Executive Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management
Degree Program Overview
Today’s world needs future-ready global leaders and managers more than ever. The global economy is becoming increasingly complex and dynamic as the Fourth Industrial Revolution accelerates, reshaping how we create value, work, live – indeed who we are. In this new era of rapid change, transnational organizations demand entrepreneurial innovators who can create sustainable global futures across geographies, cultures, and sectors.
Thunderbird’s one-year Executive Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management provides a digital global mindset and a unique combination of 21st-century hard and soft skills. Students build expertise in leading systems and new enterprises, managing complexity, disruptive innovation, digital transformation, and collaborative problem-solving.
Based in Washington, DC, the program is tailored for mid-career professionals in all sectors, offering specializations in global business or global public policy. Most classes meet every other Friday or Saturday. The flexible schedule allows participants to continue working while earning their degrees. Students can choose to travel abroad by opting into Thunderbird’s immersive week-long global challenge labs and field seminars for executive cohorts.
Choose between three tracks: global business, global policy, and global law.
Who Should Attend?
- Professionals who are interested in leadership positions within their existing organizations or interested in making a bold move in their careers by switching industries entirely.
- Globally-minded mid-career professionals in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors interested in taking their careers to the next level.
- Experienced professionals seeking careers in international management, sustainable development, global policy-making, where a multi-disciplinary focus on address global issues are held at a premium.
- Diplomacy, public policy, and global business professionals who want to develop the interdisciplinary skill sets needed to address global challenges by managing disruption and working across sectors.
37 years old
- Bachelor of Science in Economics
- Master of Economics in International Development
- Master of Arts in Gender, Peace and Security Studies
- Master of Arts in International Politics and Security
- Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs, Master of International Relations
- Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
- Master in Economic Policy and Management
- Master in Education, Information & Communications Technology
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- Master of Business Administration - International Business (MBA)
- Master in Public Administration
- Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies, School of Diplomacy
- Foreign Embassies
- U.S. Intelligence Services
- World Bank
- Inter-American Institute for Economic Development
- Global Environment Facility
- Aldrin Family Foundation
- Arizona Department of Economic Security
- and others
- Senior Financial Analyst
- Economic Counselor
- Deputy Chief of Mission
- Intelligence Programs Advisor
- Senior Operations System Coordinator
- Senior Private Sector Specialist
- Acting Head of Mission
- First Secretary- Trade and Investment
- and others
Curriculum & Tracks
The EMAGAM curriculum feature a total of 30 credit hours, including 21 credit hours from core requirements and 9 credit hours from one of three chosen tracks: Global Business, Global Public Policy, and Global Law.
|Global Leadership: Creating Solutions for the 21st Century (one-week immersion course)||3|
|States and Markets in a Global Economy: The Fourth Industrial Revolution in a Global Economy||3|
|Global Affairs Theory: Complexity and the Art of Problem-Solving||3|
|International Organizations: The Craft of Global Networks in Global Affairs||3|
|Global Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Business||3|
|International Finance and Trade||3|
Advanced Perspectives on Global Leadership and Strategy: EMAGAM Capstone
- Global Accounting
- Financial Management for Global Value Creation
- Global Marketing
- Strategic Planning for Public Sector Leaders
- Leadership for Public Organizations
- Global Public Policy
- International Law
- International Business Transactions
- Global Governance of Emerging Technologies
2022-2023 Program Calendar
Track Courses: Students will select one of the options listed for each set of dates.
|TGM 505 States and Markets in a Global Economy: The Fourth Industrial Revolution in a Global Economy||January 9-14|
|TGM 549 Global Leadership||
|TGM 575 Global Affairs Theory: Complexity and the Art of Problem-Solving||
|TGM 577 International Organization: The Craft of Global Networks in Global Affairs||March 31-April 1
|Capstone Project or Bootcamp||April 28-29|
TGM 501 Global Accounting -or-
PAF 589 Leadership in Public Organizations: Agile Governance, Effective Leadership, and Technology in a Complex Digital World -or-
TGM 598 International Legal Challenges
TGM 502 Financial Management for Global Value
PAF 588 Global Public Policy -or-
TGM 598 Technology Regulation in a Global World
TGM 503 Global Marketing -or-
PAF 585 Strategic Planning fo Public Sector Leaders:
TGM 598 U.S. Regulation of International Business
|Capstone Project or Bootcamp||September 8-9|
|TGM 586 Global Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Business||September 15-16
|TGM 518 International Finance and Trade||November 3-4
Capstone and Graduation Week
TGM 545 Advanced Perspectives on Global Leadership
Financial Aid & Costs
Apply for a Thunderbird Alumni Scholarship using the Scholarship Form in the application. On average, applicants receive up to $12K for the three (3) terms it takes to complete the Executive Master of Global Affairs and Management. The award is based on merit, financial need, GPA, GRE/GMAT scores (if applicable), and international experience.
There are many different options available to help you finance your graduate education at Thunderbird. More than 96% of Thunderbird students receive financial assistance through loans, scholarships, or other awards. Arizona State University’s Financial Aid team works with you hand-in-hand to find the financing solutions for your unique situation.
Apply early for priority admission and financial aid consideration.
|Application Fee (domestic)||$70|
|Application Fee (international)||$115|
Faculty & Campus
Our downtown Washington, D.C. presence at Arizona State University's Barrett & O'Connor building on 18th and I (eye) Streets offer a convenient location for working professionals who need flexible degree programs. Located across the street from the Farragut West Metro stop (orange, grey, blue) and two blocks from the Farragut North Metro stop (red), our DC campus is just four blocks from the White House and sit at the center of the world's global policy center. A cross-cultural city in every sense, Washington is home to the U.S. federal government, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and a host of other multi-national organizations, think tanks, associations, and non-profit organizations.
Our Campus in DC
Requirements & Deadlines
- Undergraduate degree from an accredited university degree program
- Official transcripts from all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions sent to ASU Graduate Admissions
- Competitive TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo scores (if you did not graduate from an English-speaking university in a native English-speaking country)
- International experience
- Submission of the online application, including:
- Resume documenting your professional and academic history
- Admissions interview with one Thunderbird School of Global Management faculty member for shortlisted candidates
- No GMAT/GRE required
Our Admissions team will consider both your professional and personal experience when assessing your fit for the program. On average, our students have five years of professional experience before entering the program; however, each candidate’s global leadership potential—and his or her ability to bring global experience and cultural insight into the classroom—is of utmost importance to our Admissions team. We seek to fill our program with globally-minded students whose professional or personal experiences will add value to the diverse cultural and social Thunderbird experience.
The application process for international students is the same as for domestic students, with the exception of submitting proof of English proficiency (for students whose native language is not English). After admission, you will also be required to obtain a U.S. visa, which includes submitting a graduate financial guarantee. All international transcripts must be submitted in their original language accompanied by an official English translation. Translations must be literal, complete versions of the originals and must be translated by a university, government official, or official translation service. You may not complete your own translation. Photocopies and notarized transcripts are not acceptable.
Applicants are required to meet certain English proficiency standards for acceptance (You must have a Duolingo score of 125 or higher or admission to Thunderbird). If your English proficiency scores are below acceptance standards, you may be required to take pre-degree English instruction to ensure you meet the level of English proficiency needed to succeed in your graduate studies. Learn more. View the minimum and direct entry scores here
Apply early for priority admissions and financial aid consideration.
|Early consideration||June 30|
|First round||August 30|
|Second round and international student deadline||October 30|
|Final deadline||November 30|