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MMS in Global Business and Society Class of 2019

Yale SOM Welcomes First Class of MMS in Global Business and Society Program

Students from the inaugural Global Business and Society class arrived this week for orientation.

By Matthew O’Rourke

Yale SOM welcomed 32 students as part of the inaugural class of the Master in Management Studies in Global Business and Society this week as they began their orientation activities. Thirty-two students from seven different Global Network for Advanced Management degree programs will pursue a year of intensive study to prepare them for global careers.

Students in the inaugural GBS program are arriving from HEC Paris, FGV in Brazil, the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business, IE Business School in Madrid, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Koç University in Turkey, and Bocconi University in Milan. Students in the program arrive with international experience, having lived, worked, and studied all over the world. All have already completed or are concurrently participating in a master’s in management at a Global Network for Advanced Management school and will complete one year of study at SOM. The GBS degree offers them a framework for building the skills necessary for global leaders and future managers seeking careers that span borders.

The first class arrived with a diverse set of work experiences and backgrounds: one worked as an associate for Boston Consulting Group’s office in Frankfurt, another worked as a private equity analyst for Morgan Stanley’s infrastructure division, and another worked as a product manager assistant for Giorgio Armani’s beauty line of products in Paris.

“This incoming class truly encompasses the spirit of Yale SOM’s mission in their drive to become leaders for business and society,” said Melissa Fogerty, assistant dean for management master’s programs at Yale SOM. “The GBS program will show them the ways people are connected both across countries and cultures, and they’ll be able to build strong teams to solve complex problems upon graduation. The program will provide students with both practical and relevant information to help them succeed in global careers.”

Students pursue an advanced management curriculum at SOM. The centerpiece is Global Business and Society Perspectives, which brings together Yale faculty from a variety of disciplines. Through case studies and learning how to approach complex problems from different perspectives, students learn how to apply skills and tools they acquire in the classroom to real-world challenges facing business and society.

The remaining classwork is composed of electives, allowing students to pursue areas of study across greater Yale University. Students in this cohort will also work alongside other graduate students at SOM and across Yale on projects throughout the year.

Read more about the program