Business schools in the US and France have joined forces to offer a new dual degree graduate studies course in luxury goods and services.

The one-year course, now open for autumn 2012 enrolment, is being offered jointly by France-based SKEMA Business School and the North Carolina State University Poole College of Management.

Students will complete their autumn semester at NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, before moving to SKEMA in Sophia Antipolis, France, to complete the course in spring 2013.

They will also complete an international internship in the luxury goods and services industry.

“Research has shown that employers in luxury markets are looking for talent that understands the unique customer relationships in this environment,” said Dr Ira Weiss, dean of NC State’s Poole College of Management.

“They are looking for individuals who can be entrepreneurial, who have a global perspective, and who can manage the creative and innovation processes. This programme is designed to provide depth in all these areas.”