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Due to the ongoing worldwide COVID-19 pandemic,
all study abroad programs at LMU are cancelled through summer 2021. LMU MBA students graduating in 2021 will complete an online international business course to fulfill their international study requirement. We expect that MBA students graduating in 2022 and beyond will be able to participate fully in our required global study experience.

Beyond the Classroom

Today's economy is global; international relationships are an essential component of high-performing organizations. For over 30 years, LMU has offered a unique opportunity to participate in an outstanding study of global business through the Comparative Management Systems (CMS) program, which is required for MBA students.

Having international business experience benefits those seeking careers in almost any field, and identifies our MBA students as informed, confident, self-sufficient managers who are able to learn quickly and adapt to changing conditions. The substantial teamwork needed to complete CMS contributes to your ongoing leadership development. This global study will offer career, personal and social long-term benefits that last well beyond graduation.

Comparative Management Systems

In your second year, you will be placed into a study team based on your areas of interest to conduct research on a specific business topic guided by a faculty adviser. Your research will culminate with a 2-week trip overseas, allowing firsthand exposure to global management practices and intercultural dynamics.

You'll meet with business executives, visit local attractions and learn about the business environment, social culture and customs. Study teams make several informal presentations to their fellow students during the trip, integrating new information gained into previous research. When you return to LMU, your team will present your final research projects to your peers and LMU faculty and administration.

By participating in the CMS program, LMU MBA students will graduate with international management insights and increased capabilities to collaborate and liaise with business leaders from other cultures and economic systems.

Since 1983, CMS students have visited companies in more than 43 cities such as Reykjavik, Beijing, Delhi, Hong Kong, Prague, Sydney, Stockholm, Bangkok, Istanbul and Rio de Janeiro.

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CMS Students Visit Korea, China and Japan

"CMS was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. I got to travel to countries I had never visited and meet with top executives at companies like Google, Intel and Disney. It was a great way to end my MBA experience."

– Millie Musslewhite '15