Mission and History

The mission of the Global Luxury and Management program is to prepare the next generation of leaders in premium and luxury industries with global exposure and awareness, core business management skills, and immersive luxury and professional experiences that result in dual master’s degrees from highly respected universities in the United States and France.

In 2012, NC State University (NC State) and SKEMA Business School (SKEMA) recognized a need in the market and launched the one-year graduate degree program in Global Luxury and Management. Research indicated that employers in luxury markets were looking for talent that understands the unique customer relationships in this environment, who can be entrepreneurial, who have a global perspective and who can manage the creative and innovation processes. The program was designed to provide depth in all these areas.

The program enrolled 23 students in its first fall 2012 cohort, and the demand quickly grew. Today, the program enrolls about 48 new students each fall semester — approximately half recruited by NC State and half from SKEMA.

The one-year, dual degree Global Luxury and Management graduate program is offered by jointly by NC State University’s Poole College of Management and SKEMA Business School (Paris, France campus).

Leaders in Business and Luxury Management Education

NC State University’s Jenkins Graduate School of Management is part of the university’s Poole College of Management. The school’s Raleigh, N.C. location and its surrounding metro area is home to some of the world’s leading technology companies, a thriving entrepreneurial community and access to high-end textile and experiential luxury enterprises. NC State boasts undergraduate and graduate management programs consistently ranked among the top-50 nationwide.

With five campuses in France, China and the U.S., SKEMA is a French business school, with the program taught at its Paris campus. Paris is home to nearly all major luxury brands and in close proximity to top luxury trade shows. Classes are taught in English — many taught or assisted by professionals with significant sector experience.