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Degree Program Overview

Thunderbird’s Executive Master of Global Management with a specialization in Space Leadership, Business, and Policy (EMGM-Space) is a one-of-a-kind degree for professionals seeking executive management expertise in the booming space sector.

Designed and taught by industry-leading experts, this 12-month graduate program is tailored for individuals pursuing executive careers in commercial spaceflight, defense and civil aerospace, AI and big data, and next-generation manufacturing. Being a graduate will open doors across the aerospace and technology sectors.

The cutting-edge curriculum prioritizes industry immersion and focuses on modern practices, principles, and case studies for corporate, startup, nonprofit and governmental organizations operating in space. To build cross-disciplinary skills, students can take science and technology courses featuring renowned practitioners and scholars at ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration.


Who Should Attend?

  • Professionals who want to keep up with their rapidly changing industry in a flexible master's degree program while continuing to work full-time
  • Engineers aspiring to advancement in the aerospace sector and supplying industries
  • Professional managers and executives looking to enter the booming space economy
  • Industry, policy and military leaders looking for insight and connections to the space sector



The EMGM-Space Leadership curriculum consists of 31 credit hours, including nine (9) 3-credit courses, a 1-credit professional development course, and a 3-credit global field seminar or Global Challenge Lab.

Course Credits
TGM 598 Global Technological Leadership/Global Personal Leadership 3
Specialization course #1: Space for Future Global Leaders 3
TGM 598 Global Technological Strategy 3
Specialization course #2: Global Space Policy and Law 3
TGM 506 Navigating Global and Regional Business Environments/Communicating and Negotiating Across Cultures 3
Specialization course #3: Space and Global States and Markets 3
TGM 557 Data in the Global Economy/Global Marketing 3
Specialization course #4: Global Space Entrepreneurship and Sustainability 3
TSGM 517 Global Finance and Accounting 3
TSGM 597 Global Personal Leadership Development 1
TSGM 596 Global Field Seminar or Global Challenge Lab 3


Financial Aid and Costs

Financial Aid

Program Costs

Apply early for priority admissions and financial aid consideration.

Fees USD$
Application fee (domestic) $70
Application fee (international) $115
Non-refundable deposit $500
Program cost $67,000


Faculty & Campus



Our Campus

The EMGM-Space is delivered in Los Angeles and online. LA classes are based in Los Angeles, California, at the newly rebuilt and historic Herald Examiner building in downtown LA, home to the new ASU California Center. Students will be close to many of the most important companies within the space sector, which have operations throughout Southern California. ASU California Center is equipped with state-of-the-art teaching and meeting facilities, as well as the latest digital technologies, enabling and enhancing connection to Thunderbird’s global business network and the robust space business ecosystem based in Southern California.

Address: 1111 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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Requirements & Deadlines

Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

Apply early for priority admission and financial aid consideration.

Deadline Dates
First-round July 11
Second-round September 12
Third-round and international student deadline November 14
Final December 19


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