Jointly offered by the American Graduate School in Paris and Arcadia University, the International MBA is a one-year program taught in Paris and based on the American MBA model.
It combines AGS’s expertise in international affairs with Arcadia’s global business expertise, forming a unique program leading to high-level careers in the corporate world as well as in nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations (NGOs, IGOs).
A unique focus
In addition to ensuring a solid coverage of the traditional core MBA subjects, the Arcadia-AGS International MBA in Paris extends its focus to global management and international development, with a dual purpose: give business executives a better understanding of the globalized world in which they operate, and allow leaders of NGOs and other nonprofit organizations to acquire the necessary business skills to carry out projects and lead effectively.
This specificity of the program unfolds in three ways:
A US-accredited program in the heart of Paris
Combining the wide recognition of an American degree with the unique experience of a Paris-based program, the Arcadia-AGS International MBA is accredited in the United States (MSCHE, ACBSP) as an affiliated program of Arcadia University (Pennsylvania). Classes are taught at the American Graduate School in Paris, a five-minute walk from Luxembourg gardens.
The language of instruction is English: no knowledge of French is required to attend. You have the opportunity to learn French along with the IMBA coursework through our partner institution Alliance Française, to further enhance your international profile and boost your employability.
The International MBA program takes advantage of AGS’s setting and connections in Paris, through guest talks and networking opportunities offered throughout the year, giving you privileged exposure to the vibrant international scene of Paris.
An intensive program, an MBA degree in under one year
The Arcadia-AGS International MBA program takes place from early September to mid-May, with a six-week break around the end-of-year holidays, and a couple of shorter breaks mid-semester.
The curriculum is composed of twelve required courses, and two International Relations electives.
Each course consists of 36 hours of class time (37.5 hours for the electives; variable for the field experience). The program represents an overall time commitment of 18.5 hours of classes on average per week.
An integrative learning experience
The Arcadia-AGS International MBA program blends theory with practical application, using real world approaches through case studies and through a field experience in a developing country. It addresses the most contemporaneous questions posed by globalization and teaches the most recent techniques of global management, planning, and decision-making.
While in the program, you have the opportunity to do an internship in a Paris-based organization. This is a good way for you to gain relevant professional experience, explore career paths, and make useful professional contacts. While students are ultimately responsible for finding their own internships, AGS can provide guidance and support in your search, allowing you to benefit from the connections and excellent reputation that the school has developed over the years with organizations where other AGS students have interned.
Students who choose the NGO Management course as one of their two electives will be guaranteed an internship (optional) with a partner NGO as part of the course.
AGS also provides the Convention de stage legal agreement that is required for any student to intern in France.
The AGS Advantage: personalized attention in a multicultural environment
The Arcadia-AGS International MBA welcomes students from around the world in AGS’s unique learning environment, characterized by personalized attention (small class size, interactive teaching methods) and a very international atmosphere, with students and faculty coming from all over the world.
Living in Paris
During the nine months of the program, you will reside in Paris (or the Paris area) and become a part of the Arcadia-AGS Parisian community along with fellow students and alumni. The AGS staff is dedicated to ensure that you make the most of this experience.
For those who do not already have accommodation in Paris, we provide housing options. You will find more information on this page.
As an AGS student, you will benefit from French social security (health insurance). In addition, if you wish to consider working part-time along with your studies, the student visa includes a working permit.