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International Trade ,BS

International Trade, BS

Academic Programs / Undergraduate Degrees / International Trade

International Business, Trade, cross-cultural communications, global business, global economy, global leadership, global management, global negotations, global strategy, global trade, international trade, multicultural, regional studies

In the growing field of international trade, skilled managers are highly sought after by global corporations. Prepare yourself for leadership roles with courses offered through this unique degree program, such as supply chain management for global operations, international trade and regional economic agreements, and big data in the global economy.

Program Description

Thunderbird's STEM-designated BS program in international trade provides rigorous training for a career in global commerce.*

The Bachelor of Science in international trade provides talented, driven students the exposure to the global business environment that will distinguish them in the workforce. Students learn the functional disciplines of international business while gaining an in-depth understanding of the political, cultural and economic aspects of doing business on a global scale and in international markets in which government regulations vary widely from country to country.

Supported by Thunderbird's training that builds a global mindset, students gain tools for managing supply chains, systematically assessing risk, exporting and importing goods and services, and using economic agreements to develop effective strategies for conducting international trade.

The Thunderbird Difference

This program is unique in allowing students to learn new skills needed for a career in international trade through comprehensive, hands-on training and to apply these skills during a local, national or international internship. Along with real-world learning experiences that open up global career opportunities, students attend courses taught by outstanding Thunderbird graduate school faculty and enjoy unique opportunities to learn from fellow students from around the world.

Graduates of this program possess the intercultural skills and global mindset needed to do business or take on a leadership role in any part of the world. Employers hire Bachelor of Science in international trade graduates for their proven ability to develop effective strategies for international trade and exporting goods and services.

Thunderbird graduates join a renowned global network of Thunderbird alumni working in all parts of the world, in all industries and sectors. T-birds make a difference everywhere they go, and their careers can take them anywhere.

Thunderbird's Bachelor of Science in International Trade is also offered in a flexible online format. See for more information.

*As a bonus for international students, this program meets special F-1 international student status requirements. This means that international students who graduate with the Bachelor of Science in international trade degree qualify for a 24-month extension to their Optional Practical Training in the United States beyond the 12 months already provided to international students in non-STEM degrees.

At a Glance
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 210 - Brief Calculus
  • Math Intensity: Moderateprogram math intensity moderate

Required Courses (Major Map)
Concurrent Program Options

Students can choose to create their own concurrent degree combination to match their interests by working with their academic advisor during or after their first semester of study. Some concurrent combinations are not possible due to high levels of overlap in curriculum; students should speak with their academic advisor for more details.

This degree is also offered as a concurrent program with an integrated major map with the following:

Accelerated Program Options
Admission Requirements
General University Admission Requirements:

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
Freshman | Transfer | International | Readmission

Additional Requirements:

Concurrent degree admission requirements:
Students interested in the international trade and business (global logistics management) program must meet general university admission requirements.

Transfer students wishing to pursue the concurrent degree combination must have a cumulative transfer GPA of 3.00 and a cumulative ASU GPA of 3.00 (if applicable) in addition to meeting the general admission requirements in order to be admitted to this program. If the student does not meet the admission requirements for the concurrent program, they will be placed in the BS in international trade.

Change of Major Requirements

Current ASU students who would like to change their major to international trade must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.

Students should refer to for information about how to change a major to this program.

Attend Online
ASU Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

ASU Local

Earn an ASU degree with ASU Local, an integrated college experience where students take advantage of in-person success coaching and programming experiences on site while completing one of 130+ undergraduate online degrees that come with online faculty interaction and tutoring support. Learn more about ASU Local.

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use MyPath2ASU™ to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site:

Global Opportunities
Global Experience

As globalization continues to impact the way people live and work, international experiences have become vital to success in every field of business, especially international trade. Through international study and internships, students gain valuable skills employers are looking for, including communication and interpersonal skills, flexibility, motivation and a global perspective on how international trade functions worldwide.

Career Opportunities

In the increasingly globalized economy, the dramatic expansion of international trade has created tremendous opportunities for global business. Thunderbird's Bachelor of Science in international trade prepares students for a career in this growing field in which skilled managers are in demand all over the world. Trained negotiators with a strong grasp of economics and politics on an international level are more valuable than ever to employers operating across borders. Thunderbird's rigorous curriculum and renowned faculty prepare students for a leadership position in a wide range of career fields.

Students in this program master a repertoire of globally transferable skills that open doors to an abundance of opportunities such as:

  • commodities broker
  • country manager
  • import and export agent
  • international business development manager
  • international market analyst
  • international marketing manager
  • international product or brand manager
  • regional manager

Career examples include but are not limited to those shown. Advanced degrees or certification may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Career examples include but are not limited to those shown in the following list. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Career *Growth *Median Salary
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* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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Contact Information

What are Accelerated Programs?
Accelerated Programs allow students the opportunity to expedite the completion of their degree.

3 year programs

These programs allow students to fast-track their studies after admission and earn a bachelor’s degree in three years or fewer while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students should talk to their academic advisor to get started.

4+1 year programs

These programs allow students to accelerate their studies by combining undergraduate with graduate coursework, which may allow them to earn a bachelor’s and a master's degree in as few as five years (for some programs).

Each program has requirements students must meet to be eligible for consideration. Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students are advised by their academic departments to apply.
What are Concurrent Programs?
Students pursuing concurrent degrees earn two distinct degrees and receive two diplomas. ASU offers students two ways to earn concurrent degrees: by choosing a predetermined combination or creating their own combination. Predetermined combinations have a single admissions application and one easy to follow major map. To add a concurrent degree to your existing degree, work with your academic advisor. Either way, concurrent degrees allow students to pursue their own personal or professional interests.
What are Joint Programs?
Joint programs, or jointly conferred degrees, are offered by more than one college and provide opportunities for students to take advantage of the academic strengths of two academic units. Upon graduation, students are awarded one degree and one diploma conferred by two colleges.

What constitutes a New Program?
ASU adds new programs to Degree Search frequently. Come back often and look for the “New Programs” option.
What are Online Programs?
ASU Online offers programs in an entirely online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. See for more information.
What is the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)?
The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a program in which residents of western states (other than Arizona) may be eligible for reduced nonresident tuition. See more information and eligibility requirements on the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program.

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