Accelerated MBA

Full-time MBA, Accelerated

Thunderbird’s Full-time MBA is offered in an accelerated track for students with undergraduate business backgrounds or advanced work-experience qualifications. Entering the program with a foundation in accounting, data analysis, statistics, finance and management allows you to waive certain core courses and progress more quickly into concentration area classes and optional language offerings.

Program at a glance
Student stats
Credit hours


Average age


Program duration
Depending on optional internship


Male/female ratio
64% male / 36% female 
Program format
Campus-based, full-time program with intakes in fall
Average # of countries represented


Undergraduate & work experience requirements
Undergraduate major or minor in business and two years of work experience required; 5+ years of work experience may be substituted for specified undergraduate degree

Average years of work experience


Second language proficiency
Required for graduation
Degree earned
MBA in Global Management

Learn about program tuition and financing options available to you.


Global studies opportunities

Thunderbird offers you a full immersion in global business with hands-on, study-abroad opportunities around the world. Students in the accelerated MBA program are eligible to participate in

  • Winterims/summerims
  • Global internships
  • Thunderbird Emerging Markets Laboratories
  • Summer language abroad programs

Read more about these global studies opportunities.

Accelerated MBA Curriculum


In our accelerated MBA program, you may choose to focus your studies in one of the following concentration areas:

  • Global Development
  • Global Entrepreneurship
  • Global Finance
  • Global Management
  • Global Marketing

Sample course descriptions

Note: Not all courses shown here are taught at all times. This listing represents a sample of the courses available at Thunderbird, but is not meant to be all-inclusive. Please speak with an admissions representative to discuss the specific classes being offered in the next term.

  • Course Number: GM-4300
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course concentrates on a number of commonly applied quantitative tools in everyday business which can be used to improve the quality of managerial decisions. Topics covered include descriptive statistics, basic probability, confidence interval, simulation, sampling, hypothesis testing, regression analysis and linear programming. Different managerial applications of these probabilistic as well as deterministic techniques in a variety of business areas will be demonstrated.

  • Course Number: GM-4304
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    This course focuses on several commonly applied probabilistic as well as deterministic quantitative models used to make better decisions in problem solving for management. Topics covered include simulation and risk analysis, regression analysis, forecasting and linear programming. Different managerial applications of these tools in a variety of business areas will be demonstrated.

  • Course Number: GF-4805
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    Through an integrated set of experiences, discussions, assignments, readings and guest speakers, students will expand their knowledge of global healthcare delivery, with a focus on issues related to operations and project management. The hands-on nature of the course will help students appreciate the significance of healthcare delivery issues from a global perspective, and also put them in touch with possible employment opportunities.

  • Course Number: ST-4515
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    As we take the first steps in a networked economy, the transformation of our ways of doing business has become profound. The World Wide Web, MP3 compression, digital interactive television, wireless communication, video streaming, podcasting, video sharing, thin computing, and social networks are redefining the ways we interact with customers and manage market(ing) relationships.

  • Course Number: GF-4707
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course will take participants to Shanghai, Suzhou, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala Lumpur and Bangalore, where the program will explore the high-tech business environment and how to do business in one of the world?s most dynamic regions. Program content will focus on applied knowledge, such as intellectual property protection or managing high tech talent that will help prepare students to lead and manage effectively in this diverse and complex region.

  • Course Number: GF-4643
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course is designed to give a non-stop comprehensive, integrated view of environment for Panamanian, investment and business opportunities, while broadening overall management perspectives.

  • Course Number: GF-5640
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course offers the students the opportunity to study the business, political, and cultural environment of Chile, Peru and Argentina, and the opportunity to meet and interact with important representatives of the governmental, commerce and cultural sectors.

  • Course Number: DM-1005
    Credit Hours: 6.00

    The course equips students with a standard set of career management skills that can be used in any future career search process including: using self assessment and market research tools to identify your goal(s), developing an effective resume and cover letter, professional networking and interviewing skills, and job search ethics and etiquette. The course emphasizes a proactive job search process and teaches students how to leverage skills for future career moves.

  • Course Number: GM-1200
    Credit Hours: 0.00

    All entering students begin their degree program with this mandatory, one-week course. Foundations Week introduces tools and insights necessary for success and career effectiveness on a global scale. The course presents key aspects of leadership, team building, motivation, ethics, and cross-cultural communication. It also offers self-assessment tools and opportunities to explore career management and job search strategies. The program?s action-learning approach includes case discussions, exercises, simulations, group discussions, presentations, lectures and videos.

  • Course Number: ST-4433
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    Emerging Market Women Entrepreneurs Consulting is a course designed for students who want to get more involved in Thunderbird?s women entrepreneurs programs and in social business. Students will work with the professor to provide consulting for some of the women entrepreneurs? business plans that need further work in order to qualify for higher-level funding, like from USAID and other large funding sources. Thunderbird students will apply classroom knowledge and experiences and learn how to write and review business plans and work in multicultural student teams.

  • Course Number: XM-1005
    Credit Hours: 0.00

    The goal of this seminar is to challenge future global leaders, whether headed to business, government or the social sector, to reflect critically about their role in creating a more just, inclusive and sustainable world economy. The seminar will encourage participants to question their fundamental assumptions about the human condition, their personal values, and their understanding of leadership.

  • Course Number: ES-4004
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course is designed to strengthen the linguistic skills of the non-native speaker of English. It focuses on both speaking and writing. Grammar, pronunciation, and presentation are emphasized in the oral exercises, while grammar, style, and organization are emphasized in the written. The course requires regular homework assignments, which are introduced and reinforced in the classes.

  • Course Number: GF-5450
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course provides an understanding of, and appreciation for, the development and implementation of entrepreneurial strategies and policy development from the perspective of the CEO/Founder of the entrepreneurial enterprise. Students will follow, from a "been there-done that" point of view, the "story" behind entrepreneurial ventures, and learn first hand both success and failure factors faced by the entrepreneur/CEO along the way.

  • Course Number: GF-5425
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course focuses on finance concepts as applied in the real world by entrepreneurs. From the firm perspective, the course covers topics relevant to entrepreneurial finance, including financial statements, forecasting of key financial variables, funding plans and venture capital. The course will prepare prospective general managers of entrepreneurial companies on how to make the financial decisions involved with building high-risk, high-growth enterprises. It prepares business-minded students for careers focused on entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship.

  • Course Number: GF-5451
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    The Entrepreneurial CEO/Founder Seminar provides an understanding of, and appreciation for, the development and implementation of entrepreneurial strategies and policy development from the perspective of the CEO/Founder of the entrepreneurial enterprise.

    In this course, students will follow, from a "been there-done that" point of view, the "story" behind entrepreneurial ventures, and importantly, learn first hand both success and failure factors faced by the entrepreneur CEO along the way.

  • Course Number: GF-4430
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course focuses on entrepreneurship and new venture creation in transition economies. It will focus on doing business and business opportunities in Hungary and Slovenia exemplifying doing business in transition economies. Students will have seminars from faculty members at the Budapest University of Economics and the University of Ljubljana, executives and managers of business organizations from various industrial sections, government officials of the two countries, and capital providers in each country. Company visits and cultural activities will also occur.

  • Course Number: GM-4405
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    In recent years, the business world has become increasingly sensitized to the presence of institutional governance and defining the culture of a corporation and its core values. Stated explicitly or not, these issues not only impact the reputation of the venture or corporation, but also its sustainability and financial bottom line.

  • Course Number: OP-1000
    Credit Hours: 6.00

    The student undertakes independent reading and/or research on approved topics in the field of Modern Languages. Topics may range from business and financial issues to the social or political aspects of countries or areas whose native language is taught at the School. A formal proposal containing a clear statement of purpose must be submitted for approval during the preceding semester. Readings, discussion and papers are in the target language. Close consultation with the supervising instructor is required.

  • Course Number: GF-4701
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    This course covers in detail the techniques and procedures involved in successfully carrying out export and import transactions. Topics include the language of international trade, INCO terms, payment terms, trade barriers, export licensing, pricing, order handling, insurance, international collections, and international transportation. Documentation requirements of export and import operations are examined in detail. Import and customs clearance procedures are studied along with their relation to foreign product sourcing and international purchasing.

  • Course Number: GF-4599
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course is designed to provide the participant with a complete understanding of the techniques involved in successfully carrying out cross-border trading operations. And success is measured here just as it is in the measurement of organizations in general. To quote Peter Drucker, "to avoid a loss", the procedures, documentation and financing of international trading operations will be explored in depth. Also some of the legal constraints and what have become known as "Disincentives to Exporting".