Overview

The Masters of Leadership and Management with a specialization in Global Creative Industries (MLM - GCI) is for creatives seeking management training and managers who lead creative teams. It is designed for individuals pursuing global leadership and management careers in film/television/new media, music, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and extended reality (XR), gaming, design, dance, fashion, theater, the Arts, themed & location based entertainment, e-sports, sports, advertising, and branding.

This 10-month graduate degree program delivers leadership and management fundamentals for success across sectors (business, nonprofit, and government) as well as a digital Global Mindset and holistic approach to the global creative industries.

In this program, students will gain the hard and soft skills needed to navigate and thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (i.e. finance, accounting, marketing, data analytics, negotiation, cross-cultural communication, etc.) and gain 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, emphasizing creativity for managers and management for creatives.

The MLM-GCI course schedule is a hybrid mix of in-person class sessions and asynchronous online learning modules that students can take at their own pace. Nine of the ten courses take place at the ASU California Center, located in the historic Herald Examiner Building in downtown Los Angeles, and one course is conducted at Thunderbird’s new, most technologically-advanced Global Headquarters in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

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Who Should Attend?

  • Early to mid-stage professionals pursuing careers in the global creative industries and seeking professional advancement, next level training and employment opportunities.
  • Creative-minded individuals looking to accelerate their careers by acquiring business acumen and 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 nonprofit, who seek practical skill sets (finance, accounting, marketing) to advance professionally.

Curriculum

Curriculum

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
TGM598: Creative Industries Career Boot Camp 3
TGM506: Communicating & Negotiating Across Cultures in Global Creative Industries 3
TGM549: Leadership in the Global Creative Industries 3
TGM586: Entrepreneurship & Sustainable Business in Global Creative Industries 3
TGM598: Metaverse & Global Extended Reality 3
HDA598: Creativity & Design Thinking in Global Creative Industries 3
HDA521: Counting Arts & Culture in the Global Creative Industries 3
TGM503: Marketing in Global Creative Industries 3
TGM517: Finance & Accounting in Global Creative Industries 3
TGM541: Strategy in a Competitive World 3

 

Financial Aid and Costs

Financial Aid

Program Costs

Average program scholarship (USD): 10%-15% of total program costs.


This program is currently not eligible for federal financial aid or veterans’ benefits.

Fees USD$
Application Fee (Domestic) $70
Application Fee (International) $115
Program Deposit $500
Program Cost  $60,000

 

Faculty

Faculty Highlights

Thunderbird Professor Euvin Naidoo

Euvin Naidoo

Distinguished Professor of Practice in Global Accounting, Risk and Agility
Thunderbird Clinical Associate Professor Patrick Lynch

Patrick Lynch

Clinical Assistant Professor of Analytics and Leadership

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

 

Program Calendar

Program Calendar 2022-23

Course Week 1 Location Week 2 Location
Creative Industries Career Boot Camp Aug. 21-27 LA N/A N/A
Communicating & Negotiating Across Cultures in Global Creative Industries Sept. 9-10 PHX Sept.23-24 PHX
Leadership in the Global Creative Industries Oct. 14-15 LA Oct. 28-29 LA
Entrepreneurship & Sustainable Business in Global Creative Industries Nov. 18-19 LA Dec. 2-3 LA
Metaverse & Global Extended Reality Jan. 13-14 LA Jan. 27-28 LA
Creativity & Design Thinking in Global Creative Industries Feb. 10-11 LA Feb. 24-25 LA
Counting Arts & Culture in the Global Competetive Industries (IP and Data Analytics) Mar. 23-24 LA Apr. 6-7 LA
Marketing in Global Creative Industries Apr. 20-21 LA May 4-5 LA
Finance & Accounting in Global Creative Industries May 18-19 LA June 1-2 LA
Strategy in a Competetive World (Present your business plan to class) June 20-26 LA N/A N/A

 

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