Executive Master of Global Management: Space Leadership, Business, and Policy
Degree program overview
Thunderbird’s Executive Master of Global Management with a concentration 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
41 years old
- Aerospace Engineering
- Master of Business Administration
- Juris Doctor
- Industrial Engineering
- Political Science
- Blue Origin
- ISRO Aerospace & Defense
- NASA contractor
- NASA Endeavor
- U.S Space Force
- 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 to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
|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
Apply for a Thunderbird Alumni Scholarship using the Scholarship Form in the application. On average, applicants receive $10K for the three (3) terms it takes to complete the Executive Master of Global Management: Space Leadership. 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 admissions and financial aid consideration.
|Application fee (domestic)||$70|
|Application fee (international)||$115|
Faculty and campus
The EMGM-Space Leadership degree is delivered in Phoenix and online. There will be excursions to Los Angeles, California, and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Requirements and deadlines
Admission requirements of the EMGM-Space degree include:
- GMAT / GRE not required
- 8+ years work experience (preferred)
- 3+ years in management (preferred)
- Résumé documenting work and management experience
- Competitive TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo scores (if you did not graduate from an English-speaking university in a native English-speaking country)
- Official transcripts from all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions, validating undergraduate GPA and the completion of a four-year degree sent to ASU Graduate Admissions
- Interview with Thunderbird faculty and staff
Transcripts for graduate admissions must be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Services department at the main Arizona State University campus. To expedite the processing of your application, please write your application reference number on all documents and envelopes submitted to ASU. Materials submitted without your application reference number will delay the processing of your application.
Our Admissions team will consider both your professional and personal experience when assessing your fit for the program. 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.
Applicants are required to meet certain English proficiency standards for acceptance. 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 admission and financial aid consideration.
|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|
|Final deadline EXTENDED||August 4|
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|