UVA McIntire’s Global 3 Earns High Marks in QS World Universities Rankings® for 2021

The 2021 rankings show the program excelling far above global averages in all categories, including alumni outcomes, class and faculty diversity, employability, and value for money.

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M.S. in Global Commerce students outside of Rouss & Robertson Halls

The McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia was ranked the #12 master’s in management (MiM) program in the world for its Global 3 program by education organization QS. The program, offered in partnership with Lingnan (University) College in Guangzhou, China, and Esade Business School in Spain, also ranked highest for a program with a U.S.-based campus in the QS World University Rankings® 2021.

The QS rankings examined more than 600 business master’s programs, with 148 considered after exclusions, surveying 37,904 employers, 34,971 academics, and 27,831 alumni. The 2021 release shows the program excelling far above global averages in all categories, including alumni outcomes, class and faculty diversity, employability, and value for money. Also of note, QS ranked the program among the top 2.7% globally in the category of thought leadership.

Launched in 2016 and rebranded as Global 3 in 2020, the innovative 10-month program provides students with the unique opportunity to earn two master’s degrees and a certificate: an M.S. in Global Commerce from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, an M.S. in Global Strategic Management from Esade Business School, and a certificate in International Business from Lingnan (University) College at Sun Yat-sen University.

M.S. in Global Commerce Academic Director and McIntire Management Professor Amanda Cowen was encouraged by the recent QS accolades and the future of Global 3. “It is exciting to see McIntire’s M.S. in Global Commerce Program continue to attract recognition for its strong academics and innovative format. This program gives students the unique opportunity to live and study on three continents, at three top business schools, with an international cohort of peers. This approach develops students’ cultural capital and global business expertise, preparing them for challenging positions at organizations that operate around the world. Students also leave the program with a truly international network of colleagues who continue to support their personal and professional growth in the years to come.”

“The master’s program was the most fulfilling experience of my life,” says Sandra Reales Rodado (M.S. in Global Commerce ’18), Deals Valuation and Business Modelling Associate, PwC Belgium. “I got to meet incredible professors who were very inspirational and of great support in providing advice for my career. I created long-lasting relationships with people from all three continents. I participated in solving business cases, creating presentations for well-known companies, and took part in business simulations, all of which made learning more hands-on and applicable beyond the theoretical. The program also allowed me to develop my soft skills and to respond to tough questions, and to be resilient in times of change.”

McIntire and its partner schools report favorable career outcomes for graduating classes of the M.S. in Global Commerce, with students of the program accepting roles with more than 450+ hiring companies in the three schools’ worldwide recruiting networks. More than 96% of the Class of 2019 report being employed within three months of graduation, with many accepting rotational programs or positions outside of their home country. 

Find complete rankings at the QS Top Universities website.

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