For admittance to degree candidacy, students must have satisfied all outstanding prerequisites, completed a minimum of 36 approved course credits, achieved a final grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, and successfully completed the capstone seminar. Students must have advanced to degree candidacy before being permitted to attend graduation ceremonies.
Student teams and individuals create a thesis - or problem - that reflect current industry practices and trends, and must develop creative solutions and recommendations through a presentation directed to executive management, corporate entities, or entrepreneurs. Emphasis is placed upon global business concerns, including merchandising, sourcing, marketing, financial management, leadership, and digital commerce, among other disciplines. Students collaborate on the capstone project with third-year law students from Cardozo School of Law, who act as consultants to GFM's client, in offering legal advice based on copyright, trademark, privacy, counterfeit, and other legal issues.
Groups are graded on their ability to analyze issues from the perspectives of the corporate environment, collect and understand data, conduct effective surveys, utilize concepts learned in the program, and present professionally. A three-member jury of industry professionals will judge the final projects for entry into the capstone event held in January, to an audience of family, faculty, and industry executives.Time Requirement for Degree Completion
Students matriculate on a full-time basis, and have three semesters to complete all degree requirements, including the capstone project. Extensions may be granted to degree candidates, on a case-by-case basis, at the discretion of the chairperson.