Joint MBA/MA and JD/MA: Global Program

The Lauder Global Program aims to equip students with the contextual knowledge and skills to manage effectively across borders as interlocutors and stewards of the resources and organizations that they serve. In place of Language and Culture Program Courses, the Global MBA Program courses explore the lexicon, practice, and norms of global business, cross-border transactions, inter-cultural management, and the impact of geo-politics and national context on business practices.

Individuals with interest in careers as global strategists for government and non-governmental organizations, as well as anyone who aims to have an international career where knowledge of non-market factors, including the intersection of international and national institutions, is essential would benefit from this program.

Learn more about the program and follow the studies of current students in the Global Program's blog.

May Courses

Global Program students take three classes in May, as follows:  (1) the International Political Economy of Business Environments (INTS 721) with all first-year MBA/MA and JD/MA Lauder students; (2) an area history course (INTS 71X) of their choice, and (3) a pre-summer immersion module, "Developing a Global Mindset," that is a part of the academic credit earned during the summer.  The pre-summer immersion module aims to prepare students for the summer immersion (June and July) and the broad objectives of the program curriculum.   

Global Program Summer Immersion

The Summer Immersion Program is a multi-country introduction to leading issues in global business, international politics, cross-border transactions, and inter-cultural communication.  Students will gain exposure and understanding of these matters from our Global Program through a combination of classroom lectures, corporate visits, practitioner engagement, field exercises, and cultural immersion. 

The classroom lectures will provide students with contextual knowledge and historical background to enhance their critical thinking skills and their capacity to engage corporate, government, and non-government practitioners effectively in their field. 

Corporate visits have two main purposes: first, they aim to introduce students to leading and new industries of global and country-specific significance; and second, to provide students with a “lab-like” setting in which to examine how competitive, macro-economic, inter-cultural, and geo-political factors affect management policies and practice. 

Field exercises are geared to enhance the global business leadership capacity and knowledge accumulation of our students through self-directed and shared tasks that require team participation, inter-cultural communication, public presentations, and self-assessment.

Cultural immersion is infused throughout the above three activity areas, as well as, more conventionally, through the introduction of country-specific cultural icons and exposure to museums, music, marketplaces, and neighborhoods that make explicit the socio-cultural origins of differences in values, tastes, and economic organization and practice.

Due to the number of countries Global Program students visit during summer immersion, we encourage applicants, especially international applicants, to apply in Round 1.

Academic Year

Upon return from the summer immersion, students in the Global Program must complete a total of four (4) classes, one during each semester of study. 

In the first year, the students have two courses, "The Politics of Power and Wealth," and "The Global Manager."  The first course provides students with a framework for thinking about the drivers of global order and change, and offers them ample opportunity to assess its applicability in relation to leading issues of the day.   The course is intended to provide students with the theoretical foundations for critical analysis of broad global trends.  It draws upon literature in the fields of anthropology, history, political science, and sociology.  The "Global Manager" is an experiential course aimed to enhance leadership development skills and student capacity to manage across borders.  Through a combination of journaling, lectures, and simulations, students will gain exposure to different approaches to inter-cultural and cross-border negotiation and management skills.

In the second year, the students have two courses, currently titled "The International Order" and "Fault lines in the Global System."  The first course, “The International Order” introduces students to key concepts and contextual knowledge in the fields of international law, economics, and diplomacy, particularly as they relate to global finance, foreign direct investment, and trade.  The second course, "Fault lines in the Global System" focuses on sources of difference, instability, and rupture.  Students will not only have an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of these issues, but also are expected to demonstrate their analytical skills by way of a forecasting exercise that brings together their independent analysis with the conceptual frameworks and tools which have been introduced earlier in the curriculum.

In addition, students will have an opportunity to deepen their applied knowledge through a mini-immersion in spring, with the topics and locale to vary each year, depending on student interest, and access and availability to the relevant resources.