A cohort is a group of students who
stay together throughout an entire program. In the GlobalMBA, each university
in the consortium admits up to 10 students who are then combined to create the GlobalMBA
cohort. Traditionally, the GlobalMBA includes 30 – 40 students who study
together every term. A new GlobalMBA cohort curriculum begins every fall
semester. View the
for an outline of dates and courses.
has been planned carefully to maximize
the benefits of the four universities' strengths. In order to complete the
requirements of two master’s degrees in only 15 months, students carry heavy
loads each semester. There is no time available for elective coursework during
As with international business,
educational practice is based on the culture of the country. Since the
underlying cultures differ significantly, you should expect the methods of
instruction to vary, too. For instance, textbooks are almost always required in
Germany and the US, but Polish and Chinese instructors might provide their published works
for classes. Also, in Germany and the US, you will be expected to devote two to
three hours of study outside of class for every hour that you are in class.
Polish courses tend to be more intensive than the semester–long teaching model
that the others use. Courses in China follow a module system, whereby two or three short courses make up one three-credit module. At the beginning of the first semester, the GlobalMBA
holds an orientation session designed to prepare you for studying and living in
The nature of the GlobalMBA cohort
requires full-time participation. Due to the rigorous academic schedule, consisting
of class sessions, group meetings, business visits, thesis preparation, and
more, it is not possible for students to hold part-time or full-time jobs
during the program.
A requirement for the master’s degree
Technische Hochschule Köln (
TH-K) is completion of a group thesis. Typically, thesis groups are
assigned and topics are selected during the fall semester in Germany, research
takes place during the summer semester in China, and the final thesis is
submitted during the fall semester in the U.S. Students defend their theses the
week before graduation at UNF.
Once accepted, GlobalMBA students are
encouraged to visit the UNF Financial Aid office to discuss options for aid.
Most students pay for the program with a combination of personal savings,
public and/or private loans, and scholarships. The Coggin College of Business
offers three to five merit-based graduate fellowships to GlobalMBA students,
for which you would automatically be considered. You may also apply for UNF’s
Student Affairs International Learning Scholarship (SAILS) for each semester
that you are abroad.
Visa requirements vary across countries
and change over time. You will be provided information during the GlobalMBA
pre-departure orientation in Jacksonville, and periodically during your time
overseas. You may always visit the U.S. State Department website for current visa
Students are responsible for making
their own international travel arrangements. Designated student-services staff
from each consortium university will provide advice.
Every consortium university has a
designated student representative for the GlobalMBA who will ease your
transition and to help you succeed in the program. View the GlobalMBA YouTube channel to hear from representatives from all universities, or visit our contacts page.
Each consortium institution selects
approximately 10 students per year to participate in the GlobalMBA program. In
order to participate, students must have earned an undergraduate degree in any discipline prior
to beginning the GlobalMBA program. Students must also meet certain
. If you need to take the business prerequisites for the GlobalMBA, you may do so at UNF the summer before the program begins. Previous work experience is not required.
All instruction is in English,
regardless of the country in which you are studying. All students and faculty
participating in the GlobalMBA are fluent in English.
Beyond the basic academic requirements
for admissions, it’s helpful to have previous study or work experience
overseas. The more independent and extensive the experience, the better, but even
an eight-day faculty led study abroad or personal travel overseas can give you
an edge. Alternatively, you can gain intercultural awareness by participating
in a club or volunteer organization that focuses on international issues or
works with people from diverse backgrounds. We're more than happy to talk with you in more depth in-person or on the phone.
The business community is very excited
about professional education that features a multinational focus. While many
alumni choose to travel for career prospects, many choose to remain in the
Jacksonville, Fla, area. Jacksonville hosts
numerous multinational companies and is attracting more each day with inviting
incentive programs. This results in myriad opportunities for students with a
truly international education. Visit Jacksonville’s Chamber of Commerce for details
on business in Jacksonville.
Since business degrees are very
versatile, alumni of the GlobalMBA go into various fields: marketing, finance,
economics, hospitality, technology, government, education, non-profit, and more.
Position titles recent alumni have had immediately upon graduation include
project manager, analyst, and coordinator. After two to three years, they have
typically been promoted at least once, and we have several vice presidents,
presidents and CEOs among our alumni network. Alumni have also served in the
Peace Corps, worked for the United Nations and created entrepreneurial ventures,
in addition to working for multinational companies like Deutschebank and Disney
The GlobalMBA international alumni
network becomes more impressive every year. Once admitted to the program,
students are granted access to our GlobalMBA LinkedIn group to begin making
connections right away. Networking events with alumni are held in each country,
at each consortium institution. Alumni
are also invited to participate in several events throughout the program. View the
GlobalMBA YouTube clips to hear more from our alumni.
Throughout the GlobalMBA, in each
country, you will participate in networking events and business visits that are
often attended by high-ranking professionals within each company. During your
final semester at UNF, you will be required to complete S.T.A.R. certification,
which provides professional development training and additional networking
opportunities. Beyond program-specific events, GlobalMBA students are invited
to all of the networking events provided by the UNF Career Management Center,
including on-campus interviews and a university-wide career fair during the
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