Babson: Test It Out

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


  • Eight-week MBA elective class designed for prospective students
  • Course cost is just $500, but the 3 credits you earn* can later be applied toward the Babson MBA (part-time students only), MS in Business Analytics, or Certificate in Advanced Management (a cost savings of at least $4,804)
  • Course combines online learning with two in-person class sessions at Babson’s Wellesley campus.

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 at our Wellesley campus. The course will start on Sunday, May 12, 2019, and runs through Saturday, June 29, 2019. This cohort of prospective students will be taught by Senior Lecturer Michael Cummings.

Register by Monday, May 6, 2019.


Sunday, May 12 Kickoff
Monday, May 13 Webinar, 8 p.m. ET
Friday, May 31 On-campus class, 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, June 29 On-campus class, 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m. ET

Get Started

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

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

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.†

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

Course Description

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 also must 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.


*These credits can be applied toward 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 fall 2019 term or spring 2020 term.

†Please note the Babson MBA (part-time offerings) and Certificate in Advanced Management 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 U.S. are not eligible to enroll.