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Degree Requirements for the Global MA/MBA Program

To complete the Global MA/MBA dual degree program, students must meet the following sets of requirements, uniquely designed for this particular dual program. Within the dual program, the Master of Arts in GIST portion of the degree requires 30 credit hours, 6 of which are considered as overlapping with the MBA degree. All students complete 4 required courses (12 credit hours):

GIST 701

Approached to International Studies


GIST 702



GIST 710

Interdisciplinary Research Methods for Global Contexts


GIST 898

Thesis Writing


For all students, the M.A. degree also requires evidence of current competence (equivalent to 2 years of successful college-level study) in a modern spoken and written language other than English; courses taken to complete this requirement generally do not count toward the degree. Students must meet all general requirements as well as program requirements. Beyond this, students must also take 4 additional elective courses (12 credit hours) on regional or internationally-themed foci. Students could focus on a world region, such as the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America, Russia and Eurasia, or Western Europe, and/or take classes on contemporary international themes, such as law, domestic or international political dynamics, gender, environment, peace and conflict studies in their global or international context.

In conjunction with the requirements for the MBA portion of the dual degree, the following courses are counted as also meeting a thematic specialization within the Global and International Studies MA: 

IBUS 701

International Business


MGMT 701

Organizational Behavior


MGMT 704

Strategic Management


The additional 26 hours required for the MBA degree come from the following 18 hours of required courses:

ACCT 701

Financial Accounting


BE 701

Business Economics


BLAW 701

Introduction to the Legal Environment of Business


DSCI 701

Statistical Decision Making


FIN 701

Financial Management


IST 701

Managerial Information Systems


MGMT 705

Ethical Decision Making in Business


MKTG 701

Marketing Management


SCM 701

Introduction to Supply Chain Management


The final 8 hours in the MBA degree (4 courses) are advanced core electives that build off of these foundational courses.

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