Global Business Program Certificate
The Global Business Certificate is an academic MBA certificate option that consists of several international activities and opportunities, serving as evidence of a student's preparation for and commitment to global business. To future employers, the Global Business Certificate is an important signal of MBA student's interest in working as a global manager.

To earn a Global Business Certificate, the following five requirements must be completed:

  1. Be a current, matriculated MBA student in the Michael G. Foster School of Business
  2. Community Networking & Resources
  3. International Experience (waived for international students) - Choose one of the following two options
    • Option one - Participate in an MBA Exchange Program for one academic quarter
    • Option two - Participate in two of the following four activities:
      1. Foreign Language Study (one of these three)
        • Summer intensive language program (completed after MBA admittance)
        • Three quarters of academic foreign language (completed after MBA admittance)
        • Foreign language placement test at 300 level or better
      2. A Global Business Study Tour
      3. MBA Practicum Experience (one of these three)
        • Globally-focused internship
        • Four credit globally-focused independent study
        • Completion of a Field Study Management project
      4. Globally-focused Business Plan Competition
        • Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GSEC)
        • CIBER MBA International Business Case Competition (by invitation only)
        • East-West MBA All-Star Case Challenge (by invitation only to Beijing, China)
        • Present an international business plan at a Buerk Center competition (subject to approval)
        • Other internationally-focused competitions upon approval
  4. Curriculum - complete both:
    • MGMT 509 (Advanced Elective: Foundations of International Business)
    • International Electives 
      • Day students: a total of 12 credits: these courses can be taken from the Foster School of Business, UW Graduate Department, or at an approved exchange partner institution.
      • Evening students: a total of 10 credits: these courses can be taken from the Foster School of Business, UW Graduate Department, or at an approved exchange partner institution.
  5. Peer Interaction: Membership in the Global Business Association, an MBA student organization

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Only current MBA students are eligible for the Global Business Program Certificate. Individuals outside of the Foster School of Business may be eligible for the Executive Development Program certificate offered through Executive Education.