More than ever, organizations in all sectors need versatile leaders with high management acumen. The Master of Leadership and Management (OMLM) is designed to deliver mastery in 21st-century leadership and management principles and practices. It prepares leaders to take on additional managerial responsibilities in global organizations or to make a career change across industries or sectors. This management program focuses on cross-cultural communication, finance, data analytics, marketing and working in diverse, global teams. The real-world curriculum combines Thunderbird’s prestigious tradition of graduate education with cutting-edge technology to deliver a transformative graduate degree.

Designed to empower graduates with well-rounded, future-ready skill sets, this transformational master's degree provides a strategically choreographed progression through every facet of international management. Courses span the gamut of Thunderbird's online offerings, from accounting and data-driven decision-making to global finance and marketing. Students also receive hands-on, experiential learning opportunities in practical, real-world situations through elective courses that allow them to apply their full range of professional skills acquired during their studies, preparing them to lead in all sectors: government, private enterprise, non-governmental organizations and nonprofits.

*Program named Master of Applied Leadership and Management until Fall 2022. Name is subject to approval.


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 Master of Leadership and Management'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 Navigating Global and Regional Business Environments

(TAM 505 is offered asynchronously online or one-week in-person in Phoenix)

TAM 511 Global Accounting: Managing with Numbers 3
TAM 521 Financial Value Creation for Leaders 3
TAM 530 Data Analytics and Digital Transformation in a Global World 3
TAM 541 Strategy in a Competitive World (Capstone Course) 3
TAM 557 Customer Experience and Digital Marketing in a Global World 3
TAM 582 Communicating and Negotiating in a Dynamic Global World (Core Course) 3
TGM 586 Global Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Business 3
Thunderbird Applied Learning (Choose 1) (a minimum of 3 credits)
TAM 589 Global Field Seminar 3
TGM 596 Thunderbird Experiential Practicum (GCL) 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 Leadership & Management (OMLM) 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 $39,000 (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. The degree awarded is the Master of Leadership and Management. Our diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person.

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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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