Bachelor of Science in Global Management (BSGM)

Next Start: October 16, 2023

The Bachelor of Science in Global Management program prepares students to meet the demands of the global economy, which is increasingly interconnected and dynamic. Globalization and emerging technology requires that managers adopt a new and unique set of knowledge and skills to align their strategies to adapt to this constantly changing reality. This program covers topics such as global business, global systems, management, leadership, marketing and entrepreneurship in a global context. Cross-cultural awareness and demographic differences are analyzed during the program to create an understanding of how to manage a diverse workforce that may be spread out physically throughout the world.

Global Management is a set of knowledge and skills that help you manage an organization that has, or strives to have, a global presence. Being “global” is different than being “international”. When you are global you can compete and be productive all over the world from your home office location. In contrast, being international refers to people and organizations that must have a physical presence in different countries in order to compete and be productive. In short, when you are global you don’t have to leave your home to have a presence around the world. Global mangers administrate and run their organizations leveraging the latest communication technologies to maximize their outreach and effectiveness.

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Build Professional Skills

The BSGM program incorporates case studies and other hands-on coursework so that students can gain professional experience in global business and leadership. The program culminates with a practical capstone project that can take different forms. For example, students may work on an international initiative at their existing job or with another institution of interest. Students may also provide a written analysis of a global initiative that they created with executed results and benefits that can be demonstrated as evidence of having acquired the appropriate global management learning objectives.

Specialized Practical Education

The BSGM program will provide you with a highly specialized global management education that will allow you to work in a global organization or create your own global venture. The program focuses on providing applied content, so you can learn how to use theoretical concepts in practical scenarios that approximate what happens in industry. In this era of rapid technological innovation and globalization you will develop skills and gain experience that global employers value and consider essential for managers that operate in this context.

Experience in Global Management

San Diego Global Knowledge University has experienced faculty with expertise in global management practices, global affairs and intercultural communication training to provide students with a highly focused leadership and management education that may be applied in organizations of all types that have a presence on the web and that strive to be productive globally. As stated in our university name, we believe in the importance of acquiring global knowledge for success in the new and interconnected global economy.

Careers in Global Management

The BSGM program prepares graduates for leadership roles in:

  • Multinational corporations
  • Global and international organizations
  • Nongovernmental organizations
  • Start-ups
  • Social enterprises
  • Public service
  • Diplomacy or for international nonprofits
  1. Explain the concept of globalization, its evolution and current importance.
  2. Utilize general education knowledge and skills to inform decisions and identify solutions in a global organization.
  3. Describe the role of comparative advantage in global business environments.
  4. Explain the proliferation of new information and telecommunication technologies in the New Economy.
  5. Apply the concept of international managerial leadership competence (IML) to improve organizational performance and effectiveness.
  6. Apply the systems approach and methodology to solve the increasingly complex problems of organizations with a global perspective.
  7. Explain the key dimensions of global competitiveness.
  8. Describe a strategic business plan with a global perspective.

Students enrolled in this degree program must achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 to graduate. Applicants for this non-degree program must submit the following documents:

1. The corresponding SDGKU online Application for Admission and supporting documents; and

2. Official transcripts of record from a high school recognized by the United States Department of Education or equivalent, including established foreign high schools, if the institution offering the program documents that its minimum required courses of study, units and content rigor are the same as those of a high school from an institution approved by the United States Department of Education.

12-general education courses or 36 academic units plus 30-major courses or 90 academic units for a for a Total 42- courses or 126-units (semester equivalent).

From other institutions

The maximum percentage of credits that are accepted for transfer into this degree programs is 75%, or two-thirds of the overall units needed to complete the program (126). The awarding of transfer credits is the sole responsibility of the Chief Academic Officer (CAO). Any questions regarding transfer units should be directed to the CAO, who may be reached at (619) 934-0797. In most cases, transfer credits will not be possible unless the other institution (where credits are being transferred from) offers a curriculum comparable to that of SDGKU’s programs.


To other institutions

The transferability of credits the student earns at San Diego Global Knowledge University (SDGKU) is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the degree, diploma, or certificate you earn in the educational programs is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits or degree, diploma, or certificate that you earn at SDGKU are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of the course work at the institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending SDGKU to determine if your credits or degree, diploma or certificate will transfer.

4 years and 2 months or 42 academic sessions per the academic calendar.

Esta es una magnifica opción para hispanoparlantes interesados en la Licenciatura en Administración Global (Bachelor of Science in Global Management) de SDGKU ya que al inscribirse en esta modalidad todos los materiales de lectura y videos en línea se presentan en el idioma español siguiendo el mismo curriculum del programa en Inglés.

Los objetivos de aprendizaje del programa son los siguientes:

  1. Explicar el concepto de globalización, su evolución y su importancia act u al.
  2. Aplicar conocimiento y destrezas de educación general para apoyar decisiones e identificar soluciones en una organización global.
  3. Describir el papel de la ventaja comparativa en los entornos empresariales globales.
  4. Explicar la proliferación de las nuevas tecnologías de la información y las telecomunicaciones en la NuevaEconomía.
  5. Aplicar el concepto de competencia de liderazgo directivo internacional(CDI) para mejorar el rendimiento y la eficacia de la organización.
  6. Aplicar el enfoque y la metodología de sistemas para resolver los problemas cada vez más complejos de las organizaciones con una perspectiva global.
  7. Explicar las dimensiones clave de la competitividad global.
  8. Describir un plan estratégico empresarial con una perspectiva global.

Adicionalmente, la siguiente información académica curricular es importante.

Puede visitar el calendario académico para información sobre las fechas de inicio al programa (10 anuales o 1 aproximadamente cada 5 semanas).

Favor descargar el siguiente documento para información sobre los requisitos de admisión a la universidad.

Para información general sobre la universidad, favor descargar el catalogo general.

Para mayores informes, favor contactarnos vía teléfono al (619) 934-3930 o correo electrónico


  • This program is offered in both online and hybrid options.
  • There is no difference in cost between the two options and there are no additional associated costs for taking the hybrid option.
  • The curriculum for both options is the same in terms of academic requirements.
  • The hybrid option is offered to students who would prefer to attend in-residence sessions periodically.
  • Non-local students are responsible for their own travel expenses and lodging.


Online students study and attend class remotely for 100% of their curriculum, while hybrid students are required to both study online and attend in-residence sessions offered at the SDGKU campus.


In-residence sessions are scheduled prior to start date of a program or course.


If you are interested in enrolling in a hybrid program, please reach out to our admissions representatives for details on scheduled in-residence sessions dates and times.

The BSGM program is designed to provide students a balanced mix of instruction and workplace-related tasks that further expand their skill set as global managers. Support and mentoring provided by the university faculty are essential aspects that strengthen the student-instructor relationship to enhance the learning experience. In the BSGM program, the nexus between theory and application is clearly defined as a key component of the learning process, including the implementation of novel ideas and practice in real-life scenarios where global knowledge can be applied.

Lead Faculty: Miguel Cardenas Jr, Ph.D.

Dr. Miguel A. Cardenas, Jr. serves as lead faculty for the BSGM program and as Chief Academic Officer of the university. He has extensive experience in global business and management of international organizations. In particular, leading global ventures in the bottled water and tourism industries. His research interests focus on environmental conservation and awareness through education, the global sports industry, particularly analyzing sports fan satisfaction for the improvement of the fan experience. He has worked and traveled to over 40 countries. He holds advanced academic degrees in the management sciences, particularly leadership, business and organizational psychology. When Dr. Cardenas Jr is not leading the academic and faculty teams at SDGKU you can find cheering on his favorite soccer team or working in his garden.

Accredited Program

SDGKU and the BS in Global Management program are accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). Accreditation is the review of the quality of education offered by an institution or program. In the United States, accreditation is the primary way that students, families, the public, and government officials know that an institution provides a quality education.

Course Descriptions

General Education Courses in the BSGM Program


MATH 201: Algebra 1

Intermediate concepts of algebra such as rational numbers, systems of equations in two and three variables, radical expressions, rational exponents, complex numbers, quadratic equations, graphing linear and quadratic functions, and graphing parabolas and circles.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: none

MATH 202: Algebra 2

Focus on the application of problems with a graphing calculator (calculations, matrix methods, graphing), as well as logarithms, and conic sections. Covers functions (inverse, exponential, logarithmic, radical, rational, quadratic). Applies concepts to global business scenarios.
3 credit hours | Prerequisite: MATH 201

MATH 203: Quantitative Research Methods

Critical analysis of scientific research using sampling and inferences to global populations. Basic design and measurement techniques. Development and testing of scientific hypotheses and their effective communication through oral, written, and visual modes.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: MATH 202

Writing and Speech


ENGL 201: English I: Introduction to Composition

Prepares students for college-level composition by emphasizing a thorough approach to writing short essays. Introduces research and documentation techniques. Includes readings as models for analysis and writing.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: none

SPCH 201: Speech: Oral Communication

Covers concepts of communication, with emphasis on public speaking. This includes methods of researching and outlining speeches, group discussion techniques, theories of interpersonal, nonverbal, and listening techniques, as well as issues of language use and perception.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: none

ENGL 202: English II: Reading and Writing Analytically

Instruction and practice in reading and writing expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. Emphasizes textual analysis, writing analytically, logical reasoning, research techniques, information literacy, and documentation.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: ENGL 201 


ARTS 201: Introduction to Art

Emphasis in the function, interpretation, and evaluation of the visual arts, providing the skills needed for the analysis of the history, present, and future of art.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: none

PHIL 201: Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics

Emphasis on problems of morality and value from a philosophical perspective. Independent thinking is encouraged. Students will formulate their own tentative conclusions concerning a variety of vital contemporary issues facing individuals and global society.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: none

HIST 201: World History

Presents the history of the world’s major civilizations covering human origins to the emergence of modernity at the beginning of the sixteenth century. Emphasizes the important influence of diverse societies on shaping our current cultural experiences and world views.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: none

POLI 201: Political Science

Surveys the major political philosophers, ideologies, and significant events of Western civilization and their impact on the world with emphasis on global governmental processes and institutions.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: none

Natural Sciences


HLTH 201: Introduction to Public Health

Global epidemics, environment, and community health challenges, including factors that support health of population groups and communities.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: none

ESCI 201: Environmental Systems

The earth as an ecosystem composed of biological, chemical, and physical systems and how these systems interact with one another and the human population.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: none

Major Courses in the BSGM Program

Global Business


GBUS 301: Introduction to Global Business

This course presents the principles of global business strategy formulation, operation, and financing. It provides a basic overview of global business practice.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: none

GBUS 302: Global Business Models

This course examines various business models for global organizations, particularly focusing on emerging markets. Motivations for operating a firm globally, financial strategies, and human resource challenges will also be discussed.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: GBUS 301

GBUS 303: Legal Issues for Global Businesses

This course presents the legal responsibilities associated with starting a global business. It provides a general understanding of governmental regulations in various international markets.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: GBUS 302

GBUS 304: Business Plan Development 1

This course assists students in the first stages of the development a business plan with an international scope. Students design and structure their business ideas in a group setting.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: GBUS 303

GBUS 401: Alternative Dispute Resolution

This course provides and overview of the fundamentals for settling business disputes outside of the courtroom, including early neutral evaluation, negotiation, conciliation, mediation, and arbitration.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: GBUS 304

GBUS 402: Small Business Creation

This course presents strategies for starting and growing a small business. It reviews the competitive strengths and weaknesses of small businesses, as well as the implications for growth into international markets.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: GBUS 401

GBUS 403: Business Plan Development 2

This course assists students in the later stages of the development a business plan with an international scope. Students present their business ideas and review the viability and feasibility of their plan in a group setting.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: GBUS 402

GBUS 404: Accounting

Theory and practice of accounting applicable to managing global businesses, including fundamentals such as recording, summarizing, and reporting of business transactions for external reporting and other uses.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: none

GBUS 405: Finance

Financial management tools and techniques over the stages of a venture’s life cycle, including topics such as the development, start up, rapid growth and maturity of a venture, as well as the relationships between market opportunity, competitive advantage, composition, and securing sources of financing.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: GBUS 404

Global Systems


GSYS 301: Introduction to Global Systems

This course explores the various economic, environmental, demographic, and migratory flows of the world. It provides an overview of the various linkages and interdependencies caused by globalization, and an introduction to the systems approach for understanding global dynamics.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: none

GSYS 302: Visioning and Creativity

This course presents the importance of visioning at the individual and organizational levels, guidelines for implementing visioning programs and strategic plans, the concept of the “learning” organization, and the challenges involved in applying these concepts internationally and globally.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: GSYS 301

GSYS 303: Generational Dynamics

This course presents the implications of exponential population growth and the explosion of diversity at home and around the world. A thorough analysis of generational and cultural gaps is performed, identifying and adapting traditional models to the realities of new generations.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: GSYS 302

GSYS 401: Systems Thinking and Approach

This course presents the strategies for defining a system and the key concepts used in systems theory, such as boundary, environment, positive and negative feedback, etc. Emphasis is placed on the complexity and interconnectedness between components in a system.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: GSYS 303

GSYS 402: Information Systems and Technology

This course provides an overview of how technology is leveraged to create worldwide information systems that attempt to deliver the totality of measurable data worldwide. An exploration of modern communication networks and big data analysis are central themes covered in this course.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: GSYS 401

GSYS 403: Global Competitiveness

Global competitive success will increasingly depend on the competence and adaptability of our workforce and its productive environment. This course presents key competencies, workforce dynamics and organizational strategies that managers and leaders must now adopt to maximize the productive potential of an organization’s most valuable assets, namely, its human resources.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: GSYS 402

Global Management


MGMT 301: Principles of Global Management

This course presents the basic fundamentals of global management. It covers decision-making skills, leadership approaches, and administration processes of a global enterprise, providing a foundation for understanding the theory and practice of global management.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: none

MGMT 302: International Managerial Leadership

This course is designed to develop globally competent international managerial leaders capable of performing under world-class standards in education, business, government and civil society (social, political and other non-governmental organizations). Themes covered include basic leadership, decision-making, administration, and global dynamics components.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: MGMT 301

MGMT 303: International Human Resource Management

This course focuses on international human resource management (IHRM) within multi-national enterprises (MNE’s). It covers topics such as the development of IHRM, MNE and country culture, strategic IHRM, organizational structure and design, international joint ventures and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, labor standards, ethics and codes of conduct, and global talent management, among other key topics.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: MGMT 302

MGMT 401: Strategic Management

This course will present the principal areas of business strategy. It helps develop skills for making strategic decisions and translating those decisions into real-world implementation. It provides an enhanced understanding of how to make revenue-generating decisions that lead to long-term achievement and value creation.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: MGMT 303

MGMT 402: Risk Management and Security

This course is designed to assist with the identification and management of risks for global ventures, including the establishment of practices that will minimize potential adverse effects. Application of organizational risk management practices is emphasized as a crucial responsibility for managers of a global business. Special focus is placed on the implementation of risk and security control measures during day-to-day operations of a global venture.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: MGMT 401

MGMT 403: Production and Operations Management

This course presents the fundamental principles for overseeing, designing, and controlling the various processes of production and business operations. Various case studies will be examined of successful global business production and operations practices.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: MGMT 402

MGMT 404: Sustainability

This course presents the interface of human and natural systems by emphasizing the study of cultural, historic, social, economic, and political values and forces that shape resource use and constrain responses to sustainable development.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: MGMT 403



ENTR 301: Introduction to Global Entrepreneurship

This course presents the nature entrepreneurship and the importance of adopting a global perspective for successful entrepreneurship. Introductions to topics such as creating and starting new ventures, financing, growing, and ending the new venture will be covered. (Prerequisite: none)

ENTR 401: Global Venture Development

This course presents real-life examples of successful entrepreneurs in their quest for securing global investment to develop a new venture. An in-depth analysis of the stages of entrepreneurs, their organizations, and their adaptations to emerging technologies will be a central theme in the course.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: ENTR 301

ENTR 402: E-commerce and Social Media

This course presents an overview of the various systems used for trading business services through global information networks and social media channels, as well as the role of electronic commerce in entrepreneurship.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: ENTR 401



MARK 301: Introduction to Marketing

This course provides an introduction to international marketing concepts. Topics covered include assessing organization internationalization potential, external environmental analysis for global market segmentation, target country market selection, entry strategies, international product, pricing decisions, analysis of international distribution systems, developing international advertising and promotion programs.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: none

MARK 302: Global Marketing Research

This course presents the marketing research process. In particular it focuses on research design and data collection principles for qualitative and quantitative research techniques in international marketing practice.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: MARK 301

MARK 401: Global Advertising

This course focuses on basic advertising practices, including historical perspectives, the changing role of advertising, the evolving agency structure, audience targeting, creative strategy, regulation, social responsibility and ethics, globalization, and current trends and developments.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: MARK 302


PRAC 401: Practicum 1

During this course the student presents and implements a pre-approved proposal of Directed Research documenting experiences and results. This must be a real project that shows results of implementation. The student then develops and submits a Directed Research proposal that illustrates an understanding of the topics presented in the Bachelor of Science degree program.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: none

PRAC 402: Practicum 2

During this course the student evaluates their Directed Research proposal, results and outcomes, explaining the criteria for evaluation, assessment methods and final conclusions. The student receives approval or rejection of the report, a course grade, and if satisfactory, recommendation for candidacy to obtain the Bachelor of Science in Global Management degree.
3 credit hoursPrerequisite: PRAC 401