Full-time MBA

Full-time MBA in Global Management

Ranked #1 in international business, Thunderbird’s flagship MBA in Global Management gives you the world’s most in-depth academic and cultural global business education in today’s marketplace. Through a strategic fusion of intricate management coursework, cross-cultural insight, regional studies and foreign language components, Thunderbird’s MBA equips you with the competitive advantage to lead globally. Three duration tracks are available - a one-year MBA track, a 15-month track (with internship or concentration term) and a 21-month (with internship and concentration term).

We are currently reviewing our portfolio of programs. Please contact our Admissions team for more information about fall 2015 degree program offerings.


With its innovative program philosophy, Thunderbird’s MBA in Global Management leads you on a strategically choreographed progression through every facet of international management, with hands-on, experiential learning opportunities that put academic theory into actionable practice, teaching you the practical, applicable nuances of global business.

  • Two-week orientation at the start of program includes career visioning and a multi-disciplinary starter course 

  • Integrated, aligned curriculum is taught from a 100% global perspective

  • Cross-enterprise courses approach the same topics from the perspective of two different global management disciplines to ensure integration and application of material 

  • Personal/professional development activities are built into every module, culminating in the completion of a professional portfolio of business management projects and experience

  • “Context –> Industry –> Firm –> Function” model teaches business from the broad cultural and societal context down to the function of individual organizations

  • Applied learning components put your studies to work through real-world projects

  • Core disciplines are taught early in program to prepare you for employer interviews and early job-search activities 

  • Thunderbird Global Experience courses send you and your classmates abroad for multi-week, in-depth experiences (available in almost every region in the world)

  • Additional study-abroad options in the extended tracks allow you to participate in global exchanges and consulting projects

  • Business acumen capstone course incorporates the lessons learned since program start into an integrative and engaging program conclusion

Learn about program tuition and financing options available to you.

Program at a glance
Student stats
Credit hours
Core three-trimester program


Average age


Program duration
With internship or concentration term - 15 months
With internship and concentration term - 21 months

12, 15 or 21 months

Male/female ratio
73% male / 27% female 
Program format
Campus-based, full-time program with intakes in fall and spring
Average # of countries represented


Work experience requirements

2 years

Average years of work experience


Second language proficiency
Not required for admission, but required before graduation. If you enter the program without a second language, language courses can be taken as part of your degree.
Degree earned
MBA in Global Management