Marshall School of Business

Master’s Degree and Graduate Certificate Programs

Global Executive MBA Program

The Global Executive MBA program (GEMBA) in Shanghai offers a thematic approach — integrating the material and delivering it with faculty from different disciplines teaching in a team format. GEMBA is delivered over a 21-month period in 13 modules, featuring 10 five-day modules in Shanghai spanning weekends (Thursday through Monday), two 9-day modules at the Marshall School of Business in Los Angeles, and a study trip to another Asian country, plus assignments and examinations to be completed between classroom sessions. Shanghai sessions are taught at the Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.


Applicants should have a minimum of 10 years of work experience. General admission requirements apply except that in lieu of the TOEFL score, prospective applicants are pre-screened by the GEMBA office in Shanghai. Contact the Shanghai Global Executive MBA office by phone at +86-21-6293-2707, by fax at +86-21-6293-2713 or by email at Contact the L.A. Global Executive MBA office by phone at (213) 740-8243, by fax at (213) 740-7559 or by email at To apply online, visit

Program Structure

GEMBA employs a nontraditional, interdisciplinary and integrated approach to executive and management education through focus on real-world “themes” that integrate various functional areas and address classic, yet dynamic business issues.

Classes begin in May at the Antai College of Economics and Management at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. Thereafter, the program continues in a series of theme-specific modules during the five-day sessions, held every six weeks, primarily at the Antai College. Students take an in-depth study trip to another Asian country in the second year.

The program concludes with a nine-day capstone module held at the Marshall School in Los Angeles and the commencement celebration.

Year 1, summer Units
Theme I
GSBA 560 The Perspective of Top Management 2
Theme II
GSBA 561 Evaluating Market Performance 9
year 1, fall Units
Theme III
GSBA 562 Management of Operations 11
year 1, spring Units
Theme IV
GSBA 563 Technology and Information Systems Management 6
Year 2, summer Units
Theme V
GSBA 564 Functional Strategies and Implementation 2
Theme VI
GSBA 570 The Role of the Senior Executive 2
YEAR 2, Fall Units
Theme VII
GSBA 571 Environmental Analysis: Establishing Competitive Advantage 9
Theme VIII
GSBA 572 Strategic Planning for Growth 11
Year 2, spring Units
Theme IX
GSBA 573 Managing Strategic Change and Implementation 6
Theme X
GSBA 574 The Executive of the Future 2
Total units required for degree: 60