Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

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- First-hand, real experience in four different cultures

  • The skills to manage, lead and succeed in the global marketplace
  • Special emphasis placed on leadership, commercial diplomacy, and navigating government and political systems
  • Degree/Diplomas: An MBA from Georgia State University, an MBA from IAE de Paris and a certificate from COPPEAD

Upon completion of the GPMBA program, you will be qualified for a wide range of career choices, depending on your interests and previous background. As Georgia State University MBA alumni, you will have complete access to the Career Management Center. You also will be an alum of COPPEAD and IAE, our partner institutions. In addition, the diverse networking opportunities provided through your company visits, corporate exposure, international travels and internship will aid in your job placement after completion of the program.
Rising junior managers and individuals with language skills and some business experience who seek a career in global business make great candidates for this program.

Language Component

In addition to meeting the regular admission requirements, an international applicant whose native language is other than English must submit official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) before admission can be considered.

Exceptions: Neither the TOEFL nor the IELTS is required of permanent residents, U.S. naturalized citizens or international applicants who have received a degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. Documentation of citizenship status or proof of a U.S. degree must accompany the application.

The communication skills of all students are key to their success in our graduate program. The TOEFL standards we would like to see at the Robinson College of Business include paper version scores of at least 610, computer version scores of at least 253 and the new Internet version scores of 101 with a score of at least 25 in the area of speaking.

To electronically send TOEFL scores to our office, please use the college's TOEFL code number for master's-level programs, 5251 and the college's department code number, 02.

The acceptable English proficiency scores bands for the IELTS are 7 (Good User), 8 (Very Good User) and 9 (Expert User). Please send all IELTS scores to:
Georgia State University
Global Partners MBA
Tower Place 200, Ste. 400
3348 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

Countries where English is the one-and-only language
(The TOEFL, IELTS and GSTEP are not required):

Australia Jamaica
Bahamas Kenya
Barbados New Zealand
Canada, excluding Quebec* St. Lucia
Ghana St. Vincent
Great Britain Seychelles
Grenada Trinidad & Tobego
Guyana U.S. Territories, excluding Puerto Rico**

*Quebec is primarily French-speaking
**Puerto Rico is primarily Spanish-speaking

All instruction is in English. Therefore, advanced mastery of English is required.
There is no preferred second language. English may be your second language if it is not your native tongue.
You should be proficient in a language in addition to your native language before the start of the program. Your proficiency should be sufficient enough to go beyond simply placing a restaurant order but may not be of fluency level. You should be able to navigate in a day-to-day setting and in a business environment. The stronger your language skill, the more options will be available to you for internship.
You should be proficient in a language in addition to your native language before the start of the program. Your proficiency should be sufficient enough to go beyond simply placing a restaurant order but may not be of fluency level. You should be able to navigate in a day-to-day setting and in a business environment. The stronger your language skill, the more options will be available to you for internship or international field study placement.


A list of courses can be found here. All courses are in an international context with two themes: leadership and commercial diplomacy.
The faculty will come from each of the home institutions when studying in its respective location. Names and biographies of the Global Partners MBA faculty can be found here.


The program fee is comprehensive and covers many costs associated with an international MBA. The $72,000 program fee covers tuition and fees; required books and materials (including an iPad); airfare to Washington, D.C., Europe, Asia and South America; accommodations in Washington, D.C., Brussels and China; and daily transport to classes in Rio de Janeiro. For more details, click here.

You should prepare to have about $90,000 - $100,000 available for the duration of the program. This would include the $72,000 program fee, about $15,000 for housing and $10,000 for personal expenses. Your personal expenses may differ depending on your personal choices and situation.


The internship is an important and unique part of the Global Partners MBA curriculum in which all students will participate. This practical component will last approximately 14-16 weeks.
While open to anywhere in the world, we recommend not in your home country in order to continue to expand your portfolio of experiences.  The intent however is to find what fits best with your short term and longer term career interests and goals.

The target language of your internship has as much to do with the organization as it does the country location.  Large multi-nationals tend to have their official language of business as English.  Moreover, while your language skill may be French, the company may wish to place you in Portugal because that is where they need you.

Hosting firms are encouraged to provide some form of compensation.  However this depends on country laws and company policy as well.   If there is a particular opportunity that interests you and is only offered unpaid, it is your decision whether or not to accept the assignment.
The type of company will depend on individual skills, interests, backgrounds and availability. You and our staff will work together to find the best fit possible for your internship.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid is available to cover the full cost of the program. For step-by-step instructions on how to apply, please see: Financial Aid Overview. For some loan resources, see Financial Aid Resources, Federal Grad PLUS Loan Instructions, and Loan Steps for New Borrowers.
Scholarships are available on a competitive basis reflecting the quality of the applicant. No additional application is necessary to qualify. Please note that the scholarships will reduce the total fee of the program, and there is no fixed amount. Generally, applications must be submitted by the priority deadline to qualify.

Financial Statements

The Family Name section is requesting your father's last name. The Given Name section is asking for your first name and then your middle (second) name.
You will need to obtain a multi-entry, F-1 visa, which is for students who want to pursue full-time academic studies in the U.S.
The Affidavit of Support letter does not have to be notarized; however, it must include the following information: your full name, the relationship between you and the sponsor, the duration of his/her support and the sponsor's original signature. The sponsor must include his/her telephone number and address.


In Atlanta, you will be close enough to walk or take public transportation to your classes. In Paris, public transportation is the best choice. In Rio, the program provides transportation to and from COPPEAD each day.  All formal program group activities include transportation, including air transit, rail, and bus.
You will be responsible for confirming your housing arrangements and planning your breaks and weekends. Group airfare will be arranged to Washington, D.C., South America, Europe and Asia. Internship travel arrangements are the responsibility of the student.
We provide information to assist you in finding housing. Students are required to stay in Ipanema, Leblon, or Copacabana (with prior approval from the director) in Rio de Janeiro.  In Paris, we ask that students request approval for their respective housing preference to be sure that the selected location is safe and does not have logistical challenges. The rates vary depending on currency fluctuations and individual preferences. In Rio de Janeiro, students pay between $800 - $1,500 USD. In Paris, the rates are typically $2,200 - $3,200 USD for the program duration.