Mission and History

The global demand for luxury goods has historically remained strong, but with the emergence of middle and upper class economies in China, Brazil and other countries over the past decade, the luxury industry has experienced unprecedented growth.

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 GLM program was designed to provide depth in all these areas.

The GLM program enrolled 23 students in its first fall 2012 cohort, and the demand quickly grew. Today, the GLM program enrolls about 40 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 GLM 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.