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, and live. In this new era of rapid change, transnational organizations demand entrepreneurial innovators who can create a sustainable global future that segues across geographies, cultures, and sectors.
Thunderbird’s one-year Executive Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management (EMAGAM) degree fosters a digital global mindset through 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, D.C., 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 and Saturday. The flexible schedule allows participants to continue working while earning their degrees. Students may choose to travel abroad by adding one of Thunderbird’s immersive week-long field seminars and/or Global Challenge Labs+.
+Additional expenses associated with selections are expected to be paid by students.
Choose between two specializations: Global Business and Global Public Policy.
Who should apply?
- Professionals who are interested in leadership positions within their existing organizations or interested in making a move in their careers to switching industries entirely.
- Globally-minded mid-career professionals in the private, public, and nonprofit 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 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.
40 years old
- Ed.D., Higher Education Administration
- PhD, Environmental Engineering
- J.D. Law
- Bachelor of Science in Economics
- Master of Economics in International Development
- Master of Science, Homeland Security
- Master of Science, Environmental Engineering
- 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
- Bachelor of Arts in International Politics and Government Relations
- 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
- Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
- Foreign Embassies
- U.S. Intelligence Services
- World Bank
- Inter-American Institute for Economic Development
- International Monetary Fund
- International Finance Corporation
- Global Environment Facility
- Pratt & Whitney, a Raytheon Technologies Company
- U.S. Congress
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection
- Global Factor
- Boston Housing Authority
- Aldrin Family Foundation
- Arizona Department of Economic Security
- American Dental Education Association
- and others
- Executive Director
- Chief Executive Officer
- Chief Diversity Officer
- Senior Financial Analyst
- Economic Counselor
- Deputy Chief of Mission
- Director, of Operations
- Country Manager
- Intelligence Programs Advisor
- Senior Operations System Coordinator
- Senior Private Sector Specialist
- Acting Head of Mission
- First Secretary - Trade and Investment
- Policy Advisor
- Director of Business Development*
- Director of Community Outreach
- Minister of Education*
- Associate Director of Global Security Services
- Undersecretary of Climate Change*
- Commanding Officer*
- High Commissioner*
- Cabinet Minister*
- General Secretary*
- Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Chief Student Affairs Officer*
- Vice Chair*
- National Director of Climate Change Mitigation*
- General Secretary of the Ministry of Trade*
- Director of Projects
- Deputy Legal Counsel
- Vice President*
- Human Resources Manager
- Head of Corporate Banking*
- Deputy General Manager*
- Director for Communications and Outreach
- Managing Partner
- Cybersecurity Expert
- Privacy Program Manager*
- and others
Student Testimonial Videos
Curriculum & Specializations
The EMAGAM curriculum features a total of 30 credit hours, including 21 credit hours from core requirements and nine (9) elective credit hours from two specializations: Global Business and Global Public Policy. Three (3) credit hours of the core must meet the applied learning requirement.
Students may inquire about eligibility for a Global Field Seminar*, internship, or other electives.
+Additional expenses associated expected to be paid by students.
*Optional, meets program requirements.
|Global Affairs: The Fourth Industrial Revolution in a Global Economy||3|
|International Finance and Trade||3|
|Data Analytics and Digital Transformation in the Global World||3|
|The Craft of Global Networks in a Changing World||3|
|Communicating and Negotiating Across Cultures*||3|
|Agile Governance and Leadership in a Complex and Digital World||3|
Global Leadership and Strategy
- Financial Management for Global Value Creation
- Global Marketing
- Policy Analysis for a Global World
- Strategic Planning and Public Financial Management in the Global Public Sector
Specialization Courses: Students will select three courses as electives. If students take a Global Field Seminar or Global Challenge Lab, they are responsible for additional fees associated with the respective courses. EMAGAM students are required to take at least two (2) electives in Washington, D.C. from within their specialization and have a variety of options for their third required elective to complete their specialization (3 courses in total). The elective options include but are not limited to: Global Challenge Lab, Global Field Seminar, and program courses for EMGM, MLM, and/or EMGM-Space.
This program requires an applied learning experience. The course “Communicating and Negotiating Across Cultures” meets the program requirement at no additional cost to students but may be substituted for another option to meet the applied learning course; additional course options are available with varying cost, including the Global Field Seminar and Global Challenge Lab. Internship may be another option for eligible students. Students may confirm details with an advisor upon course selection.
2023-2024 Program Calendar
|Week 1||Week 2|
|Aug 21-25 (residence weekend)|
|Sep 8-9||Oct 6-7|
|Oct 20-21||Nov 3-4|
|Nov 17-18||Dec 1-2|
|Jan 26-27||Feb 23-24|
|Mar 22-23||Apr 5-6|
|Apr 19-20||May 3-4|
|May 17-18||May 31- Jun 1|
|Jun 14-15||Jun 28-29|
|Jul 19-20||Aug 2-3|
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||October 30|
|First round||November 30|
|Second round||January 30|
|Third round and international student deadline||March 30|
|Final deadline||June 30|