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.

Class Profile

Average Age:

37 years old

Average Work Experience:

12 years



Admitted with Advanced Degrees:


Non-native U.S.:


Countries Represented:


Prior Degrees:
  • 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
Current Titles:
  • 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 & Specializations


The EMAGAM curriculum feature a total of 30 credit hours, including 21 credit hours from core requirements and 9 credit hours from one of two chosen specializations: Global Business and Global Public Policy.

*Sample previous course;, course options subject availability
**The elective courses for EMAGAM students may be offered in varying formats:, in-person campus-based classes (Fri-Sat), intensive weekends in D.C. or L.A., or asynchronous online.

Course Credits
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




2022-2023 Program Calendar

Additional details

Track Courses: Students will select one of the options listed for each set of dates.

Course 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

February 3-4 
February 17-18

TGM 575 Global Affairs Theory: Complexity and the Art of Problem-Solving

March 3-4
March 17-18

TGM 577 International Organization: The Craft of Global Networks in Global Affairs March 31-April 1
April 14-15
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

May 19-20
June 2-3

TGM 502 Financial Management for Global Value
Creation   -or-

PAF 588 Global Public Policy   -or-

TGM 598 Technology Regulation in a Global World

June 16-17
July 7-8

TGM 503 Global Marketing   -or-

PAF 585 Strategic Planning fo Public Sector Leaders:
Collaborative Governance   -or-

TGM 598 U.S. Regulation of International Business

July 21-22
August 4-5
Capstone Project or Bootcamp September 8-9
TGM 586 Global Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Business September 15-16
October 6-7
TGM 518 International Finance and Trade November 3-4
November 17-18

Capstone and Graduation Week

TGM 545 Advanced Perspectives on Global Leadership
and Strategy: EMAGAM Capstone

December 4-8


Financial Aid & Costs

Financial Aid

Program Costs

Apply early for priority admission and financial aid consideration.

Fees USD$
Application Fee (domestic) $70
Application Fee (international) $115
Program Deposit $500
Program Cost $60,000


Faculty & Campus

Faculty Highlights


Thunderbird Clinical Professor Mark Esposito

Mark Esposito

Clinical Professor of Global Shifts and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Our 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.

Requirements & Deadlines

Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

Apply early for priority admissions and financial aid consideration.

Deadline Dates
Early consideration June 30
First round  August 30
Second round and international student deadline October 30
Final deadline November 30


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Why Thunderbird for a Degree?

Thunderbird is 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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