The M.S. in Global Commerce (MSGC) program is almost nearing the end of the U.S. term; it’s hard to believe how fast time flies! Even though the program is only in its second year, students from the inaugural class are already reaping the benefits from this unique global experience. Some of the major benefits of this program are the career services resources and alumni networks from three esteemed universities in the U.S., China, and Spain. We spoke with two alumni, Grace—who now works at Accenture—and Stoan—who now works at Volvo—about why they chose the program and its positive impact on their careers.
Hometown: Qingdao City, China
Undergrad: Hainan University
Major: International Economics & Trade
I always planned to work immediately after undergrad and never considered the possibility of graduate school. After receiving a full-time job offer from a consulting firm in the fall of my senior year, I thought my post-grad plans were set. Then, to my surprise, I opened an email from UVA about their M.S. in Global Commerce program. After doing some research, I knew this was something I wanted to seriously consider. A graduate program that allowed me to travel around the world and earn two degrees in just one-year? Right up my alley. I (and my parents), however, needed more convincing that this program would be a valuable investment—and worth turning down my job offer.
Hi y’all! My name is Katherine Campbell and I am originally from Danville, Virginia. I recently completed my undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in Business (Finance) and Music. I’m excited to be sharing the M.S. in Global Commerce experience with you from the students’ perspective.
United States. China. Spain.
Last Monday, we welcomed our newest cohort to the University of Virginia in the historical Rotunda, designed by Thomas Jefferson as the architectural and academic heart of the University. Over the next year, our bloggers will document this unique dual degree & certificate program from the student perspective. First, an introduction to the Class of 2018.
A year ago today I couldn’t have pictured my life the way it is now. All cheesiness aside, I mean it. If you had told me I would have seen the dazzling colors of the fall in Virginia from a mountaintop, cruised through Hong Kong Harbour at sunset, or biked through the tulip fields of Holland on a Spring afternoon, all in single year, I would never have believed you. More than that, I got to do all of those things with my very best friends by my side. That describes just three days of the ten-month journey that M.S. in Global Commerce (MSGC) has been.
Thesis? Check. Final Business SIM Presentation? Check. Final M&A Exam? Check. Final Sustainability and CSR paper? Handed in.
Just like that, the inaugural class of the Dual Master’s in Global Commerce and Global Strategic Management graduated from ESADE’s Barcelona campus with two master’s degrees, a certificate, and a year’s worth of incredible memories in hand.
After a full ten months worth of researching, interviewing experts, gathering survey results, and holding focus groups, and writing- lots and lots of writing- it finally became time for the various M.S. in Global Commerce (MSGC) teams to defend their theses at ESADE in front of a Board of Examiners of professors from each participating university.