It’s nearing the end of Spring term at PSU, and for MIM students that means that it’s time to start choosing which specialization to focus on for the rest of the program. The majority of classes in the MIM program are core classes that everyone takes together, but there are also specializations in Global Finance, Global Marketing, and Global Supply Chain and Logistics that provide more in depth training in these specific areas. Each specialization consists of 3 more courses beyond the basic courses in that area, and students are broken into smaller classes within their chosen area of focus.
MIM student Athena Wetham says she is choosing Global Marketing because it offers her opportunities for creativity, and also because she feels she can apply her experiences and skill set to a marketing career. For similar reasons, Bin Hao, a MIM student from China, is choosing to specialize in finance. “I like to do things that I am good at. Plus, I want to study for the CFA exam, and this is one of the best ways to do that.” As an added benefit, MIM students choosing finance as their specialization have the option of taking courses with students in the MSFA (Master of Science in Financial Analysis) program, another graduate business major at PSU.
Anthony Coronado and Hao Shi are two students who are choosing Global Supply Chain as their specialization. Both of them feel that supply chain offers some of the best job prospects, especially for those interested in doing business in Asia. Supply Chain happens to be a field that the PSU business school specializes in, and for this reason many students in the MIM program tend to gravitate toward it as well.
Josh is a full-time student in the Master of International Management program. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in Japanese, he taught English in Tokyo for 3 years, before moving to China and teaching at a university in the city of Zhengzhou. Inspired by his experiences in Japan and China, he was drawn to the MIM program because of its regional focus on Asia, as well as for Portland State University’s reputation as a leader in the field of sustainable business. He is studying Chinese in the MIM program, but tries to keep up his Japanese whenever he can.