University of Virginia Masters in Global Commerce – August 2021


I’ve done a good job updating UVA’s traditional Masters in Commerce program, but I realized just recently it has been forever since I wrote a program update on their global option. With everything going on in the world I thought now would be the perfect time to do so. Since it has been so long since the last post, I’ll do a general overview and make special note of anything major that has changed since last post. Enjoy!

Program Overview

This is a 10 month program taught on three continents. Graduates will earn the following degrees/certificates:

  • M.S. in Global Commerce from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce,
  • M.S. in Global Strategic Management from Esade Business School
  • Certificate in International Business from Lingnan (University) College at Sun Yat-sen University.

The program starts in September in Charlottesville, VA where you start your studies. You are on campus until December. Students then spend three months in Guangzhou, China. The degree wraps up in Barcelona, Spain for another three months studying at Esade Business School.

Students will have capstone projects throughout the program given everyone the opportunity to collaborate and work with fellow students. There is also a thesis component built into the degree. You’ll work as part of a three person team over the course of 10 months. You can view a program introduction webinar here that goes over everything you will learn over the course of this degree.

Class Profile

The MS in Global Commerce works hard to put together a globally and academically diverse class (as you would expect from a program with “global” in its name). UVA put together a typical class profile which is always helpful whenever someone is considering their relative competitiveness.

  • Number of Students Enrolled – 40-50
  • Male/Female Ratio – 55%/45%
  • Nationalities Represented – 14-17
  • International – >60%
  • Average Work Experience – <2 years
  • GPA Mid-80% Range – 3.1 – 3.7
  • GMAT Mid-80% Range – 580-700
A couple things to note before thinking about applying and what that entails. Much like UVA’s traditional MS in Commerce, the Global version has some restrictions on who can apply in order to make the program and class beneficial to all students.
Applicants cannot have more than two years of work experience, or must have graduated within 26 months before matriculation in September 2021. Full-time work experience is not a requirement, though candidates must be proficient in English.

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
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Finance

Make sure you are eligible before starting your application.

Application Process

The application process is pretty straight forward. GMAT/GRE, essays, transcripts, two letters of recommendation and an English proficiency test (that can be waived if certain criteria are met). All fairly standard.

Tuition for the program is $37,400 (no difference between in state and out of state). There are a number of other costs associated so please consult the financial aid department for a full estimated cost of attending.

Application deadlines are included below. Right now we are early in the process and I am not sure if applications are open at this time. I would imagine they are or will be very soon since the first deadline is November 15th.

  • Nov. 15
  • Jan. 15
  • Feb. 15
  • Mar. 15
  • Apr. 15
  • May 15


UVA always does a good job providing student perspectives as well as a lot of media on each of their programs. You can see all of their recent posts on the program here. The Alumni Spotlight ones are very informative and helpful.

There is also a nice career section where you can see all the hiring firms and where those jobs were located. With a global program that has a large international cohort you would expect placements to be all over the world. I’ve historically included a short list of hiring firms, but it is probably better for you to check it out yourself (link). It is large.

I will check in with the school and see if I can get a student review or some updated salary information for all of you. UVA does a phenomenal job with their specialized masters and I think this is one of the most unique offerings I have seen a university put together. More to come!


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