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The Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management with a concentration in Creative Industries (MAGAM-CI) is for creatives seeking the skills of management, and managers seeking the craft of creativity. It is designed for individuals pursuing global leadership and management careers in Film/Television/New Media, Music, AR/VR/XR, Gaming, Design, Dance, Fashion, Theatre, the Arts, Themed & Location-Based Entertainment, and Sports.

This 11-month graduate degree program delivers leadership and management fundamentals for success across sectors (business, non-profit, and government) as well as a digital global mindset and holistic approach to the creative industries. Balancing the need for both a cohort experience and convenience, the MAGAM-CI uses a hybrid mix of in-person classes with synchronous and asynchronous online classes.

In addition to hard and soft skills needed to navigate the Fourth Industrial Revolution (i.e. Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Data Analytics, Negotiation, Cross-Cultural Communication, etc.), students walk away with an understanding of how creativity really works. Students attain a comprehensive set of practices that fosters generative and sustainable innovation and implementation geared towards opportunity recognition within tomorrow’s increasingly cross-border and trans-industry marketplace. The program prioritizes industry immersion in every class and focuses on the nexus of art and commerce. Creativity for managers and management for creatives.

This program is delivered in a hybrid model with courses delivered at the ASU California Center in downtown Los Angeles, Thunderbird's Global Headquarters in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, and online.


Fall 2021 Class Profile

Average Age:

33 years

Average work experience:

10 years



Undergraduate Degrees:
  • Art History
  • Sound Recording Technology
  • Accounting
  • Fashion Communication
  • Film and Television
  • Design Studies
  • History
  • Film and Media Production
Undergraduate Programs:
  • Arizona State University
  • DePaul University
  • University of California Irvine
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • University of Arizona
  • Texas A&M
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Reyerson University Toronto

Who Should Attend?

  • Early to mid-stage professionals who are pursuing careers in the global creative industries and seeking next level training and opportunities.
  • Creative-minded individuals looking to accelerate their careers by attaining a global management mindset.
  • Business-minded individuals looking to leverage a deeper understanding of creative practices or shift to a creative career.
  • Aspiring leaders in the global creative industries including arts organizations, public and not-for-profit, who seek practical skillsets (finance, accounting, marketing) to advance professionally.



This one-of-a-kind program boasts an innovative 30-credit curriculum designed for creatives interested in refining their management skills, or management professionals interested in the creative fields.

Course Credits
TGM575: Global Affairs: Finding Your Way in the Global Creative Industries 3
HDA521: Counting Arts & Culture in the Global Creative Industries 3
TGM506: Communicating & Negotiating Across Cultures in Global Creative Industries 3
TGM545: Leadership & Strategy in the Global Creative Industries 3
HDA598: Creativity & Design Thinking in Global Creative Industries 3
TGM517: Finance & Accounting in Global Creative Industries 3
TGM586: Entrepreneurship & Sustainable Business in Global Creative Industries 3
TGM557: Marketing & Data Analytics in Global Creative Industries 3
Technologies & Intellectual Property in Global Creative Industries 3
TGM598: Creative Industries Career Boot Camp 3


Financial Aid and Costs

Financial Aid

Program Costs

Use the tuition estimator for most up-to-date tuition costs for this 30-credit program (15 credits per semster). Make sure to select whether you are an Arizona resident, non-resident, or international student.


Fees USD$
Application fee (domestic) $70
Application fee (international) $115
Program deposit $500
Program cost $60,000


Faculty & Campus

Faculty Highlights


Our Campus

The MAGAM-CI is based in the global creative capital of the world, Los Angeles, California, at the newly rebuilt and historic Herald Examiner building in downtown LA. Students will have adjacency to many of the most important companies within the global creative industries. The location 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 entertainment business ecosystem based in LA.

1111 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015


Requirements & Deadlines

Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

Apply early for priority admissions and scholarship consideration.

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


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