Program Overview

This one-year post-grad program will give you the skills to take your dreams global. You’ll develop the skills to effectively investigate, analyze, manage and direct most aspects of international trade for organizations. Learn from instructors who are experienced in international trade, investment, marketing, finance and business management. You'll work on live client research projects, where you'll help small and medium businesses capitalize on global opportunities.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Day Time
Duration Next
30 weeks
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 January
2023 May
2023 September
2024 January
2024 May
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
2024 January
2024 May

Your Learning Experience

International Business Management is a one-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program. Graduates will not only receive their graduate certificate in International Business Management but upon meeting Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) criteria on two major projects sent for external grading and transfer of credits to FITT, will also receive a diploma in International Trade issued from FITT. Graduates who complete the required work experience in international business and meet other FITT criteria can subsequently apply to receive the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation.


Available in a traditional in-class format with a September, January and May admission.

Laptop requirements

Please note, this program requires a laptop. It is recommended that students use a PC laptop vs. a Mac laptop, as Windows is required to be able to load program-specific software. For more information on specific requirements, visit the Laptop Requirements page on the Fanshawe CONNECTED website.


Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s International Business Management program are prepared to research, plan, and manage an organization’s international expansion efforts. Graduates are suited to a variety of intermediate-level positions including:

  • international business analyst
  • business development manager
  • global market manager
  • international marketing specialist
  • international sales manager
  • international market researcher
  • imports coordinator
  • international operations supervisor
  • international procurement coordinator
  • supply chain coordinator
  • logistics coordinator
  • freight forwarding manager
  • international recruitment specialist


Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduate employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s International Business Management program:

Foreign Direct Investment, Business Development

Collaborate with a business development team on files, initiatives and projects while researching target geographies, sectors and companies.

Customs Coordinator

Consistently ensure proper import/export regulations are being followed.

Logistics Coordinator

Coordinate the flow of inbound and outbound freight while ensuring carrier compliance with policies and procedures, analyze lane data, on-time performance and costs to negotiate rates with customers and third-party carriers to ensure profitability and satisfaction.



Maggie Huang

"The knowledge and skills I learned at Fanshawe's business management program have enabled me to do my daily work confidently. If you're looking to develop skills for your passion and career, Fanshawe is the place to go!"

Maggie Huang
Graduate 2013
Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. conduct an environmental scan* to evaluate the impact of world issues on an organization’s international business opportunities.

2. conduct, evaluate and present market research to support an organization’s international business decision-making.

3. manage the preparation of documents and the application of procedures to support the movement of products and services in the organization’s global supply chain*.

4. evaluate the impact of statutory and regulatory compliance on an organization’s integrative trade* initiatives.

5. develop and implement strategies to negotiate effectively within various cultural environments and to address the impact of cultural differences on an organization’s integrative trade* initiatives.

6. develop and present an international marketing plan, and evaluate sales strategies that support an organization’s integrative trade* initiatives.

7. identify and interpret relevant international financial documents, and evaluate financial strategies that support an organization’s integrative trade* initiatives.

8. analyze the impact of an organization's integrative trade* initiatives on its human resources management strategies, policies, and practices.

9. develop and present an international business plan.

10. manage the implementation and evaluation of team projects by applying project management principles

11. recommend strategies to support principles of corporate sustainability, corporate social responsibility and ethics associated with an organization’s integrative trade* initiatives and evaluate their effectiveness.

12. select and apply current technologies to support an organization’s integrative trade* initiatives.


Program Coordinator:

Sophocles Katsademas, MBA, M.Sc.

Program Pathways

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Admission Requirements

A Two- or Three-Year College Diploma, or a Degree
(Note: minimum 'C+' average or cumulative 2.5 GPA)
Acceptable combination of related work experience and post-secondary education as judged by the College*
Five years of work experience in the international business field as judged by the College to be equivalent*

  • *Applicants may be required to submit a resume and cover letter that includes details of international work experience.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.  SDS Program Requirements.  
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • It is highly recommended that students be proficient in the following areas before entry into the program:
    -  Mathematics
    -  Business Communication
    -  Computer applications, particularly Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing

  • Applicants may apply for advanced standing on the basis of previous academic achievement at another institution and/or Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). Advanced standing qualifies the applicant for direct entry to a second or higher level of the program.  
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements


Year 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

Group 1
MGMT-6084Project Management4
This course introduces the essentials of the project management discipline, and prepares students to manage project teams, project schedules, budgets and quality requirements. Students learn the process of analyzing, creating and managing a functional project plan and the various project management processes for managing and controlling a project through to fruition. This course brings all of the Project Management Institute (PMI) knowledge areas of project management together into a consolidated whole, and gives the student an understanding of project management methodologies as well as the tools and techniques used to plan, execute and control various types of projects.
MKTG-6027International Market Entry Strategies3
Winning at international trade requires more than just good marketing. Developing a roadmap for getting products to where they need to go is necessary. This course will help students successfully chart a path to international markets and negotiate any obstacle. Upon completion the student will be able to implement fundamentally sound market entry and distribution plans to achieve a given set of strategic international corporate objectives.
MGMT-6131Feasibility of International Trade4
Sound trade decisions are based on good information. Organizations need to know the most efficient ways to gather and analyze the data they need to choose the best export markets, international suppliers and foreign direct investment opportunities. Students will complete an international market comparison by gathering both primary and secondary data to identify the best export market for a product. Students will learn how to assess the usefulness of a variety of sources of international trade information introduced in the course.
FINA-6016International Trade Finance4
International Trade Finance focuses on the financial aspects of international trade. Students will focus on the preparation of proposals for presentation to financing sources which will satisfy the basic needs of a company's export/import operations and/or to finance international trade projects.
MGMT-6069Global HR Management3
Students in this course are introduced to the impact that globalization and global conditions have on the management of human resources at home and abroad. The course considers globalization and human resource management (HRM) issues in the multinational context. Issues that are considered include managing and supporting international assignments and developing leaders, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, managing knowledge across borders and balancing the need to act global and think local while striving for consistency. Students will undertake a case study applying course concepts and using the courses accepted format.
MKTG-6029Products & Services for a Global Market3
Global Marketing is one of the most important and rapidly evolving fields in management. With rapid technological developments in communication and transportation, new regional and global economic bodies and trade partnerships, business organizations today are faced with both new challenges and presented with new global opportunities. This course will draw on previously acquired marketing skills and introduce new skills applicable to the global marketplace.
MGMT-6129Global Value Chain4
Value chains are the manufacturing and distribution channels that are used to produce and transport goods to market through various companies and countries. Due to the increasing globalization of commerce, a good understanding of international standards and alternatives is necessary to ensure that companies can make effective and profitable decisions for manufacturing and distribution. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to formulate cost-effective strategies for the movement of goods and services across international borders, taking into account regulatory and documentation requirements and the various roles of external service providers.
MGMT-6130Business Planning for Market Entry4
In today's global economy business people and educated citizens require awareness of the theory, institutions, and environmental elements impacting international commerce. This course identifies key global trends and will assist the learner to develop skills to manage international trade activities to achieve corporate competitive advantage. The international business plan project will prepare students for positions in firms seeking to engage in or expand international trade activities.
LAWS-6013Legal Aspects of International Trade3
This course presents foundational legal principles related to public and international trade law. It covers the legal implications of international business, including contracts, intellectual property, competition, forms of business ownership, product liability and e-commerce. This course deals with the challenges of conducting business globally from a Canadian perspective.
MKTG-6028International Sales & Marketing3
Every career requires that business people today have an understanding of personal selling. Sales people work to build long-term, strategic relationships with their customers. High-performance salespeople have an overall strategy, broken into 4 steps, in order to develop these relationships. Step 1, developing a relationship strategy, builds the person-to-person skills necessary. Step 2, developing a product strategy, positions a product to offer value added solutions for unique customer needs. Step 3, developing a customer strategy, identifies why customers buy and where they come from. Step 4, developing a presentation strategy, focuses on how to take all the previous information and solving customer problems.
COMM-6019Advanced Professional Communication3
This course focuses on refining and advancing students workplace communication abilities. The advanced communication documents and strategies covered include presentation skills, research skills, business document writing, meeting and management team strategies, business etiquette, and advanced employment communications. Additionally, students learn about interpersonal and intercultural communication (high/low and monochromic/polychromic context) concepts and strategies.
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*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.