Thunderbird's accelerated master's program offers an accelerated pathway for Arizona State University (ASU) immersion undergraduate students to obtain a Master of Global Management (MGM) degree in only one year after a student's undergraduate graduation.

Choose one or two specialty concentrations, ranging from Global Business, Digital Transformation, Data Science (all STEM Designated) to Global Affairs, Health Solutions, Public Policy, and more. Thunderbird's one-of-a-kind Global Challenge Lab takes students into the field for a real-world, client-facing practical group project, during which they work full-time with a client in an international or domestic location. 

This full-time accelerated graduate program prepares students with the skills necessary to lead diverse international teams in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. The accelerated MGM combines an ASU undergraduate degree with Thunderbird's Master of Global Management, enhancing students' global mindsets, skill sets, and marketability—all through just one additional year of study.


What is an MGM?
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What is a Master of Global Management?

A degree at the intersection of global business, public policy and international affairs

Explore how the MGM's core curriculum overlaps with these three key areas, and how its concentrations and applied learning opportunities earn it the #1 ranking in the world.

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Why Thunderbird?
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Why Thunderbird for Degree?

We are a global network of future-ready leaders, managers, entrepreneurs, and intrapreneurs

innovating across the private and public sectors to advance inclusive and sustainable prosperity worldwide.

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Who should attend?

  • ASU students enrolled in full-immersion campus degree programs.
  • Diverse students that have a desire to access the global marketplace in the industry of choice.
  • ASU undergraduates looking to obtain a global view of organizations and are ready to add globally-focused projects, a foreign language, travel, and complementary global business skills to their resume.
  • Applicants who are pursuing a foreign language, participating in a study abroad program, or demonstrating an ability to thrive in cross-cultural environments.

Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The one-of-a-kind, cutting-edge curriculum of the MGM includes 18 hours of course credits, 6 credits overseas applied consulting lab, 24 elective credits for concentrations and languages, and a one-credit for career development.

Use 12 of your 24 elective credits to earn one of seventeen different concentrations, or design your own. Use the other 12 elective credits to learn a second language, take additional courses within your concentration, or earn a second concentration.

Course Credits Dates
TGM 506 Communicating and Negotiating Across Cultures 3  
TGM 557 Global Marketing and Data Analytics 3  
TGM 545 Global Leadership and Strategy 3  
TGM 515 Navigating Global and Regional Business Environments 3  
TGM 517 Global Accounting and Financial Management 3  
TGM 586 Global Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Business 3  
TGM 597 Thunderbird Personal Leadership Development 1  
TGM 596 Thunderbird Experiential Practicum (Global Challenge Lab) 6  


Financial Aid and Scholarships

Over 96% of our MGM students receive financial assistance

Program Costs

Students pay their regular undergraduate tuition while still enrolled in their senior year. By accelerating your master's program in a single year after graduation, you will save time and money by graduating with a single additional years of graduate study.

Fees USD ($)
Senior Year of Undergrad No additional costs for graduate-level courses
Graduate Tuition $53,000 (USD)


Our Faculty & Campus

Faculty Highlights

Thunderbird Exec Director and Professor Doug Guthrie

Doug Guthrie

Executive Director of Thunderbird China and Professor
Thunderbird Associate Dean and Professor Seigyoung Auh

Seigyoung Auh

Associate Dean of Research, Professor of Global Marketing & Research Faculty, Center for Services Leadership
Thunderbird Professor Richard Ettenson

Richard Ettenson

Professor and Kieckhefer Fellow in Global Marketing and Brand Strategy
Thunderbird Associate Dean, Faculty and Administration Mary Teagarden

Mary Teagarden

Deputy Dean, Thunderbird Knowledge Enterprise and Professor of Global Strategy

Lena Booth

Deputy Dean, Thunderbird Academic Enterprise and Finance Professor
Thunderbird Clinical Associate Professor Denis LeClerc

Denis Leclerc

Clinical Professor of Cross-Cultural Communication and Global Negotiations
Thunderbird Professor Roy Nelson

Roy Nelson

Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Associate Professor

Mansour Javidan

Garvin Distinguished Professor and Executive Director of Najafi Global Mindset Institute

Our Campus

We wanted to give every student the resources to change the world so we built the most technologically advanced educational headquarters on the planet. Learn a new language in our immersive VR language lab, visualize and interpret data using AI in our global decision theater, and connect with our global community using the latest in immersive and virtual communications.

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Requirements & Deadlines

Application Requirements

Entry requirements of the Accelerated MGM include:

  • Good standing with Arizona State University
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • International experience (preferred)
    • Submission of the online application, including
      • Resume documenting professional and academic history
      • One essay answering an application question
      • Contact information for one professional or academic reference
      • Official transcripts from all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • Admissions interview(s), if applicable

Application Deadlines

Apply as soon as possible for priority admissions and financial aid consideration.

Deadline Dates
Early Consideration Deadline October 30th
First-round Deadline November 30th
Second-round Deadline January 30th
Third-round and international student deadline March 30th
Final Deadline June 25th


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