The Specialization in Global Management, available to students in the Full-time and Fully Employed MBA programs, and Certificate in Global Management, available to students in the Executive MBA program allow students to customize their academic preparation in the area of global management and business and demonstrate that they have emerged from UCLA Anderson with a global management mindset. Requirements are customized to the curriculum and opportunities available in each of the respective MBA programs, however all include certain course requirements, an international immersion experience as well as required attendance at a number of Global Management Speaker and Lecture Series events that provide students with global perspectives and insights on key emerging regions of the world.
Global Immersion courses, taught by UCLA Anderson faculty are four-unit elective courses that span two quarters and focus on doing business in other countries. The courses expose students to the economy, political environment, major industries and busiensses, local culture, key historical events and the many aspects of conducting business outside the United States. Courses include three classes on campus, later followed by one week in-country for a blend of classroom lectures, guest speakers, panel discussions, company visits, cultural activities and networking with alumni.. Each course is a mix of approximately 40 students across degree programs. The courses provide a wonderful opportunity for students to meet and network, not just within sections and class years of their own degree program, but also among the different degree programs. Alumni are invited to join on a space available basis.
For students in the Fully Employed and Executive MBA programs. one-week exchanges that are conducive to working students' schedules are offered typically between June and September with a number of international partner universities.
Language courses have been offered for more than 20 years. A beginning-level elective course in "Spanish Language and Culture for Business" is offered through the CGM and designed specifically for business students. The course is available to MBA students in the winter quarter, and a continuation class is offered during the spring quarter. The objective of the course is to familiarize students with Spanish language and culture at a practical level, focusing mainly on communicative proficiency, basic grammar and common vocabulary appropriate to daily scenarios, including informal and professional business settings. Given the strong correlation between language and culture, the course also introduces students to basic cultural understanding and business etiquette and provides role-playing opportunities for a variety of settings.