Washington University in St. Louis will be the first in the U.S. to a joint Executive Master of Business Administration program with an institute in India next year.
The Executive MBA, a joint venture with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, will give students access to a large global network, promote a global perspective and expand the university’s reputation, said Kurt Dirks, the senior associate dean for programs at Washington University’s Olin Business School.
The program will be modeled after Washington University’s joint executive MBA program with Fudan University in Shanghai that launched in 2002. That program is offered in the U.S. in St. Louis, Kansas City and Denver.
This will be India’s first Executive MBA offered by an American university. Washington University has had a relationship with IIT Bombay since 2009. Both institutions are members of the McDonnell Academy Global Energy and Environment Partnership, the McDonnell International Scholars Academy and the IIT Bombay-WUSTL Corporate Alliance.
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“They are a giant when it comes to engineering and technology in India,” said Mahendra Gupta, dean of the Olin Business School. “Without a doubt, they are at the top.”
The 18-month program will offer four days of classes a month in Mumbai, followed by a two-week capstone at Washington University. Gupta said the program will mainly target working professionals living in India who have at least seven years of work experience. The curriculum will be taught in English. Dirks said the program will accept 50-60 students and applications will be available this fall, with classes beginning in early 2015.
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