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An Inside Look

For more than 70 years, Thunderbird School of Global Management, a unit of the Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise, has been the premier school for people seeking a career in international business management—and for companies looking to hire high-quality leaders.  

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Since the beginning, Thunderbird has been unique—its graduates, by virtue of their experience and relationships from the school, are differentiated from their peers. 

T-birds stand out
Educating global leaders in the intricacies of international business and management is the exclusive focus of Thunderbird School of Global Management. Now a unit of the Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise, Thunderbird is supported and enhanced by the broad educational resources of America’s largest and most innovative public university. 

Thunderbird offers a flagship degree, the Master of Global Management, which educates students in the core competencies of international business with an additional emphasis in language and cultural skills necessary for success in a volatile global marketplace. In building on that core strength, Thunderbird also offers an executive education program that meets the marketplace demand for greater specialization and customization. In conjunction with ASU, Thunderbird also now offers an undergraduate degree, the Bachelor of Global Management.  

Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management
The MAGAM provides students specialized cross-training in international affairs and the fundamentals of global management; it is a program designed for future leaders in nonprofit, governmental, or international business roles. The MAGAM is delivered in a four-semester cohort degree starting each August. Second-language competency is a part of the core curriculum, which includes an optional internship.

Curriculum includes Global Accounting, Finance, and Marketing competency; Global Decision Making Under Uncertainty; Managing People from a Global Perspective; Cross Cultural Communications; and Global Strategy.

Master of Global Management
The MGM, while sharing many elements of a traditional MBA, offers a more specialized international experience for students interested in global business careers and for businesses seeking to train talent for overseas international assignments.

Along with accounting, marketing, finance, and core business competencies, Thunderbird’s MGM degree offers training in corporate social responsibility and global management strategies, and requires both second-language proficiency and a Thunderbird Experiential Practicum delivered outside the student’s country of origin.

Degrees offered
• Master of Global Management
• Executive Master of Global Management
• Online Master of Global Management
• Master of Arts in Global Management

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31 Graduate Programs Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
Business-Management, MS/MA          
Executive MBA Programs              
Foreign Languages          
International Affairs          
International Business              
International Development            
International Trade              
Supply Chain Management              
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