Posted by: Alison Damast on September 17, 2010
The Global Executive MBA has become one of the hot new degrees in executive education in the last few years, with business schools from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business (Fuqua Full-Time MBA Profile) to Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business (McDonough Full-Time MBA Profile) launching ambitious programs that send executives to study in locales around the world. Yesterday, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business (Darden Full-Time MBA Profile) joined their ranks, announcing plans to launch a new MBA for Executives Global Program (GEMBA) in the fall of 2011.
Students in Darden’s 20-month program will take several two-week residencies over the course of the degree in a handful of countries around the world, including India and China, the school said in a release. They’ll also spend time studying at the Darden campus in Charlottesville, as well in Washington, D.C. The school is aiming to have a class of 40 students, all of whom will be required to have 10 years of work experience, significant management experience and “global leadership potential,” the school said.
“The program will enhance the skills of high-potential executives who need to be ready on day one to do business in any market around the globe,” said Darden Dean Robert Bruner, who announced the program at a reception in Shanghai, China on Sept. 16.
It will be interesting to see if more schools announce their own Global Executive MBA programs in the next few months. Readers, how big a market do you think there is for executive MBA programs with global formats? Would you be interested in signing up for one of them?