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More than ever, today's global organizations need versatile leaders and managers with creative problem-solving skills who can elevate diverse teams across cultures in multiple markets around the world. Students expand their repertoire and sharpen their skills in Thunderbird's Master of Applied Leadership and Management program, a unique graduate degree program with classes taught by Thunderbird's world-class professors. The program is designed to explore new leadership and management practices for global organizations from a global perspective in order to deliver the highest quality graduate education in a flexible online format.

The Master of Applied Leadership and Management program is designed specifically for students from around the world and allows them to become a part of the globally connected Thunderbird alumni network that opens doors and opportunities all over the world.

Thunderbird School of Global Management has produced unique leaders for more than 70 years, leaders in every sector capable of tackling the world's greatest challenges. The alumni network comprises 45,000 graduates and 170 chapters around the globe.


Who Should Attend?

  • Leaders who want to drive growth and proactively respond to social, political, regulatory, and natural forces that impact their business and workplace
  • Mid-level managers who support and lead teams who are looking to gain advanced skills in leadership in order to achieve a promotion
  • 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 and leadership development

Curriculum & Specialization

Program Curriculum

The MALM's one-of-a-kind cutting edge curriculum features 30 credit hours and provides students with the flexibility to choose from a variety of instructional courses, as well as applied learning opportunities, including: Thunderbird's Global Challenge Lab, Global Organizational Consulting, and a Global Field Seminar.

Course Credits
TAM 505 Managing the Global & Regional Business Environment 3
TAM 511 Global Accounting: Managing with Numbers 3
TAM 521 Financial Value Creation for Leaders 3
TAM 530 Leading Digital & Data Decision Making 3
TAM 541 Strategy in a Competitive World 3
TAM 557 Global Marketing Strategy & Management 3
TAM 582 Communicating & Negotiating in a Dynamic World 3
TAM 542 Global Leadership & Personal Development 3
Thunderbird Applied Learning I and II (a minimum of 6 credits)
TAM 589: Global Field Seminar 3
TAM 596: Thunderbird Challenge Laboratory 3
TGM 507: Global Organizational Consulting 3
TAM 534: Global Venture Creation 3


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Applied Learning

The Thunderbird Global Challenge Lab (GCL) program is a capstone course at Thunderbird that engages a team of four to five Master of Applied Leadership & Management (MALM) candidates with a client in an advanced or emerging market. The team spends one week working on the project onsite with their client. 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.

Financial Aid & Costs

Financial Aid

Program Costs

Scholarships of 50% of the total tuition costs are available for students from emerging economies.


Fees USD$
Application fee (domestic) $70
Application fee (international) $70
Program deposit Not required
Total program cost $33,300 (USD)


Our Faculty & Online Learning

Faculty Highlights

Thunderbird Professor Roy Nelson

Roy Nelson

Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Associate Professor
Thunderbird Senior Associate Dean Lena Booth

Lena Booth

Senior Associate Dean of International Academic Partnerships
Thunderbird Associate Dean and Professor Seigyoung Auh

Seigyoung Auh

Associate Dean of Research, Professor of Global Marketing & Research Faculty, Center for Services Leadership
Thunderbird Clinical Professor Mark Esposito

Mark Esposito

Clinical Professor of Global Shifts and the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Thunderbird Exec Director and Professor Doug Guthrie

Doug Guthrie

Executive Director of Thunderbird China and Professor

Online Learning

Our custom-designed degree programs and courses are delivered online by the same award-winning faculty who teach on campus. These eminent professors design the courses using state-of-the-art technology and instructional tools, providing you with a direct connection to the knowledge and expertise of our renowned faculty.

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Requirements & Deadlines

Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Recommended application processing time is 6 weeks.

Deadline Dates
January start December 15
March start February 20
May start April 30
June start June 10
August start July 31
October start September 20


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