International Business did it again: 10 years ranked in U.S. News top 20


The International Business program at the University of Missouri–St. Louis extended its streak of U.S. News & World Report top 20 rankings to 10 consecutive years.

The magazine released online today its 2013 “America’s Best Colleges” guidebook, which named the International Business program at UMSL the 15th best undergraduate international business program. The ranking also meant UMSL offers the best undergraduate international business program in Missouri and second best program in the Midwest.

“The International Business program at UMSL is young and still growing, which makes this ranking even more special,” said international business alumna Sheena Crompton, BSBA 2012, a business analyst at Boeing. “It’s proof that even as a fairly new program, it continues to shine. The program prepared me for where I am today. The knowledge I gained in the classroom and from faculty is second to none.”

UMSL’s International Business program began in 1999 as a collaboration between the College of Business Administration and Pierre Laclede Honors College at UMSL. The International Business Institute was formed in 2000, with the goal of continuing to strengthen the international undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Joseph Rottman, director of the International Business Institute at UMSL, said the ranking continues to reaffirm the outstanding quality of those involved with the program.

“Ten years in the top 20 is a fantastic accomplishment,” Rottman said. “Considering the increased emphasis many schools are placing on international business, this last ranking is even more impressive. This honor is a testament to the quality of our faculty, the engagement of our International Business Advisory Board and the success of our students.”

Keith Womer, dean of the College of Business Administration, said to program continues to grow and excel because of the dedication of the faculty and staff.

“Our faculty and students are the reason the International Business program is so successful,” Womer said. “We have faculty who are leaders in their fields, many of which are leading the way in global business research and advancement. Our students are among the brightest around, many of which have gone on to exciting careers at top companies both nationally and internationally. And the program enjoys amazing support from key members of the St Louis business community.”

UMSL’s international programs include:

More than 70 study-abroad programs are available in more than 40 countries. In addition, the program has a large contingent of students from China, Japan, Europe, Latin America and India.

Annual study tours lead student groups to locales around the world.

American students have interned at the overseas offices of companies such as Japan Airlines, Emerson Electric and General Motors. Foreign students have interned in the St. Louis area at companies such as Emerson Electric, Silgan Plastics, Novus International and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

Building on the long-running success of the undergraduate program, the college launched the International Master’s of Business Administration program in 2005. The International MBA program created partnerships with international universities in China, Japan, India, France, Mexico and Taiwan. Students enrolled in the two-year graduate program spend the first year studying abroad, followed by a summer internship before returning to UMSL for a year.


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