Executive Master of Arts in Global Affairs & Management

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At the Intersection of Global Business, Public Policy and Law

For over 70 years, Thunderbird has been the vanguard of global management and leadership education. Home to the world’s #1-ranked Master of Global Management (THE/WSJ 2019), Thunderbird produces unique leaders capable of tackling the world’s greatest challenges. Our innovative and practical curriculum compliments a strong core of global business management skills, international political economy and cross-cultural training, with a transdisciplinary approach. Our alumni network of over 45,000 graduates across 170 global chapters includes leaders in every sector across the globe. 

As part of the Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise System, ranked #1 for innovation in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report 2019), we prepare global leaders to manage in today’s environment of constant technological innovation and disruption. To make a difference in this complex and interwoven global economy, managers need a firm understanding of how to leverage the immense opportunities and manage the threats arising from this digital era. From leveraging artificial intelligence to find solutions to planetary challenges, and blockchain to leverage community resources, to using virtual reality in conflict resolutions, tomorrow’s leaders need to be future-ready and able to work across sectors and disciplines. 

Choose Between Three Areas of Focus

Pursue a graduate degree in a distinct global focus area to further refine your degree and boost your marketability. Courses are delivered by Thunderbird’s world-class faculty in partnership with faculty from Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law and Watt’s College of Public Service and Community Solutions. The Executive Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management includes concentrations in Global Public Policy, Global Business, and Global Law. 

Designed for Busy Mid-Career Professionals

This program was developed to help globally-minded mid-career professionals in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors take their careers to the next level. It prepares graduates for leadership positions within their existing organizations or to make a bold move in their careers by switching industries entirely. The flexible schedule- every other Friday through Saturday- is designed to offer busy professionals the flexibility they require in order to take on a challenging program while maintaining a demanding full-time job. The one-year program allows students to earn a master’s from the world’s top global leadership and management school in an accelerated format, so that they can immediately put their newly acquired skills to work and leverage Thunderbird’s global network of over 45,000 alumni to advance their career goals.


Global Public Policy
Global Public Policy

global business
Global Business

global law
Global Law


Master's in Management
Times Higher Education/ Wall Street Journal 2019


Innovation (ASU)
U.S. News & World Report 2019

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Coursework Outline

Start date: January 2020
Total Credits 30
Core Requirements 21 credits
9 credits (choose one of three tracks)
Weekend Schedule Every other Friday and Saturday
Tracks Global Business, Global Policy, Global Law


Winter: One week immersion course (January): Globalization 4.0: Global Affairs in the 21st Century

Three core courses (February - May):

  1. 4th Industrial Revolution in a Global Economy
  2. The Craft of Global Networks in Global Affairs
  3. Global Leadership and Management

One core course and one elective (May - July):

  • Two courses from selected track
August break

Two electives plus the core capstone course (September-December):

  1. Selected Track Course
  2. Global Trade and Finance
  3. Global Entrepreneurship

One week immersion capstone course:

  • Global Leadership and Strategy

*pending approval

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Spring (January start)

June 7
First-round deadline
July 26
Second-round deadine
October 4 Third-round and international student deadline
November 29 Final deadline

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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited university degree program
  • Competitive TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores (if you did not graduate from an English-speaking university in a native English-speaking country)
  • Official GMAT/GRE score (waivers available)
  • International experience
  • Submission of online application, including
    • Resume documenting professional and academic history
    • 1 essay answering an application question
    • Contact information for 1 professional or academic reference
    • Official transcripts from all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • Admissions interview(s), if applicable


Transcripts for graduate admissions must be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Services department at the main Arizona State University campus. To expedite the processing of your application, please write your application reference number on all documents and envelopes submitted to ASU. Materials submitted without your application reference number will delay the processing of your application.

If sending by U.S. mail:If sending by FedEx, DHL or UPS:If sending electronically:
Admission Services Applicant Processing
Arizona State University
Graduate Admission Services
PO Box 871004
Tempe, AZ 85287-1004
Arizona State University
Graduate Admission Services
1150 East University Drive Building C, Room 226
Tempe, AZ  85281
Email gradtranscripts@asu.edu
Applicants in IndiaApplicants in China
If you are currently in India, you can send your official transcripts directly to our enrollment advisor in Mumbai at the following address.
Mumbai Bandra Kurla Complex - Kalina
Level 2 Raheja Centre Point 294 CST Road Near Mumbai University, Off Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai, 400 098
T: +91 22 67078700
ATTN: Poonam Venkatesh
If you are currently in China, please note that you can send your official transcripts directly to us in Beijing at the following address:
ASU Enrollment Advisor
Jianwai SOHO, Building 17, Suite 705
39 East 3rd Ring Middle Road, Chaoyang
Beijing, China 100022. (北京市朝阳区建外soho西区 17号楼,705室;邮编100022)
T: +86 15311265171

Global leadership potential

Our Admissions team will consider both your professional and personal experience when assessing your fit for the program. On average, our students have five years of professional experience before entering the program; however, each candidate's global leadership potential—and his or her ability to bring global experience and cultural insight into the classroom—is of utmost importance to our Admissions team. We seek to fill our program with globally minded students whose professional or personal experiences will add value to the diverse cultural and social Thunderbird experience.

International students

The application process for international students is the same as for domestic students, with the exception of submitting proof of English proficiency (for students whose native language is not English). After admission, you will also be required to obtain a U.S. visa, which includes submitting a graduate financial guarantee. All international transcripts must be submitted in their original language accompanied by an official English translation. Translations must be literal, complete versions of the originals and must be translated by a university, government official or official translation service. You may not complete your own translation. Photocopies and notarized transcripts are not acceptable.

English proficiency requirements

Applicants are required to meet certain English proficiency standards for acceptance. If your English proficiency scores are below acceptance standards, you may be required to take pre-degree English instruction to ensure you meet the level of English proficiency needed to succeed in your graduate studies. Learn more.

Application & Program Costs

Application & Program Costs


Application Fee (Domestic)*


Application Fee (International)*


Program Deposit** (make your deposit here)


Program Cost


Contact your admissions representative to learn more about estimated costs for books and materials, global experience and living expenses.

*Applications will not be processed until the fee is received and fees are non-refundable.
**The ​enrollment deposit ​confirms your acceptance of admission and reserves ​your ​seat ​in ​the ​program, allowing you to register for your first term courses. All ​deposit funds ​are ​​applied ​to ​your ​student ​account.


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NOTE: All amounts shown in the Tuition and Fees Schedules or in other university publications or Web pages represent tuition and fees as currently approved. However, Arizona State University reserves the right to increase or modify tuition and fees without prior notice, upon approval by the Arizona Board of Regents or as otherwise consistent with board policy, and to make such modifications applicable to students enrolled at ASU at that time as well as to incoming students. In addition, all tuition amounts and fees are subject to change at any time for correction of errors. Finally, please note that fee amounts billed for any period may be adjusted at a future date.

EMAGAM 2020 Course Schedule

EMAGAM 2020 Course Schedule

Spring 2020: Residence Week:
8am - 6pm Monday Jan 13-2020
8am - 6pm Tuesday Jan 14-2020
8am - 6pm Wednesday Jan 15-2020
8am - 6pm Thursday Jan 16-2020
8am - 6pm Friday Jan 17-2020
Spring 2020: Weekends
8am - 6pm Friday Jan 31-2020
8am - 6pm Saturday Feb 1-2020
8am - 6pm Friday Feb 14-2020
8am - 6pm Saturday Feb 15-2020
8am - 6pm Friday Feb 28-2020
8am - 6pm Saturday Feb 29-2020
8am - 6pm Friday Mar 20-2020
8am - 6pm Saturday Mar 21-2020
8am - 6pm Friday April 3-2020
8am - 6pm Saturday April 4-2020
8am - 6pm Friday April 17-2020
8am - 6pm Saturday April 18-2020
8am - 6pm Friday May 1-2020
8am - 6pm Saturday May 2-2020
Summer 2020: Weekends
8am - 8pm Friday May 29-2020
8am - 6pm Saturday May 30-2020
8am - 8pm Friday Jun 12-2020
8am - 6pm Saturday Jun 13-2020
8am - 8pm Friday Jun 26-2020
8am - 6pm Saturday Jun 27-2020
8am - 8pm Friday Jul 10-2020
8am - 6pm Saturday Jul 11-2020
Fall 2020: Weekends
8am - 6pm Friday Aug 28-2020
8am - 6pm Saturday Aug 29-2020
8am - 6pm Friday Sep 11-2020
8am - 6pm Saturday Sep 12-2020
8am - 6pm Friday Sep 25-2020
8am - 6pm Saturday Sep 26-2020
8am - 6pm Friday Oct 9-2020
8am - 6pm Saturday Oct 10-2020
8am - 6pm Friday Oct 23-2020
8am - 6pm Saturday Oct 24-2020
8am - 6pm Friday Nov 6-2020
8am - 6pm Saturday Nov 7-2020
8am - 6pm Friday Nov 20-2020
8am - 6pm Saturday Nov 21-2020
Fall 2020: Graduation Week
8am - 6pm Monday Dec 7-2020
8am - 6pm Tuesday Dec 8-2020
8am - 6pm Wednesday Dec 9-2020
8am - 6pm Thursday Dec 10-2020
8am - 6pm Friday Dec 11-2020

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At a Glance

12 Months
30 credits delivered in a one-week immersive course in January and every other weekend (18 weekends) over 11 months in quarters
Washington D.C.


Credit hours
Average work experience
5-8 years
Student age
35 years on average
43 countries represented in student body


Tuition cost
Other fees may apply. See Tuition Cost tab.
Degree Earned
Executive Master in Global Affairs & Management