Full-time MBA

Full-time MBA in Global Management

We’re currently reviewing our portfolio of programs. Please reach out to the Admissions team for more information about Fall 2015 degree program offerings.

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).

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