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Earn Your Master's in Applied Leadership & Management

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 taught by Thunderbird's world-class professors. The MALM is designed to explore leadership and management 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 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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Master of Applied Leadership & Management Degree Awarded
Online Delivery
Flexible, affordable


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


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


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Tuition & Fees* for 2018  


Thunderbird Global Excellence Emerging Markets Scholarship

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

*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

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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)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions, validating the completion of a four-year degree
  • If entering via the MicroMasters, Thunderbird MicroMasters Certificate demonstrating a B or better in each of the four courses


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 871004
Tempe, AZ 85287-1004
Graduate Admission Services
Arizona State University
1150 East University Drive C, Room 226
Tempe, AZ  85281

Preferred/average work experience

Our preferred work experience duration is at least 2 years.

Application fee

Domestic application fee: $70
International application fee: $115

Enrollment deposit

Domestic & international enrollment deposit: $0

This program does not have an enrollment deposit   


Please send transcripts to Arizona State University.

Application Deadlines*

Spring 2019 - January Start
December 14, 2018 Application Deadline
January 7, 2019 Classes Start
Summer 2019 - May Start
April 29, 2019 Application Deadline
May 20, 2019 Classes Start
Fall 2019 - August Start
August 1, 2019 Application Deadline
August 22, 2019 Classes Start

*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. You can enter the program by (a) applying and being admitted or (b) taking the first four classes 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. We recommend option A for most students.

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 will 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)

This course explores the mix of organizational practices and people that can be the basis of sustainable competitive advantage in the contemporary global business environment. Topics 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. 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