What is an MGM?


Thunderbird’s Master of Global Management (MGM) can be described as combining elements of a master’s degree in international business administration, a master’s in public policy, and a master’s in international affairs. Its 17 optional academic concentrations make it a highly customizable degree and the mandatory Global Challenge Lab adds hands-on applied learning to make it highly practical.

Graduate students pursuing an advanced degree in global management at Thunderbird seek to further their business, leadership, and management studies on a global level or broaden the scope of their knowledge and skills internationally. The program empowers graduates who hold bachelor’s degrees in other fields to change careers or advance in their current paths by opening new doors of opportunity worldwide.

Thunderbird’s MGM is categorized as a master’s in international management, not to be mistaken for a master’s in management (MiM), which in most regions of the world is a 1-year degree program for recent undergraduates whereas the MGM is a full-time 2-year program that can be tailored for all career levels and contains multiple cohorts of professionals. This category of graduate degree programs is also often referred to as a master’s in international business.

Key features

  • Ranked No. 1 Master's in Management by Times Higher Education/Wall Street Journal's most recent ranking in 2019.
  • 18 credit hours of core courses, including; six credits from our overseas applied consulting lab, 24 elective credits for concentrations and languages, and one credit from career development.
  • Over 17 concentrations options across disciplines ranging from global business, global digital transformation, public administration, creative industries and design thinking, to health care delivery, and data science, or design your own.
  • Applied learning opportunities, including the Global Challenge Lab overseas consulting program at no additional cost.

Understanding the MGM

Thunderbird's No. 1 ranked Master of Global Management prepares graduates for global careers across industries and sectors. The curriculum sits at the intersection of global business, public administration, and international studies and offers over 17 concentrations as well as international applied learning opportunities. 

See how the Master of Global Management core curriculum overlaps with other master's programs:

Graphic depicting percentages of overlap between the Thunderbird School of Global Management's Master in Global Management and a normal MBA.
* Core curriculums based on average overlap of various program core curriculums in 2020.

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