​​​​​Babson: Test It Out Blended Learning

Babson: Test It Out is for prospective students interested in experiencing the Babson MBA part-time programs firsthand, through a gr​aduate-level, blended learning course.

  • 8-week MBA elective class designed for prospective students
  • Course cost is just $500, but the 3 credits you earn* can later be applied towards the Blended Learning MBA, Evening MBA, or Certificate in Advanced Management programs (a cost savings of at least $4,654)
  • Course combines online learning with two in-person class sessions at Babson’s Wellesley campus.

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The course, Global Strategic Management, will be taught in the blended learning format with both online learning and collaboration as well as on-campus classes. The course will start with a mandatory kickoff on Monday, October 9, 2017 and run through Friday, December 1, 2017.This cohort of prospective students will be taught by Senior Lecturer in Management, Michael Cummings.

Monday, October 9Webinar, 7 p.m. ET
Saturday, October 28On-campus classes, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET
Friday, December 1On-campus classes, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET

Students who complete the Babson Test It Out course with a grade of B or better are eligible to receive a GMAT test waiver should they later apply into the evening program.

*These credits can be applied towards your part-time graduate program should you pass Test It Out with at least a B and start your part-time graduate program in the spring 2018 term or fall 2018 term.
Please note the Blended Learning MBA program and CAM program do not require the GMAT. 

Because Test It Out is designed to help prospective students explore Babson, Babson alumni and former Test It Out participants are not eligible to enroll. International students who require a student visa to study in the US are not eligible to enroll.

Blended Learning Ranked #1 in U.S. For Salary

"The Test-It-Out Program not only helped clinch my decision that the Babson Blended Learning MBA was right for me, but also provided thorough knowledge of the business strategy concepts in the course. I strongly recommend it to those interested in the Babson MBA."
​—Dan Huelsman

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Students must have at least 2 years of full-time work experience and a bachelor’s degree.

If qualifications are met, a $500 nonrefundable registration fee at time of registration is required. Books and transportation are not included in fee.

Email Katherine McVey or call 781-239-4385 with any questions about Test It Out.

Course Description

Global Strategic Management

Global Strategic Management provides a broad-based introduction to the management of international business ventures as well as the strategies and operations of multinational corporations.

  • Developing a global perspective: Successful management of international business requires that managers understand their own cultures and institutions in relation to those elsewhere in the world, as well as the forces that are creating an increasingly globalized world, such as multinational corporations and international product and factor markets.
  • Realizing business opportunities: The understanding of international differences and similarities, and how they may be translated into successful international business strategies that leverage such similarities and differences to deliver superior performance. Managers must also understand and choose the paths to internationalization (trading, joint ventures, foreign sourcing, and establishing foreign subsidiaries). Lastly, managers must confront the challenges of implementing international business plans in the main functional areas of a business enterprise: marketing, accounting, finance, operations, and human resources.
  • Managing local relationships: The difference between success and failure in international business often depends on how relations are managed with governments and other actors in host countries. Successful international managers recognize the complexities of negotiating with governmental agencies in different countries and negotiating with culturally diverse counterparts.
  • Familiarity with certain key markets: Analysis and discussion of the cases in the course, plus student research projects, should familiarize students with the regions where most international business activity takes place such as developed economies (e.g. North America and Western Europe) as well as the economies of India, Mexico and other emerging economies. Students with specific interests in other regions of the world are strongly encouraged to develop these interests through assignments in the course.