Master of Global Management

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Downtown Phoenix


August and January


96% receive


Downtown Phoenix


August and January


96% receive


No graduate professional degree in the world compares with Thunderbird’s #1 Ranked Master of Global Management! It combines leadership and management fundamentals, international affairs and economics knowledge, cross-cultural communications and languages with industry 4.0 (AI, IoT, Blockchain ++), diversity/equity/inclusion, sustainability/circular economy/ESG, entrepreneurship and innovation. Choose one or two specialty concentrations from Global Business, Digital Transformation, Data Science (all STEM Designated) to Global Affairs, Health Solutions, Public Policy and more. Our one-of-a-kind Global Challenge Lab takes you into the field for a client-facing practical deep-dive group project, and you immediately get linked to 46,000 amazing Thunderbird alumni across 140+ countries!

Thunderbird Difference:

Global Mindset

Global Mindset

Transdisciplinary Skillset

Transdisciplinary Skill Set

Cross-sectoral Approach

Cross-sectoral Approach

4th Industrial Revolution Leadership

4th Industrial Revolution Leadership

At a Glance


Semesters in duration

Applied learning opportunities

Applied learning opportunities

Degree earned

Degree earned
Master of Global Management

Average work

Average work experience
4.4 years

Alumni Chapters

Alumni chapters
in 143 countries


60+ countries represented in student body


Full tuition cost (USD)
Other fees may apply


Average program scholarship (USD)

Who should attend

Leaders whose organizations operate in a global context, or who want to work for a global organization
Functional managers in HR, finance, marketing, supply chain, and operations who want to be more involved in their global business strategy
Thunderbird group
Leaders who want to drive growth and proactively respond to social, political, regulatory, and natural forces that impact their business
Professionals from the public and nonprofit sectors who want greater knowledge of global business

Top Global Companies Recruiting Thunderbirds include:

  • Rakuten
  • ExxonMobil
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Honeywell
  • Intel
  • Amazon
  • On Semiconductor
  • Saudi Aramco
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
  • CIA
  • Western Union



Secured summer internships


secured employment 6-month post-graduation

Concentrations - Your Degree. Your Way.

Take at least 12 credits in your area of concentration.

Global business
Global Business
(STEM Certified)

Global Affairs

Global Entrepreneurship

Global Digital Transformation
(STEM Certified)

Sustainability Solutions

Public Policy
Public Policy

Public Administration

Nonprofit Leadership
and Management

Sustainable Tourism

Legal Studies
Legal Studies

Creative Industries and Design Thinking

Digital Audience Strategy

Development and Innovation

Integrated Healthcare

Healthcare Delivery

data science
Data Science
(STEM Certified)

design your own concentration

Application Requirements

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

MGM Criteria for GRE/GMAT Waiver Exceptions


8+ years of professional work experience Waived
5+ years of work experience + 3.25 cum undergraduate GPA + solid global experience Reviewed by Application Committee an waived on case-by-case basis; if meets criteria
Current ASU/NAU/UofA undergraduate student with a 3.25 cum GPA at time of application and a Letter of Recommendation from a current professor Waived
ASU/NAU/UofA alumnus within 12 months, at time of initiation of application, with a 3.25 cum GPA Waived


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.

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 Deadlines

Fall (August start)

October 30 Early consideration deadline
November 30 First-round deadline
January 30 Second-round deadline
March 30 Third-round and international student deadline
June 25 Final deadline

Spring (January start)

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

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Financial Assistance

There are many different options available to help you finance your graduate education at Thunderbird. More than 96% 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.


Apply for a Thunderbird Alumni Scholarship using the Scholarship Form in the application. On average, applicants receive up to $21K for the four (4) terms it takes to complete the Master of Global Management. The award is based on merit, financial need, GPA, GRE/GMAT scores (if applicable), and international experience.

Program Curriculum

Course Outline

Thunderbird flagship global leadership courses 18 credits
Thunderbird applied learning
(client-facing projects, consulting projects, field seminars, internships*, corporate partnership programs)
*Internships are only available during the summer, from May to August
6 credits
Electives in your chosen concentration 12 credits
12 credits of any graduate level electives relevant to career, could also be language courses to fulfill second language requirement 12 credits
Career-preparation courses 1 credit
Total 49 credits