One amazing adventure: Three Countries and a Global Internship

There is no other program quite like it in Canada. You spend about three months in each country progressing through three modules: Global Business Fundamentals, Global Business Opportunities and Global Business in Action. Then you complete the program with a global internship.

Progress, learn and grow with your cohort

You begin with the Global Business Fundamentals module to first acquire a deep understanding of both doing business in a global environment and the unique characteristics of the North American business context. The module integrates international finance, strategy, marketing, global logistics and supply-chain management with an appreciation of North American legal, economic and social factors. You progress through a firm's stages of internationalization: first, exporter issues; then international firm issues; and lastly, concerns related to multinational organizations. Courses include:

  • MGB 510 The North American Business Context (1.0 unit)

This course examines the socio-economic and legal factors that impact on doing business in North America. Topics include the Canadian business context, legal system, human rights and employment legislation, labour practices and taxation issues. In addition, students are exposed to the trade relationship between Canada, the United States and Mexico (NAFTA).

  • MGB 512 International Financial Management (1.0 unit)

This course is an examination of international financial markets and the financial decision making of multinational firms. Topics include international monetary systems, exchange rate determination, foreign currency derivatives, risk management techniques, and investments, financing and operating in global markets. 

  • MGB 516 International Marketing and Global Strategy (1.0 unit)

This course is an examination of the strategic challenges facing businesses in an international context, with a focus on marketing issues. Topics include the problems associated with controlling and co-ordinating activities in multiple markets, managing in diverse markets, responding to consumer and competitor differences, understanding the impact of different institutional structures, and coping with market consolidation.

  • MGB 519 International Logistics and Supply Chain Management (1.0 unit)

This course examines the issues involved in managing global supply chains and logistic flows. Topics are developed around the risks and opportunities of global sourcing. They include designing and implementing global supply chains, foreign manufacturing, inventory management, coping with security concerns, outsourcing, service standards, transportation options and performance evaluation.

The Global Business Opportunities module provides you with an overview of how industries such as steel, food processing, ship building, fishery, petroleum and high tech deal with opportunity recognition and business development in a global setting as well as in an Asian business context. In addition, this module deals with the analyses and knowledge needed for successful global new business ventures as well as with Asia's entrepreneurial environment.

  • MGB 520 Industry Analysis and the Asian Business Context (1.5 units)

This course is an overview of business operations in industries such as steel, food processing, ship building, fishery, petroleum and high tech. In addition, the course examines how firms in these industries deal with threats and opportunities in a global setting as well as in an Asian business context.

  • MGB 525 Business Development and Asia's or Europe's Entrepreneurial Environment (1.5 units)

This course examines the analyses and knowledge needed for successful new global business ventures as well as within Asia's or Europe's entrepreneurial environment. Emphasis will be given to the various stages in the development of a business plan, from idea development to the presentation of the plan.

The Global Business in Action module, with its orientation towards exploring The Asian or European business context, is intended to prepare the students to apply their knowledge and global perspective to solving business and industry issues and challenges. It introduces students to the various stages of consulting methods. Students also receive an overview of the corporate governance structures, legal and economic systems and the environmental sustainability issues in the Asian- or European-based organization with global reach, and will be given the opportunity to provide consulting advice to the company.

  • MGB 530 The European Business Context (1.5 units)

This course provides an overview of corporate governance structures, legal and economic systems and environmental sustainability issues in the European Union and beyond. The course will prepare students to apply their knowledge and global perspective to solving business issues and challenges.

  • MGB 535 Consulting Methods and Practice (1.0 unit)

This course provides an overview of the process of management consulting; introduces students to consulting methods to help them gain knowledge of consulting and to highlight specific consulting and research skills. To practice the application of these methodologies, student teams will examine an issue or problem being faced by their assigned overseas organizations, and provide them with consulting advice. In addition, this course will ultimately prepare students for the MGB 536 International Research and Consulting Project.

The Global Business Experience module is your opportunity to put your learning into practice in an exciting trans-national internship.

  • MGB 537 Global Internship (1.5 units)

Students must complete at least 300 hours of work with an organization that normally (1) has an international component linking two or more regions, or (2) is located in any region of the world, provided that it is not the student's "home" region or country. Requires students to apply their learning through a reflective component that describes how the coursework and the Internship experience in particular have prepared them for global business related careers.

Note: Students who fail to complete an internship by the end of four academic terms may be required to withdraw.

Prerequisites: MGB 502; or permission of the school.

Grading: INP, COM, N, F.

During the International Research and Consulting Project, you work in teams under faculty supervision and maintain a consulting/client relationship with a corporate sponsor. Your team examines a problem of current interest to the sponsor that is consistent with the international nature and goals of the program and prepares detailed written analyses and recommendations. The Global Business Project will be essential in demonstrating that all learning outcomes have been achieved. 

  • MGB 536 International Research and Consulting Report (3.0 units)

This project consists of an individual or group consulting report. Participating students are placed into small teams and under faculty supervision, and maintain a consulting/client relationship with a corporate sponsor. The students examine a problem of current interest to the sponsor and prepare detailed written recommendations.

The Global Leadership and Cultural Intelligence course introduces students to the various dimensions of culture and cross-cultural leadership and management. It deals with how cultural intelligence and global mindset impact teamwork, conflict management, negotiations, motivation and overall leadership in international settings. This course also examines how Asians, Europeans, and North Americans differ along these dimensions, the challenges resulting from these differences, and how to deal with these challenges. This two-unit course will be on-going throughout the program. This component of the program will greatly add to the learning outcomes of enhanced global mindset and greater cultural awareness and preparation for leadership in the global environment.

  • MGB 570 Global Leadership and Cultural Intelligence (2.0 units)

An examination of the various dimensions of culture and cross-cultural leadership and management. Topics include how cultural intelligence and global mindset impact teamwork, conflict management, negotiations, motivation and overall leadership in international settings. The course compares how people from the three regions of the Master of Global Business program modules (e.g. North Americans, Asians, Europeans) are similar and how they differ along these dimensions. This includes the challenges resulting from these differences and how to resolve them.

  • MGB 180 Language Skills I (1.0 unit)

Provides language instruction for students to significantly advance their skill and knowledge in another language. Students learn the essential points of structure and vocabulary, gaining the ability to function in everyday settings. Students will learn to share information about themselves in the target language and ask basic questions of those around.

  • MGB 181 Language Skills II (1.0 unit)

A continuation of the language skills learned in MGB 180.

  • MGB 182 Language Skills III (1.0 unit)

A continuation of the language skills learned in MGB 181.

  • MGB 583 Language, Communication and Global Business (1.0 unit)

This course helps to integrate the learning of a foreign language with elements of culture, leading to a deeper understanding of how business is done internationally. Through course work, research and language training, students will focus on global business and management topic, and submit a report related to language and cultural learning.