Master of Arts in Global Affairs & Management

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To make a difference in today’s complex and interwoven global economy, you need a firm understanding of how global relations issues like international conflict resolution, sustainable economic development and humanitarian relief can be blended with business to drive economic and social reform.

The Master of Arts in Global Affairs & Management delivers specialized cross-training in international affairs and all facets of global management, preparing you with the tools and insight to effectively change lives, communities and circumstances for the better.

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Credit hours


In months depending on internships taken
Work experience
Not required for admission
Student age
25 years on average
On-campus with international experiential practicum options
Students from 22+ countries
Degree earned
Master of Arts in Global Affairs & Management


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

Estimated Total Tuition Cost

Tuition Fee* for 2017  

$60,000 (4-semester program)

*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.

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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. Contact the ASU Financial Aid team at or learn more at:


Thunderbird Scholarships

Thunderbird offers merit-based Global Excellence scholarships, Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowships, military service scholarships, fellowships for high-potential students from emerging markets and more. Plus, any student referred by a member of our alumni is eligible for a Global Excellence scholarship worth up to 40% of degree program tuition! Exclusions apply.

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Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowships

For all you've given, we're giving back. Thunderbird is pleased to offer Peace Corps Coverdell Fellowships to eligible Peace Corps volunteers. 

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Five additional colleges within the ASU system also offer Coverdell Fellowships. 
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Admission Requirements

  • Competitive GMAT/GRE score
  • TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores if you did not graduate from an English-speaking university in a native English-speaking country
  • 1 letter of reference from a supervisor or professor
  • Résumé documenting your professional and academic history
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions, validating the completion of a four-year degree
  • Interview(s) with Thunderbird admissions representative or alumni may be required
  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited university degree program
  • 2 essay questions


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.

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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 fee

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

Applications will not be processed until the fee is received and fees are non-refundable.

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

Fall 2018 - August start
Sept. 1, 2017 Application opens
Oct. 30, 2017 Early consideration deadline
Nov. 30, 2017 First-round deadline
Jan. 30, 2018 Scholarship** & Second-round deadline
Mar. 30, 2018 International* deadline
May 25, 2018 Final deadline

*These students must take pre-degree business English preparation classes.
**Applications received on or before the published scholarship deadline will be considered for scholarships. Applications received after the deadline will be considered for scholarships pending availability of scholarship funds.

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The Master of Arts in Global Affairs Management is designed to provide you with the political, economic and cultural training to thrive in international affairs and global relations. The MA in Global Affairs Management features coursework in international relations, political economy and area studies taught by world-class multinational faculty members. The curriculum also includes accounting, finance, marketing, management and entrepreneurship – all from a global perspective – with a breadth of additional global affairs electives for specialization. This program is 45 credit hours including 33 core courses and 12 hours of electives.

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

Curriculum/Course Descriptions

Master of Arts in  Global Affairs & Management

SGS 505 (6 Credit)

This course prepares students for the Global Field Project. In addition to scheduled classes, each student will meet with her/his advisor at regular intervals during the semester to prepare for the Global Field Project (at least once every three weeks). During the semester: (i) Students will identify a project and secure a workplace (host institution) for their Global Field Project, (ii) Prepare a Work Plan which includes objectives, likely issues to be encountered, decision making area(s) to be studied, approach / methodology, and (iii) Identifies specifications of the case study deliverable. An important secondary objective will be network building, and development of an esprit de corps among Global Studies Masters students. Accordingly, the class venue and atmosphere will be conducive to conversation.

Prerequisites: SGS 594
SGS 504 The Individual As Decision Maker In Global Contexts (3 Credit)

Focuses on the role of the Individual decision maker in cross-cultural contexts, acting in the context of globally engaged institutions. The individual is virtually always embedded in an institutional environment whether as manager, planner, advocate, frequently acting as part of a team. It is recognized that the various agents/stakeholders involved in addressing an issue, negotiating a deal, in a global context, almost invariable hold
significantly different worldviews, cultural norms and decision-making styles. Deals with the individual decision maker in both public and private decision-making milieus. Discusses modes of intervention and initiative. Addresses issues of leadership, reconciliation of different decision-making modes, and acting effectively in cross-cultural environments. Emphasizes decision making under high uncertainty, using case studies, e.g., pending nationalizations or privatization.

Prerequisites: SGS 501 and SGS 502 and SGS 503
SGS 503 Global Decision Making Under Uncertainty (3 Credit)

Examines and critically assesses approaches and methods used in decision making and planning under uncertainty in global contexts, e.g., scenarios, SWOT, risk analysis, contingency planning, gaming, economic forecasting, anticipation-foresight techniques, decision making under complex conditions, and rapid assessment techniques. Explores the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches under varying conditions,
synergies achievable through application of multiple methodologies, and normative assumptions underlying various methodologies. Students gain "hands-on" experience in the use of a variety of techniques through assignments based on real-world situations.

Prerequisites: SGS 501 and SGS 502
SGS 502 Global Institutions And Actors (3 Credit)

Examines key types of global institutions, (1) multinational businesses, e.g., Toyota, (2) international development organizations, e.g., the World Bank, and (3) voluntary organizations, e.g., the Red Cross/Crescent, in terms of the roles that they play in shaping localized outcomes. Using case studies, explores the impact of international actors in terms of the power and influence that they exert through international treaties, standards,
information diffusion, influence on local governments and other organizations, dissemination of international "best practice."

Prerequisites: None
SGS 501 Global Theory (3 Credit)

Examines theoretical and analytical frameworks employed by institutions to frame action related to increased global uncertainty including economic, sociological, psychological, decision theory, gaming and institutional behavior frameworks. Uses case studies in key global issue areas such as climate change/natural hazards, energy security, urbanization, food security, security, failed states.

Prerequisites: None
TGM 507 Global Organizational Consulting (3 Credit)

Consulting course provides an overview of the field of consulting and the role of the management consultant. Familiarizes students with the tools and techniques used during a consulting engagement, including project entry, problem definition, intervention planning, data collection, problem solving, alternative generation, feedback, project exit, client relations skills and project management. Requires students to work in project teams to solve business problems in organizations through the application and expansion of technical skills acquired in other classes. *Requires Application*

**This course can be applied to a certificate.** 

TGM 506 Communicating and Negotiating In A Global Context (3 Credit)

This dynamic and interactive course provides managers with an effective framework for achieving their goals in global management settings. Assists students to prepare for and execute time-tested strategies for achieving communication competence with persons from different cultures. Also covers negotiating in the global context. Not only examines theories of culture and communications, but also places students in an experiential
situation to gain valuable skills for overcoming obstacles in global management environments. Through use of cases, multicultural team exercises, student negotiation exercises and simulations, equips the global manager with tools to solve problems and take advantage of opportunities in a multicultural world.

**This course can be applied to a certificate.** 

Prerequisites: None
TGM 504 Managing Organizations From A Global Perspective (3 Credit)

Covers two key aspects of successfully managing an organization in a global environment. The first component covers the strategic direction of the organization, and the second component discusses how to harness the power of people in the organization to build teams and lead people to execute the strategy.

Prerequisites: None
TGM 503 Global Marketing (3 Credit)

Provides a managerial orientation to the topic of global marketing in today's complex, rapidly changing international business environment. A key focus is developing competitive advantage by creating customer value. Course participants gain a fundamental understanding of marketing strategy and marketing analysis (i.e., customer, competitor and company analysis) as well as an appreciation of the basic strategic issues involved in market segmentation, market targeting and market positioning in the international arena. Also examines the major tactics/tools used by global marketers to facilitate the management of their international marketing plans (i.e., product development, pricing strategies, marketing communications, distribution management). Emphasizes developing skills for entering new markets and sustaining or growing current markets.

**This course can be applied to a certificate.** 

Prerequisites: None
TGM 502 Financial Management For Global Value Creation (3 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).

**This course can be applied to a certificate.** 

Prerequisites: None
TGM 501 Global Accounting (3 Credit)

Focuses on two aspects of accounting: financial and managerial accounting. Financial accounting is about how outsiders view and evaluate an organization such as a business, a not-for-profit entity or a governmental operation. It focuses on how economic events are reflected in a firm's financial statements including a balance sheet, an income statement and a statement of cash flows. It also focuses on how financial statement information is used by various stakeholders such as shareholders, creditors, employees and customers in making decisions with regard to the firm, including credit decisions and/or valuing a firm's equity securities. Analysis and equity management accounting involves providing information, both financial and non-financial, to management and employees to aid in planning, organizing activities, and monitoring and controlling business performance.

**This course can be applied to a certificate.** 


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.

**This course can be applied to a certificate.** 

Prerequisites: TGM 540 and TGM 541
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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