Sitting Down with Program Director Lynn Hamilton

Professor Hamilton with current M.S. in Global Commerce students
Professor Hamilton with current M.S. in Global Commerce students

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.

MSGC Students Prepare to Write a Global Business Thesis

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.

Exploring Washington, D.C. through MSGC eyes

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.img_6414

Charlottesville is for Everybody

drakesamford3 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.


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).