One year MBA at Thunderbird, USA

One Year MBA / Master in Global Management at Thunderbird

  • Name of the business school: Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • Name of university: Arizona State University
  • Name of the course: Master in Global Management

Course overview

  • Course Duration: 16 Months
  • Course type: Full Time
  • Course start scheduled: January 2020, August 2020
  • Semesters in duration: 4
  • Degree to be awarded: Master of Global Management
  • Location: Phoenix Arizona, USA


Master in Global Management at Thunderbird is accredited by

  • The Higher Learning Commission
  • AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)


  • #1 Master’s in Management (Times Higher Education/Wall Street Journal 2019)
  • #1 Innovation (ASU) (U.S. News & World Report 2019)

What is the Master in global management program at Thunderbird?

As per the B-School official Site: Thunderbird’s specialized Master of Global Management degree delivers cross-cultural, hands-on training in the nuances of international management, preparing you with the perfect balance of practical and people skills to inspire, influence and drive global success. Then, you’ll broaden your mindset and marketability by pairing your deep-dive leadership training with an innovative concentration area and foreign language options.

Class profile 2019

  • Average work experience 6 Years
  • Average Age 30 Years
  • Countries represented 43
  • Credit hours: 49

Eligibility Criteria

As per the B-School, the eligibility criteria is as follows

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited university degree program
  • Competitive TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores (if you did not graduate from an English-speaking university in a native English-speaking country)
  • Official GMAT/GRE score (waivers available)
  • International experience
  • Submission of online application, including
  • Resume documenting professional and academic history
  • 1 essay answering an application question
  • Contact information for 1 professional or academic reference
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • Admissions interview(s), if applicable


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 electronically

The e-mail id is: [email protected]

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.

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.

Applicants in India

Indian students can send your official transcripts directly to our enrollment advisor in Mumbai at the following address

  • Mumbai Bandra Kurla Complex – Kalina, Level 2 Raheja Centre Point 294
  • CST Road, Near Mumbai University, Off Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai, 400 098
  • T: +91 22 67078700
  • ATTN: Poonam Venkatesh

Dates and deadlines

Fall (August start)

  • Early-consideration deadline October 30
  • First-round deadline November 30
  • Second-round deadline   January 30
  • Third-round and international student deadline March 30
  • Final deadline  June 25

Spring (January start)

  • First-round deadline    June 7
  • Second-round deadline   July 26
  • Third-round and international student deadline October 4
  • Final deadline   November 29

Application process

You can apply for this course by visiting apply now link on the official Thunderbird MGM course website.

Office application link:


As per the B-School, Fee details are as follows

  • Application Fee (Domestic)* $70
  • Application Fee (International)*  $115
  • Program Deposit** (make your deposit here)    $500
  • Program Cost $70,000

Contact your admissions representative to learn more about estimated costs for books and materials, global experience and living expenses.

*Applications will not be processed until the fee is received and fees are non-refundable.

**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.


Thunderbird Scholarships & Other Awards

As per the B-School, they seek individuals whose global mindset and personal mission align with our own—and we make generous scholarships available to those whose passion for international management, cultures and world relations is seen in both their words and their actions. For list of scholarships and other details, visit

Financial Aid

As per the B-School, there are many different options available to help you finance your graduate education at Thunderbird. In fact, more than 96% 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 [email protected]. For list of financial ads and other details, visit

Course Structure

According to B-School, course structure is as follows

Coursework Outline

  • Thunderbird flagship global leadership courses  18 credits
  • Thunderbird applied learning  6 credits

(client-facing projects, consulting projects, field seminars, internships*, corporate partnership programs)

*Internships are only available during the summer, from May to August

  • Electives in your chosen concentration  12 credits
  • Electives of your choosing                         12 credits
  • Career-preparation courses                        1 credit
  • Total                                                              49 credits 

Curriculum / Course Descriptions

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

TGM 594


(*3 Credit)

*Fulltime on-campus programs.  A summerim is a 2 to 3 week off-shore experience in, for example, Asia, Eurasia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America (for international students), or Sub-Saharan Africa. Typically consists of company visits – private sector and government, networking with alumni, alumni panel, cultural and historical exposure. Focused on doing business in a particular region of the world.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of required coursework in the first semester

TGM 538

Corporate Partners

(3 Credit)

Real-time consulting project involving the analysis and reporting of private equity (PE) investments. The problem managed at both the fund-specific and portfolio levels. *Requires Application*

Prerequisites: TGM 522, TGM 530, TGM 541, TGM 552

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 585

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

(3 Credit)

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become essential for corporations seeking to succeed in an intensely competitive global economy. This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of what CSR is, how to apply it effectively in an international context, and how to manage it well. Using a case-based approach, the course focuses on actual experiences of corporations that have used CSR strategies successfully – and unsuccessfully – to draw practical lessons for international managers. The course incorporates several guest lectures from executives who will share their firsthand experiences with CSR in various regions of the world.

Prerequisites: TGM 505

TGM 548

Global Strategy

(2 Credit)

Focuses on how global firms create value. Covers topics ranging from country-specific competitive advantage and the notion of distance to alternative global strategy archetypes and sources of competitive advantage for emerging market multinationals. The approach applies multiple decision-making tools and frameworks to untangle the complexities of managing in a global corporation.

Prerequisites: TGM 540 and TGM 541

TGM 596

Thunderbird Experiential Practicum

(4 Credit)

Consists of participation in a consulting project for a client system in an emerging market country, including Central America, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and the whole of Asia apart from Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. Serves all sectors: public/governmental, private and NGO/nonprofit.  *Requires Application*

Prerequisites: Successful completion of required coursework in the first two semesters.

TGM 549

Global Leadership (Capstone)

(2 Credit)

Explores the concept of effective leadership within and across a variety of organizations and global contexts. Definitions of “leadership” and strategies for becoming an accomplished leader abound. Rather than attempt to narrowly focus our attention on definitions, leadership styles, and supposedly “definitive” theories of leadership, focuses on the demands of and competencies associated with excellent leadership. Most importantly, examines how leaders sense the need for and then manage organizational change. Given the increasingly complex world we live in and the ongoing and rapid rate of change, change management has become one of the most critical of leadership skills.

Prerequisites: TGM 504 & TGM 540

TGM 532

Leading Global Projects

(2 Credit)

Provides an overview of the global context of project leadership. Global project leaders work at the intersection of project management, leadership in a project context and cross-cultural effectiveness. Exposes students to key project leadership approaches including stakeholder management, methods for increasing inclusion on global project teams and building high-performing global project teams. Uses case studies, a simulation, several exercises and interactive discussions.

Prerequisites: None

TGM 509

Regional Business Environment II: Developed Markets

(2 Credit)

Provides future global managers with the analytical tools and frameworks for understanding the European business environment. Also provides a broad understanding of the region in order to be successful therein. Deals with the political, social and economic context within which business activities take place in Europe. In order to succeed as managers in the environment, requires knowledge of political, social, cultural, economic, business and regional economic factors, both across the European landscape and within individual countries.

*Regions of the world may vary*

Prerequisites: TGM 505

TGM 522

Global Financial Decisions

(2 Credit)

Covers modern practices of financial decision-making and management in a market-oriented multinational framework. Topics addressed include capital structure decisions, risk management involving financial derivatives and currency hedging, cross-border investment decisions, subsidiary management, and cross-border merger and acquisitions.

Prerequisites: TGM 521

TGM 508

Regional Business Environment I: Emerging Markets

(2 Credit)

As an extension of states and markets in a global economy, provides an analysis of contextual factors that influence dynamic business environments by employing frameworks that integrate political, economic, geographic, and sociocultural factors in a specific regional area.  In the case of Latin America, the course then focuses on individual country cases: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Peru, and Venezuela. The course also covers major free trade agreements (NAFTA, Mercosur, CAFTA, FTAA) and their implications for doing business in the region. The purposes of the course are 1) to provide the international manager with a general familiarity with Latin America; and 2) to develop analytical tools useful for understanding the region.

*Regions of the world may vary*

Prerequisites: TGM 505

TGM 531

Multinational Value Chain

(2 Credit)

Exposes students to the strategies and challenges associated with moving goods, services, information and associated payments across complex, globally dispersed value chains to end customers. Topics include value-chain structures, supplier partnerships, cross-cultural issues, technology, data networks, global logistics, risk management and value-chain mapping. A field project provides students with an opportunity to work in teams applying the course concepts to increase customer value in a real value chain.

Prerequisites: None

TGM 552

Global Marketing Management

(2 Credit)

Covers the functional aspects of marketing including decisions relating to segmentation, targeting, branding, product development, pricing, distribution and advertising/promotion. Students integrate their knowledge of these topics through the creation of an international marketing plan based on a product or service and in a country approved by the instructor.

Prerequisites: TGM 551

TGM 512

Managerial Accounting And Decision Making In A Global Environment

(2 Credit)

Covers the development and use of managerial accounting information, including both financial and nonfinancial performance measures, in making long- and short-run decisions. Topics include cost-profit-volume analysis, cost behavior, relevant costs, job-order and processes costing, activity-based cost management and the analysis of customer profitability.

Prerequisites: TGM 501 or TGM 511

TGM 530

Big Data In The Age Of The Global Economy

(2 Credit)

Creating a sustainable IT-dependent competitive advantage is a major goal for forward-thinking multinational organizations. Understands how multinational organizations make strategic use of Big Data to gain a competitive advantage in the global economy. Covers the important technological aspects of big data from a managerial viewpoint. Delves into the understanding of global data and how this data must be standardized to account for differences in collection methods, legal constraints and cultural interpretation to create a reliable platform for evaluation.

Prerequisites: None

TGM 521

Managing For Global Value Creation

(2 Credit)

This course will equip students with the tools necessary to make strategic financing and investment decisions for value creation in a competitive global environment. Topics addressed include financial analysis and projections, working capital management, and investment management (derivation of cash flows, cost of capital, discounted cash flow valuation, and capital budgeting decisions). This course is a required core course in the EMGM Program.

Prerequisites: None

TGM 581

Negotiating In A Global Context

(2 Credit)

Provide students with knowledge, skills, insights and experience necessary to be a competent negotiator. Covers theories of cross-cultural negotiation and how these impact business interactions. Students gain insight into personal and cultural underpinnings that influences cognitive, affective and negotiation behavioral processes. Expands skills in achieving communication and negotiating competence through the understanding and practice of increased appropriateness, flexibility and adaptability.

Prerequisites: TGM 579

TGM 511

Global Financial Accounting

(2 Credit)

This course focuses on how economic events are reflected in a firm’s financial statements including a balance sheet, an income statement and a statement of cash flows. It also focuses on how financial statement information is used by various stakeholders such as shareholders, creditors, employees and customers in making decisions with regard to the firm, including credit decisions and/or valuing a firm’s equity securities. Topics covered include revenue recognition, capital/amortize versus immediate expensing, inventory, long-lived assets, leases, bonds, foreign currency issues and stockholders’ equity. Throughout the course we will examine the annual reports of global companies to illustrate accounting procedures and financial performance evaluation.

Prerequisites: None

TGM 541

Competitive Strategy In A Global Environment

(2 Credit)

Focuses on choices that impact the performance of the entire organization. Examines central questions: Why are some industries and firms more profitable than others? How do firms create competitive advantage? How does the choice of strategy drive organizational performance? How do firms manage scarce resources in the pursuit of strategic objectives? How do firms create unique and sustainable industry positions?

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


  • Thunderbird Career Services Statistics 2018-19
  • 27,375 jobs posted (11, 100 master level jobs) on ASU’s handshake
  • 1318 Coaching appointments conducted by our career coaches. (9.1 out of 10 satisfactory rate)
  • 75 Career and professional workshops hosted by Thunderbird
  • 76 Employer recruiting sessions held for MGM. 86% agree event was a valuable experience. 77%   motivated to attend more career management events. 

 Recruiting Partners

  • Exon Mobile
  • Hilti
  • Lionsgate
  • Pointb
  • On Semiconductors
  • Equity Methods
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
  • Department of state USA

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