Albers School of Business and Economics

Program Objectives

  • Management

    Management is a critical function for every organization, and people trained in management play this important role in organizations of every size and type. The skills, techniques, and theories acquired by the management major leads to jobs in business, government, and the non-profit sector. People who plan to establish their own firms or to become part of a family owned firm also pursue a management major. Course work in this major helps individuals learn to:

    • motivate, lead, and develop others
    • structure organizations capable of meeting both profit and social responsibility goals
    • work well in accomplishing work individually and through others
    • communicate accurately
    • develop a strategic perspective on the organization and its parts

    Skills that Management majors develop

    Interpersonal communication, negotiation, listening, managing, positive attitude, motivation, organization, leadership, ambition, team leadership, and critical thinking.

    Information Systems

    Information systems (IS) and the Internet are transforming virtually all types of human activities and creating a new global business environment. Understanding of the IS and the Internet and their impact on business is immensely critical for doing business in the coming new decades. The IS major helps students understand information technologies, marketing strategies for e-commerce, business strategies, transformation/creation of business processes, and the ethical/legal issues in this new, exciting business environment.

    Are You Ready?

    Three huge forces are converging to produce economic change of enormous magnitude.

    • Speed: Whether we're focusing on order-to-delivery performance, product lifecycles, organizational learning curves, or any other aspect, today's business is marked by unprecedented speed. 
    • Intangibles: The greatest proportion of value is generated not by traditional hard assets, like land and equipment, but from things like management talent, brand strength, and organizational knowledge—all hard to measure and definitely off-balance-sheet.
    • Connectivity: The interconnectedness of computers, workers, firms, and economies has reached a point where the famous "six degrees of separation" is starting to feel more like three.

    From Blur, by Christopher Meyer and Stan Davis

    The IS major prepares you and your business for these changes.

    Skills that Information Systems Majors Develop

    Companies are looking for people who understand both business and technology, and can bridge the gap between the two. Employers will be looking for these skills:

    People Skills Technical Skills
    Communication Technical curiosity - desire/ability to teach yourself
    Teamwork Problem solving
    Patience Analytical
    Creativity Programming
    Decision making Web Development
    Project management Synthesis
      Management of technology facilities and applications


    International Business

    Undergraduate Objectives

    The International Business major helps students understand the growing impact of international competition and how to operate in the global marketplace. Virtually every major business faces the challenges of the international market. Even small businesses, who in the past only focused on the domestic market, now are looking to international opportunities.

    International Business majors need to:

    • have a willingness to learn from other cultures
    • have an openness to expanding traditional business ideas
    • have a desire to develop international working relationships

    Knowledge developed by the International Business major:

    • analytical tools to evaluate a constantly changing business environment
    • leadership qualities to make decisions when faced with international competition
    • creativity to solve problems within foreign cultures, markets and business environments

    Master of International Business Objectives

    No matter where you live, you'll see abundant evidence of internationalization. The MIB degree provides solid content and managerial development opportunities ranging from team projects to on-site company consultations. The MIB program prepares each person for active leadership in an increasingly global business world.

    "The Master of International Business program prepares students to meet the growing need for managers who possess a clear understanding of how to operate in a global economy."

    Melanie Canto
    Treasury & Investor Relations Director
    Captaris, Inc.

    In the past two decades, world trade has expanded from $200 billion to $4 trillion. As the global marketplace continues to grow, virtually every company in every industry must face the implications this expansion has on operations at home and abroad. Employees who can navigate through the complexities of the international arena provide a substantial competitive edge for their firms.

    The Master of International Business program at Seattle University develops the expertise essential to effective world trade strategy - international aspects of finance and economics, culture, and ethics. The program prepares students through in-depth study on business at home and abroad.