Global Management Certificate

The Global Management Certificate is the highest form of academic achievement in international business that the BYU Marriott School of Business awards.

The certificate is visible, concise evidence that you have successfully integrated classroom learning with rigorous international experience, thereby increasing your value as a potential employee or associate. It is an opportunity to illustrate to potential employers or graduate schools that you are serious about international business and have gone above and beyond expectations to achieve the certificate.  

To receive the certificate you must demonstrate experience in three areas:

  1. Foreign business language competency
  2. International business coursework
  3. International business experience

The Global Management Certificate complements your current schedule because many of the classes also count for general business electives of your major. The certificate requires 6.0 credits of international business classes, 3.0 credits of a foreign business language, and an international business experience. The aim of the program is to utilize your foreign language skills and international experience to provide you with tools for success in the global business world.

Please read and follow the requirements below in order to obtain the Global Management Certificate.

Step 1: Enroll in the Certificate

Begin the four steps to complete the Global Management Certificate form here.  Click on “Begin Application” under the listing for your degree level. Select the courses you plan to take and how you plan to fit them into your schedule.  

Step 2: Register for International Business and Foreign Language Courses

After acceptance, register for the international business and foreign language courses or English track during the corresponding semesters. Please be sure to plan in advance as some courses are only available during specific semesters. If your language is not offered at the business language level, you may fulfill the requirement through the Less Commonly Taught Language (LCTL) option. Please visit the GMC for more information.

If you speak an LCTL not offered through any of our business language courses, you may still complete the business language component and earn the Global Management Certificate or the global business and literacy minor by fulfilling the following requirements:

  • Enroll in a 300-level language class or the highest level BYU offers for the language. For example, Hungarian students should take Hungarian 330.
  • Choose and read at least fourteen articles from business periodicals or journals in your language and write a one-paragraph summary of each article in your language. Each article must be at least one-page long and the one-paragraph summary must be approved by your language instructor and initialed with approval.  
  • While enrolled in the above class, develop a vocabulary list of at least three-hundred business vocabulary terms in the target language and English. You should choose vocabulary terms that are new and useful to your field. You can use your reading material from the second requirement to develop the vocabulary list.
  • Write a five-page business report in English on a business topic of your interest related to the country where the language is spoken. Your topic must be pre-approved by Jonathon Wood at the GMC.
  • Create your résumé in the language. Ask your foreign language instructor to review it and sign it.
  • Turn in all materials and assignments listed above to the GMC (360 TNRB) by the end of the enrolled semester. Please place the LCTL cover sheet, available in the GMC, on the top of your material. We encourage you to get support and feedback from your foreign language professor and the GMC as you complete the business language requirements.

Step 3: Participate in an International Business Experience

Plan for the international business experience you would like to go on. The experience can be in the form of an international internship, field study, study abroad, or other approved international experiences.

The following international experiences are eligible to be used toward the international business experience requirement of the Global Management Certificate:

  • Short-term business study abroad programs, offered by BYU Marriott, with at least two weeks in the foreign country. These trips are directed by a business faculty member and include business visits, case studies, and cultural visits, among other activities.
  • Student exchange programs, where students take business courses in the hosting foreign institution. The program should last for at least one semester.
  • Global field studies, where students spend a semester on campus preparing a recommendation for a real international business project and spend at least one week in the foreign country doing research.
  • International business internships, or work experience, where students spend at least one month working full-time or two-months working part-time for a company abroad. International students can count their internships or work experience in the United States as an international experience.

The experience should be a true business experience. Cultural trips, service projects (not business related), English teaching experiences, and similar experiences are not accepted as an international business experience. Students are required to submit an “International Business Experience for Approval” online prior to the experience. Students are also required to write a five-page report and ideally submitted within thirty days of finishing the experience.

Step 4: Obtain International Business Experience Approval

After deciding on your international experience or after being accepted to a study abroad or a student exchange, add the experience to the application for approval by the Global Management Center. This experience must be during your time as a BYU student in your current degree program.

Step 5: Submit an International Business Experience Report

You need to submit a report, specifying the tasks performed and lessons learned from your experience to the Global Management Center ideally within 30 days of the completion of your international business experience. Reports that are written poorly, or not submitted in a timely manner, will not qualify for the Global Management Certificate requirement. 

The report should be 5-8 pages in length, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font and include the following:

  • Name of company or organization, including location and background
  • Name(s) of faculty in charge of the program
  • Length of the experience
  • Accomplishments or achievements during the experience period
  • Your duties and responsibilities within the organization
  • Business-related learnings, as well as cultural learnings
  • Application of learnings to future career goals

Step 6: Receive the Global Management Certificate

Once you complete the certificate requirements and graduate from BYU, you will have officially earned the certificate. You will be invited to a certificate graduation dinner in April of the year you graduate.

Contact the Global Management Center at gmc_certificate@byu.edu or call (801) 422-6495 for further questions.

Certificate Requirements

You only need to choose one of the following tracks:

      1. The Foreign Language Track is for those who are bilingual (English and one other language).
      2. The English Track is for those who are not bilingual (English and one other language).

1. Intro to International Business (3.0 Credits) 

  • MSB 430 (formerly BUS M 430): Introduction to International Business

2. International Business Elective (3.0 Credits)

Complete one of the following courses:

  • ACC 545: International Accounting and Multinational Enterprises
  • ACC 568: Taxation of Foreign Income
  • FIN 432: International Corporate Finance
  • GSCM 411 (BUS M 450): Global Business Negotiations 
  • GSCM 429 (BUS M 469): Global Supply Chain Strategy 
  • MKTG 416 (BUS M 431): International Marketing
  • ORGB 431 Intl. Human Resources

3.1 Foreign Language Track (3.0 Credits)

  • MSB 596R (BUS M 596R): Arabic, Chinese (or CHIN 347), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, or LCTL

3.2 English Track (6.0 Credits)

Complete both courses below (6.0 credits)

  • MSB 432 (BUS M 490R): International Business and Culture Class
  • Regional studies class or international elective (must be approved by the GMC. See gmc.byu.edu for specifics)

4. International Experience

Your program must be a business-related study abroad, student exchange, international internship, an internship with a multinational corporation, or international field study project.

Begin Application

1. Intro to International Business (1.5 Credits)

  • MBA 584: Introduction to Global Management

2. International Business Elective (6.0 Credits)

Complete two of the courses listed

  • ACC 545: International Accounting and Multinational Enterprises
  • ACC 568: Taxation of Foreign Income
  • LAW 643 International Taxation (JD/MBA)
  • LAW 639: International Business Transactions (JD/MBA)
  • MBA 624: Capital and Security Markets
  • MBA 627: International Finance
  • MBA 633: Global Supply Chain Strategy
  • MBA 645: International Human Resources
  • MBA 658: International Marketing
  • MBA 661: Global Business Negotiations
  • MBA 692: Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship

3.1 Foreign Language Track (3.0 Credits)

  • MSB 596R (formerly BUS M 596R): Arabic, Chinese (or CHIN 347), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, or LCTL

3.2 English Track (3.0 Credits)

  • MSB 432 (BUS M 490R): International Business and Culture
  • Regional studies class or international elective (must be approved by the GMC. See gmc.byu.edu for specifics)

4. International Experience

Your program must be a business-related study abroad, student exchange, international internship, an internship with a multinational corporation, or international field study project.

Begin Application

1. Intro to International Business (3.0 Credits)

Choose one of the courses listed

  • MSB 430 (BUS M 430): Introduction to International Business
  • MPA 690R: International Field Study (Ghana Trip/China Trip)

2. International Business Elective (6.0 Credits)

Complete two of the courses listed

  • ACC 545: International Accounting and Multinational Enterprises
  • ACC 568: Taxation of Foreign Income
  • MBA 521: Global Treasury Management
  • MBA 624: Capital and Security Markets
  • MBA 627: International Finance
  • MBA 633: Global Supply Chain Strategy
  • MBA 645: International Human Resources
  • MBA 658: International Marketing
  • MBA 661: Global Business Negotiations
  • MBA 692: Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship

3.1 Foreign Language Track (3.0 Credits)

  • MSB 596R (formerly BUS M 596R): Arabic, Chinese (or CHIN 347), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, or LCTL

3.2 English Track (3.0 Credits)

  • MSB 432 (BUS M 490R): International Business and Culture
  • Regional studies class or international elective (must be approved by the GMC. See gmc.byu.edu for specifics)

4. International Experience

Your program must be a business-related study abroad, student exchange, international internship, an internship with a multinational corporation, or international field study project.

Begin Application

1. Intro to International Business (3.0 Credits)

  • MSB 430 (BUS M 430): Introduction to International Business

2. International Business Elective (6.0 Credits)

Complete two of the courses listed

  • ACC 545: International Accounting and Multinational Enterprises
  • ACC 568: Taxation of Foreign Income
  • MBA 521: Global Treasury Management
  • MBA 624: Capital and Security Markets
  • MBA 627: International Finance
  • MBA 633: Global Supply Chain Strategy
  • MBA 645: International Human Resources 
  • MBA 658: International Marketing
  • MBA 661: Global Business Negotiations 

3.1 Foreign Language Track (3.0 Credits)

  • MSB 596R (formerly BUS M 596R): Arabic, Chinese (or CHIN 347), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, or LCTL

3.2 English Track (3.0 Credits)

  • MSB 432 (BUS M 490R): International Business and Culture
  • Regional studies class or international elective (must be approved by the GMC. See gmc.byu.edu for specifics)

4. International Experience

Your program must be business related: study abroad, student exchange, international internship, an internship with a multinational corporation, international field study project

Begin Application

1. Intro to International Business (3.0 Credits)

  • MSB 430 (BUS M 430): Introduction to International Business

2. International Business Elective (6.0 Credits) 

Complete two of the courses listed

  • ACC 545: International Accounting and Multinational Enterprises
  • ACC 568: Taxation of Foreign Income
  • MBA 521: Global Treasury Management
  • MBA 624: Capital and Security Markets
  • MBA 627: International Finance
  • MBA 633: Global Supply Chain Strategy
  • MBA 645: International Human Resources
  • MBA 658: International Marketing
  • MBA 661: Global Business Negotiations

3.1 Foreign Language Track (3.0 Credits)

  • MSB 596R (formerly BUS M 596R): Arabic, Chinese (or CHIN 347), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, or LCTL

3.2 English Track (3.0 Credits)

  • MSB 432 (BUS M 490R): International Business and Culture
  • Regional studies class or international elective (must be approved by the GMC. See gmc.byu.edu for specifics)

4. International Experience

Your program must be business related: study abroad, student exchange, international internship, an internship with a multinational corporation, international field study project

Begin Application

1. Intro to International Business (1.5 Credits)

  • MBA 584: Introduction to Global Management

2. International Business Elective (6.0 Credits)

Complete two of the courses listed

  • ACC 545: International Accounting and Multinational Enterprises
  • ACC 568: Taxation of Foreign Income
  • EMBA 606: Global Business Negotiations
  • MBA 521: Global Treasury Management
  • MBA 624: Capital and Security Markets
  • MBA 627: International Finance
  • MBA 633: Global Supply Chain Strategy
  • MBA 645: International Human Resources
  • MBA 658: International Marketing
  • MBA 661: Global Business Negotiations

3.1 Foreign Language Track (3.0 Credits)

Business Foreign Language Class

  • MSB 596R (formerly BUS M 596R): Arabic, Chinese (or CHIN 347), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, or LCTL

3.2 English Track (3.0 Credits)

  • MSB 432 (BUS M 490R): International Business and Culture
  • Regional studies class or international elective (must be approved by the GMC. See gmc.byu.edu for specifics)

4. International Experience

Your program must be business related: study abroad, student exchange, international internship, an internship with a multinational corporation, international field study project

Begin Application