Online Master of Applied Leadership & Management

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Drive International Business in High-Growth Markets

More than ever, the world needs leaders. Sharpen your skills in Thunderbird’s Online Master of Applied Leadership & Management program (MALM), a unique online degree that combines the Thunderbird MicroMasters Certificate with graduate online courses taught by Thunderbird's world-class professors. The MALM is designed to explore leadership and management through the lens of high-growth and emerging markets, and delivers the highest quality graduate education in an affordable format. Offered in a hybrid model that blends flexible online learning with an optional in-person business or strategic plan capstone experience, the MALM combines Thunderbird’s prestigious tradition of graduate education with cutting-edge technology to deliver a transformative graduate degree.

Join students from around the world in the Online Master of Applied Leadership & Management program and become part of the globally connected Thunderbird alumni network that opens doors and opportunities.

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30

Credit Hours

11-18

Duration in Months

50%

Scholarships Available

AACSB

Program Is Accredited
MicroMasters + Online
Flexible, affordable

15K

Tuition cost
For qualified students in Emerging Markets. See Program Cost tab.

30K

Tuition cost
For non-emerging market students. See Program Cost tab.

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Estimated Total Tuition Cost

Tuition Fee* for 2018  

$30,000*

MicroMasters Fee

$996**

Thunderbird Global Excellence Emerging Markets Scholarship

Up to 50% bringing approximate degree cost to $15,000 for qualified students in emerging markets.

Recommended but optional in-person business and strategic plan bootcamp experience

Cost = TBD

*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 finaid.tbird@asu.edu.

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Admission Requirements

  • Resume documenting work experience
  • Proof of English proficiency if you did not graduate from an English-speaking university in a native English-speaking country (TOEFL of 80, IELTS of 6.5, Pearson Test of English of 60)
  • Thunderbird MicroMasters Certificate demonstrating a B or better in each of the four courses
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions, validating the completion of a four-year degree

Transcripts

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.

If sending by U.S. mail: If sending by FedEx, DHL or UPS: If sending electronically:
Arizona State University
Graduate Admission Services
PO Box 870112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112
Graduate Admission Services
Arizona State University
1151 S. Forest Avenue, #SSV112
Tempe, AZ  85287-0112
Email gradtranscripts@asu.edu

Preferred/average 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.  

Transcripts

Please send transcripts to Arizona State University.

Application Deadlines*

Spring 2018 - January start
Oct. 1, 2017 First-round deadline
Nov. 30, 2017 Second-round deadline
Dec. 20, 2017 Completed application deadline
Summer 2018 - May start
Jan 15, 2018 First-round deadline
March 15, 2018 Second-round deadline
May 5, 2018 Completed application deadline
Fall 2018 - August start
March 15, 2018 First-round deadline
June 15, 2018 Second-round deadline
July 5, 2018 Completed application deadline

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

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Online Master of Applied Leadership & Management

In the MALM program, you earn an accredited master's degree from the globally recognized Thunderbird School of Global Management, but you will do so in a flexible online format (the MALM is a master of applied leadership and management, not a master of arts degree). The program curriculum is based on examining leadership and management through the lens of high growth and emerging markets. This focus allows students in emerging markets to learn practical skills in a relevant context, while also providing a global view of business for non-emerging market students. You are introduced to the program by completing four online courses offered by Thunderbird through the edX MicroMasters. The MicroMasters courses account for eight credit hours of study, 27% of the total credit requirements for the MALM degree. The other 22 credits are completed after students enroll in the MALM program. While the program curriculum is delivered 100% online, you have the opportunity to add an in-person capstone experience to your graduate degree in the following way:

Recommended but optional In-person Business and Strategic Plan Experience 

The culmination of the MALM program is a capstone course focused on the creation of either a business or strategic plan. This capstone course can be completed via an in-person experience at select global locations or online. However, the in-person experience is designed to facilitate your development of a business or strategic plan, assisted by Thunderbird faculty, alumni, and experts in a face-to-face setting. We highly recommend that students participate in this in-person experience.

Curriculum/Course Descriptions


TGM 505 States and Markets in a Global Economy*
TGM 540 Managing People from a Global Perspective*

TGM 551 Global Marketing Strategy*

TGM 579 Communicating in a Global Context*

TAM 541 Strategy in a Competitive World

TAM 511 Accounting for Business Leaders

TAM 521 Financial Analysis and Management

TAM 534 Entrepreneurship and Business Plan Development

TAM 531 Project and Operations Leadership

TAM 530 Data Analytics and Decision Making

TAM 542 Leadership and Personal Development

TAM 597 Integrative Project (capstone)


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

*MicroMasters course; see below for course description.

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 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 arena. 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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