While many corporate executives possess the core competencies of accounting, finance, marketing and management, many lack the understanding of how diverse cultures and customs shape our opinions and outlooks, as well as how they impact daily business decisions and activities.
Today's leading managers understand that capitalizing on international markets is no longer simply an area for future growth; it is essential for survival. That's why Webster University's School of Business and Technology developed the new MBA Certificate in Global Commerce. Drawing on Webster's distinctive worldwide network of campuses, the program takes students beyond basic business fundamentals to prepare them for operating across political, cultural and geographical boundaries.
The 18-credit-hour certificate program combines traditional classroom courses with a series of distinctive one-credit hour online learning modules - funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education - that provide an in-depth look at current business issues in a concentrated, four-week format. By being offered exclusively online, these modules allow students an opportunity to enrich their worldview with classmates, faculty and colleagues from around the globe.
Picture the possibilities of:
* Examining international trade documents with faculty and classmates who live and work in the European Union, Latin America and Southeast Asia.
* Exploring the impact of religion and culture on global market economies with classmates representing each of the world's major religions.
* Experiencing firsthand the challenges of managing a global team across distance and culture to solve complex projects in a timely and effective manner.
Who would benefit from this certificate?
The MBA Certificate in Global Commerce is specifically designed to prepare current or future managers in areas of global operations such as finance, marketing, human resources, production, and supply-chain management. Whether you are a current MBA student at Webster University or you've already earned an MBA from Webster or another regionally accredited university, the MBA Certificate in Global Commerce offers courses that provide knowledge and practical applications to be used the next day at work and throughout your career.
Where can this program be completed?
Currently, the MBA Certificate in Global Commerce can be completed at the St. Louis campus, as well as Webster's extended U.S. metropolitan campuses in Little Rock, Orlando, San Diego, and our California campuses in Irvine and Rancho Palos Verdes. The certificate program may also be completed at Webster's international campuses in Hua Hin/Cha-am, Thailand; Leiden, The Netherlands; London, England; and Vienna, Austria.
What classes will I take?
The 18 credit hours required for the MBA Certificate in Global Commerce include 3 three-credit hour courses and 9 one-credit hour online modules. Courses are divided into three categories: Worldview, Cross-Cultural, and International Business Mechanics. Students are required to complete a three-credit hour course and a one-credit hour online module from each category. Students will also take five additional one-credit-hour online modules as electives and a one-credit hour online capstone module to complete the certificate requirements.