Coursework Takes Engineer to Global Level

Bruce Dingeman '03 applied his global experiences and MBA knowledge to the international oil and gas industry.

Organizational Change Initiative: A Capstone Project

Before graduating, Global Executive MBA students deliver a capstone leadership project that initiates a change in their organization. The most important learnings come from their fellow students.

The curriculum is specifically designed for senior executives with roles that are increasingly international. In 15 months divided into 5 terms, you will complete 11 courses, including: 

Optional elective courses, concentrations, and a certificate are also available to allow you to sharpen your skills in a particular discipline or broaden your knowledge in a functional area.

Sample Schedule

Multi-Term Courses:

  • Global Markets and Institutions
  • Culture, Civilizations and Leadership
  • Leadership for the Global Executive

Term 1: North America (Accounting and Economics)

Term 2: Europe (Management and Decision Sciences)

Term 3: Asia (Operations and Strategy)

Term 4: Latin America (Finance and Marketing)

Term 5: North America (Leadership and Capstone Leadership Project)

Optional Term 6: Concentration or Certificate Electives and Project

Program-at-a-Glance (sample)

Program at a glance

Course schedule and residency locations are subject to change from year-to-year.

Eight deep core courses, called modules, add advanced, elective-like material to the standard MBA curriculum creating a robust, intentional set of classes that are uniquely relevant for senior executives. Think of these as “super courses” where instead of being Fuqua’s traditional 3-credit hour course, they are 4.5-credit hour courses.

Taken two at a time, these courses span the functional areas in business:

  • Accounting
  • Decision Sciences
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Strategy
Term I

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  • Financial Reporting and Managerial Accounting in a Global Environment

  • Global Managerial Economics

Term II

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  • Management for the Global Executive

  • Statistical Models for the Global Executive

Term III

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  • Dynamic Strategy in Global Environments

  • Operations Management in a Global Environment

Term IV

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  • Global Capital Markets

  • Global Marketing: Strategies and Tactics

Course schedule is subject to change.

Next, learn about your 3 multi-term courses.

One of the many unique characteristics of the Global Executive curriculum is the inclusion of three multi-term courses. These required courses provide one-of-a-kind, cumulative, and tailored experiences.

The first two courses draw their content from the regions to which you travel for residencies. You will understand the implications of leading a global firm because you will study, discuss, and experience the way in which region-specific institutions, markets, cultures, and civilizations both enhance and hinder international commerce.

The third multi-term course addresses the unique leadership and personal development issues facing senior executives, such as developing skills to effectively manage your time, build teams, and negotiate business deals. After individual assessments, you will work on a personal opportunity to apply classroom constructs to your unique work situation. An executive coach will advise you throughout the course.

The Three Multi-Term Courses:

Culture, Civilizations and Leadership

This course provides a context for understanding the critical cultural and civilizational differences and similarities across countries and applying them to the understanding of the management challenges unique to running a global firm. Click here and learn what's unique about this course.

Global Markets and Institutions
This course studies the role of markets and institutions in shaping national and international commerce. Click here and learn what's unique about this course.

Leadership for the Global Executive
Together with Management for the Global Executive, this leadership course addresses the science and art of directing, influencing, and inspiring people. Click here and learn what's unique about this course.

Next, learn about optional electives and concentrations.

Optional electives, concentrations, and certificates provide an opportunity to specialize in one function or industry and help to sharpen and/or broaden your business knowledge.

Tuition: Additional fees apply to electives, concentrations, and certificates. Learn more on the Costs & Financial Aid page.


If you choose to enroll in electives, you will participate in a 2-week residency in Durham, which is followed by 10 weeks of distance learning. This optional Term 6 occurs after graduation, from September to December. To facilitate networking across programs, you will be in class with students from our Weekend Executive and Cross Continent MBA programs.

Elective course offerings vary from year to year, but those listed below are representative of what you might expect:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Investments
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Entrepreneurship & New Venture Management
  • Negotiation
  • Market Intelligence
  • Marketing of Innovations
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Service Operations or Supply Chain
  • Valuation & Fundamental Analysis
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Emerging Markets
  • Leadership
  • Health Sector Management
  • Energy and the Environment


You have the option to earn a concentration or certificate in various areas of business management to customize your experience and to gain knowledge for practical application. No matter your career path, your grounding in the principles and practices of general management coupled with a specialization will expand your career opportunities. Taking electives can lead to completing a concentration.

Concentrations include:

  • Energy and Environment
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Strategy

Concentration Requirements:

  • 2 electives in Term 6 from an approved list
  • Secure approval to engage in an independent elective project, which is worth the equivalent of 2 courses
    • The independent project is completed in the optional Term 7

Using Business to Impact Public Health

While at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Kim Lane '07, created better processes for distributing vaccines nationwide. If you're interested in the health industry, consider our HSM Certificate.


The Health Sector Management (HSM) Certificate offers insight into the interaction and interdependencies of health-related industries and organizations.

Certificate Requirements:

  • Fundamentals of HSM: A Global Perspective (online seminar series)
  • Economics and Strategy of HSM (completed in Term 6)
  • HSM Project Course (completed in optional Term 7)
  • Health Care in the 21st Century (can be taken during the Term 6 schedule or after graduation)
  • 2 HSM elective courses

Learn more about the HSM certificate available for Global Executive MBA students.