Date of Award

December 2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Leadership - Higher Education

Committee Member

Pamela A Havice

Committee Member

Michelle L Boettcher

Committee Member

Tony Cawthon

Committee Member

Paul Paparella

Committee Member

Helen Diamond Steele


The continuous growth in demand for professional graduate programs and employers’ desires to seek talent with international experience has influenced a growth in graduate students engaging in short-term, faculty-led graduate study abroad programs (Witkowsky & Mendez, 2018; Ramakrishna, Sarkar, & Vijayaraman, 2016). A number of research studies have been done on undergraduate study abroad experiences; however, not much focus has been given to the benefits of graduate study abroad programs for professional graduate business students (Slantcheva-Durst & Danowski, 2018; Kamdar & Lewis, 2015; Petzold & Moog, 2018; Womble, L. et al., 2014). The purpose of this study was to identify experiences of professional graduate business students in short-term graduate study abroad programs that are beneficial to both students and employers. The intent of the study was to help provide valuable information that would guide the development of future short-term graduate study abroad programs within the business field.



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