A GLOBAL PRIMER


Here's a sampling of several business schools and their global programs. They run the gamut from study and travel to joint degrees with foreign schools. (One note: Business school rankings differ from publication to publication, and not all the schools are ranked by every group.)

Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, Dallas
Rankings: 9, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ); 23, Forbes; 47, Financial Times (FT).
What's unique: American Airlines Global Leadership Program. Every MBA student studies and visits either Europe, Asia, or Latin America for an immersion into business culture.
Typical student: Almost two-thirds men, with about five years work experience.
Cost: $73,000 over two years.
Quotable: "If the dean was a forward enough thinker to come up with something no one else has, I knew I wanted to be part of a program like that." - Cox student Olivia Vela.

Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, Durham, North Carolina
Rankings: 44, WSJ; 5, Business Week; 8, U.S. News & World Report; 15, Forbes; 18, FT.
What's unique: Pioneered e-learning in executive programs, where it makes up as much as 85 percent of class work.
Typical student: Six to 14 years of work experience, depending on the program.
Cost: Up to $95,500 over 20 months.
Quotable: "Fuqua was ahead of the curve in developing its executive programs, which are the perfect combination of a flexible, international program offered by a top university." - Fuqua student Marcia Rothschild.

Columbia Business School, New York
Rankings: 34, WSJ; 7, Business Week; 6, U.S. News; 7, Forbes; 5, FT.
What's unique: Dual-degree executive MBA program with London Business School, where students alternate cities monthly.
Typical student: Executives with 5-15 years of experience.
Cost: $103,000 over 18 months.
Quotable: "We wanted a partner, and we wanted a partner that was a top school in a financial center and a global city like New York." - Dave Evers, director of marketing and admissions for Columbia's executive MBA program.

Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management, Glendale, Arizona 
Rankings: 25, WSJ; 55, FT.
What’s unique: First global program in U.S. in 1948; its masters in international management requires students to speak a foreign language.
Typical student: About two-thirds men; average age is 29.
Cost: Approximately $60,000 for 15 months.
Quotable: “Our students learn that simply having their company’s stock listed on exchanges worldwide means they will have to comply with very different business and media rules in those countries.” — Director of Marketing Communications Lindsey Michaels.

University of Chicago Graduate School of Business 
Rankings: 7, WSJ; 10, Business Week; 9, U.S. News; 9, Forbes; 4, FT.
What’s unique: Campuses in Barcelona and Singapore that grant a Chicago MBA.
Typical student: Mid- to late-30s, 10 years of work experience.
Cost: $70,000 over 20 months.
Quotable: “If we’re going to maintain our reputation as a top business school, we need to be visible globally. We must have a presence and influence.” — Associate Dean for Executive MBA programs William Kooser.

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 
Rankings: 18, WSJ; 1, BusinessWeek; 4, U.S. News; 8, Forbes; 1, FT.
What’s unique: Joint venture with France’s INSEAD, in which they share campuses, faculty, and students.
Typical student: One-third women, 10 years work experience.
Cost: $100,000 over two years.
Quotable: “We’re moving beyond what too often passes for globalization [of education] in the United States, where the faculty tells an anecdote about living abroad.” — Deputy dean David Schmittlein.