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 faculty and experts, this 12-month graduate program is tailored for individuals pursuing 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.


Spring 2022 Class Profile

Average age:

41 years old

Average experience:

15.5 years



Prior Degrees:
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Business
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Juris Doctor
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science
  • English
  • Blue Origin
  • ISRO Aerospace & Defense
  • NASA contractor
  • NASA Endeavor
  • U.S Space Force
  • KPMG
  • U.S. Air Force
  • Raytheon Technologies
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • Bank of America

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 $67,207


Faculty & Campus



Thunderbird Clinical Professor Greg Autry

Greg Autry

Clinical Professor (FSC) and Director of the Thunderbird Initiative for Space Leadership, Policy, and Business

Our Campus

The EMGM-Space is delivered in Phoenix and online. There will be excursions to Los Angeles, California and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Requirements & Deadlines

Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

Apply early for priority admission and financial aid consideration.

Deadline Dates
Early consideration October 30
First round November 30
Second round and international student deadline January 30
Third round and international student deadline March 30
Final deadline July 30


Program Calendar

Program Calendar 2023-24

Course Week 1 Location Week 2 Location
Space for Future Global Leaders Aug. 29 - Sept. 2 LA N/A N/A
Communicating and Negotiating Across Cultures Sept. 16-17 PHX Sept. 30-Oct 1 OL
Global Technological Leadership/Global Personal Leadership Oct. 14-15 OL Oct. 28-29 PHX
Global Finance and Accounting Nov. 11-12 PHX Dec. 2-3 OL
Global Field Seminar: Space Coast Excursion Jan. 14-20 KSC N/A N/A
Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation Feb. 3-4 PHX Feb. 17-18 OL
Global Space Policy and Law Mar. 2-3 PHX Mar. 16-17 OL
Data in the Global Economy/Global Marketing Apr. 13-14 PHX Apr. 27-28 OL
Global Space Entrepreneurship and Sustainability May 18-19 PHX June 1-2 OL
Space and Global States and Markets June 15-16 PHX July 8-9 DC
Global Personal Leadership Development: Space Capstone July 10-13 DC N/A N/A


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