When I was growing up, I always wanted to step out of my small town of Panzhihua, China, and see the world. Luckily, I learned about the M.S. in Global Commerce (MSGC) program, which enables me to study on three continents in one year and helps me achieve my childhood dream.
Professor Lynn Hamilton is an Associate Professor at the McIntire School of Commerce. She is the Academic Director of the M.S. in Global Commerce Program, and teaches the program’s “Cross Cultural Management and Communication” class with Professor Gary Ballinger. She was a critical part of the development of this program, so we were excited to sit down with her to hear her thoughts on it firsthand.
The M.S. in Global Commerce (MSGC) students are formed into various teams for different class projects throughout the year, but the most import project is arguably the writing of the Global Business Thesis. For this course, students are put into groups of mixed nationalities for the yearlong project of identifying, researching, and writing a thesis that centers on a topic of high significance in an area of global business. Working with fellow students from different countries gives students critical experience in managing a long-term project with others who have different work styles, preferences, and experiences.
To kick off his “Doing Business in the US” class, Professor Trey Maxham brought the M.S. in Global Commerce program to Washington D.C. last weekend to visit a number of governmental and cultural institutions that affect business in the United States. Over the course of three days, students were treated to tours and presentations from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), SelectUSA, the U.S. Capitol Building, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon, among others.
After a few weeks of classes, I am now absolutely sure that I made the right decision by applying to the M.S. in Global Commerce program. Not only will I get the chance to study at top business schools in the USA, China and Spain, but I’ve also realized how much I’ll learn from my classmates, since we represent such a variety of backgrounds.
With only a year to get everything done, saying that the M.S. in Global Commerce (MSGC) students have been “busy” trying to take advantage of the short time would be an understatement.
3 continents. 2 degrees. 1 year. 14 classes. 40 credit hours. 59 students, 59 personalities. 20 Americans, 23 Europeans, 16 Asians.
With the M.S. in Global Commerce program, there are so many numbers to be reminded of, but one number in particular has been on my mind lately: 11. We only have 11 weeks left here on Grounds at the University of Virginia, and that’s scary.
Before you request a reference or draft an essay, we encourage you to take time to reflect on how the M.S. in Global Commerce might fit with your strengths and goals. Here are three tips for using that knowledge to make your application more competitive:
- Be sure to tell your unique story.
We invite you to follow 60 students, faculty, and staff from around the world in a truly transformative year at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville (USA), Lingnan (University) College in Guangzhou (China), and ESADE Business School in Barcelona (Spain).