The College of Business recently partnered with the autonomous graduate business school of the University of Antwerp, Antwerp Management School (AMS) to offer JMU students a graduate degree through AMS’ one-year masters programs.
JMU has established close relations with the University of Antwerp over 11 years as study abroad partners. The business schools of the two universities have been exploring opportunities. Recently, JMU signed a five-year agreement with AMS to provide JMU students with up to 20 spots a year spread over various masters programs. Below are some key points of the Masters Program agreement between JMU and AMS:
- AMS will offer JMU students up to 20 spots a year spread over five one-year Masters degree programs in English:
- Master of Global Management
- Master of Global Management: China-Europe Business Studies
- Master of Global Supply Chain Management
- Master of Management: Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Master of Finance
- The aforementioned programs cost 10,500 Euros (in tuition) for the entire year except for the China-Europe Business Studies program which costs 12,000 Euros. These costs are considerably more affordable than the reputable programs in the US – most of which are two-year programs.
- The programs include 10 months of in-class lecture and field trips and a two-month-long internship with an international firm that partners with AMS to do a consulting project with them (with high likelihood of job placement at the end of the internship period).
- AMS holds AACSB International accreditation – which means that your graduate degree will be valid in the United States. Moreover, Financial Times has been ranking AMS in the top 50 of all graduate business schools in Europe for the last three years. (http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings/universiteit-antwerpen-management-school)
- Antwerp is home to the 2nd largest port in Europe and hundreds of international logistics firms have offices there. There are numerous opportunities for international logistics jobs upon completing the Master of Global Supply Chain degree program.
- Since JMU already has a presence in Antwerp through its study abroad program, assistance in finding apartments/studios and roommates can be provided to those who get admitted in one of the aforementioned programs.
- JMU and AMS will jointly be involved in the selection and admission of the students for the programs.
For students interested in applying for the Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 academic year or later:
1. Attend the information session that will be held on the last week of September during the Fall 2014 semester in Zane Showker Hall (an email regarding this information session will be sent out early in the Fall 2014 semester).
2. Fill out the application form provided on the Antwerp Management School (http://www.antwerpmanagementschool.be/en/our-programs/masters-for-recent-graduates)
3. Send scanned copies of your transcripts (minimum GPA of 2.8 at the time of graduation is required), your resume, and passport (picture and signature pages) to Dr. Tokman – firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Write a personal motivation essay. Instructions for the essay are as follows:
Please answer the following questions in a concise and accurate way. Answer each set of questions separately and make sure your answers do not exceed 15-20 lines.
Why do you apply for this masters program? Are there any specific aspects in the program that were particularly appealing to you?
What do you expect to learn in this program? What skills do you wish to develop? How do you think participating in this program will influence your future career? What are your career goals?
Describe three personal strengths and three weaknesses and explain why you (or other people) see them as such.
- Give an example of a situation in the recent past in which you performed better than expected and showed more initiative than required. Describe the circumstances.
- Give an example of an event or project that you recently organized. How did you prepare yourself?
- Give an example of an achievement that you are proud off and explain.
- Give an example of a project that you realized in a team or for which you had to cooperate intensely with others. What was your task and how did you feel about the cooperation? How did you tackle conflicts or disagreements?
What factors made you decide to apply for this program at Antwerp Management School? How did you inform yourself? Have you also applied at other schools? Are you considering other alternatives?
Once your application file has been accepted,
- A Skype interview will be organized to get a better insight of your motivation, perseverance, personality, and leadership skills. If there are more than a certain number of applications accepted from JMU, an AMS representative will travel to JMU campus to conduct the interviews face-to-face.
- You will be given a date to take the SHL cognitive decision-making test on AMS’ website. More information and a study guide for this test will be provided during the application process.
- Students who pass the interview and online cognitive tests will be admitted in the masters programs.
For more information on Antwerp Management School and the various graduate degrees they offer, please visit their website: http://www.antwerpmanagementschool.be/en.aspx
For further questions, please contact Dr. Mert Tokman (Semester in Antwerp Program Director) at email@example.com.