M.S. in Global Commerce

University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce
Charlottesville, VA


Details at a Glance

  • School Type

    grad Public
  • Application Fee

    dollar-circle $75
  • Average In-State Tuition

    grad-in-state $39,783
  • Average Out-of-State Tuition

    grad-out-state $40,134
  • Financial Aid Available

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Our Program

In 10 months, earn two masters degrees in global strategic management and a certificate in international business living in the US, China, and Spain.

Recent graduates from around the world will have an unparalleled experience, living and studying together at three top-ranked universities across three continents. Designed for recent business, management, or economics graduates with little to no work experience, The University of Virginia, Lingnan (University) College at Sun Yat-Sen University, and ESADE Business School have partnered to offer a program ideal for candidates who have the intellectual capacity and cultural curiosity to thrive in dynamic and changing environments.

In addition to strong academic performance, candidates will have demonstrated the ability to collaborate with others from diverse cultures and backgrounds. They will be able to show leadership and management potential, including such traits as intellectual curiosity, adaptability, creativity, flexibility, strong communication skills, self-awareness, and personal integrity. 

Explore Business through a Global Lens: The program emphasizes active learning. Join teammates from diverse backgrounds to take a fresh look at business practice and strategy through a global lens. Live cases, team-based projects, and a master’s thesis will provide key opportunities to apply your global knowledge and skill set. 

Expand Your Global Network: Within each region of study—United States, China, and Europe—special focus will be given to how different economic, social, and geopolitical factors influence business. Through both curricular and extracurricular activities, you will connect with faculty, alumni, employers, and business leaders in each region. 

Develop Your Cultural Capital: Gain invaluable experience living, studying, and collaborating with classmates from culturally diverse backgrounds as you move as a cohort between American, Asian, and European residencies.


  • Application Fee

    dollar-circle $75


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Additional Requirements


Applicants must earn an undergraduate business degree (business administration, finance, marketing, management, supply chain management, etc.) from a regionally accredited college or university and an AACSB- or EQUIS-accredited business school and have completed three prerequisite courses – "Introduction to Financial Accounting," "Microeconomics," and "Finance." Applicants cannot have more than two years of work experience, or must have graduated within 26 months before matriculation in August 2020. Full-time work experience is not a requirement. Proficiency in English is required. 

The one-year master's program begins in August and concludes at the end of June. The admissions committee seeks well-rounded individuals who bring exceptional intellectual capabilities, proven academic preparation, and a passion for their chosen field of study. The committee looks for evidence of strong academic ability and qualities of character, such as motivation, maturity, tenacity, integrity, ability to work with others, self-reliance, and leadership. We strive to achieve a class environment with diversity of perspectives and life experiences.

Application Deadline

Round 1

Apply by Nov. 15, 2019

Decision communicated by Dec. 15, 2020

Round 2

Apply by Jan. 15, 2020

Decision communicated by Feb. 15, 2020

Round 3

Apply by Feb. 15, 2020

Decision communicated by March 15, 2020

Round 4

Apply by March 15, 2020

Decision communicated by April 15, 2020

Round 5

Apply by April 15, 2020

Decision communicated by May 15, 2020

Round 6

Apply by May 15, 2020

Decision communicated by June 15, 2020    


**Applications received after the June 15 deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis as long as space is available.

Student Body

  • Female

    female 45% Female


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What Our Students Say

  • “The M.S. in Global Commerce is a unique combination of everything I was looking for: cultural immersion, rigorous coursework, and a robust community of high-achieving peers. The diverse makeup of the cohort, combined with coursework led by three elite institutions, prepared me for an internationally mobile career.”

    Caroline Wimbleton, M.S. in Global Commerce & M.S. in Global Strategic Management with a Certificate in International Business ‘18
  • “I truly believe that this program gives you all the hard and soft skills you need in an international environment. It’s a global journey across the world with a group of forward thinkers and future decision-makers.”

    Samy Ahmed, M.S. in Global Commerce & M.S. in Global Strategic Management with a Certificate in International Business ‘19
  • "The world is getting smaller and smaller, and it is incredibly important to be able to work with people from different cultures. There are clear differences between cultures--that part is obvious. The most important part is to be able to find those similarities and use them to your advantage. I've been able to do that plenty of times during group projects we have had throughout the year."

    Stoan Stewart, M.S. in Global Commerce & M.S. in Global Strategic Management with a Certificate in International Business ‘17

Tuition & Financial Aid

  • Average In-State Tuition

    grad-in-state $39,783
  • Average Out-of-State Tuition

    grad-out-state $40,134

Additional Information

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  • checkbox-alt *Estimated for 2019-2020; subject to change. Estimated cost if insurance is purchased through UVA. Students may be covered under a parent’s policy or a personal policy. If this coverage meets minimum requirements, then the UVA policy may be waived in July.
  • checkbox-alt **The UVA housing fee is payable through UVA SIS by the August deadline. Lingnan housing and fees are payable to Lingnan upon arrival in January. ESADE housing and fees are payable by wire tranfer to ESADE in January.