International Business Studies Certificate


The International Business Studies Certificate enables students to establish an international business and culture knowledge base that will prepare them to meet global business challenges. The certificate program is open to all Mays Business School undergraduate students.

The certificate requires 18 credit hours that may be integrated into your business curriculum. With careful planning, the 18 hours required may be completed without any additional coursework added to your degree plan.


International Business Courses: 12 hours

  • Courses may be taken on-campus, abroad, or a combination.
      • On-campus courses must be selected from the approved list in the Texas A&M University Catalog. If your desired course is not listed, email to determine if the course is eligible.
      • Any business course taken on a Mays faculty-led or semester exchange program also qualifies.
  • Three of the twelve hours must be taken in your major.


Non-Business International Courses: 6 hours (choose ONE of the following)

  • Non-business international courses taken on a program abroad or from the approved list of courses offered on campus in the Texas A&M University Catalog. If your desired course is not listed, email to determine if the course is eligible.
  • University-level foreign language (credit by exam, AP credit, and dual credit do not count).


International Experience: 1-month minimum

International experience may be an exchange, faculty program, internship, research experience, or service-learning program. Students may also combine multiple short-term trips to reach the 1-month requirement.


Final Submission Form: Submit the final submission form to no later than one month prior to the start of finals in your graduating semester.  The form will be emailed to you at the beginning of your final semester.

To earn a certification in International Business, be sure to follow these steps:

  1. Plan ahead: You can start planning as early as your freshman year. It is important for you to schedule the appropriate classes. You are responsible for completing the required courses and international experience.
    –Need help? Check with your academic advisor or set up an appointment with the Center for International Business Studies (CIBS) in Wehner 230.
  2. Apply: Apply for the certificate through the CIBS website a year before your graduating semester, even if you have not yet completed all requirements (i.e. if you expect to graduate in May 2024, apply for the certificate May 2023). This ensures that the certificate program is applied to your degree plan.
  3. Log in to Howdy: When you apply for graduation in the Howdy portal at the beginning of your graduating semester, be sure to apply for graduation in both your BBA (this is your primary degree, in FINC, MKTG, SCMT, etc.) and for the Certificate in International Business Studies, which will be listed separately as a “secondary curriculum.” This step ensures the certificate is reviewed by degree audit and delivered with your diploma at graduation.
  4. Complete ALL requirements: You must complete all requirements of the certificate program prior to graduation. CIBS will review your application and confirm the successful completion of the certificate requirements during your graduating semester.

If all requirements are met, the certificate program will be posted to the student transcript upon graduation from Mays Business School.