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: GF-5211
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course imparts a basic understanding of the
    investment banking business as an intermediary in the capital and merger markets and demonstrates how it serves both its issuing clients and investing customers by focusing on several services it provides, how client relationships are established
    and maintained, and several analytical techniques for solving problems. It is not intended to be vocational and is presented from the perspectives of senior managers and senior investment bankers.

  • Course Number: JA-4100
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course emphasizes the use of the target language in context, especially the lexicon of business. Readings from newspapers, journals, and books (although to a restricted degree in non-Latin alphabet languages) familiarize future international managers with issues in the areas of the world where the target language is spoken. Activities include small group discussions, oral and written projects, and grammar review.

  • Course Number: JA-4025
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    Fundamentals I is intensive and emphasizes interactive activities that develop oral proficiency. Participants study the four communicative skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing)with emphasis on the development of oral interaction. The use
    of a cassette player may be required. Classes meet four times a week.

  • Course Number: JA-1001
    Credit Hours: 0.00

    The learning program of this internship is largely supported by the sponsoring organization with some faculty involvement. Since academic credit is granted, it is required for the student to coordinate with the Faculty Advisor who facilitates the learning process throughout the internship. The student must discuss with the Faculty Advisor, regarding the academic paper (minimum 4-5 pages of a special internship topic) and the progress of the work during the internship (at least one session during the trimester).

  • Course Number: JA-4026
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    In Fundamentals II major emphasis continues to be on the development of speaking and listening proficiency, but increased attention is also given to reading and writing. Authentic materials in the target language reflect situations
    relevant to the international manager, except for non-Latin based languages or Asian languages.

  • Course Number: JA-4015
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This is an introductory course for beginning language learners. No prior knowledge is required. Students study language fundamentals such as pronunciations, vocabulary and grammar. The emphases are: a) establishing a solid foundation in pronunciations; b) building up vocabulary and sentence patterns in communicative contexts; c) introducing writing systems and preparing students to read characters. In addition, cultural and social information that go along with language use are also included in the teaching.

  • Course Number: JA-4020
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course is a continuation of Fundamentals I and II. 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 and II with the new knowledge, c) introducing business content and terminology in instructions and activities.

  • Course Number: ML-4015
    Credit Hours: 0.00

    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: ML-4020
    Credit Hours: 0.00

    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: GF-5412
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course will (1) increase your understanding of the nature of organizational change (through conceptual frameworks, readings and discussions), (2) increase your skill in managing change (through a project) and (3) enhance your sensitivity to the contribution and consequences of the human element as related to change. As a pivotal requirement of this course, you will create and manage a change project. This project will be the platform through which you will apply the issues and concepts that we cover in this course.

  • Course Number: ST-4432
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    This course covers the critical legal issues every entrepreneur and manager need to know in conducting global business. The topics include organizational structure, financial issues at startup and expansion, domestic and international tax issues, intellectual property issues, employment law issues, and transactional law issues. Each session will be covered by a lawyer expert in the topic area under the direction of a Thunderbird faculty member.

  • Course Number: GF-4803
    Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Course Number: GM-4102
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    This course covers the development and use of managerial accounting information, including both financial and non-financial performance measures, in making long- and short-run decisions. Topics include cost-profit-volume analysis, cost behavior, relevant costs, job-order and processes costing, activity based cost management and the analysis of customer profitability.

  • Course Number: MGT-4466
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    This course provides a fast-paced review of key concepts and tools in global strategy and organizational behavior for students already possessing some knowledge in these areas. Both strategy formulation and implementation are addressed. Topics include: strategic focus; competitor and industry analysis; core competencies; organizational culture; cross-cultural leadership; and change management. The need for global businesses to fit all these elements together in the pursuit of competitive advantage is emphasized.

  • Course Number: GM-4466
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    This course provides a fast-paced review of key concepts and tools in global strategy and organizational behavior for students already possessing some knowledge in these areas. Both strategy formulation and implementation are addressed. Topics include: strategic focus; competitor and industry analysis; core competencies; organizational culture; cross-cultural leadership; and change management. The need for global businesses to fit all these elements together in the pursuit of competitive advantage is emphasized.

  • Course Number: GF-4623
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course follows the evolution of the European business environment created by the enlargement of the European Union. It focuses on how businesses are managing their operations in the enlarging European Single Market, a Market which will expand again with the access ion of Bulgaria and Romania to the European Union in 2007. The course addresses the challenges and opportunities facing companies in the dynamic environment of the ?new? evolving European Union.

  • Course Number: GF-4390
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    This course focuses on project planning, monitoring
    and control for the management of complex projects in a global context. Use of project management software will be integrated throughout the course. Discussions will include cases and experiences from past projects.

  • Course Number: GF-5424
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course will explore and analyze family business continuity challenges and best management, family and governance practices for the effective leadership of family-owned businesses. Since the focus is on pragmatic, action-oriented, management, governance and family/business leadership skills, the course will be taught primarily through live and written cases, discussions, lectures and a study/consultation experience with a family business.

  • Course Number: GF-5414
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    This course covers concepts and skills essential to managing work relationships in organizations of increasing cross-cultural complexity. Relationships examined include those with your direct reports, your boss, and your peers. Concepts and skills associated with self-management, interpersonal, one-on-one management and group/team management are covered and practiced. The course will use discussion, self-reflection, experiential exercises and lecture to help build hands-on self-awareness and relationship management competencies.

  • Course Number: GF-4509
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    Place marketing is an important field of study and practice which has emerged in the past 15 years. Place Marketing includes ?Destination Marketing? (tourism), Nation Branding (the concept of a country as a brand), as well as the marketing of cities and states. This course is designed to include all these components of place marketing.

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