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(Online coursework +

4 one-week global residencies)

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The fully accredited Global Executive Master of Business Administration (Global Executive MBA) from the Richard DeVos Graduate School of Management is a dynamic and life-changing educational program. The program will prepare you to disrupt traditional business models and supercharge growth, while inspiring lasting change. The program is designed for global professionals looking to gain a world class Global Executive MBA from an accredited and respected US university and is delivered online in a one-year format with 4 in-person residencies.

To meet the rapidly changing needs of companies, you need to develop innovative perspectives that go beyond understanding conventional business concepts. Our experienced faculty members are leading sector experts. Under their guidance, you will gain key insights into managerial challenges at the senior executive level in the context of our rapidly changing world.

The Global Executive MBA will transform students into highly effective executives and managers with an analytical approach, strong business acumen, and a rich global perspective. It is a flexible program that will allow you to complement your studies with your professional and personal life and learn on your own terms. Its blended methodology combines interactive online modules with four face-to-face residency weeks around the world, allowing well-established professionals to participate in this intensive one-year program.

You will benefit from DeVos Graduate School’s unique approach to practical and problem-solving based learning. The program will provide you with core business mastery and develop your leadership capacity in fields including general management, business strategy, globalization, innovation, and entrepreneurial management.

The program is a unique opportunity to learn with diverse and driven professionals eager to differentiate themselves in today’s competitive world. This program is intended for international achievers who want to fast-track career and business growth in an era of constant change.


Northwood University is one of the largest all-business universities in the USA. At the DeVos Graduate School, we view business education as a calling. For over 25 years, the Richard DeVos Graduate School of Management at Northwood University has prepared students for success as global business leaders. Our students engage in a transformational journey rooted in a unique, student-centered learning model. Our integrated curriculum, focus on collaboration, and problem-based methodology delivers results that make a difference in today’s global marketplace.

  • Industry-leading faculty facilitate learning through interactive discussions, case studies, research, and presentation. Our faculty understands business success because they have achieved it.
  • We have been ranked among the top 10 business universities in United States (2016 Payscale College ROI Report Best Value Business Schools).
  • A problem-solving based approach in conjunction with case study methodology ensures that you not only understand complex business concepts, but are trained in applying them to real world business opportunities to ensure career success.
  • An integrated curriculum that provides you with the in-depth knowledge of different aspects of business, while also building discerning capabilities in leadership, decision-making and application of complex business concepts.
  • A capstone course that integrates the skills acquired throughout the Executive MBA program. Put your learning to use in a real-life dynamic business environment and quickly see the results.

One of the executives from my work commented that they could tell a difference in how I approach work and solve problems. Where I had been tentative in the past I was now confident. This led to two major assignments I feel I would have never received had it not been for the DeVos MBA.

Mark Alley
Graduate 2018

The case study method really helps you understand business strategies and how to build a competitive edge. It has helped me a great deal in my career.

Willie Mason
Director of Business Development
Microsoft Corporation


The Global Executive MBA program has been designed as a flexible and rigorous program. This is a unique educational experience tailored to fit the busy schedule of high potential professionals aspiring to be tomorrow’s business leaders.

The program has been designed to hone your leadership skills and sharpen your business insights as you prepare to tackle today’s quickly changing business environment. During the program, business-oriented academics will strengthen your business skills in fields including general management, business strategy, analytics, globalization, innovation, finance, and entrepreneurial management, while the leadership-focused practical training will ensure that you are ready to drive lasting change in your organization.

Our expert faculty will deliver a wide range of simulations, videos, multimedia, exercises, and live sessions, and high-impact modules within their online courses. This way, you will benefit from an enriching learning environment, being exposed to different formats, pedagogies and class dynamics—mirroring the real business world.

We believe that true business leadership and entrepreneurship means having the vision to go where others have not. The Global Executive MBA program will equip you with the tools to solve complex business challenges and deliver outsized business results.

You will become adept in the best practices needed in today’s business environment including;


Understanding yourself and others, providing and receiving powerful feedback, and communicating and leading others effectively. Our approach will transform you as a person as well as a career leader.


Mastering the high-demand skills needed in today’s free-enterprise market, you will emerge as a responsible champion of the free-enterprise system and private capital.


Incorporating models and methods of strong critical thinking, you will expand your ability to evaluate opportunities and challenges for yourself and for your business.


Demonstrating the ability to use and understand complex business concepts, you will be able to effectively identify and provide solutions for complex issues within your organization and industry.

The DeVos Graduate School teaches people to go beyond getting a job, but providing jobs. That is one of the most important things a person can learn to do. Learning those skills here and providing new jobs – those are the kind of people this country and the world need.

Richard M. DeVos, Sr.
Co-Founder, Alticor Inc

Fieldwork was an important part of my DeVos experience. The professional contact with the clients and the opportunity to solve their real-world business problems offered new perspectives and important experiences to apply to my career. In my case, fieldwork also made me think more about entrepreneurship as an option for the future.

Carol Oliveira
Run Plant Engineer
Dow Automotive Systems, Brazil

Some of the most popular and key courses:

This course explores economic theory and practice at the level of individuals and businesses. It explores various economic theories and compares them against empirical evidence. Finally, the course focuses on how the insights gathered can be applied to inform successful business practice in the real world.

This course introduces students to the essential elements of accounting principles and their usage in financial reporting. Students will learn how to read, assess and interpret financial statements. They will also learn where and how to access publicly available financial information. The course will also demonstrate how to use core accounting information for various financial benchmarking and modeling outcomes.

This course introduces students to the foundational knowledge that is essential for any person who is involved in the field of corporate finance. Core concepts that are explored include, but are not limited to, understanding time value of money principles, designing cash flow projections, calculating and applying weighted average cost of capital, assessing capital investment expenditures and balance sheet management.

The focus of this course is on the behaviors of effective leaders. Specifically, the course will address the ideas of leadership versus management, transitions into leadership roles, power and influence and contemporary practices in management and leadership that affect individual behavior in order to improve organizational performance. Additionally, several challenges of managing the corporation are also addressed, including change management, ethical decision making, and managing conflict in the workplace.

This course is designed to raise the critical thinking skills of the student. Emphasis is placed on developing the skills to identify problems, evaluate alternative actions, and to justify and defend decisions. The goal is for each student to develop the ability to apply thinking and reasoning skills to business decisions and to develop the skills to influence others.

This course exposes the student to problem-solving philosophies including Lean Thinking, Six Sigma, and Theory of Constraints. The module includes several team-based, business simulations and exercises where students are given the opportunity to implement their problem-solving and critical thinking learnings in a dynamic and complex business environment.

This course develops the student’s ability to anticipate, evaluate, and respond to shareholder expectations using strategy and measurement concepts. This requires the student to develop the ability to simultaneously evaluate and manage the organization’s internal and external environment. Skills to satisfy shareholders include: articulating vision, choosing boundaries and lines-of-business, and identifying and managing capabilities/resources across multiple lines-of-business. The integration of the concepts of free cash flow projection and company valuation explores how strategy drives these measures, which in turn drive value back to the shareholder.

This course focuses on the development of the student’s ability to synthesize, integrate, and implement concepts and skills across the spectrum of managerial and leadership roles and responsibilities, incorporating learning from all prior MBA courses. The course content is centered upon the in-depth preparation of cases for cohort-based discussion and written submission, with emphasis on developing plans for the implementation and control of decisions in an ambiguous context. Ultimately, the course engages the student to reflect on their DeVos experience, learnings, and personal transformation and envision how this integration results in the wisdom to acknowledge and change the way he or she sees and deals with the complex business world and opportunities presented by it.

This Capstone course provides the opportunity for students to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills acquired throughout their MBA program. Students will be able to put their learning to use in a fast-paced, quick-changing business environment where they make true-to-life business decisions and quickly see the results. A comprehensive balanced-scorecard measurement system is used to allow students to see and understand the strong intended and unintended interplay of their decisions among the various functional areas of their businesses. Students are assigned to business teams from multiple DeVos MBA cohorts for an opportunity to work and learn from one another in this complex and dynamic business simulation.

The first part of this course focuses on achieving sustainable differentiation at the line-of-business level. This requires the simultaneous evaluation and management of the organization’s internal (processes, structures, resources) and external (competitors, suppliers, other stakeholders) environment in an effort to satisfy the selected primary customer needs that guide the business strategy. A methodology that systematically aligns the customer needs, internal measurable outcomes, and operational activities are employed. The second part of the course focuses on achieving sustainable marketing differentiation by managing the marketing function within the organization. Areas to be investigated include: internal/external assessment (customers, competitors, collaborators, company, context), creating value (market segmentation, target market, positioning), and managing the marketing mix (product, place, and price, promotion) to capture and sustain value for the firm.

Building on Competitive Strategy and Marketing, this semester-long practicum focuses on applying line-of-business strategy and marketing knowledge to the real world. This project-based class will include applied readings, discussion boards, formal meetings with faculty and weekly deliverables that are project specific. This course ends with the submission of a line-of-business strategy and marketing plan for a real-world business.

This course is designed to help the student develop the capabilities to observe and affect individual and group behavior within an organizational setting. Specifically, the course will address motivation and commitment, gender and generational differences, interpersonal communication, managing expectations, and emotional intelligence. The student will learn to understand self as well as others toward the goal of effectively managing relationships with a wide range of people in an organizational setting.


Dr. Oluremi Abayomi

Ph.D – Central Michigan University
MA – Central Michigan University
BS – University of Lagos, Nigeria

Dr. Abdulaziz Ahmed

Ph.D. – State University of New York
MS – Jordan University of Science & Technology, Jordan
BS – Jordan University of Science & Technology, Jordan

Dr. Peter Bush

DBA – Lawrence Technological University
MBA/MSCIS – University of Detroit Mercy
BBA – University of Michigan-Flint

Dr. Ed DeJeagher

DM – Case Western Reserve
MBA – University of Notre Dame
MA – Marquette University
BBA – St. Ambrose University

Dr. Lisa Fairbairn

Ph.D. – Michigan State University
MS – Michigan State University
BS – Michigan State University

Dr. David Lyman

Ph.D. – University of Nebraska
MA – University of Nebraska
BA – Dakota Wesleyan

Dr. Don Majors

DBA – University of Phoenix
MA – Upper Iowa University
BBA – Upper Iowa University

Dr. Matthew O’Connor

Ph.D. – Union Institute & University
MBA – Bloomsburg University
BA – Westfield State University

Dr. Joe Perez

Ed.D. – Nova Southeastern University
MBA – Nova Southeastern University
BA – University of South Florida

Dr. Tara Peters

Ph.D. – Union Institute & University
MBA – Dallas Baptist University
BBA – Texas Wesleyan University

Dr. L. Todd Thomas

Ph.D. – Indiana University
MS – Indiana University
MA – Auburn University
BS – Morehead State University


The Global Executive MBA program is one-year in total duration. The program takes a blended experiential approach with both online learning and in-person experiences to create an immersive journey. It aligns and combines the best of technology, pedagogy, and expert faculty, to create a unique experience with multi-layered learning in a multi-faceted environment. You will gain relevant insights for driving long-term success in today’s competitive business landscape alongside a group of global peers who will bring diverse perspectives to enhance the learning experience. This will prepare you to pursue a broader set of new and exciting career opportunities upon the completion of the program.


Through the year, you will be immersed in a challenging and highly interactive educational experience. The well-structured, faculty-led sessions will enable you to manage your busy schedule and can be accessed from anywhere, which will allow you the flexibility to structure your time and continue learning. You will engage with other global professionals in synchronous and asynchronous sessions while you continue to apply your learnings at work and advance simultaneously in your career.


The program will require four in-person week-long residencies spanning three continents—America, Europe and Asia—providing you with valuable and actionable insights from our faculty and experts, while enhancing your global network within a strong and selective peer group. These are designed to further strengthen your conceptual knowledge built from online learning and develop your leadership and teamwork skills through various hands-on workshops, simulations, and in-class activities. A significant part of the overall program experience, the residencies will help you build a global perspective and learn about the emerging business opportunities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the residencies will be scheduled for online delivery, with an option to attend in-person sessions in due course, once it is safe for participants to be together.

Live interactive online classes will be held on weekends and the sessions will be recorded and will be available for viewing and review later to create a convenient and differentiated learning journey. Students will participate in case study based analyses to actively engage with the learning material and will apply concepts in real world situations. Professors and instructors create a stimulating learning environment in which you will be encouraged to participate and share your thoughts. There will be room for face-to-face interactions along with group work and case study analyses for participants to get together, work together, and build a strong network of peers. Students will present their group findings to the class, just as they would in a physical classroom. By participating in online discussions, students will be able to engage with their fellow classmates, pose meaningful questions, and respond to the professor’s comments and questions in a seamless manner. For a busy professional, this will enhance the way you learn and interact with the faculty and peers, while reducing the demand on your time for travel and staying away from family or work. You will complete the same rigorous program as those on-campus and with in-person residencies included, and will get a similar global experience with the Global Executive MBA.



The Global Executive MBA program follows a rolling admissions (first-come, first-served) process and participant applications are evaluated as soon as they are received.


The first step is to fill out the online application and attach all required materials as outlined in the requirements below.


The admissions team will assess your application and advise you of the next steps including the need for an interview (if required).


The admissions committee will notify you with a decision once all the application requirements are completed.

For admissions support, we offer online office hours, an admissions checklist, and email and phone support to answer your questions.


Applicants for direct admission to the degree program are required to have:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent: You must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent degree from an accredited institution in a foreign country.
  • Applicants who have not undertaken recognised studies taught in English (e.g. an undergraduate degree) are required to demonstrate a proficiency in English as per the guidelines.

Degree applicants are required to submit an application for admission which may include the following supporting materials:

Resume, including details of supervisory or professional experience.

Details of academic qualifications.

An application essay.

IELTS or equivalent English Language results dated within the last 2 years.

An essay to be considered for one of the many available scholarships for the program.

Shortlisted candidates might be required to go through an interview before they are accepted into the program. This interview may be conducted in person or over the telephone.

If you have questions about the application process or eligibility, please send us an email.


Application Fees: USD 100
  • Considering the limited seats in the program and first-come, first-served admission process, it is always more beneficial for candidates to apply as soon as possible.
  • Application fee is refunded only in the case an applicant is not offered admission to the program.




1 year (online coursework + 4 one-week global residencies)

Participants may qualify for scholarships upto USD 18,000.

*The fee includes the cost of instructional materials required for the completion of the program. The fees does not include transport expenses, any associated visa fees etc. and accommodation. It also does not cover any other expenses that are not expressly mentioned above.


Graduation $80
Transcript (special delivery charges may apply) $5


Many participants who attend Northwood receive financial aid. Available aid options vary from student to student based on circumstances.


If you are a US citizen or permanent resident, you might qualify for federal aid. To learn more please see our guide to FAFSA.


The aim of the scholarship programme is to provide outstanding candidates with an opportunity to study irrespective of their financial circumstances. Northwood offers significant scholarship funding to the most talented applicants for the Global Executive MBA program.

All applicants for the Global MBA program are eligible to apply for the following scholarships:

  • Merit-based Scholarships
  • Need-based Scholarships
  • Women in Business Scholarships
  • Emerging Markets Champion Scholarships
  • High Potential Employees Scholarships

In addition, those who apply in round 1 are automatically considered for the Early Application Commitment Scholarship. Please add your statement for scholarship consideration as part of the online application.


Executive MBA programs can help working professionals advance their careers by giving them the tools to move into a higher position at their current company, change industries, or grow their business. Many companies sponsor their employees in Executive MBA studies because it just makes good business sense, it’s an investment in international management, strategic thinking, and leadership capabilities.

Here are some relevant data points that give you a glimpse of benefits on pursuing an Executive MBA degree:

The average salary for EMBA graduates rose to $193,200 in 2020.

40% of students receive a promotion during the Executive MBA program itself. 53% reported that they had taken on more responsibility in their career whilst on the program.

Executive MBA graduates had compensation increases of 14.1% including salary and bonuses after program completion, despite the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the economy hard and risking a halt to salary rises.

In 2020 the business schools managed to pivot their executive programs online, with over 73 percent of b-schools now offering some form of digital EMBA learning compared to just 55.3 percent in 2019.

*Source: EMBAC, EMBAC 2020 Student Exit Survey.





The Global Executive MBA is a rigorous MBA program offered in a flexible format. We have created an innovative educational experience – a learning environment which will include and combine the best of online and in-person learning. As a professional, your life is a seamless mix of in-person meetings and online collaboration. That’s why we provide a modern blended education experience that works like you do.

This experience will provide you with core business skills and develop your leadership capacity in a flexible, customizable and highly interactive learning environment. The program experience ensures that you will have the opportunity to capitalize on this transformational learning experience and immediately apply invaluable insights to your day-to-day work.

The program structure and curriculum is designed to transform you into a highly skilled professional with a deep understanding of the market economy. During this one-year program, you will learn from faculty members who will bring real-life executive experience and application-based scholarship to the class.

Our student body is very diverse. Northwood has a large international presence both at our U.S. locations and abroad. Following graduation, our alumni are at ease in complex, multi-cultural business environments with a professional network of friends from around the world.

At Northwood, we know who our students are, and we care about them. Our personalized learning communities include not only students, but the entire faculty, administration, and staff, who care deeply about all the students who have made Northwood their university of choice. Learning takes place in more than just the classroom. A Northwood University education has many distinctive components. Everything we do at Northwood University is designed to help graduates take their places as future leaders of a global, free-enterprise society.

“I have already worked on a project where we had to develop a fully integrated business strategy and launch a new business model based on our input. I came to that project as the attorney, but because of my DeVos experience, I was able to contribute a lot more than just the legal perspective.”

Lynn Krauss,
Associate General Counsel,
Dow Corning Corporation,
Owner and Chairman,
NBA Orlando Magic


Northwood students graduate with a superior business education that gives them a foundation of understanding free markets, entrepreneurial endeavors, personal responsibility, and ethical behavior. And, NU students also graduate with the ability to effectively communicate their ideas, beliefs, and experiences in an effort to promote success in their own lives and in the lives of others. Through workshops and campus-life programming, students hone networking, interviewing and résumé writing skills putting them one more step ahead in a competitive job market.


One hallmark of the Northwood education is hands-on, experiential learning. Many of our academic programs enhance classroom learning with large-scale, active learning student-run projects. These events allow our students to apply what they learn in the classroom to real situations


Many Northwood alumni earn their livelihoods in enterprises they own in whole or in part. While we offer a program in Entrepreneurship, our entire curriculum is focused on enterprise models and entrepreneurial achievements. Enterprise is a key tenet of our Mission, and we believe entrepreneurship is the essential element of our free market economy.


On March 23, 1959, two young men with an idea, a goal, and a pragmatic philosophy to encompass it all, broke away from their careers in a traditional college structure to create a new concept in education.

Their visionary idea became a reality when Dr. Arthur E. Turner and Dr. R. Gary Stauffer enrolled 100 students at Northwood Institute. They envisioned a new type of university – one where the teaching of management led the way. While the frontiers of space were revealing their mysteries, Stauffer and Turner understood all endeavors – technical, manufacturing, marketing, retail, every type of business – needed state-of-the-art, ethics-driven management.

Time has validated the success of what these two young educators called “The Northwood Idea” – incorporating the lessons of the American free-enterprise society into the college classroom.

The University grew and matured; Northwood went from being an Institute to an accredited University, the DeVos Graduate School of Management was created and then expanded; the Adult Degree Program and its program centers expanded to over 20 locations in eight states; international program centers were formed in Malaysia, People’s Republic of China, Sri Lanka, and Switzerland; and significant construction like the campus Student Life Centers added value to the Northwood students’ experience. New endeavors such as Aftermarket Studies, entertainment and sports management and fashion merchandising, along with a campus partnership in Montreux, Switzerland, demonstrate an enriched experience for all our students.

Northwood University educates managers and entrepreneurs – highly skilled and ethical leaders. With more than 65,000 alumni and a vibrant future ahead, The Northwood Idea is thriving.


Northwood University believes it has a responsibility to its students and the industries and communities it serves to provide the highest standard of educational excellence possible. One measure of how well an educational institution meets this responsibility is in its accreditations and approvals by outside education associations and governmental interests. Because each Northwood location is served, at least partially, by different governmental agencies and academic accrediting bodies, and because all have been in existence for varying lengths of time, the accreditations and approvals may vary from one location to another.


  • Northwood University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, Please click here to learn more.
  • Northwood University business degree programs have business specialty accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), (
  • The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) certified school for nonimmigrant foreign students (Fvisa); Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)/ Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); and Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) as a higher education institution for international students.
  • Respective state offices for Veterans Administration programs as a higher education institution for degree-seeking qualified veterans and dependents.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Internal Revenue as a tax-exempt institution as provided for in Section 501 (c) (3) and other applicable parts of the Internal Revenue Code for higher education organizations.


  • American Accounting Association
  • American Advertising Federation
  • American Association of Collegiate and Admissions Officers Registrars
  • American Certified Fraud Examiners
  • American College Health Association
  • American College Personnel Association
  • American Hotel and Lodging Association
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • American Library Association
  • American Management Association
  • American Marketing Association
  • American Marketing League Association
  • American Payroll Association
  • American Taxation Association
  • Association for Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education
  • Association for Higher Education and Disability
  • Association for Leadership Educators
  • Association for the Tutoring Profession
  • Association of College and Research Libraries
  • Association of College and University Housing Officers International
  • Association of College and University Telecommunications Administrators
  • Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement
  • Association of University Programs in Health Administration
  • Association of Veterans Educators Certifying Officials
  • Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association
  • College and University Personnel Association for Human Resources
  • Council for the Advancement of Experiential Learning
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation
  • Council for Hotel and Restaurant and Institutional Education
  • Data Processing Management Association
  • Educause
  • Family Enterprise Research Scholars
  • Family Firm Institute
  • Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers
  • Intercollegiate Press Association
  • International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
  • International Council on Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Education
  • International Leadership Association
  • Mathematical Association of America
  • Motor and Equipment Manufacturing Association
  • National Academic Advising Association
  • National Advertising Federation
  • National Association for Campus Activities
  • National Association for College Admission Counseling
  • National Association for Developmental Education
  • National Association of College Admissions Counselors
  • National Association of College Auxiliary Services
  • National Association of College Stores (through its bookstore provider)
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • National Association of Colleges and Employers
  • National Association of Educational Buyers
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
  • National Association of International Educators
  • National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals
  • National Association of College and University Mail Services
  • National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
  • National Association of Veterans Programs Administrators
  • National Automobile Dealers Association
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association
  • National Collegiate Honors Council
  • National College Learning Center Association
  • National Cooperative Education Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • National Council of Women of the United States
  • National Association of Educational Buyers
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
  • National Association of International Educators
  • National Home Fashions League
  • National Restaurant Association
  • Newspaper Association of America
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Photographers’ Association of America
  • Society for College and University Planning
  • Society for Human Resources
  • Specialty Equipment Market Association
  • The Fashion Group
  • University Risk Management and Insurance Association

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