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Baruch College Expands Global Footprint by Forming Partnerships with International Universities

Zicklin School of Business offers first-of-its-kind worldwide MBA/MS dual-degree programs

Baruch College continues to strengthen its global footprint as its Zicklin School of Business, the leading business school within The City University of New York (CUNY) and the top ranked public business school in the City of New York, signed agreements with three Chinese universities and two Italian higher education institutions for students to obtain dual-degrees. The new partners to join the College’s innovative MBA/MS global dual-degree program are Shanghai International Studies University, Renmin University of China, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano and University of Padova.

These five new partnerships add to the existing MBA/MS dual degree programs the College already has with College of Management Academic Studies in Israel (COLLMAN)—which graduated its first cohort of students in June—and Peking University HSBC Business School in China.

Besides these established relationships, Baruch College is looking to create more innovative dual-degree programs and partnerships with high quality academic institutions throughout the world including in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and South America.

How Dual-Degree Program Works

Students enrolled in the MBA/MS global dual-degree programs complete the MBA portion at their respective international institution, and then fulfill the MS portion of the program at Baruch. The MS portion of this dual-degree program lasts approximately 12 months. The total number of credits dual-degree students need to complete at Baruch is 16.5-27 credits.

The Zicklin School offers 10 MS degrees that are highly relevant to today’s global business environment, including: accountancy, entrepreneurship, finance, financial risk management, information systems, marketing, quantitative methods and modeling, real estate, statistics, and taxation.

“We are the pioneers of this MBA/MS global dual-degree program,” said Qing Hu, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Innovation at the Zicklin School of Business. “In the last 10 years, there’s been a surge in demand for specialized MS programs because of the technology-driven, digital economy that now requires specific skills in additional to general management skills. Industries in all sectors are currently undergoing disruption, and managers must possess highly specialized skills in order to navigate a business environment changing at a dizzying rate.”

Dual-Degree Program Benefits

Participating in the MBA/MS global dual-degree programs offer students many career, educational, and cultural advantages. For example, Baruch students in New York City get to interact with international MBA students and expand their global network.

For international students, the dual degree programs significantly enhance their employment opportunities and career potential by receiving an MS degree from a high quality U.S. university. The MBA/MS global dual-degree programs also provide these students exposure to the diverse cultures exemplified by New York City residents and businesses, as well as the ability to study in the “business capital of the world” and gain a truly global perspective and international experience.  

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