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The Online Master of Global Management (OMGM) program puts Thunderbird’s world-famous curriculum, faculty and culture into a design and modality that provides ultimate flexibility and affordability. Using one of our suggested tracks as your guide, you can choose the pace at which to pursue your degree depending on what works with your busy schedule. While 100% of coursework is offered online asynchronously, you have the opportunity to meet and network with your cohort in person by beginning the program on Thunderbird’s historic campus or attending an experiential practicum abroad. 

Program Length, estimated time commitment and courses per session

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Credit hours


Duration in months
Work experience
7 years on average, 2 years preferred
Student age
32 years on average
Online, with optional onsite learning opportunities
25% of students from outside of U.S.
Degree earned
Master of Global Management


Tuition cost
Other fees may apply. See Tuition Cost tab.

Estimated Total Tuition Cost

Tuition Fee* for 2017   


Optional: Thunderbird Campus Module


Optional: International Field Seminar

$3,000 each**

*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.

**Additional tuition/fees may apply based on your specific program. Check with an advisor for more details. Please note that tuition and fees are subject to change without prior notice, upon approval by the Arizona Board of Regents.

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

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Financial Aid
There are many different options available to help you finance your graduate education at Thunderbird. In fact, more than 80% 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. For detailed instructions or advice, contact the ASU Financial Aid team at

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Admission Requirements

  • Résumé documenting work and management experience
  • 2 essay responses
  • 1 letter of reference from a supervisor or professor
  • TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores if you did not graduate from an English-speaking university in a native English-speaking country
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions at minimum, validating the completion of a four-year degree

Preferred/average work experience

On average, the students in Thunderbird's Online MGM program have 7 years of work experience. Our preferred work experience duration is at least 2 years.

Application fee

Domestic application fee: $70
International application fee: $90

Enrollment deposit

Domestic & international enrollment deposit: $500

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.  


Please send transcripts to Arizona State University.

Application Deadlines*

Spring 2017 - January start
Oct. 1, 2016 First-round deadline
Nov. 30, 2016 Second-round deadline
Dec. 20, 2016 Completed application deadline
Summer 2017 - May start
Jan. 15, 2017 First-round deadline
Mar. 15, 2017 Second-round deadline
May 5, 2017 Completed application deadline
Fall 2017 - August start
March 15, 2017 First-round deadline
June 30, 2017 Second-round deadline
July 30, 2017 Completed application deadline

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

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Online Master of Global Management

In the Online MGM program, you earn the same degree as Thunderbird’s globally recognized Master of Global Management, but will do so in a flexible online format. While the program curriculum is delivered 100% online, you have the opportunity to add an in-person component to your graduate experience in either of the following ways:

Optional in-person opportunities

Experiential Practicum: Global Field Seminar

You may choose to complete some of your 5 required Experiential Practicum credits by completing a 2 credit hour face-to-face Global Field Seminar. Global Field Seminars are hands-on learning experiences in a focused region of the world, composed of site visits, high-level meetings and presentations. Travel with faculty and fellow Thunderbird students to meet with business, government and cultural leaders to learn what makes doing business in the region unique. Past locations include: China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and the UAE. (NOTE: Requires a minimum of 20 students registered for the course to run.)

Thunderbird Campus Module

Start off with an intense immersion into Thunderbird curriculum, faculty and culture with this option. This week-long residency is held on Thunderbird’s campus in Glendale, Arizona, where you can personally meet many of your faculty and fellow T-birds. Experience the on-campus vibe that has come to be known as the Thunderbird Mystique. You’ll fully complete 3 credit hours of courses before you leave. Receive an introduction to Thunderbird services including the Career Management Center to help you keep your career moving in the right direction. (NOTE: Requires a minimum of 20 students registered for the course to run.)

Curriculum/Course Descriptions

Note: Program tracks and course curriculum subject to availability and class size.

TGM 551 Global Marketing Strategy (2 Credit)

Covers the major concepts involved in creating and sustaining customer value, analyzing the firm's macro environment, choosing whether or not to enter a foreign market, how to evaluate different foreign markets, the best methods for entering different markets, the market research design process, understanding consumer and B2B customer behavior, and ethical issues encountered in global marketing.

Prerequisites: None
TGM 548 Global Strategy (2 Credit)

Focuses on how global firms create value. Covers topics ranging from country-specific competitive advantage and the notion of distance to alternative global strategy archetypes and sources of competitive advantage for emerging market multinationals. The approach applies multiple decision-making tools and frameworks to untangle the complexities of managing in a global corporation.

Prerequisites: TGM 504 or TGM 540 and TGM 541
TGM 549 Global Leadership (2 Credit)

Explores the concept of effective leadership within and across a variety of organizations and global contexts. Definitions of "leadership" and strategies for becoming an accomplished leader abound. Rather than attempt to narrowly focus our attention on definitions, leadership styles, and supposedly "definitive" theories of leadership, focuses on the demands of and competencies associated with excellent leadership. Most importantly, examines how leaders sense the need for and then manage organizational change. Given the increasingly complex world we live in and the ongoing and rapid rate of change, change management has become one of the most critical of leadership skills.

Prerequisites: TGM 504 or TGM 540
TGM 532 Leading Global Projects (2 Credit)

Provides an overview of the global context of project leadership. Global project leaders work at the intersection of project management, leadership in a project context and cross-cultural effectiveness. Exposes students to key project leadership approaches including stakeholder management, methods for increasing inclusion on global project teams and building high-performing global project teams. Uses case studies, a simulation, several exercises and interactive discussions.

Prerequisites: None
TGM 509 Regional Business Environment II: Developed Markets (2 Credit)

Provides future global managers with the analytical tools and frameworks for understanding the European business environment. Also provides a broad understanding of the region in order to be successful therein. Deals with the political, social and economic context within which business activities take place in Europe. In order to succeed as managers in the environment, requires knowledge of political, social, cultural, economic, business and regional economic factors, both across the European landscape and within individual countries.

Prerequisites: TGM 508
TGM 522 Global Financial Decisions (2 Credit)

Covers modern practices of financial decision-making and management in a market-oriented multinational framework. Topics addressed include capital structure decisions, risk management involving financial derivatives and currency hedging, cross-border investment decisions, subsidiary management, and cross-border merger and acquisitions.

Prerequisites: TGM 521
TGM 508 Regional Business Environment I: Emerging Markets (2 Credit)

As an extension of states and markets in a global economy, provides an analysis of contextual factors that influence dynamic business environments by employing frameworks that integrate political, economic, geographic, and sociocultural factors in a specific regional area. In the case of Latin America, the course then focuses on individual country cases: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Peru, and Venezuela. The course also covers major free trade agreements (NAFTA, Mercosur, CAFTA, FTAA) and their implications for doing business in the region. The purposes of the course are 1) to provide the international manager with a general familiarity with Latin America; and 2) to develop analytical tools useful for understanding the region.

Prerequisites: TGM 505
TGM 531 Multinational Value Chain (2 Credit)

Exposes students to the strategies and challenges associated with moving goods, services, information and associated payments across complex, globally dispersed value chains to end customers. Topics include value-chain structures, supplier partnerships, cross-cultural issues, technology, data networks, global logistics, risk management and value-chain mapping. A field project provides students with an opportunity to work in teams applying the course concepts to increase customer value in a real value chain.

Prerequisites: None
TGM 552 Global Marketing Management (2 Credit)

Covers the functional aspects of marketing including decisions relating to segmentation, targeting, branding, product development, pricing, distribution and advertising/promotion. Students integrate their knowledge of these topics through the creation of an international marketing plan based on a product or service and in a country approved by the instructor.

Prerequisites: TGM 551
TGM 512 Managerial Accounting And Decision Making In A Global Environment (2 Credit)

Covers the development and use of managerial accounting information, including both financial and nonfinancial performance measures, in making long- and short-run decisions. Topics include cost-profit-volume analysis, cost behavior, relevant costs, job-order and processes costing, activity-based cost management and the analysis of customer profitability.

Prerequisites: TGM 501 or 511
TGM 530 Big Data In The Age Of The Global Economy (2 Credit)

Creating a sustainable IT-dependent competitive advantage is a major goal for forward-thinking multinational organizations. Understands how multinational organizations make strategic use of Big Data to gain a competitive advantage in the global economy. Covers the important technological aspects of big data from a managerial viewpoint. Delves into the understanding of global data and how this data must be standardized to account for differences in collection methods, legal constraints and cultural interpretation to create a reliable platform for evaluation.

Prerequisites: None
TGM 521 Managing For Global Value Creation (2 Credit)

Equips students with the tools necessary to make strategic financing and investment decisions for value creation in a competitive global environment. Topics addressed include financial analysis and projections; working capital management and investment management (derivation of cash flows, cost of capital, discounted cash flow valuation, and capital budgeting decisions).

Prerequisites: None
TGM 581 Negotiating In A Global Context (2 Credit)

Provide students with knowledge, skills, insights and experience necessary to be a competent negotiator. Covers theories of cross-cultural negotiation and how these impact business interactions. Students gain insight into personal and cultural underpinnings that influences cognitive, affective and negotiation behavioral processes. Expands skills in achieving communication and negotiating competence through the understanding and practice of increased appropriateness, flexibility and adaptability.

Prerequisites: TGM 579
TGM 511 Global Financial Accounting (2 Credit)

Accrual accounting concepts, teaching students how to prepare and understand the content of traditional financial statements. Topics include the recognition and measurement of accounting events; preparation and analysis of income statements, balance sheets and statements of cash flows; and the measurement of revenue, expenses, assets, liabilities and stockholders' equity, including both U.S. and international principles.

Prerequisites: None
TGM 541 Competitive Strategy In A Global Environment (2 Credit)

Focuses on choices that impact the performance of the entire organization. Examines central questions: Why are some industries and firms more profitable than others? How do firms create competitive advantage? How does the choice of strategy drive organizational performance? How do firms manage scarce resources in the pursuit of strategic objectives? How do firms create unique and sustainable industry positions?

Prerequisites: None
TGM 579 Communication In A Global Context (2 Credit)

In a dynamic and interactive format, this course presents a framework of models and skills for building communication performance in competitive global business settings. This course assists you in implementing strategies for mastering interpersonal encounters, including conflict resolution, in multicultural environments. We will not only examine theories of communication, but will place you in experiential situations in which you’ll develop valuable global management skills. Using cases, self-assessment questionnaires, multicultural team exercises and simulations, this course equips the global manager with the ability to solve problems and take advantage of opportunities in a multi-cultural world.

Prerequisites: None
TGM 540 Managing People From A Global Perspective (2 Credit)

Explores the mix of organizational practices and people that can be the basis of sustainable competitive advantage in the contemporary global business environment. Topics covered include cross-cultural issues in managing people, traditional and emerging models of organizations, organizational culture, leadership, employee skills and motivation, reward systems and change management.

Prerequisites: None
TGM 505 States & Markets In The Global Political Economy (2 Credit)

Global managers operate in an international economy that presents tremendous opportunities as well as risks. Globalization has dramatically expanded opportunities for international trade, investment and economic development. At the same time, global managers have to deal with the prospect of trade wars, international financial crises and intensified competition over markets and resources. In addition, international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization and World Bank Group have a direct impact on international business operations. Develops analytical tools for understanding the rapidly changing and dynamic global political. With these tools, managers are better prepared to anticipate the risks and take advantage of the opportunities they will encounter in the global economy.

Prerequisites: None

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