To date, we’ve asked 126 current and past international business students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it average.

No matter the degree, there are some common factors that predict satisfaction.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a international business degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:

  • Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
  • Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
  • Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
  • Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
  • Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?

We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a international business degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are international business students compared to other degrees?

Overall, international business students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.0 out of 5. This is low compared to other degrees which average a rating of 3.28 across all degrees. For context, international business students rate their happiness similarly to students in International Business, Physical Education and Related Studies and Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to international business

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Digital Communication And Media/Multimedia$57,734
Finance and Related Studies$95,984
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies$56,591
International Business$75,628
Physical Education and Related Studies$48,542
Kinesiology$47,266
Film Production$58,862
Chemical Engineering$100,209

Let's break that down further.

Are international business students satisfied with what they’re learning?

We asked students about their satisfaction with their course material and overall intellectual fulfillment. Here’s what they said:

We asked graduates how interesting they found the course material to be. Their response was:
3.7 out of 5 stars
152 ratings
5 stars
22%
4 stars
36%
3 stars
27%
2 stars
9%
1 stars
4%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
3.4 out of 5 stars
148 ratings
5 stars
19%
4 stars
32%
3 stars
26%
2 stars
15%
1 stars
7%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in international business experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.

Did international business graduates leave school with good job prospects?

Of course, working towards a degree is also about pursuing your desired career. Here’s what international business grads had to say about their job prospects:

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
3.4 out of 5 stars
145 ratings
5 stars
17%
4 stars
35%
3 stars
24%
2 stars
16%
1 stars
8%

We can see there’s a cluster of positive responses, which might indicate a strong or growing job market.

Were international business students happy with their degree overall?

This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their degree as a whole. Their response was:
3.0 out of 5 stars
126 ratings
5 stars
13%
4 stars
21%
3 stars
34%
2 stars
17%
1 stars
15%

As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.

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