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Graduate Certificate In Global Business

Build Your Global Mindset and Cultural Competence

Earn a St. Thomas Graduate Certificate in Global Business, and learn to successfully manage in multinational business environments with diverse market, economic and political systems. This certificate program was developed in partnership with international business experts and employers, to ensure that what you learn is up-to-date and highly applicable at work.

Earn your Graduate Certificate in Global Business on its own, or apply your certificate credits to a St. Thomas MBA. This flexible, 12-credit program was designed for busy working professionals, and you can complete it in as few as 9 months. Take classes on campus in the evening, or in a hybrid of in-person and online sessions. The certificate requires a 7- to 12-day study abroad trip, which will give you first-hand global business experience.

98%
Global business is not just for the Fortune 500: 98% of U.S. companies that export are small- and medium-sized businesses
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce
17
St. Thomas Opus College of Business alumni work at all 17 Minnesota-based Fortune 500 companies

Program Overview

  • Format & Schedule
  • Admission Requirements
  • Degree Programs
  • Career Impact
  • Format & Schedule

    The 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Global Business program has both required and elective courses:

    • 2 required courses, including 1 study-abroad course
    • 1 elective course
    • 1 professional effectiveness course
    Take all of your classes on campus in the evenings or in a hybrid of in-person and online sessions. Complete your degree in as few as 9 months (two semesters), or go at a slower pace.
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    Admission Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree in any subject
    • Application form and essays
    • 2 years’ work experience recommended; related professional experience is valuable, but not required

    If you are currently enrolled in a St. Thomas MBA program, you may take graduate certificate courses as program electives. By doing this, you will earn a certificate designation on your transcript.

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    Degree Programs

    Earn an MBA with your Certificate

    You can apply your graduate certificate courses and credits to a Full-time, Online or Part-time Flex MBA program at St. Thomas. Earning both a graduate degree and a graduate certificate is a great way to increase your cultural competence and prepare to lead across borders. Not sure if you want a graduate degree? You have time to mull it over. You can start the graduate certificate program now, with the option to roll your credits into a degree program later on. 

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    Career Impact

    Send a signal to your current to future employers that you are ready and eager for a global assignment and/or international responsibilities. By earning a Graduate Certificate in Global Business, you position yourself to advance your career and seize exciting opportunities through increased intercultural competencies and first-hand experiences of how business is conducted in other geographies.

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    Format & Schedule

    The 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Global Business program has both required and elective courses:

    • 2 required courses, including 1 study-abroad course
    • 1 elective course
    • 1 professional effectiveness course
    Take all of your classes on campus in the evenings or in a hybrid of in-person and online sessions. Complete your degree in as few as 9 months (two semesters), or go at a slower pace.
    See Career Impact

    Admission Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree in any subject
    • Application form and essays
    • 2 years’ work experience recommended; related professional experience is valuable, but not required

    If you are currently enrolled in a St. Thomas MBA program, you may take graduate certificate courses as program electives. By doing this, you will earn a certificate designation on your transcript.

    See Career Impact

    Degree Programs

    Earn an MBA with your Certificate

    You can apply your graduate certificate courses and credits to a Full-time, Online or Part-time Flex MBA program at St. Thomas. Earning both a graduate degree and a graduate certificate is a great way to increase your cultural competence and prepare to lead across borders. Not sure if you want a graduate degree? You have time to mull it over. You can start the graduate certificate program now, with the option to roll your credits into a degree program later on. 

    See Career Impact

    Career Impact

    Send a signal to your current to future employers that you are ready and eager for a global assignment and/or international responsibilities. By earning a Graduate Certificate in Global Business, you position yourself to advance your career and seize exciting opportunities through increased intercultural competencies and first-hand experiences of how business is conducted in other geographies.

    See Career Impact

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    Featured Courses

    International Business

    In this required course, explore the opportunities and challenges of conducting business in a global context. Gain an understanding the external global environment and internal challenges that a multinational enterprise faces.

    Global Experience/Study Abroad

    Fulfill your global study requirement with an approved St. Thomas MBA or graduate-level study abroad course. Offerings vary each academic year and are often offered as J-term courses. Recent courses have taken students to Scandinavia, China, Latin America and India.

    Negotiation Skills

    This professional effectiveness course will give you the skills to deal with many different negotiation situations found in the workplace. Use in-class negotiations and case studies to build your negotiation skills, beginning with one-on-one negotiations and concluding with large group negotiations.
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    St. Thomas Opus College of Business is an incredible place to learn, meet inspiring peers and mentors, and build a strong career path. Don’t just take our word for it—experience St. Thomas firsthand. Visit a class, attend an info session, or chat with the admissions team.