Curriculum

Designed for global executives

Thunderbird's Executive MBA program exposes you to the tools that you need to expand your career options worldwide. Our program's multicultural focus emphasizes the social, economic and political aspects of international business, teaching you the management hard skills and cross-cultural soft skills to lead in any global capacity.

The Executive MBA program combines a traditional MBA curriculum (taught through a global lens) with in-depth global political and economic studies, plus overseas experience and exposure. The program curriculum is divided into these content categories:

Global Business | Leadership Development | International Studies
Culture & Language | Global Field Seminars | Executive TEM Labs

In the Thunderbird Executive MBA you will:

  • Explore business courses within a global context.
  • Acquire business knowledge, an understanding of cross-cultural issues and second-language skills.
  • Learn about political and economic conditions of various world regions.
  • Draw on the perspectives and experience of acclaimed faculty currently engaged in global consulting and research.

Through case studies, peer interaction and hands-on experiential learning, you'll be connected with top national and international corporations, gaining the real-world experience of a truly immersive global business education. You will also have the opportunity to learn from the best practices of fellow global professional participants – and even solve your own business problems as part of the EMBA experience.

For specific information about program curriculum, contact our EMBA team at emba@thunderbird.edu.


Sample weekend schedule

PERIOD FRIDAY SATURDAY
Period One
7:50 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.
Global Strategy I Global Finance MID-TERM EXAM
Period Two
10:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Project Management Global Strategy I
Lunch Break
11:50 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch/Free Time Lunch/Free Time
Period Three
1:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship Contemporary Business in Latin America
Period Four
3:10 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship Project Management

Planning for your future

To ensure you get the most out of your Executive MBA experience, a Personal Leadership Development component engages you in self-assessment, feedback and goal-setting activities at various stages throughout the program. This creates a framework for establishing professional targets and milestones within your current career, company or industry – or helps you prepare for a career transition after graduation.


iPads increase interaction, convenience

In keeping with innovations in educational technology and for added convenience in both classroom and remote learning, every EMBA participant receives an iPad 3 (included in course fees) pre-loaded with course materials, case studies and apps.