Master of Global Management
As the world's most global and digital leadership, management, and business school, Thunderbird prepares global leaders who help organizations manage and stay ahead of the disruption and changes that characterize this era of rapid technological transformation. This full-time master prepares graduates with the skills necessary to lead diverse, cross-cultural teams in the private, public, not-for-profit sectors, start-ups, or social enterprises.
Thunderbird's Master of Global Management is ranked No. 1 in the world for international trade by the QS International Trade Rankings, scoring 100/100 points and ranking ahead of Harvard, MIT and Stanford. It is unlike any other program in that it harnesses the immense potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to provide our graduates with the skills organizations demand in order to manage the digital transformation and constant disruption that characterizes this time of constant technological innovation.
The Master of Global Management is the most innovative leadership and entrepreneurship degree for professionals seeking a career in the most exciting global organizations who are disrupting business as usual and redefining or creating entirely new industries. The program builds on a strong foundation of traditional business administration courses and adds Industry 4.0 skills such as digital transformation, sustainability/ESG, diversity and inclusion, entrepreneurship, and innovation.
In addition, the MGM offers over 16 transdisciplinary concentrations ranging from global affairs and public administration, to data science and healthcare delivery. Our graduates emerge from the program prepared to work across borders, cultures, industries, and sectors anywhere in the world.
A degree at the intersection of global business, public policy and international affairs
Explore how the MGM's core curriculum overlaps with these three key areas, and how its concentrations and applied learning opportunities earn it the #1 ranking in the world.Learn More
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Who should attend?
- Leaders whose organizations operate in a global context, or who want to work for a global organization.
- Leaders who want to drive growth and proactively respond to social, political, regulatory, and natural forces that impact their business.
- Functional managers in HR, finance, marketing, supply chain, and operations who want to be more involved in their global business strategy.
- Professionals from the public and nonprofit sectors who want greater knowledge of global business.
The MGM’s one-of-a-kind cutting edge curriculum includes 18 credit hours of core courses, including; 6 credits from our overseas applied consulting lab, 24 elective credits for concentrations and languages, and one credit from career development.
*Spring incoming students on an accelerated pathway must complete an applied learning experience during the first summer of their MGM program. To fulfill this summer requirement, students may choose one of the following: (1) Global Challenge Lab, (2) applied learning-based academic course or (3) Internship registered for academic credit. Each of these options will satisfy the minimum required summer credit hours for the program.
|TGM 506 Communicating and Negotiating Across Cultures||3|
|TGM 557 Global Marketing and Data Analytics||3|
|TGM 545 Global Leadership and Strategy||3|
|TGM 515 Navigating Global and Regional Business Environments||3|
|TGM 517 Global Accounting and Financial Management||3|
|TGM 586 Global Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Business||3|
|TGM 597 Thunderbird Personal Leadership Development||1|
|TGM 596 Thunderbird Experiential Practicum (Global Challenge Lab)||6|
The STEM advantage
Master of Global Management concentrations that are STEM-certified meet special F-1 international student status requirements. This means that international students who graduate with an MGM with one of these concentrations qualify for a 24-month extension to their Optional Practical Training in the United States beyond the 12 months already provided to international students in non-STEM degrees.
The Thunderbird Global Challenge Lab (GCL) program is a capstone course at Thunderbird that engages a team of four to five Master of Global Management (MGM) candidates with a client in an advanced or emerging market. The team spends three weeks working on each project onsite with their client and one final week of debriefing on campus. Projects are tailored to the business needs of the client and provide sophisticated data and market analysis, strategy recommendations, and practical, effective plans for sustained growth. The Lab offers projects which are truly win-win propositions, creating value for companies and providing a unique, professional learning experience for our students.
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Financial aid and scholarships
Apply for a Thunderbird Alumni Scholarship using the Scholarship Form in the application. On average, applicants receive up to $21K for the four (4) terms it takes to complete the Master of Global 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.
Over 96% of our MGM students receive financial assistance, with average scholarships totaling $21k
|Application Fee (Domestic)||$70|
|Application Fee (International)||$115|
|Program Cost (2 Years)||$70,000|
Requirements and deadlines
- Undergraduate degree from an accredited university degree program
- 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 online application, including:
- Resume documenting professional and academic history
- One (1) essay responding to an application question
- Contact information for one (1) professional or academic reference
- Official transcripts from all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions
- Admissions interview(s)
8+ years of professional work experience: waived
3.25+ cumulative undergraduate GPA: waived
Below a 3.25 cumulative undergraduate GPA + professional work experience: reviewed by application committee and waived on case-by-case basis; if meets criteria
Current ASU/NAU/UofA undergraduate student with a 3.25 cumulative GPA at time of application and a letter of recommendation from a current professor: waived
ASU/NAU/UofA alum within 12 months, at time of initiation of application, with a 3.25 cumulative GPA: waived
Apply as soon as possible for priority admissions and financial aid consideration.
|Early consideration||October 30|
|Third-round and international student deadline||March 30|
|Final deadline||June 30|
|Early consideration||June 30|
|Second-round and international student deadline||October 30|
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