Global Immersions

Global perspectives are interwoven throughout the Executive MBA curriculum because international issues permeate all areas of business. Students are prepared to manage, among other things, import and export activities, foreign exchange, joint ventures and transnational business relations. Our program includes two required international residencies which give students first-hand experience in the demands and opportunities of today's global economy.

During the first required global immersion students go to Hong Kong and Shanghai where they will learn from professors at Fudan University, a top business school in Shanghai. Students get direct experience understanding the need for a China strategy with the wave of acquisitions of U.S. companies by Chinese firms. According to Clinical Professor of Economics and Finance Deborah Hewitt, “We have a new paradigm – which is that another country, China, is equally important to the investment returns to what is going on in the United States.”

For the second required global immersion, the Associate Dean and Director choose a location after receiving input from the students. Past trips include South Africa, Chile, Brazil, India, Turkey, Greece and Spain. This global immersion is part of the Global Business course in the final semester. The course content helps students develop a broader understanding of the global environment and gain insights into the interactions of functional areas in the global context. Students will cover topics such as cultural differences, financing, trade opportunities and techniques, human resources, and economic and political issues. Students visit executives from a variety of local and multi-national businesses as well as government and not-for-profit organizations. This experience augments the global perspectives in the classroom and exposes students to unique cultures. We set aside approximately one-fourth of the time for students to explore the culture of the countries outside the classroom

Hotel accommodations, excursions and group meals for the international trips are included in the overall cost of the Executive MBA Program. Tuition does not include airfare for international residencies.