MGM: Concentration Classes

Thunderbird's specialized Master of Global Management degree delivers cross-cultural, hands-on training in the nuances of international management, preparing you with the perfect balance of practical and people skills to inspire, influence and drive global success. Then, you'll broaden your mindset and marketability by pairing your deep-dive leadership training with an innovative concentration area and foreign language options.

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Global Business (STEM Certified)

STEM Certified

The world is innovating. Technology is changing the way we live and work. To succeed in this new paradigm, where machine learning and artificial intelligence are driving all industries' practices to a level never before imagined, a revitalized brand of leadership is essential. In a world of technological transformation, Thunderbird is developing nimble, ethical leaders who are equipped to build sustainable businesses, economies, cultures and environments.

12 credits of Concentration coursework (Choose any 12 credits): 

Offered through the Thunderbird School of Global Management: 

  • TGM 518 International Finance and Trade (3 credits)

  • TGM 519 Global Financial Engineering (3 credits)

  • TGM 523 Global Investments (3 credits)

  • TGM 524 Valuation of the Private Firm (3 credits)

  • TGM 525 Global Financing and Forecasting of the Private Firms (3 credits)

  • TGM 527 Global Private Equity (3 credits)

  • TGM 528 Global Financial Engineering (3 credits)

  • TGM 529 Multinational Corporate Finance (3 credits)

  • TGM 553 Global Customer Decision-Making (3 credits)

  • TGM 554 Global Marketing Research (3 credits)

  • TGM 556 Global Strategic Services Marketing (3 credits)

  • TGM 558 Data Analysis for Strategic Marketing (3 credits)

  • TGM 559 Global Brand Management (3 credits)

  • TGM 543 Strategic Management of Technology & Innovation (3 credits)

  • TGM 546 Regional Industrial Analysis (3 credits)

  • TGM 547 Leading Change and Transformations (3 credits)

  • TGM 585 Corporate Social Responsibility (3 credits)

  • TGM 507 Global Organizational Consulting (3 credits)

  • TGM 538 Corporate Partners (3 credits)

  • TGM 512 Managerial Accounting and Decision Making in a Global Environment (3 credits)

  • TGM 522 Global Financial Decisions (3 credits)

  • TGM 530 Big Data in the Age of the Global Economy (3 credits)

  • TGM 531 Multinational Value Chain (3 credits)

  • TGM 532 Leading Global Projects (3 credits)

  • TGM 548 Global Strategy (3 credits)

  • TGM 549 Global Leadership (3 credits)

  • TGM 598 Start-Up Investing (3 credits)

  • TGM 598 Global Corporate Strategy (3 credits)

  • TGM 598 The Global Energy Industry (3 credits)

  • TGM 598 Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation (3 credits)

  • TGM 598 The Global AI Economy (3 credits)

  • TGM 598 Global Innovation (3 credits)

  • TGM 598 Circular Economy (3 credits)

  • TGM 598 Analytics and Machine Learning for Global Business (3 credits)

  • TGM 598 Navigating Global Fintech Innovations (3 credits)

  • TGM 598 Rise of the Global Influencer Economy (3 credits)

  • TGM 598 Trending Topics in Analytics (3 credits)

  • TGM 598 Communicating and Advocating with Influence (3 credits)

  • TGM 598 Blockchain in the Global Economy (3 credits)

  • TGM 598 Global Digital Transformation (3 credits)

Offered through the W.P. Carey School of Business:

  • SCM 502 Operations & Supply Chain Management (3 credits)

  • SCM 515 Decision Models for Supply Chain Management (3 credits)

  • SCM 520 Strategic Procurement (3 credits)

  • SCM 541 Logistics in Supply Chain (3 credits)

  • SCM 542 Logistics in the Emerging Markets & in Economic Development (3 credits)

Global Affairs

Understanding the intersection between business and politics is more important than ever for managers in both the private and public sectors. World Economic Forum, Future of Jobs Survey and Jobs of the Future by McKinsey Global Institute 2017 suggested "transdisciplinary, virtual collaboration, cross-cultural competency" as important job skills for the future. The Master of Global Management, Global Affairs concentration will provide students the knowledge base and hard skills needed to succeed in the growing job markets at the nexus of global business and politics.

This concentration focuses on students who aspire to take on management positions in government agencies such as the Department of Commerce, the State Department and the Treasury Department; international organizations, such as the World Bank and World Trade Organization; and major companies that require analysts to monitory policy trends, managers to oversee global supply chains and representatives to present business interests to governments (both domestic and foreign).

12 credits of Concentration coursework (Choose any 12 credits):

  • TGM 575 Global Affairs Theory  ( 3 Credits)

  • TGM 576 Global Affairs Methods ( 3 Credits) 

  • TGM 508 or TGM 509 Regional Business Environment (3 credits) (an additional region that students have not already taken in the Required course)

  • TGM 510 Strategies in Global Development (3 credits)

  • TGM 577 International Organizations (3 credits)

  • TGM 573 Country Risk Management (3 credits)

  • TGM 518 International Finance and Trade (3 credits)

  • TGM 585 Corporate Social Responsibility in a Global Context (3 credits)

  • TGM 536 Global Trade Risk Assessment and Mitigation (3 credits)

  • TGM 537 State Power, Business Interests and Multinational Trade Agreements (3 credits)

  • TGM 598 Circular Economy (3 credits)

Global Entrepreneurship

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2017-18, Global Report, suggested that entrepreneurship activities continue to grow globally. Increasingly, the activities were triggered by opportunities rather than by necessity that drove creativity for many decades. The new digital technological transformation had created tremendous opportunities, hence the increase in the need for new, innovative ventures. Additionally, the report also found that the change in attitude towards entrepreneurship and regulations in various countries had perpetuated entrepreneurship activities. To meet this market need, Thunderbird has designed the Global Entrepreneurship concentration within the Master of Global Management degree program.

This concentration is offered to students who are interested in starting their own business, or who need to be entrepreneurial in the organizations they work for. This concentration will sharpen your entrepreneurial skills, help develop business plans for global enterprises, and promote innovation and economic growth globally.

12 credits of Concentration coursework (Choose any 12 credits):

  • TGM 524 Valuation of the Private Firm (3 credits)

  • TGM 525 Global Financing and Forecasting of the Private Firm (3 credits)

  • TGM 527 Global Private Equity (3 credits)

  • TGM 598 Global Family Business (3 credits)

  • TGM 598 Global Social Enterprise (3 credits)

  • TGM 598 Start-Up Investing (3 credits)

  • TGM 598 Building a Global Startup (3 credits)

  • TGM 598 Global Innovation (3 credits)

Global Digital Transformation (STEM Certified)

STEM Certified

Digital marketing is expected to have an 11 percent compound annual growth through 2021 (Forbes, 2017). Similarly, advances in technology have made programming and data analysis in-reach to less technically trained individuals. This has created a class of hybrid jobs that combine digital skills with marketing and design (Burning Glass, 2015). The World Economic Forum, Future of Jobs Survey and Jobs of the Future by McKinsey Global Institute 2017 suggested "transdisciplinary, new media literacy, virtual collaboration" as important job skills for the future. In response to this trend, Thunderbird has designed the Global Digital Transformation concentration within the Master of Global Management degree program.

This concentration is offered to students interested in augmenting their digital skills in the areas of marketing, design and product development. Through collaborative courses offered in partnership with other ASU colleges, students may combine the global management skills of the Master of Global Management with digital expertise.

12 credits of Concentration coursework (Choose any 12 credits):

  • TGM 530 Big Data in the Age of the Global Economy (3 credits)

  • TGM 554 Global Marketing Research (3 credits)

  • TGM 558 Data Analysis for Strategic Marketing (3 credits)

  • TGM 598 Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation (3 credits)

  • TGM 598 The Global AI Economy (3 Credits)

  • TGM 598 Global Digital Transformation (3 credits)

  • TGM 598 Global Innovation (3 credits)

  • TGM 598 Analytics and Machine Learning for Global Business (3 credits)

  • TGM 598 Navigating Global Fintech Innovations (3 credits)

  • TGM 598 Rise of the Global Influencer Economy (3 credits)

  • TGM 598 Trending Topics in Analytics (3 credits)

  • TGM 598Blockchain in the Global Economy (3 credits)

Sustainability Solutions

The World Economic Forum reports that empathy and collaboration are two critical abilities for global manager success. These are equally critical for those seeking careers in Sustainability Solutions. These abilities rely on the development of Social Capital. This program is designed to develop a student’s Social Capital through field-based action learning, team-based projects, and stretch assignments. You will have the ability to build sustainable trusting relationships—the basis of Social Capital—with others from diverse parts of the world through development of intercultural empathy, the ability to have interpersonal impact, and to act with diplomacy. This concentration is offered in collaboration with the School of Sustainability at ASU.

12 credits of Concentration coursework (choose any 12 credits):

Offered through the School of Sustainability

  • SOS 508  Pathways to Sustainability (3 credits)

  • SOS 509 Solving Sustainability Problems (3 credits)

  • SOS 514 Human Dimensions of Sustainability (3 credits)

  • SOS 545 Organizations, Sustainability and Public Policy (3 credits)

  • SOS 548 Transformational Sustainability Entrepreneurship (3 credits)

Public Policy

Jobs in public policy are expected to grow 13 percent between 2014 and 2024 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1). In addition, the nonprofit sector has seen a 49 percent increase in paid wages from 2003-2013 (Gaddy, 2016). Together the growth in jobs and wages suggests a latent demand for workers trained in the area of public policy. To meet this market need Thunderbird has designed the Pubic Policy concentration within the Master of Global Management degree program.

The target audience for the concentration are students who would like to work in cross-sector roles within public and nonprofit institutions. Other students may use this concentration as a spring board into jobs in the private sector that have significant overlap with public agencies. In short, students will be prepared in both global management and public policy in order to meet the demands of an increasingly cross-sector economy.

12 credits of Concentration coursework:

Offered in collaboration with the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions:

  • PAF 501 Public Service Research I (3 credits)

  • PAF 505 Public Policy Analysis (3 credits)

  • PAF 540 Advanced Policy Analysis (3 credits)

  • PAF 541 Program Evaluation (3 credits)

Public Administration

New research is emphasizing that the millennial generation is increasingly social-minded and are looking for public and nonprofit jobs (Chamberlain, 2018). However, positions in the area of Public Administration grew just 1.6 percent from 2016-2017 (EMSI, 2018). Similarly, only seven percent of federal employees are under the age of 30 (Curry, 2017). This mismatch between millennials' desire for meaningful work and their decreased interest in the public sector highlights that many public administration programs are not meeting current market conditions. New programs are needed that marry public administration with global management. To meet this new need, Thunderbird has designed the Public Administration concentration within the Master of Global Management degree program.

The target audience for the concentration are students who would like to work in roles within public institutions, but who do not want to limit their options to only public service. This concentration is offered in collaboration with the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at ASU.

12 credits of Concentration coursework:

Offered through the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions:

  • PAF 503 Public Affairs (3 credits)

  • PAF 505 Public Policy Analysis (3 credits)

  • PAF 506 Public Budgeting and Finance (3 credits)

  • PAF 508 Organization Behavior (3 credits)

Nonprofit Leadership and Management

In 2014 nonprofit organizations contributed $977 billion to the U.S. economy (Gaddy, 2016). Similarly, nonprofit leadership and management jobs grew 6.4 percent from 2016-2017 (EMSI, 2018). Not surprisingly, a new generation of workers is demanding jobs that both pay well and are purpose-driven (Field, 2017). Nonprofit organizations are poised to meet the double-bottom line mentality of millennials. Thus, Thunderbird has created the Nonprofit Leadership and Management concentration within the Master of Global Management degree program.

Because the lines between what types of functions a nonprofit or for-profit organization may play is increasingly blurry, we have designed a curriculum that is cross-sector in nature. The target audience for the concentration are students who would like to work in roles within nonprofit institutions, but want to bring business and global management lenses to their work.

12 credits of Concentration coursework:

Offered through the School of Public Service and Community Solutions:

  • NLM 510 The Nonprofit Sector (3 credits)

  • NLM 520 Financial and Resource Management (3 credits)

  • NLM 540 Strategic Human Resources Management (3 credits)

  • NLM 570 International Nongovernmental Organizations (3 credits)

Sustainable Tourism

Recent research indicates that 1 in 10 people are employed in a tourism related job (World Economic Forum, 2017). Another study showed that travelers are more likely to visit places if there are sustainable practices in place (Mandala, 2017). In addition, governments are recognizing the importance of sustainability, leading the United Nations to outline sustainable development goals (UN). As the tourism industry continues to adopt eco- tourism and suitability practices, a new set of skills is needed. In response, Thunderbird has designed the Sustainable Tourism concentration.

The target audience for the concentration is students interested in working in sustainable tourism, hospitality, travel and related fields. Through a collaborative sequence of courses offered in partnership with other ASU colleges, students will be able to work in and lead organizations that desire employees with global management and sustainable tourism skills.

12 credits of Concentration coursework:

Offered in collaboration with the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions: 

  • TDM 520 Sustainable Thinking in Tourism I (3 credits)

  • TDM 521 Sustainable Thinking in Tourism II (3 credits)

  • TDM 540 Sustainable Food Management in Tourism (3 credits)

  • TDM 570 Sustainable Tourism (3 credits)

  • CRD 569 Advanced Tourism and Recreation Studies (3 credits)

Creative Industries and Design Thinking

The World Economic Forum reports that empathy and collaboration are two critical abilities for global manager success. These are equally critical for those seeking careers in Creative Industries and Design Thinking. These abilities rely on the development of Social Capital. This program is designed to develop a student’s Social Capital through field-based action learning, team-based projects, and stretch assignments. You will have the ability to build sustainable trusting relationships—the basis of Social Capital—with others from diverse parts of the world through development of intercultural empathy, the ability to have interpersonal impact, and to act with diplomacy. This concentration is offered in collaboration with the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU.

12 credits of Concentration coursework:

Offered through the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts:

  • HDA 521 Arts, Culture and the Economy (Required, 3 credits)

  • HDA 513 Creativity and Design Thinking (Required, 3 credits)

  • HDA 522 Media Literacy and Distribution in the Creative Industries (3 credits)

  • GRA 501 Creative Environment and Collaborative Leadership (3 credits)

  • Approved creative enterprise development elective (3 credits)

  • Approved leadership elective (3 credits)

Digital Audience Strategy

The World Economic Forum reports that empathy and collaboration are two critical abilities for global manager success. These are equally critical for those seeking careers in Digital Audience Strategy. These abilities rely on the development of Social Capital. This program is designed to develop your Social Capital through field-based action learning, team-based projects, and stretch assignments. You will have the ability to build sustainable trusting relationships—the basis of Social Capital—with others from diverse parts of the world through development of intercultural empathy, the ability to have interpersonal impact, and to act with diplomacy.

12 credits of Concentration coursework:

Offered by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication:

  • MCO 561 Defining the Digital Audience (Required, 3 credits)

  • MCO 562 Search Engine Strategy for Digital Audience Acquisition (3 credits)

  • MCO 563 Social Media Campaigns and Engagement (3 credits)

  • MCO 564 Digital Audience Research and Behavior (3 credits)

  • MCO 565 Digital Audience Analytics (3 credits)

Development and Innovation

Recent research reveals that graduate programs in international development are in high demand. In fact, Devex found that the master's in international development was number three in their survey of most demanded degrees (Devex, 2016). In a study of international development graduates in Canada, researchers found that over 86 percent of graduate were employed (Tiessen & Cameron, 2017). In order to meet this current demand Thunderbird has created the Development and Innovation concentration within the Master of Global Management degree program.

The concentration is relevant to development practitioners seeking to complement their skills and experience and to those interested in pursuing careers in international development agencies within and beyond government, as well as in nongovernmental organizations and community organizations. Students will be equipped with the analytical and practical skills needed to engage critically in issues around innovation and development, and to work across the intersections of innovation, development policy, and global management.

12 credits of Concentration coursework (Choose any 12 credits):

Offered through the School for the Future of Innovation in Society

  • GTD 501 Global Technology and Development (3 credits)

  • GTD 503 Technology and the International Political System (3 credits)

  • GTD 511 Development Policy and Practices (3 credits)

  • GTD 505 Research Design in Technology and Development (3 credits)

  • GTD 506 Quantitative Analysis in Technology and Development  (3 credits)

Additional iCourses offered:

  • GTD 504 Technology & Development in Zones of Conflict (3 credits)

  • GTD 508 Technology & Development in Latin America(3 credits)

  • GTD 509 Technology & Development in North Africa (3 credits)

Integrated Healthcare

The World Economic Forum reports that empathy and collaboration are two critical abilities for global manager success. These are equally critical for those seeking careers in Integrated Healthcare. These abilities rely on the development of Social Capital. This program is designed to develop your Social Capital through field-based action learning, team-based projects, and stretch assignments. You will have the ability to build sustainable trusting relationships—the basis of Social Capital—with others from diverse parts of the world through development of intercultural empathy, the ability to have interpersonal impact, and to act with diplomacy.

12 credits of Concentration coursework :

Offered through the College of Health Solutions:

  • IBC 520 Integrated Health Care: The Patient-Centered Medical Home (3 credits)

  • IBC 540 Integrated Health Care Process Improvement (3 credits)

  • IBC 550 Integrated Health Care Options (3 credits)

  • IBC 585 Team-based Consultation and Leadership (3 credits)

Healthcare Delivery

Due to the aging population of the U.S. and the world, many jobs of the future will involve health care services, including health care management and delivery. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs in the area of medical and health care management will grow 20 percent between 2016-2026. The Bureau also estimates the median annual wage for health care managers is almost twice that of the U.S. median. This concentration will help to meet the growing need for health care related managers.

The target audience for the concentration are current or aspiring managers in health care that would like to hone their leadership and management skills and position themselves to move into leadership. Some health care practitioners, such as nurses and doctors, may also use the degree as a way to move from clinical practice into management. Students will gain perspectives on both global management and health care delivery.

12 credits of Concentration coursework (Choose any 12 credits):

Offered through the College of Health Solutions as ASU.:

  • HCD 502 Health Care Systems & Design (3 credits)

  • HCD 520 Population Health (3 credits)

  • HCD 540  Process Engineering for Health Care Quality and Safety (3 credits)

  • HCD 521 Law & Health Promotion (3 credits)

  • HCD 532 Health Care Management & Finance (3 credits) 

Data Science (STEM Certified)

STEM Certified

12 credits of Concentration coursework: (samples of courses shown below)

Offered through the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, this is a specialized program designed for students with a background in computer science or engineering. Students with neither background will need approval from the School and to complete a prerequisite course with a B or >.Take 6 credits of the following:

  • CSE 511 Data Processing at Scale (3 credits) or CSE 512 Distributed Database Systems (3 credits)

  • CSE 572 Data Mining or IEE 520 Statistical Learning for Data Mining (3 credits)

Choose 2 of the following (6 credit hours)

  • CSE 510 Database Management System Implementation (3 credits)

  • CSE 515 Multimedia and Web Databases (3 credits)

  • CSE 578 Data Visualization (3 credits)

  • CSE 546 Cloud Computing (3 credits)

  • CSE 573 Semantic Web Mining (3 credits)