MBA/MA Lauder Joint-Degree in International Studies Program
The first joint-degree program in international management, the MBA/MA Lauder Joint-Degree in International Studies prepares future business leaders by integrating the Wharton MBA with an MA in International Studies from Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences. Students become part of a small, tight-knit community that is passionate about international management issues and global studies.
The MA in International Studies includes advanced language study and an international course sequence in the humanities and social sciences.
Programs of Concentration
There are six programs of concentration in which students may opt to specialize including: Africa; Latin America; East and Southeast Asia; Europe; or South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. Alternatively, applicants may opt to apply to the Global program which emphasizes political and economic themes across national borders.
Global Knowledge Lab
As part of the curriculum, Lauder students work in teams on a research paper/master’s thesis known as the Global Knowledge Lab (GKL). The GKL provides students with the opportunity to develop and integrate their language, managerial, and cultural skills in the context of a practical, yet analytical, research undertaking. Projects often are sponsored and/or directed by outside organizations, including foundations, investment banks, consulting firms, or business associations.
In addition, students take three required Lauder core courses, along with two shorter global immersions called Intercultural Ventures. Finally, each year some students opt to participate Culture Quest, which is a ten-day optional trek created and organized by students.
The Lauder Program runs for 24 months and begins in May. In June and July, students travel to the region(s) that corresponds to their program of concentration and are immersed in the language, economics, history, politics, business, and culture of the region(s). The summer also includes corporate visits, cultural excursions, activities with Lauder alumni, and a team-based research project that focuses on a topic of current interest in the country or region. Students return to campus in time to begin Pre-Term at Wharton in August.