Best Graduate Business Schools Deliver a Broader Perspective

Business is global. Your business education should be global as well.

Today’s business takes place throughout the world—with little regard to location or time zone. It is important to understand not only how to work in a distributed team but the cultural nuances of working with clients or colleagues in countries outside the U.S. The best graduate business schools embed this broader global business perspective throughout their curricula. It is often highlighted in a global residency but should be woven throughout each course and reflected in the makeup of the faculty and students in the classroom.

George Mason’s top-ranked MBA Program prides itself on its curriculum based on global perspective, industry demand, and leadership skills. Many full-time MBA programs require a global residency. George Mason University has earned a reputation as one of the best graduate business schools in Washington, DC because it requires a global residency not only of its MBA students but also of its specialized business masters students including those in the MS in Accounting, MS in Management, MS in Technology Management, MS in Management of Secure Information Systems, and Global EMBA programs.

A global residency brings to life the case studies, lectures, discussions, and simulations taught in the classroom. Mason MBA program students choose from several global residency options to be able to tailor the experience to their career interests. Trips vary year to year but have included major financial and industrial cities in China, Brazil, Chile, Poland, Turkey, Germany, and Malaysia. Trips to developing nations such as the Philippines have also been held to focus on micro financing projects.

This opportunity allows students to gain a global perspective and insights into other business cultures, as well as to examine the world economy and the risks and opportunities that exist in global business.  MBA students meet with prominent business leaders and serve as consultants, developing solutions to real-time global business challenges to help them understand today’s global economy.

“Learning about a new culture and experiencing it firsthand was an illuminating way to learn about the different ways countries do business,” says Brock Walker ’14, a financial specialist with the US Department of Treasury. “It also highlighted the importance of understanding and embracing diversity in expanding global economy.”

In addition to the global perspective, the best graduate business schools bring the regional and national business challenges and opportunities into the classroom. If you are considering a program in an area you plan on settling or where you currently live, it may be very important to see what emphasis the program has on the local community connections. Building up your network and business connections in an area you plan on developing your career will make a big difference following graduation. George Mason’s MBA Program is located in the Washington, D.C. metro area, providing it with great access to local businesses and business professionals that are available to enhance your degree.

Download the complete e-book titled “5 Things You Need in an MBA Program” for a more in-depth look at this topic.


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Paige Wolf

As director of graduate programs at George Mason's School of Business, my vision is to have a vibrant, collegial community of active learners who develop enduring professional relationships with faculty, staff, and fellow students while pursuing their degrees. Prior to this position, I spent 11 years with the School of Business as an associate professor of management teaching both MBA and undergraduate courses in organizational behavior and human resource management. I have more than 16 years of experience as an internal and external consultant on strategic human resource initiatives including team building, organizational development, competency modelling, performance management, employee selection systems, career planning, employee training and development, leadership assessment, and human resource audits.

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