News - One-Year MBA Program Adds to International Growth at GC

One-Year MBA Program Adds to International Growth at GC

by Carla Morris One-Year MBA Program Adds to International Growth at GC

Greenville College welcomes more than 50 international students to campus this spring, including students from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, Korea, China, Japan, Spain, Belgium and Canada.

Though most are enrolled in GC’s traditional undergraduate program and University Pathways, its English language program, some are engaged in @MBA, a new one-year residential MBA course of studies in the College’s Briner School of Business.

While the international and domestic students enrolled in @MBA can expect the intensive 40-credit hour program to equip them with practical knowledge they need to enter or advance in the workplace, they may find the program’s other benefits surprising.

International Classmates, A Plus For Domestic Students

The enrollment of international students in @MBA reflects the increasing appeal U.S. business schools have for international students, particularly Asian students, who desire immersion in U.S. culture and business practices.

In a surprising twist, however, a 2013 study from researchers at Duke University suggests that U.S. students also benefit from engaging with their international peers in ways one might not expect.

Graduates who reported “high” interaction with international students during their college years, also reported significantly greater cognitive skill development than graduates who reported minimal exposure to international students. The enhanced skills included:

  • critical thinking,
  • independent acquisition of new skills and knowledge,
  • formulation of creative ideas,
  • integration of ideas and information, and
  • quantitative abilities.

This news bodes well for domestic students considering GC’s @MBA. The program employs hands-on learning and workplace-based scenarios that invite frequent collaboration with international classmates.

In This Together

Keeli LeVart, graduate management program coordinator in the Briner School, confirms that collaboration among students is built into classes that comprise @MBA.

For example, students currently enrolled in the program’s Signature Learning course regularly work in groups to develop a marketing plan that an actual client will implement. They conduct research, confer on findings, make decisions collaboratively, plan next steps and essentially share ownership of the enterprise.

Also, students enrolled in the Global Business Environments course this semester will take to the road together, visiting globally focused businesses in St. Louis, Chicago, western Michigan and Seattle.

Learn More About @MBA

Together, international and domestic students enrolled in @MBA gain practical knowledge and essential skills in management, accounting, economics, finance, strategy and marketing. For more information about @MBA, email Keeli LeVart at or call 618-664-6823.

If you are an international student interested in studying at Greenville College, call Amber Henrichsmeyer, international admissions specialist at 618-664-6845, or send her an email at

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This story was published on March 06, 2017

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