In October 2018, CNBC reported that recent MBA grads averaged an impressive $150,000 per year, with applications to international business schools on the rise. This is not surprising considering the high demand for MBAs with a background in Global or International Management. In fact, the Princeton Review reported that in 2018, the demand pushed the MBA in International Business to the number two spot on the list of “Most In-Demand MBA Specializations.”
Today, we would like to tell you about two new Online MBA Programs with solid global components, ranging from Global Leadership and Extended Study Abroad Experiences to Exchange Programs that provide the opportunity for students to experience how business is conducted in the global marketplace.
We are pleased to announce that Southern Methodist University and Texas Wesleyan University now offer Online MBA programs with global components, and applications for admission are being accepted now.
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
The Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University (SMU Cox) has announced that it is launching an Online MBA with Online Program Management company (OPM) Noodle Partners—one of the country’s fastest-growing higher education providers. Per the school, Cox has been “a pioneer in mandating global immersion.” Through its American Airlines Global Leadership Program, Cox was the first business school to require and fund an international immersion experience for all first-year, full-time MBA students.
The Global Leadership Program at SMU Cox “builds on the deep personal relationships” it has developed “with international business leaders.” Students in the program will “meet and learn from C-level executives abroad who live and breathe the global marketplace.” Students in the Cox GLP will also get “firsthand insights into the factors that impact business” in their region of interest, and they will “learn how emerging economies are influencing business at home and experience the globalized world from a new vantage point.”
Students will attend discussions with government officials on political policies influencing the region and take tours of important cultural and historical sites. The result is a “competitive edge” what will prepare students for “a career anywhere.”
Depending on status (full-time, fast track, etc.), MBA students will choose a one-week international trip to Europe, Latin America, Asia or the United Arab Emirates or two study trips to countries such as Vietnam, China, Cuba and Mexico. Together, these trips represent a graded three credit hour course. The one-week trip combines classroom instruction and visits to leading corporations.
Prior to taking the trip(s), students will take a “deep dive” into the geographic region of their choice, by studying the area’s history, political climate, economy, culture and business etiquette. “Local experts and executives from global corporations will share their insights and deepen” students’ understanding, while visits to regional offices of international corporations will prepare students to “engage executives abroad.”
In addition to the Global Component, the new Cox Online MBA focuses on Leadership, Analytics, and other Experiential Learning opportunities. Students can expect to take courses such as Data Analytics, Leading People (Experiential Learning Project), Executive Leadership, Global Business Environments, Entrepreneurship/Consulting Project, and Strategic Management.
Other program highlights include virtual office hours with faculty, live working sessions with fellow classmates, advice from alumni mentors, support from a personal Success Coach, and guidance from career advisors.
Southern Methodist University was established in Dallas by an Educational Commission appointed in 1910 by the five Annual Conferences of The Methodist Episcopal Church, South in Texas. The school, which serves 12,000 students from all 50 states and 90 countries, offers 123 undergraduate degrees and 127 graduate and professional degrees, including 23 doctorates, through seven degree-granting schools. Southern Methodist University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, doctorate, and professional degrees.
Serving more than 1,000 students, Cox School of Business was established in 1920. The school offers more than a dozen undergraduate and graduate degrees, and a number of certificate programs. As part of SMU Cox, the business degree programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth, Texas
Texas Wesleyan University now offers a flexible MBA program that can be completed 100% online. Offered through the School of Business Administration, the school says that the new Online MBA “is designed to provide working professionals with a way to balance family, career and school.” Evening and weekend classes are provided to fit students’ busy schedules.
Students in the program will gain knowledge of global markets through a variety of marketing courses, they can earn the SAP Recognition Award Certificate by completing Global Logistics, Procurement Management, and Supply Chain Management-Strategic Decision Making and Software, and they will take part in the International Studies Abroad (ISA) Program, which consists of faculty-led international study trips with partner organizations that provide students with “numerous opportunities around the globe.” Options include study in China, Japan, Spain, Italy, London, Dublin, Germany, France, Australia, and more.
Other program highlights include seven sessions per year, so students can start the program as soon as possible—you don't have to wait months to start class, you can start in a matter of weeks, condensed seven-week courses, and Concentrations in Business Administration, Supply Chain Management & Healthcare Administration. GMAT Waivers are also available and students can complete their MBA in as little as one year.
Founded in 1890, Texas Wesleyan University serves more than 2,600 students enrolled in 31 undergraduate majors with seven types of degrees, and five graduate programs with 11 types of degrees. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and its business programs are AACSB-accredited.