Arizona State University - Thunderbird School of Global Management

Why you should consider this program

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. This full-time master prepares graduates with the skills necessary to lead diverse, cross-cultural teams in the private, public, not-for-profit sectors, start-ups, or social enterprises.

Thunderbird's Master of Global Management is the world's #1-ranked Master in Management according to the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education. It is unlike any other program in that it harnesses the immense potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to provide our graduates with the skills organizations demand in order to manage the digital transformation and constant disruption that characterizes this time of constant technological innovation.

The Master of Global Management is the most innovative leadership and entrepreneurship degree for professionals seeking a career in the most exciting global organizations who are disrupting business as usual and redefining or creating entirely new industries. The program builds on a strong foundation of traditional business administration courses and adds Industry 4.0 skills such as digital transformation, sustainability/ESG, diversity and inclusion, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

In addition, the 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.

Applied Learning

The Thunderbird Global Challenge Lab (GCL) program is a capstone course at Thunderbird that engages a team of four to five Master of Global Management (MGM) candidates with a client in an advanced or emerging market. The team spends three weeks working on each project onsite with their client and one final week of debriefing on campus. Projects are tailored to the business needs of the client and provide sophisticated data and market analysis, strategy recommendations, and practical, effective plans for sustained growth. The Lab offers projects which are truly win-win propositions, creating value for companies and providing a unique, professional learning experience for our students.

The Thunderbird student body is so culturally diverse; we have been compared to a mini UN. The opportunity to interact with peers from across the globe complements the internationally focused curriculum.

Global Faculty
Our faculty consists of Global Thought Leaders who have extensive professional experience with MNCs and NGOs from around the globe.

Global Causes
Thunderbird houses our own non-profit organization, Thunderbird For Good, training over 150,000 small business female owners from emerging markets to take their business to the global level. Read more here:

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 71,880 $ 70,000 $ 1,880
Out of state $ 71,880 $ 70,000 $ 1,880
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

  • You will receive tuition assistance
  • Earn a master’s degree that will enhance your earning power and marketability with employers
  • Provide much-needed assistance to underserved American communities
  • Covered health insurance

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

  • All Fellows are considered for additional merit-based scholarships Graduate Assistantship.
  • Additional Leadership Seminars and consulting projects available to fellows; The Global Speaker Series, and The Emerging Markets Laboratory

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 44,208

Application fee waived?



Our graduates are leaders across a wide range of organizations in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors around the world. The MGM will prepare you to assume different roles in global organizations or to make a career change across industries or sectors. Our top-ranked global management program will prepare you with the problem-solving skills needed in order to leverage the tools of the digital age to manage change and disruption in your organization.

Thunderbird’s coursework includes Career Coaches who 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 to help students prepare to compete in the global job market.

Jobs for program alumni

Administrative Officer - US Federal Trade Commission, Consular Office, US Department of State, Foreign Service Office, Treasury Options Specialist, Director of Community Outreach, Project Manager, Public Policy Administrator, Senior Account Executive, International Relations Manager

Other details

Program length

16 months or 21 months (certificate specialty)

Application requirements

  • Competitive GMAT/GRE
  • Transcripts
  • 1 Essay question
  • 1 Scholarship Essay question
  • 1 Professional/Academic Reference
  • Admission Interview
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above

Admissions process

When we inform you of whether or not you’ve been admitted into the MGM program, we will assist you in completing the process for the Fellows program and also inform you of whether you’ve been accepted as a Coverdell Fellow.

Program begins

Mid-August for fall.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Danish O'Habib, Assistant Director

Thunderbird School of Global Management
400 E Van Buren, Suite 900
Phoenix, AZ 85004