Master of Business Administration in Global Leadership

The Master of Business Administration in Global Leadership is a 45-credit, online program designed for those interested in becoming leaders in their global organizations. Students will become proficient in the effective management of complex multinational organizations. Throughout the program, students learn to use critical thinking and problem-solving skills, assess ethical decision-making in global environments, practice global-management strategies and apply cross-cultural and business communication skills to international business situations. Students enrolled full time can complete the program in six terms or fewer and summer enrollment is available, making it feasible to earn the degree in two years. 

Program Design

Full-time enrollment for students who want to complete the program in 24-27 months requires enrolling in 9 credits per term and in 3 to 6 during the summer term (3/3/2 and 3/3/1). Part-time students are expected to complete the program in 30 to 36 months (2/2/1 courses per academic year or 15 credits per year).

Suggested Enrollment Sequence

Year One - Required Courses - 24 credits

First term - Developing a Global Mindset - 9 credits

  • Global Leadership Competencies (3 credits)
  • Global Strategy (3 credits)
  • International Accounting (3 credits)

Second term - Understanding Global Environments - 9 credits

  • Ethics in Global Environments (3 credits)
  • International Business Law (3 credits)
  • Economics for Global Managers (3 credits)

Third term - Competing in Global Markets - 6 credits

  • International Marketing Strategies (3 credits)
  • International Finance (3 credits)

Year Two - Electives and Capstone Course - 21 credits

Fourth term - 9 credits

  • selected electives by track or by advisor approved plan in themes of Utilizing and Leveraging Resources and Sustaining Competitive Advantage
    • Tracks
      Measuring and Reporting; Human Capital; Management of Innovation; Business Focus; International Emphasis; Analysis and Control

Fifth term - 9 credits

  • selected electives by track or by advisor approved plan in themes of Utilizing and Leveraging Resources and Sustaining Competitive Advantage
      • Tracks
        Measuring and Reporting; Human Capital; Management of Innovation; Business Focus; International Emphasis; Analysis and Control

Sixth term - Applying the Global Mindset - 3 credits

  • Global Strategic Management and Leadership (3 credits)

Electives and Transfer Credit

Some students use electives to broaden their exposure to new areas of knowledge, while others use them to increase their skills or knowledge in a particular area. The term registration information will provide you with a listing and description of electives offered through the School for Graduate Studies and those specific to the MBA in Global Leadership program. Electives also are offered during the summer term.

A request for transfer credit may be submitted to the School for Graduate Studies through your faculty advisor. Typically, 9 credits are acceptable as transfer credits if they meet all the criteria.

Program Prerequisites and Admission

Admission to the Empire State College MBA in Global Leadership is selective. Requirements for admission to the program include:

  • a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university or college
  • 3 credits of accounting
  • 3-6 credits of economics (micro and macro)
  • 3 credits of statistics
  • computer and Internet literacy.

Preferred Background

  • undergraduate business major
    or
  • experience in an organizational setting (business, nonprofit, public sector).

Apply for Admission

To apply for the MBA in Global Leadership, review the admission requirements and submit an online application.