Hult International Business School opened in 1964 as the Arthur D. Little School of Management. Even then, the school emphasized hands-on application over research and theory. But at that point, no one could have guessed that after just a few well-executed decades, this small business school would compete with the likes of Harvard and MIT.
Hult has risen to the top one percent of business schools around the world. It operates an international network of institutes, including the recently opened campus in Shanghai. Despite its worldwide network, Hult maintains a student body of around 1,000. This keeps class sizes small, and students benefit from easy access to faculty and facilities.
Through Hult’s 12-month accelerated MBA program, students can minimize time spent out of the work force. Better yet, they join one of the world’s most multinational student bodies, surfing between a choice of three international campuses and developing a dynamic Action Project in cooperation with a major Fortune 500 company.
A year at Hult places students well ahead of the competition as they graduate with more than accolades and credentials – they have real-world experience and access to an extensive network of alumni across Asia, Europe and the US.
Hult is recognized by two major university accreditation organizations in the US: the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA). This applies to all campuses, which means that a degree earned at the Shanghai campus still enjoys US accreditation.
But this is only part of the story for an MBA from Hult. This university receives regular praise for its business programs from the world’s leading university rankers. Here is a sampling of the rankings awarded to Hult International Business School:
- Top 1 percent of business schools worldwide
- First for international experience (Financial Times)
- The 17th-best business school in the US (The Economist)
- Fifth-best international business school (Financial Times)
- The 27th-best business school in the world (The Economist)
The most sought-after degree at Hult is its accelerated full-time MBA. This degree takes students on an intensive 12-month journey that spans continents and emphasizes practical, real-world business solutions rather than research-based theory.
Here is a list of the degrees available through Hult International Business School. Certain degrees are only available through specific campuses:
- Full-time MBA
- Master of Finance
- Master of International Business
- Master of Social Entrepreneurship
- Master of Digital Marketing
- Executive MBA
- Several undergraduate programs
The LEAP Method
The cornerstone of Hult’s business education is the LEAP method. This hands-on learning approach is more than a mere philosophy of education. It entails real hands-on experience and sees students making presentations to upper-level management at a Fortune 500 company. You’ll be hard pressed to find another business school that offers such a spectacular opportunity in a mere 12 months.
Each of the letters in ‘LEAP’ stands for one of the core approaches to the educational experience at Hult International Business School.
While studying at Hult, you’ll begin your journey in the classroom learning the fundamentals of business theory. The institute’s penchant for hands-on learning shines through even in the classroom, where real-world case studies form the background of the curriculum.
The business principals communicated in the classroom are brought to life through visits to companies and discussions with business experts. These dialogues with industry experts are invaluable. In years past, Hult students enjoyed rare opportunities to listen and speak to the co-founder of Apple and a senior executive from the Real Madrid Football Club.
Action Project (‘AP’)
Finally, students are invited to tackle a real-world business problem for a leading international company. The Action Project, which is discussed in greater depth elsewhere in this article, spans six weeks and ends with a presentation made to senior-level management of a Fortune 500 company.
Return on Investment
Hult enjoys a few attractive fringe rankings as well. For example, The Economist states that Hult MBA students enjoy the most substantial post-graduation salary increase in the world. Given the state of the global economy, this is an important consideration for today’s prospective students.
An MBA from Hult is priced well below those of its competitors – especially if you limit the competition to other business schools at the top of the rankings. This is owed partially to the fact that Hult’s offerings are simply competitive, and partly to the advantages that a streamlined one-year program has over its more common two-year counterparts. At Hult, earning an MBA requires less time, less money and less time away from work.
According to the Economist Intelligence Unit Ranking 2010, graduates with an MBA from Hult can recoup the total cost of their education in less than 15 months of work in their new capacity. Compare this to nearly five years with an MBA from Cambridge and Oxford, more than five years at MIT and over seven years at Harvard. Most well-regarded MBAs burden their graduates for years to come, while Hult credentials lead to quick financial freedom.
Hult’s most distinctive learning tool is its Action Learning approach. Most of the prestigious business schools on the market today lean heavily in the direction of research. Professors spend more time expounding on theory and citing other researchers’ findings than they do learning the hard skills needed to get ahead in today’s global business environment.
But 80 percent of Hult’s faculty members come from grounded, real-world business backgrounds. Many hail from major movers in the business market, including Motorola or Credit Suisse. Backed by these experts, graduates emerge with the confidence that the skills they have acquired are 100 percent relevant to real-world business scenarios.
The most exciting aspect of an education from Hult International Business School is the chance to engage in your own Action Learning project. Students are empowered through six-week placements with Fortune 500 companies. In this brief but highly focused period, students have a chance to put the theory and skills they have learned in class to work in a real and competitive business environment.
In the course of their six-week project, Hult students consult for well-known companies, including Xerox, IBM, Philips and Levi’s. They are well ahead of other MBA grads who have to spend the first few weeks or months after graduation getting their footing in their new career. Hult students are job-ready from day one.
Traveling the World in 12 Months
Hult International Business School offers a few outstanding perks to students on the 12-month MBA course. You can leverage the school’s international network of campuses, spending significant time at three branches through the Global Campus Rotation.
This innovative program allows you to base yourself at any of the five international campuses. You’ll spend six months at one, with the option of spending three months each at two other campuses. For example, you could launch your education in Dubai, then transfer to Shanghai for three months and wrap up in San Francisco. Any combination of Hult’s campuses can be accommodated, giving you a rare opportunity to develop business skills and networks in the foreign markets you hope explore in the future.
Students regularly cite the Global Campus Rotation option as a major motivator for choosing Hult. In fact, more than 50 percent of all Hult students spend time on more than one of five campuses.
Hult Global Case Challenge
Hult is doing more than introducing highly qualified MBA graduates to the international business scene. Through the Hult Global Case Challenge, the business institute is also helping overcome some of the world’s most pressing social issues.
In 2011, Hult partnered with President Bill Clinton’s Clinton Global Initiative and actor Matt Damon’s Water.org. Both of these organizations work to improve the living conditions of those living in some of the world’s most dire and desperate circumstances. Teams competed to come up innovative solutions to the global clean water crisis.
The challenge is staged at all five of Hult’s international campuses, and other business schools are encouraged to participate. In the 2011 competition, more than 130 teams competed, representing prestigious world-renown business colleges including Harvard, Stockholm School of Economics, Peking University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Macau and Cornell. Following the regional face-offs, a final competition was staged in New York City.
This competition is not just about developing good ideas. The winning team, representing Cambridge, was awarded US$1 million to use in developing their plan in conjunction with Water.org. Thanks to this major contribution from the Hult and the innovative ideas of today’s leading business students, people around the world have a better chance of gaining access to clean, potable water.
What Students are Saying
All universities excel at promoting their own programs, and prospective students could be forgiven for being skeptical. The best way to get a feeling for the value of a particular school’s education, you have to take a look at what graduates are saying and doing.
Dale Barrett is a perfect example. He graduated in 2001 and was recently named Hult’s “Alumnus of the Year”. Barrett is the director of a security and military liaison firm in Afghanistan, where he oversees developmental and humanitarian projects. His organization supports one of the largest road-building campaigns in the world – and he’s doing it in Afghanistan, where the need is greatest. Barrett praises the Hult alumni network, which he calls a “global brain bank on which you can draw on others’ intellectual capital.”
Here’s what a few other Hult graduates are saying:
Xin Wang, China
Hult’s students come from around 120 different countries. That has built up the basis of my international social network, and on top of that, it has also enhanced class discussions with diverse real-world experiences from different cultures.
Pankaj Gupta, India
Hult’s wide choice of electives ensured I got the right knowledge for the right job.
Teresa Wu, Taiwan
Capitalizing on the opportunity to live amongst the locals through the campus rotation program, I studied in Shanghai and Dubai during Module C and D. Through this adventure, I put myself to the test on adjusting to new environments.
Maria Pia Segovia, Philippines
I knew I wanted to go to an international school to experience different cultures so I could learn how to adapt to different types of people… Hult gave me just that.