Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management: Creative Industries

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Location

Santa Monica and Downtown Los Angeles, California

Dates

Fall 2021 (August)

Scholarships

96% receive
scholarships

Location

Santa Monica and Downtown Los Angeles, California

Dates

Fall 2021 (August)

Scholarships

96% receive
scholarships

Overview

The Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management: Creative Industries (MGCI) is for creatives seeking the skills of management and managers seeking the craft of creativity. It is designed for individuals pursuing global leadership and management careers in Film/Television/New Media, Music, AR/VR/XR, Gaming, Design, Dance, Fashion, Theatre, the Arts and Sports.

This 11-month graduate degree program delivers leadership and management fundamentals for success across sectors (business, non-profit, and government) as well as a digital global mindset and holistic approach to the creative industries.

In addition to hard and soft skills needed to navigate the Fourth Industrial Revolution (i.e. Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Data Analytics, Negotiation, Cross-Cultural Communication, etc.), students walk away with an understanding of how creativity works and a comprehensive set of practices that fosters generative and sustainable innovation and implementation geared towards opportunity recognition within tomorrow’s increasingly cross-border and trans-industry marketplace. The program prioritizes industry immersion in every class and focuses on the nexus of art and commerce. Creativity for managers and management for creatives.

Thunderbird Difference:

Global Mindset

Digital Global Mindset

Transdisciplinary Skillset

Transdisciplinary Skillset

Cross-sectoral Approach

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

4th Industrial Revolution Leadership

4th Industrial Revolution Leadership

Fostering Imaginations

Fostering & Harnessing Imagination

Global Industry Networking Opportunities

Global Industry Networking Opportunities

At a Glance

Duration

Semesters in duration
Three semesters (fall, spring, summer)

Applied learning opportunities

Applied learning opportunities
Week long career boot camp with industry pros

Degree earned

Degree earned
Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management: Creative Industries

Average work

Delivery format
Every other Saturday/Sunday in LA, plus one residence week and one capstone week

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Countries with Alumni Chapters

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Full tuition cost (USD)
$60,000; Other fees may apply

Located in Washington D.C.

Diversity
60+ countries represented in the student body

Scholarships

Average program scholarship (USD)
10%-15% of total program costs

Who should attend

Early to mid-stage professionals who are pursuing careers in the global creative industries and seeking next level training and opportunities.
Business-minded individuals looking to leverage a deeper understanding of creative practices or shift to a creative career.
Thunderbird group

Creative-minded individuals looking to accelerate their careers by attaining a global management mindset.

Aspiring leaders in the global creative industries including arts organizations, public and not-for-profit, who seek practical skillsets (finance, accounting, marketing) to advance professionally.

Career Opportunities

The Global Creatives Industries are exploding. In California alone, this sector delivered $650B in total creative economic output, 2.7m jobs, and $209B in labor income. There is a wide array of career opportunities within the field. Our graduates are leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors around the world. The MGCI will connect you to like-minded mentors and T-birds across our global network of 45,000 alumni in more than 140 countries. Further, you will be exposed to professional opportunities across the creative industries which are populated by thousands of ASU alumni whom you will have access to via the ASU Alumni Association and ASU’s Career and Professional Development Services group, provider of lifelong professional development support to ASU alumni.

Additionally, through Thunderbird’s Career Management Center (CMC), experienced Career Coaches provide assistance with self-assessments, resume and cover letter development, building a LinkedIn profile, finding and applying for job and internship opportunities, interview preparation, and negotiating an offer. Individualized career support and professional development are offered throughout the academic program and after graduation to help students compete in the global job market.

Recent Thunderbird graduates have been hired by top organizations in the following roles:

  • Manager, Strategic Marketing Partnerships (Corporate Alliances) at The Walt Disney Company
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Riot Games
  • Client Success Manager at Evercast
  • Director of Operations at Annapurna Solutions
  • Marketing Manager at AR500 Armor
  • Associate eMail Marketing Manager – Pottery Barn at Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
  • Assistant Account Executive at OH Partners
  • Program Manager at Astro Studios
  • Marketing Communications Lead at Proctorio
  • Sr. Communications Associate at Atlassian
  • Sr. Manager of Strategy & Development at Fanbyte
  • Producer at Grover Gaming
  • Director of Marketing at Ubisoft
  • Head of Product and Technology at MediaNews Group
  • CEO of Advertising Partners

Curriculum

2021 Calendar

FALL ‘21

One week immersion course:

Global Affairs: Finding Your Way in the Global Creative Industries With global creative industries exploding, traditional business models disrupting, and companies embedding innovation into their corporate DNA, defining yourself and what matters to you is increasingly essential for the international businessperson of tomorrow.

TGM 575: Global Affairs (3 units)

Course Dates: Aug 23-29

Weekend courses:

Counting Arts & Culture in the Global Creative Industries: This dynamic and interactive course provides students with time-tested strategies for achieving communication competence with persons from different cultures and negotiating in the global context.

TGM 506: Communicating and Negotiating Across Cultures (3 units)

Course Dates: Oct 16-17, Oct 30-31

Leadership & Strategy in the Global Creative Industries: reating value in modern organizations comprises the strategy that the organization deploys and the way in which its leaders execute the strategy to achieve superior economic, social and environmental returns. Thus, this course covers two distinct but interconnected domains dealing with strategy and leadership.

TGM 545: Global Leadership and Strategy (3 units)

Course Dates: Nov 13-14, Dec 4-5

SPRING ‘22

Weekend courses:

Creativity & Design Thinking in Global Creative Industries: Activates abilities as a creative thinker and problem solver for the cultural and creative industries through short lectures and collaborative workshop activities.

HDA 513: Creativity and Design Thinking (3 units)

Course Dates: Jan 22-23, Feb 5-6

Finance & Accounting in Global Creative Industries: Two-part course covering financial accounting from a global perspective and the tools necessary to make strategic financing and investment decisions for value creation in a global environment.

TGM 517: Global Finance and Accounting (3 units)

Course Dates: Feb 19-20, March 5-6

Entrepreneurship & Sustainable Business in Global Creative Industries: Covers the significance of these two critical skillsets and areas in the global creative industries including start-up design, minimum viable products/services, integrating social and environmental values and priorities into all aspects of the organization/enterprise.

TGM 586: Global Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Business (3 units)

Course Dates: Mar 19-20, Apr 2-3

Marketing & Data Analytics in Global Creative Industries: This course is about understanding how organizations harness the data revolution and data technologies to achieve success in the global economy with a specials emphasis on branding, communications and marketing.

TGM 557: Global Marketing and Data Analytics (3 units)

Course Dates: Apr 23-24, May 7-8

SUMMER ‘22

Weekend courses:

Technologies & Intellectual Property in Global Creative Industries: This course teaches students how rapidly evolving technologies and intellectual property matters are shaping the global creative industries.

Course Dates: May 21-22, June 4-5

One week immersion course:

Creative Industries Career Boot Camp: This class teaches 3 oft-ignored business fundamentals: Branding Yourself; Pitching Your Ideas; Building Your Network. Taught by working creative industry professionals and using lectures, mock-sessions, and actual marketing opportunities, students gain these professional skills while walking away with over a dozen new professional contacts to advance their careers.

TGM 598: Topic: Lifelong Personal Leadership in the Global Economy (3 units)

Course Dates: June 20-26

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

Application Requirements

Admission requirements of the MGCI include:

  • 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
  • GRE/GMAT scores
  • Submission of the online application, including:
    • Resume documenting the 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)

MGCI Criteria for GRE/GMAT Waiver Exceptions

5+ years of professional work experience Waived
3.25+ cumulative undergraduate GPA Waived
Below a 3.25 cumulative undergraduate GPA + professional work experience Reviewed by Application Committee and waived on a case-by-case basis; if meets criteria

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.


Global leadership and management potential

Our Admissions team will consider both your professional and personal experience when assessing your fit for the program. 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.

Our Campus

Our Campus in LA

The MGCI is based in the global creative capital of the world, Los Angeles, California. With two locations at both the ASU California Center in Santa Monica and the newly redesigned and rebuilt Herald Examiner building in Downtown Los Angeles, students will have adjacency to many of the most important companies within the global creative industries. Each location is equipped with state-of-the-art teaching and meeting facilities, as well as the latest digital technologies, enabling and enhancing connection to Thunderbird’s global business network and the entertainment business ecosystem based in LA.

Our Faculty

Our faculty

29

Full-time faculty members

22 males 76% | 7 females 24% in 2019

More than

100

Research and teaching nominations, recognitions and awards were obtained by the faculty (2013-July 2019).