opportunities. Using a hands-on approach, you'll collaborate, think critically, and reach your potential to become an invaluable asset to any team or organization. You'll learn to assess business rationale and strategic planning for international trade. You'll also develop skills in digital and intercultural communications, networking, and negotiation, as well as how to assess corporate sustainability and social responsibility initiatives.


The requirements for this graduate certificate program may be achieved within one year of fulltime study.

Admission Requirements

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  • Any Degree or diploma in Business or related field
    Other combinations of education and related experience may be considered

    Career Possibilities

    Graduates of this program may find work in a range of International Trade occupations, such as trade & investment, international affairs, sales & procurement, logistics, and finance.

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    Specific Considerations

    International Trade graduates may have the opportunity to acquire external certification from the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT), assuming they meet the certification requirements and pay any required fees. Details on the application process and eligibility requirements for certification are located on the FITT website.

    This International Trade program is a "Learning Integrated Virtually Everywhere" (L.I.V.E) program that requires the use of a notebook computer as part of the learning experience. The notebook computer should meet minimum technical specifications to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. To find these technical specifications, see L.I.V.E. (Learning Integrated Virtually Everywhere).

    Program Courses

    This year's courses are still under development. Showing 2017's courses for reference.

    This course is designed to allow the student to work independently in a business setting related to their field of study. Students are expected to follow the work schedule of the practicum host.

    Corporate social responsibility is the continuing commitment by business to contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce, their families as well as society at large. This course allows students to assess the transformation of simple community engagement of business to the direct development and implementation corporate social standards and strategic plans.

    The challenges and successes of corporate social responsibilities are examined, along with legislation and industry policies meant to regulate supply and distribution channels across continents. 

    Students will develop the skills used to evaluate market entry strategies and recommend ways of selecting the strategy most appropriate for a proposed venture(s). While examining entry strategies, students will develop a better understanding of the challenges and key roles that investment and partnering play in facilitating international trade operations and performance.

    INTL1003C International Marketing Entry Strategies includes all components required for International Marketing Entry Strategies (FITT).


    • INTL1017C

    International Marketing explores the main marketing principles and functions with specific reference to the pursuit of international business opportunities. This course also analyzes the distinct, yet similiar components between domestic and international marketing.  Additional topics such as the international marketplaces; market entry and exit strategies; marketing plans; cultural and legal influences, missions and trade fairs, and, e-marketing are also examined as ways to challenge any competition.

    INTL1004 International Marketing includes all components required for International Marketing (FITT).

    International trade initiatives are based on solid financial foundations and plans.  This course examines the practical skills an international trade importer/exporter needs to manage the financing aspects of international trade. Students explore principal export and import financing sources, forms of international trade financing, risk mitigation, and financial management models.  

    International Trade Finance also covers the process of export costing; the nature and use of export credit; sources of trade finance; technology, and insurance. This study ensures students are prepared to determine all financial aspects of an international business plan.

    INTL1006C International Trade Finance meets all the requirments for International Trade Finance (FITT).


    • INTL1017C

    Supply chain management is the detailed operation and coordination involving people, facilities, and suppliers to get a product to a market. The Global Supply Chain Management course examines this crucial interplay of the export team, inventory preparation, documentation, and transportation to get goods from point of origin to the point of consumption.  

    This course also examines the skills needed to manage production, technology, delivery, and product returns to meet international standards, as well as the skills to forecast supply chain challenges and assess risks.

    INTL1007C Global Supply Chain Management meets all the required competencies for Global Supply Chain Management (FITT)


    • INTL1017C

    Students will identify ways in which participants can co-manage their international trade activities more effectively, with an eye to competitive advantage. It reviews what successful international corporations know about forging alliances, business planning, risk management and using information technologies strategically. It also describes how to operate an export office and manage resources internationally. This courses includes the competencies necessary to complete the FITT requirement for "International Trade Management."


    • INTL1006C

    The International Trade Research course engages students in the important process of identifying key research objectives and the various methods used to collect marketing data. Throughout this course, students will develop the skills to conduct efficient and well planned research of international markets.  

    The International Trade Research course also allows students to further develop the skills to analyze, synthesize, and more importantly, interpret marketing intelligence used for identifying the best global markets and trade opportunties.  Students will gain a strong competence for investigating of target markets,  developing a research process, evaluating opportunities, investigating sources of information, and applying useful results. The students will gain the skills needed to able to carry out cost efficient research in a manner that is consistent with the demands of international business.

    INTL1009 meets all the requirements of International Trade Research (FITT).


    • INTL1017C

    International trade law is the appropriate rules and regulations that can directly affect the success of global business initiatives and expansions for organizations.

    The Legal Aspects of International Trade course examines the basic legal principles of international law applicable to any business engaging in international trade development and/or expansion.  Topics including partnership and trade agreements, international contracts and negotiations, import and export legislation, ecommerce. International legal challenges and disputes are also examined to provide a broad perspective into the world of international trade. 

    This course also reviews the Canadian legal system, including the legal structures through which business is conducted, contracts, intellectual property, product liability, and the sale of goods.

    INTL1010 Legal Aspects of International Trade meets all the requirements of Legal Aspects of International Trade (FITT)

    International Business Environment explores the important characteristics of today’s trading world. In addition to providing a critical examination of the key forces driving the international economy of imports and exports, this course also identifies the basic skills successful international trade practitioners require. Students will  investigate the significant social, technological and cultural issues affecting trade initiatives and development. This learning supports the fundamental stages in analyzing and assembling a global business plan. 

    This course includes all competencies required for Global Business Environment (FITT).

    Cultural differences, if not understood, can be a significant barrier to the success of doing international business. This course examines the diversity in a cultural settings and/or people that you will encounter in doing business internationally. Communication strategies will be explored and a variety of communication styles analyzed to address cross cultural variables and barriers in international business.

    This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, coordinate, implement and evaluate a project within a team environment. Students learn effective project management techniques that allow them to monitor all work activities and ensure a quality product while remaining within budget and meeting all contract requirements.

    All business strives to make smart decisions. As part of the decision-making process, stakeholders meet to exchange ideas and agree upon a course of action. Varying interests are negotiated to serve the goals of the organization and those of its stakeholders. Successfully facilitating meetings and discussions enhances group consensus and commitment. Negotiating with confidence and overcoming resistance can produce outcomes which serve various interests and still produce quality conclusions. By employing effective facilitation, negotiation, and decision-making skills, you can increase productivity, make smarter decisions, and accomplish better results.

    In this course, students learn the basic fundamentals of selling with an emphasis on the concepts and practices of selling. Students also learn how to prepare and conduct sales presentations that create customer value.

    A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

    NOC Codes

    0621 - Retail and wholesale trade managers
    0731 - Managers in transportation

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