Our innovative approach to graduate education features Self-Curated Learning, Integrated Content, Interesting Assignments, and Flexibility.
These innovative approaches are implemented in our Overview Course, Online Courses, and Business Practicum.
Our online courses are delivered through our Digital Learning Tools.
Our MBA program has no exams... no lectures... no textbooks... and no writing topics chosen by us!
So how do you learn key business concepts and develop new business skills -- without exams, lectures, or textbooks?
Here's how it works.
A museum curator designs exhibits displaying art treasures chosen from their museum vault.
In our assignments, you function like the museum curator in deciding which topics to write about (i.e. the art you display) from the readings we assign (i.e. the treasure vault). These topics that you choose to write about are called Insight Papers (i.e. your exhibits).
There are no exams. We don’t test you to make sure you valued every concept equally and can recite it back to us.
Instead, we expose you to a variety of great resources, and you decide what you will learn.
You choose the topics you want to write about, not us.
In this way, you “self-curate” your own learning.
We believe your cross-cultural proficiency, leadership skills, and spiritual integration should develop and grow as you learn about business.
Many MBA programs take a siloed approach to learning. If they require cultural awareness, leadership, and ethics courses (and many don't), they will usually be offered as independent courses.
We don’t separate these crucial skills into stand-alone courses that are disconnected from our core business curriculum.
Instead, we’ve integrated these 3 themes into the weekly readings and assignments in every business course.
Each week in each course, your primary readings and assignments will be on the business topics specific to that course. You will also have weekly readings and assignments that develop your cross-cultural proficiency, leadership skills, and spiritual perspectives for business.
This “integrated content” approach is designed to develop your business skills at the same time as your cross-cultural, leadership, and spiritual integration skills.
Read Leading Thinkers and Practitioners
Read the latest thinking from best-selling authors on business and entrepreneurship, as well as cross-cultural proficiency, leadership skills, and spiritual integration. These books cost less than textbooks and are far more interesting.
Write About Your Insights
Choose the insights you find most interesting and write about them.
Here's what your one-page Insight Papers will look like:
- Insight Statement: in one sentence, state your insight clearly and completely
- Explanation: in one paragraph, explain your Insight Statement
- Importance in Business: in one paragraph, explain why your Insight is important in business
- Personal Application: in one paragraph, discuss how you could see yourself applying your Insight in business
- References: list the sources from which you gained your Insight
Apply Concepts Practically
Each course has Practical Activities in which you apply the concepts from your readings in some practical way that develops your skills.
Interview Business Leaders
Each course has several Interviews in which you converse with business leaders, managers, and entrepreneurs to learn from their experiences and gain their advice.
Summarize What You Learned
In your Final Paper, you will summarize the most interesting lessons you learned in the course.
In your Growth Plans, you will describe how you plan to improve your cross-cultural proficiency, leadership skills, and spiritual integration in business.
Over the course of the MBA, these assignments will provide you with a database of useful insights and practical skills in business, culture, leadership, and spiritual integration -- and they will be interesting and relevant because you chose them.
Each online course has weekly readings and assignments with weekly due dates.
To give you greater flexibility, we unlock all your assignments after you pay for your tuition, so that you see all your assignments for the entire course.
If you pay your course tuition early, you can even see your assignments before the official course start date.
This gives you the option of starting your assignments early and even submitting them early if you know you have a busy week coming up.
The only assignments you can’t submit early are your responses to your classmates’ weekly Discussion Posts, since you have to wait for them to submit their Discussion Posts.
Of course, if your classmates also submit their Discussion Posts early, then you will have the option of responding early, and they will have the option of responding early to your Discussion Posts.
You may not need this flexibility often, but you will have it available when life gets busy.
Most MBA programs focus on the financial priority in business - also known as "maximizing profits for shareholders."
We are committed to an integrated approach to business.
This means we equip you to pursue business that is 1) financially viable, 2) socially beneficial and compassionate, 3) spiritually respectful, and 4) environmentally responsible.
We refer to this as the integrated quadruple bottom line.
Most MBA programs teach you concepts and skills which you will apply after you graduate.
Our MBA programs incorporate practical learning activities into every course.
And we set aside the final 9 credit hours of each MBA for a real-world Business Practicum during which you apply what you've learned in real business settings.
The result is that our graduates ready to apply their business skills immediately.
Most MBA programs either neglect the cross-cultural dimension of today's business environment, or relegate the topic to a separate course.
All of our courses incorporate a multicultural perspective into the weekly readings and assignments.
And our Business Practicums require you to apply your business skills in a multicultural business setting.
This means our graduates are ready to succeed in a globally connected and complex world with many cultures and belief systems.
Most MBA programs either neglect the leadership development of their students, or relegate the topic to a separate course that is siloed from the rest of the MBA courses.
All of our courses incorporate leadership development into the weekly readings and assignments.
This means that our graduates are ready to be effective business leaders.
Most MBA programs either neglect the topic of morality in business, or relegate it to a separate course (often an Ethics course or a Bible course) that is siloed from the rest of the MBA courses.
All of our courses incorporate relevant spiritual and moral topics, based on the Bible, as part of the weekly assignments.
We don't require our students to sign a Statement of Faith or believe everything that's in the Bible. But we do ask them to consider how the Bible can provide guidance in practical business situations.
This means that our graduates are ready to lead morally praiseworthy businesses.
Most MBA programs require you to take the GMAT (Graduate Management Aptitude Test) or the GRE (Graduate Record Exam).
We understand that entrepreneurial potential and business effectiveness are measured in skill, dedication, and results, not test scores.
Because of this, we don't require or even accept standardized scores like the GMAT or GRE.
Instead, we invite you to experience our 8-week online course titled "Overview of Entrepreneurship and Small Business."
Experience GLU and get to know us while we get to know you.
If you can successfully complete our Overview Course, you will know you're capable of successfully completing our MBA Program... and so will we!
All of our online courses follow a similar format.
In Weeks 1 through 7 of each course:
The Weekly Readings expose you to the writings of leading thinkers and practitioners in the fields of business, cross-cultural proficiency, leadership, and spiritual integration.
The Weekly Assignments are a mix of Insight Papers from your readings, Practical Activities applying what you learned, and Interview Reports from your conversations with business leaders, managers, and entrpreneurs.
Your assignments for the Multicultural, Leadership, and Spiritual Integration tracks are due on Thursday.
Your assignments for the Business track are due on Saturday.
Your interactions with the assignments submitted by your classmates are due on Monday.
In Week 8 of each course:
You write 3 one-page Personal Growth papers - on your multicultural development, your leadership development, and your spiritual integration development.
You write 1 Transformational Perspectives final paper in which you summarize the most interesting lessons that you learned during the course.
A “practicum” is a college course designed to give students supervised practical application of the knowledge and skills they learned in their college courses.
We’ve set aside 25% of each MBA (9 out of 36 credits) for the practical real-world application of the concepts learned in our online courses.
In the Business Practicum, you may choose to pursue either the Entrepreneurial Option or the Managerial Option.
In the Entrepreneurial Option, you will choose an idea for a cross-cultural business startup, develop a 2-page business plan, and iterate the idea while interacting with potential customers until you’ve discovered a business model that is both profitable and integrated. You will research and complete the paperwork to register the business (we don’t require you to actually submit the paperwork, but you certainly could). For your Masters Thesis, you will document the steps you took to develop a cross-cultural business idea from the planning phase, through iterations, to a profitable and integrated business model, with a registered business.
In the Managerial Option, you will plan and conduct a managerial consulting project at a business with cross-cultural dimensions. You will assess 12 dimensions of the business and discuss your findings and recommendations with company leadership. For your Masters Thesis, you will write up your assessment process, your findings and recommendations for each business dimension, and the company leadership’s response.
This Practicum will give you the skills and confidence to launch a new multicultural business (if you choose the Entrepreneurial Option) or improve an existing multicultural business (if you choose the Managerial Option).
Completing an MBA without disrupting your busy life has never been easier!
Check out our online learning tools.
All of our online courses, including the Introduction courses, are delivered using the Canvas platform.
Canvas is an innovative Learning Management System for online education.
Canvas can be accessed from your desktop or laptop browser, from your tablet, and from your smartphone.
The Canvas app is available for Apple, Android, and Windows devices.
Every book in every course that we offer is available digitally on Kindle, the free reading app from Amazon.
Every article we ask you to read is available online through your internet browser.
You can take all of your assignments (Canvas), all of your books (Kindle), and all of your articles (internet browser) with you… no matter where you go… as long as you have your laptop, tablet, or smartphone with you.