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UVic MGB students travelling around the world
MGB '19 Students

One amazing adventure: three countries, plus a global internship

Designed for recent graduates with a bachelor's degree in business, commerce or management, the MGB program offers you a different and exciting graduate business education experience.

Choose your Path around the world and experience how business is done globally. Complete your degree in 12 to 16 months. Up for the challenge?

Check our admissions to see if this program is right for you.

Intensive cross-cultural experience

The Master of Global Business program takes you out of your cultural comfort zone. You are among a diverse cohort of students (in terms of nationality, culture, language, previous international experience) which enhances your cross-cultural learning experience and makes the "global" element of this degree real.

What you have in common with your cohort, however, is a keen desire to challenge yourself, to learn about doing business globally, to work across geographical and cultural borders, and to expand your international career horizons.

Innovative curriculum delivery

You won't find another program in Canada quite like ours. The  Master of Global Business classroom is literally without walls or borders. In each module, you learn about the business context of the region: its industries, legal and economic system, and cultural contours. But you also cumulatively learn about global business, building from fundamentals to opportunity recognition to actual application and consulting methods.

At the same time, you are developing and practicing your language skills and global mindset — the 'soft' skills of effective interaction.

A mobile, diverse cohort

Take charge and choose your own path around the world. Choose one of these four Paths, and immerse yourself fully within these diverse business environments for a well-rounded global business education.

Together with students from each path's partner institutions, you study and travel as a close-knit group for nine months.  In contrast to what you would experience in ordinary exchange programs, you and the international classmates in your cohort become truly dependent on each other as you move around the world.

You develop an acute awareness of your own culture and the cultures of your classmates – all of which helps you understand how business is done differently in different parts of the world: the experience both humbles you and calls on your leadership. As well, a powerful camaraderie forms among your cohort, evident in the dynamism of your final team presentations.

First-hand experience

Because a core value of the MGB program is learning by first-hand experience, you "live out of a suitcase" for a year as you travel the world developing your global mindset, cultural intelligence and professional business savvy.  You experience an unparalleled, constantly exciting and constantly challenging program of academic, professional and personal growth. 

After the nine-month academic portion of the program, you finish with a global internship to help launch your international career. Our dedicated staff to help you find the internship that fits your career goals.   

You also complete a major consulting project for an external organization on an international business issue.

Support throughout your journey

Dedicated faculty and administrative staff responsible for admissions, logistics and program delivery ensure that the student cohorts are made up of high-achieving, highly motivated individuals and that their journey together is a smooth one. As well, the strong institutional partnerships and centralized planning of the curriculum at UVic ensures consistent quality of courses from country to country.

The faculty teaching these courses are engaged in leading edge research in international business in the areas of international logistics, cross-cultural communications and management, and international marketing and strategy. These faculty members also move back and forth along with the students throughout this “educational journey” to ensure seamless integration along all dimensions of the program.

A global mindset and skill-set

By graduation, you have developed:

  • a global mindset that facilitates decision making and increases effectiveness in leading change in international contexts
  • an ability to deal with the challenges of international business
  • an understanding of the comparative socio-economic environment of North America, Asia, Latin America and Europe
  • a high level of cultural awareness and ability to work effectively with individuals and organizations from many parts of the world