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

46.5

Average age

28

Program duration
Depending on optional internship

11-16
months

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

46

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

5.5

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: GE-4020
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course is a continuation of Fundamentals I. It aims to help students further develop communicative skills in listening and speaking, with an additional emphasis on reading texts. The emphases of this course are: a) building up more vocabulary and grammatical structures for communications purposes, b) integrating the linguistic and cultural knowledge acquired in Fundamentals I with the new knowledge, c) introducing business content and terminology in instructions and activities.

  • Course Number: GF-4726
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This Winterim will take participants to Hamburg, Berlin, Kassel, and Freiburg, where the program will explore high-tech in the green energy sector. Germany has been at the leading edge of the green energy movement for many decades and is often depicted as the ?Silicon-Valley? of the industry. Program content will focus on applied knowledge, such as the development and application of renewable energy technology, managing innovation, and dissemination. The course content and visits will have an integration of culture and global management issues in a highly participatory fashion.

  • Course Number: GF-5302
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    This course offers a strategic approach to competitive global supply chains and networks. It covers supply chain management and strategic sourcing/supply. Chains are analyzed using five sub-architectures: physical, financial, information, relational, and innovational for their fit with the firm competitive business models. Tools will be presented for successful diagnoses, implementation and management. Viewpoints are used to help the student identify the changes in markets and competition and what they mean for leading design and application of supply chain alternatives.

  • Course Number: GF-4276
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    Students will learn contemporary practices in global financial service industry and get jobs or internships. The course is intended to provide a broad and insightful overview of the myriad of contemporary issues and practices facing financial executives (corporate, commercial, and investment banking) in today?s global marketplace. The program will include guest speakers, panel presentations, on-site visits, and many informal discussions.

  • Course Number: GF-5520
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course provides a managerial orientation to the topic of international brand management. It is designed to prepare students for a career in international brand and/or product management.

  • Course Number: GF-4519
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This program explores the brand management function as presented by top marketing executives from a variety of global companies across a wide range of industries. The course is designed to explore and communicate the role of marketing in general, and that of the brand manager (or managers with brand-related responsibilities), in the context of each company?s business strategy, with a specific focus on marketing and brand strategy development, brand plan development and execution, and program evaluation.

  • Course Number: GF-4512
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    The effective management of channel relationships
    is essential to the marketing manager's ability to create value for customers though the efficient delivery of goods and services. This course provides the knowledge and skills required to manage channel relationships effectively. Specifically, the course facilitates an understanding of: (1) alternative channel structures; (2) roles played by channel members in strategy and logistics; (3) effective methods for
    negotiating with channel members, and (4)technologies that enable the channel system.

  • Course Number: GF-4511
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    The effective management of channel relationships
    is essential to the marketing manager's ability to create value for customers though the efficient delivery of goods and services. This course provides the knowledge and skills required to manage channel relationships effectively. Specifically, the course facilitates an understanding of: (1) alternative channel structures; (2) roles played by channel members in strategy and logistics; (3) effective methods for
    negotiating with channel members, and (4)technologies that enable the channel system.

  • Course Number: GF-5671
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This seminar will provide participants a richer understanding and appreciation of the Jordanian business environment in the contexts of the Middle Eastern region and the role of developing nations in the international economy. It will also imbue seminar participants, who are future international business managers, with the consciousness of considering Jordan and other Middle Eastern countries for business and investment opportunities.

  • Course Number: GF-5542
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course focuses on the strategic and tactical development of business plans for marketers whose customers include other businesses, the government, and institutions, as opposed to consumers. The course places emphasis on (a) business market processes, strategies and their tactical execution, (b) management of B2B relationships and account management strategies, (c) leveraging of Web 2.0 tools in market strategies and tactics(d) all taking into consideration the implications and opportunities of globalization.

  • Course Number: GF-5701
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course focuses on the economic growth and market opportunities in high-performance economies such as Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and other economies in Asia, Latin America, and Europe. Sources of rapid growth are analyzed including market liberalization, investment incentives, export promotion, infrastructural investments, and technology development. Rose of business, government, and global markets are examined.

  • Course Number: GF-4531
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    This course focuses on the use of marketing
    research techniques for competitive advantage in a global business context. Critical assessment of the need for market information, and of its potential value, is an important part
    of this course. Students will develop the necessary skills to implement real-world market research, including research
    design, data collection, data analysis and reporting the results.

  • Course Number: GM-4210
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    This course investigates the nature of foreign exchange markets and hedging instruments; international financial markets and the transmission of funds; balance of payments; alternative international monetary arrangements and institutions; and the respective adjustment mechanisms in response to fiscal and monetary policy changes. The course also examines how countries grow successfully and the causes of economic crisis.

  • Course Number: ST-5461
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    This course focuses on the business and management issues of the global energy industry?specifically, the non-petroleum sources of energy. Course content will therefore include the business, strategy, and management of non-petrochemical sources such as nuclear, coal, hydro, wind, tidal, geothermal, and other evolving technologies and innovations. This would include energy for both transportation and power, the traditional distinction in energy use.

  • Course Number: GM-4404
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    In global economies, entrepreneurship is the engine of economic growth and prosperity. As emerging global leaders, it is important for you to understand the underlying principles and concepts about entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial process. This course covers the personal characteristics and qualities of the entrepreneur, innovation, creativity, the business plan, opportunity analysis, and the role of entrepreneurship in developed and developing economies.

  • Course Number: GM-4213
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course explores the theory and practice of financial management in a corporate context and market environment.

  • Course Number: GM-4203
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    The third module of Finance examines corporate finance issues from managerial and strategic perspectives, and extends the concepts covered in the previous two modules to cross-border settings. Topics addressed include: financial and real options; risk management; corporate valuation (domestic cross-border).

  • Course Number: ST-5277
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    Financial markets provide the structure for the flows of funds between savers and borrowers to facilitate the investment by corporations, governments and individuals. Significant changes have occurred as a result of advances in technology and communication and because of the growing importance of emerging markets in the world economy. There are two broad financial markets that will be studied: the public and the private markets.

  • Course Number: GF-4279
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course is intended to provide a broad and insightful overview of the myriad of contemporary issues facing financial executives and leaders (corporate, commercial, and investment banking) in today?s most important global marketplace.

  • Course Number: GF-5622
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    Switzerland is one of the world?s most important centers of international cooperation and Geneva is home to a large number of global intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations. This course provides students an opportunity to experience the work of many international organizations, both public and private, and aims to provide practical knowledge of these organizations as well as a greater appreciation of the challenges they face in today?s global community.

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