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Moran Center for Global Leadership Launches Global Business Concentration

Villanova, PA, May 28, 2020 - The Elenore and Robert F. Moran Sr. Center for Global Leadership (MCGL) has developed VSB’s first multidisciplinary concentration for non-business students seeking a global business credential. The Global Business Concentration (GBC) requires four international business (IB) courses or a combination of study abroad and three IB courses with foreign language proficiency.

The GBC encourages interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship and allows VSB to fully leverage its global resources to the benefit of its IB co-majors and students from across Villanova University interested in a global business credential.

“MCGL believes that all students should have exposure to and develop an appreciation of culture, political systems, religious traditions, and economic institutions to become thoughtful and effective global citizens,” said Michelle Casario, PhD, MCGL co-faculty director and assistant professor, Economics.

MCGL Director Kim Cahill launched the application process in May 2020 and will oversee this initiative with Dr. Casario and guidance from a committee consisting of departmental representatives and deans from VSB and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Cahill said, “The GBC supports a curriculum that inspires a global perspective and an informed respect for the differences among people and culture while preparing global citizens to contribute to a more just and peaceful world.”

Opening IB courses to non-business students strengthens the IB program and positions VSB in a servant-leadership role while developing leaders for a better world. This new concentration allows for increased diversity in the classroom while, at the same time, preparing students outside of the business school to boost their competitiveness with a global business credential in an increasingly interconnected and international world. MCGL will incorporate GBC students into a variety of its extracurricular offerings with the Global Leaderships Fellows program, including global networking events and IB case competitions. 

“Pairing my Economics major and Spanish minor with the Global Business Concentration will further my goal of working in global operations,” said Rachel Jennings ’21 CLAS. She continued, “I believe participating in this exciting new program will offer me opportunities to prepare for success at both Villanova and the global marketplace.”

All non-VSB students are invited to apply online after successful completion of ECO 1001 and 1002.

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) undergraduate program is ranked #1 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and its online graduate business programs are ranked #3, and its online MBA program is ranked #9 by U.S. News and World Report. VSB has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to five Centers of Excellence – the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Elenore and Robert F. Moran Sr. Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Marketing & Consumer Insights and the Center for Church Management – with each designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and applied opportunities for students. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit