Executive MBA

Executive MBA

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Delivered in Phoenix, Arizona, Thunderbird’s Executive MBA program is designed for seasoned working professionals interested in broadening their global outlook and their global network. This program goes beyond the traditional MBA — offering you comprehensive instruction in all global management disciplines, as well as in cross-cultural communications and negotiations, language and global political economy.

With a format designed for busy working professionals, Thunderbird’s EMBA allows you to balance work, personal and academic responsibilities while you “collaborate to graduate” with cohort peers from around the globe. You will realize ROI from day one as you study real-world cases, learn from the best practices of professors and cohort members, and even address your own professional challenges in class.

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Program at a glance
Student stats*
Credit hours


Average age


Program duration
With one cohort intake every fall

20 months

Male/female ratio
70% male / 30% female 
Program format
Alternate weekends (Fri/Sat) on the Thunderbird campus, with 3 weeks in residence abroad
Number of countries represented


Work experience recommended
With 3 years in management

8 years

Average years of work experience
With 9 years in management


Second language proficiency
Not required for admission, but required before graduation. If you enter the program without a second language, you will take language courses as part of your degree.
Industries represented
Financial services, defense, energy, health products/services, industrial products/engineering, IT, electronics/semiconductors
Degree earned
MBA in Global Management
Percentage of class that commutes


Career ROI
Reported promotions during program


  * Statistics based on most recent cohort