University of Virginia Masters in Global Commerce – July 2020

The University of Virginia Masters in Global Commerce was launched over a year ago and I felt it was long overdue for an update. This program was a great new addition to the specialized masters universe and one that really fit well at UVA. Students receive 2 degrees and a certificate during their time at the university, providing a truly global experience. I expect to be posting a lot more about this in the near future. Check out the overview and update below.


As mentioned, upon the completion of this 10-month program, students will earn a  Masters in Global Commerce from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, a Masters in Global Strategic Management from ESADE Business School, and a certificate in International Business from Lingnan (University) College at Sun Yat-Sen University. Your time in the program is broken up as follows:

  • UVA – August thru December
    • 15-credit hours – Global Strategic Management
  • Lingnan – January thru March
    • 8-credit hours – Global Financing & Operations
  • ESADE – March thru June
    • 17-credit hours – Global Innovation & Alliances

All students will have to prepare and write a thesis for this program. The process starts at UVA and continues throughout the entirety of the degree.


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). Applications for this current year are closed, but will open back up again in November for the upcoming class year. I would encourage anyone interested in the program to reach out to an admissions person as COVID-19 is causing a lot of changes at US colleges. I couldn’t see anything specifically mentioned for the Global Commerce program, but it doesn’t hurt to make sure.

UVA provides a typical class profile so you can get a better idea of your relative competitiveness.

  • 40-50 students
  • GPA – 3.1-3.7
  • GMAT – 580-700
  • International – 63%

The school also has a page with student ambassadors. I always like this idea as it lets you see and hear from students who are in the program. Their experiences and feedback can be incredibly helpful when trying to decide if this is the right program for you. You can check out the current ambassadors here.


The school includes a career destination report for the 2018 and 2019 class. The information is detailed and definitely helpful. The UVA program as a whole reported 91% placements with an average starting salary of $57,985 for the class of 2018, with the 2019 class being compiled as we speak. The school includes a list of recruiting organizations by country. A partial list is included below:

  • Asia
    • Anheuser-Busch InBev
    • Bain & Company
    • CITIC Securities
    • Deloitte
    • Sina Weibo
    • Tencent
  • Europe
    • Amazon
    • BCG
    • BNP Paribas
    • LinkedIn
    • McKinsey
    • Vodafone
  • USA
    • A.T. Kearney
    • Accenture
    • Citi
    • EY
    • Nike
    • Royal Bank of Scotland
    • Volvo

You can look at all the career destination reports here. These will be updated from time to time, so for posterities sake, I’ve provided the PDF of the 2018 report for all of you to download.


The school is offering an M.S. in Global Commerce Introductory Webinar. It is being held on August 5th, at 12:00PM EST. This is a 30-minute webinar going over the program and what students should expect. Should be a good place to ask some questions and find out anything new about the program.

You can find all upcoming events, including the above mentioned one here.

This post has been long overdue and it was good for me to reacquaint myself with everything happening with the global commerce program. I have reached out to admissions and will try and get some additional information or student reviews for all of you as well. Keep checking back!


Here is a link to the University of Virginia Masters in Global Commerce Program


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