The Department of International Business and Logistics (IBL) offers the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration / International Business and Logistics.

The department also offers two minors to Cal Maritime students, Business Administration and Law.

The mission of the program in Business Administration/International Business and Logistics is to graduate students who are readily employable and highly qualified for further education. Using a practical balance of theoretical knowledge and experiential learning, the degree program prepares students for general management positions in international business as well as careers in the more specialized fields of logistics, transportation management and port operations.

Career Opportunities for Majors

The institution enjoys an excellent reputation among employers; graduates of the business program work primarily, but not exclusively, for global businesses and in the logistics and transportation industries. Recent employers of our graduates include Maersk, C.H. Robinson, General Dynamics, NASSCO, GlobeRunners, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Divine Intermodal, Enterprise, APL, Tokio Marine Insurance and the Ports of Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma.

Department News

November 2021:

On Friday, November 19, eight IBL and Global Studies students and faculty member Bob Neumann volunteered to assist and help organize the Japan Society Gala held at the San Francisco Opera House. The students were Lilly Maier, Idalis Olivares, Tiara Supakit (replacing Ben Tecker, who was unable to attend due to illness), Jillian Zahniser, Leilua Lualemaga, Grant Nakamura, and Sam Sniffen .  

The formal event was to honor the accomplishments of Moderna and Takeda Pharmaceuticals in combatting the Corona virus. Attending the event were the Consul General of Japan, Japan’s Undersecretary to the UN, The CEOs and executive staff of both Moderna and Takeda, and 160 members of the international business and cultural community in the Bay Area. 

The Japan Society greatly appreciated the professionalism, resourcefulness, and cheerful can-do attitude of our students, which was also noted by the attendees. 


October 2021:

Women In Logistics Scholarship Award 2021
Congratulations to Stanislav Allen and Lillian Maier, recipients of the 2021 “Women in Logistics” (WIL) scholarship.  Cadet Allen received the Grand Prize scholarship award and Cadet Maier received the runner-up scholarship award.  Per Associate Professor Joshua Shackman, Cadets Allen and Maier "are the fifth and sixth students of [his]...who won the scholarship [after he] encouraged [them] to apply and wrote their letters of recommendation."

Transactions in Maritime Science Published Paper
Congratulations to Associate Professor Joshua Shackman and four MGT 410 students (now alumni) Paul Lambert, Phoenix Benitiez, Nathan Griffin, David Henderson for the accepted submission of their paper "Maritime Stock Prices and Information Flows:  A Cointegration Study" in Transactions on Maritime Science


September 2021:

IANA Expo 2021
IBL Cadets, Faculty Robert Neumann and Department Chair Steve Browne attended the IANA Expo 2021 in Long Beach.  IANA hosts the annual event to bring together industry experts, exhibits of the latest products/services and networking opportunities.  IANA awarded the IBL Department specific funds for Cal Maritime cadets to attend this unique opportunity, meet industry representatives, and learn more about their future careers.  

Major Service Award, IBL Cadet Ricky Castillo

Picture of Cadet CastilloCongratulations to Cadet Ricky Castillo on receiving the Major Service Award while serving as the Cadet Ambassador for the Cal Maritime Police Department.  Cadet Castillo demonstrated " outstanding professional presence when interacting with the public, campus community, and parents. His dedication to improving the campus and fostering a positive relationship between the Police Department and Corps of Cadets is evident in the variety of presentations and workshops he has been a part of. During his tenure with PD, he has increased the Cadet Bike Registration by 40% & streamlined the bi-annual employee parking permit program. The dedication, honor, integrity, respect, responsibility, and trust displayed by this cadet is in keeping with the highest traditions of California State University Maritime Academy and exemplifies the Corps Motto, 'To Work, To Fight, We are Ready.'"

August 2021:
Read an update on Cal Maritime Grad, Sandra Maksim.  

June 2021:
Congratulations to Associate Professor Josh Shackman, who recently earned tenure.

May 2021:
IANA Scholarship Awards
:  Congratulations to the following IBL students awarded IANA scholarships for 2021: Irene Boncato, Christopher Eastman, Wen Xiang Li, Lillian Maier, Jorge Castillo Marroquin, Katherine Nguyen, Thanaphorn Supakit, and Nathaniel Young.  

Maritime Business Review:  Co-Authors Quinton Dai, Josh Tobin, Baxter Schumacher-Dowell (recent Cal Maritime graduates) and Associate Professor Joshua Shackman received notification their manuscript "The Interrelationship Between Ocean, Rail, Truck and Air Freight Rates" was accepted for publication in the Maritime Business Review.  The manuscript was based on a group project in Professor Shackman's Quantitative Methods course.  

March/April 2021:

Global Effects of Congestion
Professor Khalid Bachkar wrote about the impact of the Suez Canal incident on global supply chains.  

IANA Scholarships 2021
IBL students interested in careers in the intermodal transportation industry are eligible to apply for the 2021 scholarship from the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA). These scholarships are primarily for juniors and seniors who meet the GPA and needs criteria, and demonstrate their interest in a career in the intermodal industry.  The application can be accessed via the Cal Maritime AcademicWorks website .  The application deadline is April 19th.  Update:  Deadline extended until May 3rd!

October 2020:
Congratulations to Nathaniel Young, recipient of the 2020 “Women in Logistics” (WIL) scholarship.  Read more about the scholarship.

 July 2020:
IBL students interested in careers in the intermodal transportation industry are eligible to apply for significant and possibly renewable scholarships from the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA). Intermodal operators create the most efficient and effective transportation systems using ship, rail, and truck modes. These scholarships are primarily for juniors and seniors who meet the GPA and needs criteria, and demonstrate their interest in a career in the intermodal industry to IANA representatives and Cal Maritime faculty. IBL students are consistently awarded scholarships by Women in Logistics, along with the other scholarships that are available.

April 2020:
Congratulations to Dr. Nipoli Kamdar, who was elected as a member of the Board of Commissioners of the IACBE.  View the news release PDF.