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About the Program
The University of Virginia’s M.S. in Global Commerce is a 10-month degree designed for business majors, offered in partnership with two renowned business schools. Students live and study as a cohort on three continents and earn an M.S. in Global Commerce from the University of Virginia, an M.S. in Global Strategic Management from ESADE Business School located in Barcelona Spain, and a Certificate in International Business from Lingnan (University) College at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China. Students gain cross-cultural competencies while learning how business is done from the European, Chinese, and North American perspectives and expanding their global connections and career opportunities. Connect with admissions to discuss the program and application process further.
Program Format and Schedule
The M.S. in Global Commerce is 10 months long and 40 credit hours. The fall term is spent at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. Students then travel to Guangzhou, China to study at Lingnan (University) College at Sun Yat-sen University for nine weeks. The spring term is spent at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. Through the integrated curriculum, students understand global business frameworks and strategy and learn to work effectively in international settings as members of cross-cultural teams. Students also develop and write a global business thesis throughout the program. Students are assigned to a three-person team in the fall based on interests and either choose from a list of preselected topics or suggest their own topic. The 30-minute thesis defense is presented in June at ESADE Business School before a panel of professors from each university.
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Our Graduate Programs
The McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia is regarded as one of the nation’s finest business schools, offering world-class programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and certificate levels.
In addition to its undergraduate program, McIntire offers five graduate-level programs. The M.S. in Commerce, a master’s in management, is designed to prepare recent liberal arts, science, and engineering graduates for careers in business; the M.S. in Global Commerce, offered in partnership with two renowned business schools—ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, and Lingnan (University) College at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China—gives recent graduates with undergraduate business degrees the opportunity to develop global business skills that can pay dividends throughout their careers. The M.S. in Accounting helps recently graduated accounting students sharpen the analytical and technical skills they need to excel in the field of accounting.
The M.S. in the Management of Information Technology (M.S. in MIT) Program is for early- to mid-career professionals seeking to advance their careers by bettering their understanding of the business-IT nexus; the M.S. in Business Analytics (MSBA), delivered in partnership with UVA’s Darden School of Business, provides expert preparation in the analytical, technical, and leadership skills necessary for transforming data sets into strategic decisions.
About the School
In 2018, McIntire earned the #2 ranking among undergraduate business programs in the U.S. by business education website Poets&Quants. Shortly after, Poets&Quants named McIntire “B-School of the Year,” citing its prowess in alumni satisfaction, career outcomes, student experience, tuition ROI, and global curriculum. In 2017, the M.S. in Commerce earned a #2 ranking for “Best Master’s in Management” programs worldwide by The Economist.
McIntire places immense value on offering students vital global perspectives and experiences, and are constantly expanding our global programs—and our footprint. In 2019, Poets&Quants reportedMcIntire’s master’s programs may be “the most global” in the U.S. The School’s international learning opportunities are designed to ensure that students gain the skill the set they need to serve as a new generation of global business leaders. All students at McIntire have the opportunity to study internationally.