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Go beyond global with Thunderbird

As the world's most global and digital leadership, management, and business school, Thunderbird prepares global leaders who help organizations manage and stay ahead of the disruption and changes that characterize this era of rapid technological transformation. Whether you are an aspiring change-maker ready to make your mark or a seasoned executive seeking to elevate your global leadership, Thunderbird offers exceptional programs that are designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in today's global business environment. Whether you're interested in pursuing a career in international business, working for a multinational corporation, or launching your own global venture, our programs can help you achieve your goals.


We invite you to discover the unique benefits of each program and find the one that's right for you.


Thunderbird School of Global Management is ranked No. 1 in the world for international trade by the QS World University International Trade Rankings 2023, scoring 100/100 points and ranking ahead of Cambridge, Harvard, and Stanford.


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Featured degrees

Master of Global Management (MGM)

The world's #1-ranked MGM offers over 16 transdisciplinary concentrations ranging from global affairs and public administration, to data science and healthcare delivery. Our graduates emerge from the program prepared to work across borders, cultures, industries, and sectors anywhere in the world.

Degree information

Format: Monday-Friday

Duration: 18-24 months

Location: Phoenix, AZ

Experience: 0-7 years

Average age: 26

Executive Master of Global Management (EMGM)

Thunderbird’s Executive Master of Global Management (EMGM) program offers a flexible way for full-time working professionals to obtain this international business graduate degree in only one year. Attend in-person classes once a month with your cohort and faculty members and collaborate on team assignments and coursework virtually to achieve the curriculum milestones together.

Degree information

Format: One weekend a month

Duration: 12 months

Location: Phoenix, AZ

Experience: 8+ years

Average age: 43

Master of Leadership and Management (MLM)

The Master of Leadership and Management (MLM) program focuses on cross-cultural communication, finance, data analytics, marketing and working in diverse, global teams. The program is delivered 100% online, but also offers in-person opportunities through global field seminars and challenge labs abroad, plus a 4-day on-campus course.  

Degree information

Format: Online

Duration: 12 - 24 months

Location: Online

Experience: 2+ years

Executive Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management (EMAGAM)

Based in Washington, D.C., the Executive Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management program is tailored for mid-career professionals in all sectors, offering specializations in global business or global public policy.

Degree information

Format: One weekend a month

Duration: 12 months

Location: Washington, D.C.

Experience: 5+ years

Average age: 40

Doctor of Professional Practice in Global Leadership and Management (DPP)

The Doctor of Professional Practice (DPP) in Global Leadership and Management program prepare practitioners who are responsive to the opportunities and challenges presented by this unprecedented time of rapid disruption, this program prepares leaders global and digital mindsets and skillsets for the 21st century.

Degree information

Format: ASU Sync

Duration: 36-48 months

Location: Online

Experience: 8+ years

What is an MGM?

Thunderbird’s Master of Global Management can be described as a degree at the Intersection of global business, public policy and international affairs.  Students pursuing an advanced degree in global management 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.

Student testimonials

The way the degree is structured is very practical. There isn't a lot of just theory, its a lot of stuff that you practice day in and day out. You are already in a setting where you are working with peers, which is the nature you will have in a workplace."

Ashraf Ismail '22

SUDAN

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.

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.

Lena Booth, PhD
Deputy Dean, Thunderbird Academic Enterprise and Finance Professor
Lena Booth serves as the Deputy Dean of the Thunderbird Academic Enterprise and professor of finance at Thunderbird. She currently teaches courses in strategic financial analysis, corporate financial management, global financial management, and advanced topics in finance, including global private equity.
Kanan
Kannan Ramaswamy
William D. Hacker Chair of Management Strategy
Professor Kannan Ramaswamy serves as the William D. Hacker Chair at Thunderbird. His global reputation stems from his profound expertise in global strategy, emerging markets, the energy sector, corporate governance, corporate diversification, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and global management.
Christine
Christine Pearson
Professor of Global Leadership
Christine Pearson, professor of global leadership at Thunderbird, is recognized for her expertise in mitigating and addressing dysfunctional behavior in the workplace. Her research spans from the challenges of organizational crises to the impact of issues escalating from low-intensity incivility and aggression in professional environments.
Denis-Leclerc
Denis Leclerc
Clinical Professor of Cross-Cultural Communication and Global Negotiations
Denis Leclerc, clinical associate professor at Thunderbird, currently teaches cross-cultural communication and global negotiations. His research is centered around intercultural communication competence and global negotiation. He is also an instructor for Thunderbird Executive Education, teaching cross-cultural communication and in custom programs, among others.
Harris
G.L.A. Harris
Professor
Professor G.L.A. Harris is renowned for her research on the U.S. military and international communities, she twice held the position of Fulbright distinguished chair, notably as NATO Chair in Security Studies. Her research on student veterans not only inspired state and federal legislation but also served as the prototype for present-day Veterans Resource Centers on college campuses.
Mansour
Mansour Javidan
Garvin Distinguished Professor of Management
Mansour Javidan serves as the Garvin Distinguished Professor and executive director of the Najafi Global Mindset Institute at Thunderbird, where he leads the Global Digital Mindset Inventory (GDMI). The World Bank and the United Nations Development Program have designated him an expert advisor on global leadership, and NASA has designated him an expert on managing diversity, among other distinctions.

Our campus

Located in downtown Phoenix, AZ, and spanning 110,000 square feet (spread over five floors), the new global headquarters building for Thunderbird School of Global Management features state-of-the-art technology and celebrates cultures and regions from across the world.

Moore Ruble Yudell and Jones Studio, the architects of the nearly $70 million new global headquarters for Thunderbird, labeled the structure the "most technologically advanced building of any leadership, management, or business school in the world.” Learn a new language in our immersive VR language lab, create an avatar of yourself for the metaverse in our volumetric capture room, and connect with our global community using the latest in immersive and virtual communications.

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