(from left to right) James T. Harris, University of San Diego’s president, and Dr. Fernando Leon Garcia, president at Centro de Ensenanza Tecnica y Superior, at the program’s signing ceremony early 2019. Photos courtesy of the University of San Diego.

(from left to right) James T. Harris, University of San Diego’s president, and Dr. Fernando Leon Garcia, president at Centro de Ensenanza Tecnica y Superior, at the program’s signing ceremony early 2019. Photos courtesy of the University of San Diego.

The University of San Diego School of Business has teamed up with Centro de Ensenanza Tecnica y Superior (CETYS) to offer CETYS University graduate students the opportunity to obtain the USD Master of Science in Global Leadership degree in conjunction with an MBA from CETYS at their campus in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. This marks the first time a USD degree is offered and granted outside of the United States, according to a news release.

“Offering our MSGL degree at CETYS’ state-of-the-art campus in Mexicali recognizes the importance of economic and social integration along the U.S.-Mexico border,” said James T. Harris III, president of the University of San Diego, via a statement. “USD School of Business students and CETYS students have previously worked together on multiple assignments and consulting projects with a cross-border perspective, and this new collaboration represents the next step in USD’s globalization of its educational initiatives.”

According to Denise Dimon, associate provost for international affairs at USD and a faculty member at the School of Business, while the school has its share of international partnerships and dual degree programs, the collaboration with CETYS is unique in that USD faculty will travel to the Mexicali campus to teach the course load, which will be provided in English beginning in July.

“We’ve never had a degree taught outside of the United States before now,” she said. “We’ve done collaborations with CETYS before, but this was an opportunity to join forces and for USD to deliver the curriculum across the border.”

A total of approximately 10 faculty members from USD will be driving to Mexicali, which is about 1.5 hours south, on Friday nights almost every other weekend and will teach all day on Saturdays. The program can be completed by sponsored students via part-time or full-time timeframes in approximately 24 months.

The students enrolled in the collaborative program will wrap up their masters by summer of 2020 and will have the opportunity to walk down the aisle during the graduation ceremony at USD in May, according to Dimon.