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5 EMBA Programs With a Global Focus

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An international perspective is increasingly a requirement for success. In addition to fostering creativity, open-mindedness, and connectivity, there are practical applications too. International supply chains and commerce are increasingly crucial for many corporations.

Understanding business means understanding the world and your business’ place in it. International study opportunities can broaden perspectives and provide some unique networking opportunities. Below are five EMBA programs that give a global view and provide unique international learning opportunities:

Miami Herbert Business School

For those seeking a diverse experience, the Miami Herbert Business School’s Global Executive MBA program is a great choice. Located in Miami, the program capitalizes on its location, which has been deemed the #1 international city in the country by the U.S. Census Bureau. The city’s business community includes the Latin operation headquarters for more than 1,400 multinational corporations.

The 17-month EMBA program includes nine on-campus residencies that occur every other month. During their trips to Miami, cohorts gain insight from C-suite panels, which work in coordination with faculty. Cohorts also receive access to Miami’s global business community through the Miami Business Mentoring program.

The Miami Herbert Business School leverages one of the most diverse business hubs in the world to provide cohorts with a global perspective. The crossroads of the Americas is a great place to experience different cultures and economies while building essential business skills.

Columbia Business School

Students seeking a truly global perspective need to look no further than Columbia Business School’s EMBA-Global MBA program. The program combines the expertise of three exceptional business schools – the University of Hong Kong, London Business School, and Columbia. This partnership gives globally-focused executives unique insight and multifaceted perspectives.

Photo by Austin Distel on UnsplashThe EMBA-Global program has two options. Americas & Europe has classes in London and New York. EMBA-Asia provides the opportunity to study in the world’s most important economic capitals with two classes in London, New York, and Shanghai. As classes alternate between locations, faculty from each school travel with students and teach in multiple locations. All classes are in English.

Students have the opportunity to customize their learning experience through electives such as Corporate Strategies for Organizational Change in Asia, Global Entrepreneurship, Global Implications for Disruption, Inclusion, and Risk, and Globalisation and Markets and the Changing Economic Landscape.

The program includes faculty-led international assignments and seminars. Past assignments have been in Buenos Aries, Argentina, Munich Germany, Mumbai, India, Tel Aviv, Israel, Mexico City, Mexico, and Cape Town, South Africa.

Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business

Santa Clara prides itself on being a destination school for the international community. The university’s proximity to and relationship with Silicon Valley businesses and entrepreneurs make it an attractive option for up-and-coming business leaders throughout the world.

Santa Clara University integrates learning abroad opportunities into many areas of study. The university’s Global Engagement Office is a touchpoint for its robust international student population and a resource for cohorts seeking to study abroad.

Santa Clara’s focus on providing a global perspective extends to the EMBA offered through the Leavey School of Business. The program includes a global immersion experience where cohorts learn by engaging with international business experts. Cohorts study innovation, entrepreneurship, and the strategy and operations of multinational firms.

ASU W. P. Carey School of Business

The ASU W. P. Carey Executive MBA offers a diverse learning experience through international partnerships and programs. Cohorts also have a summer experience in Washington, D.C., getting a hands-on view of how business intersects with public policy.

Cohorts come from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures, thanks in part to the International Accelerated Degree Programs (IADPs), which allow students to begin a degree in their home country and complete it in the U.S.

emba program classASU and the W. P. Carey Business School collaborate worldwide through innovative international partnerships. For example, in 2003, the school launched the Executive MBA in Shanghai, a program delivered with the Shanghai National Accounting Institute. Cohorts from the program will be uniquely prepared to help shape U.S.-Sino trade relations.

W. P. Carey MBA cohorts can participate in international electives. Opportunities are regularly available for electives in Argentina, Austria, China, France, Germany, and Peru. Electives include International Business in Europe, Doing Business in China, and The Changing Environment for International Business in Europe.


Unlike nearly every other school, INSEAD does not have a dominant national culture. Instead, the school has several international campuses and a diverse set of cohorts. The school works to bring together people, cultures, and ideas to change lives and transform organizations.

INSEAD’s Global EMBA provides a holistic learning approach available at three different campuses in France, Abu Dhabi (UAE), and Singapore. Cohorts begin at one of these campuses before coming together in Fontainebleu, France, to take four elective courses on topics like Data Science for Executives, Brand Management, Psychological Issues in Management, Realising Entrepreneur Potential, Negotiations, and Private Equity. The class then graduates together in Singapore.

INSEAD offers a unique, international perspective and overseas experience for cohorts hoping to gain a global business viewpoint.

If you’re interested in learning more about executive education programs from around the world, consider Ivy Exec’s 2020 EMBA rankings. Every year, members review over 100 solo and joint programs to evaluate the best graduate programs for prestige, career advancement, curriculum strength, global experience, and life balance. Every school profile includes in-depth information about cohort size and demographics, tuition costs, industry concentrations, and faculty. You can also find hundreds of anonymous student reviews and links to each program’s website, brochure, and contact details.  

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