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Truly Global Business Education: 5 Leading Schools on 4 Continents Launch 6 New Global Dual Degrees

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This fall, five top business schools will launch a portfolio of global dual-degree programs allowing students to earn two master’s degrees at two top business schools in two different countries over two years. The initiative is part of the M2M program led by the Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM), which seeks to provide future leaders with a global learning experience.

The five participating schools are all members of GNAM and include the Yale School of Management (Yale SOM), HEC Paris, FGV Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School (HKUST), and the Sauder School of Business University of British Columbia. In collaboration with each other, the schools will offer six unique global dual degrees: FGV-Yale, HEC-FGV, HEC-HKUST, HEC-Yale, HKUST-Yale, and Sauder-Yale.

Through the M2M program, students will have an opportunity to gain both a foundational business education as well as a global perspective by studying and living in two distinct locations. After completion of both academic years, the students will graduate with two master’s degrees—one from each school—and will be considered alumni of both schools, receiving access to all available school and career resources.

As part of the new M2M dual degree, Yale SOM will feature a new program, the Master of Management Studies in Global Business and Society, which will be available during the second year of the M2M dual degree. Designed to provide students with the necessary management skills required to tackle some of the biggest issues facing business and society, it includes courses and electives taken from across Yale SOM as well as the broader university.

“Whatever pathway students choose, young leaders who are interested in having impact throughout their careers will quickly develop skills that set them apart in the global marketplace, while building a deep network of like-minded peers around the world,” Yale SOM Deputy Dean David Bach said in a press release.

The M2M announcement from Yale comes just a month after Yale SOM Dean Ed Snyder began a one-year sabbatical designed in part to afford him more time to devote to GNAM.

Students who choose one of the programs that includes a degree from HEC Paris, meanwhile, will complete the first year of the M2M in France. They will pursue HEC’s Master in Management—one of the school’s flagship degrees—before attending a partner university for their second master’s degree. The HEC degree includes mandatory courses in business management and statistics alongside a range of electives.

“The innovation here is to go to the market with a range of world-class academic partners sharing joint admission processes and aiming at recruiting together a significant number of students,” HEC Paris Dean Peter Todd said in a statement. “ We are convinced that this offer meets the demand of growing numbers of extremely talented and globally-mobile students who target prestigious double-degree programs as passports for international careers.”

To learn more about the new M2M program, visit the M2M Global website.

Kelly Vo
Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and topics related to personal development. She has been working in the MBA space for the past four years in research, interview, and writing roles.