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-4424
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course will focus on microfinance and its potential as a tool for economic development within the political, business and cultural context of Northern India. Students will learn from practitioners across the entire breadth of the industry including financing banks, MFI head-offices, field-offices and loan group meetings.

  • Course Number: GF-5250
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course applies the theories of managerial and
    international finance to the problems of multinational treasury management. Topics include issues and techniques in multinational
    funds transfers; identifying and measuring foreign
    exchange and interest rate risk; multinational tax planning; managing foreign exchange and interest rate risk; hedging instruments, including forward contracts, options, and swaps; and financially engineered synthetics. Students also manage the financial functions of a computer-simulated multinational

  • Course Number: GM-4319
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    This course provides an overview of the design, control, and improvement of manufacturing and service productions systems. Topics include operations strategy, product design and process selection, quality management and statistical process control, materials requirements planning, lean thinking, theory of constraints, service delivery and service quality, and global supply chain management.

  • Course Number: GF-5408
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This is an introductory applications course exploring the profession and practice of management consulting. The narrow view of consulting is limited to the field of private sector management consulting and those firms that are dedicated to the practice. A broader view acknowledges that mastery of the skills and practices required in planning, executing, and delivering a consulting project is useful to anyone considering a career in management, whether in the private, public, or NGO sectors.

  • Course Number: GF-5422
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    The guiding framework for a global enterprise and an essential tool for the global entrepreneur is a well-developed, comprehensive business plan. The process of creating a business plan provides an in-depth view of the complex inter-dependency of the functional elements of a viable organization: marketing, finance, management & leadership and systems & operations.

  • Course Number: PO-4100
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course familiarizes the students with the current peculiarities of the Brazilian Market, in terms of taxes, banking operations, imports & exports, interest rates in order to prepare future international managers to do business in/with Brazil.

  • Course Number: PO-4050
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course is designed for native speakers of Spanish or for those who can master the language in an intermediate to high level. At the end of the course, students will have acquired conversational & colloquial skills of the language, as well as cultural and economic concepts of the countries where Portuguese is spoken, with emphasis on Brazil, which is one of the most important markets in today's economy.

  • Course Number: PO-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: PO-4021
    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: XM-1004
    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: XM-1003
    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: ST-5492
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    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: PD-1006
    Credit Hours: 0.00

    In this workshop, students will develop public speaking strategies that take into account the audience, purpose and channels of communication. Students will be able to effectively deliver a variety of presentations: informational, impromptu, and persuasive. Students will be able to incorporate a variety of techniques for improving different aspects of their presentation skills: non-verbal communication, connecting with their audience, facilitating Q/A, developing and using visuals effectively (including PowerPoint) etc.

  • Course Number: GM-4670
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    The Regional Business Environment courses deal with the political and social context in which business activities take place. This includes consideration of eight factors that shape or reflect the operational realities of management and business, including: Patterns of historical development cover political, social and economic events and structures. Geographic environment involves human and economic geography, covering population and natural resource distributions, regional financial and trade centers, and transportation systems.

  • Course Number: GM-4660
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    The Regional Business Environment courses deal with the political and social context in which business activities take place. This includes consideration of eight factors that shape or reflect the operational realities of management and business, including: Patterns of historical development cover political, social and economic events and structures. Geographic environment involves human and economic geography, covering population and natural resource distributions, regional financial and trade centers, and transportation systems.

  • Course Number: GM-4650
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    The Regional Business Environment courses deal with the political and social context in which business activities take place. This includes consideration of eight factors that shape or reflect the operational realities of management and business, including: Patterns of historical development cover political, social and economic events and structures. Geographic environment involves human and economic geography, covering population and natural resource distributions, regional financial and trade centers, and transportation systems.

  • Course Number: GM-4600
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    The Regional Business Environment courses deal with the political and social context in which business activities take place. This includes consideration of eight factors that shape or reflect the operational realities of management and business, including: Patterns of historical development cover political, social and economic events and structures. Geographic environment involves human and economic geography, covering population and natural resource distributions, regional financial and trade centers, and transportation systems.

  • Course Number: GM-4620
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    The Regional Business Environment courses deal with the political and social context in which business activities take place. This includes consideration of eight factors that shape or reflect the operational realities of management and business, including: Patterns of historical development cover political, social and economic events and structures. Geographic environment involves human and economic geography, covering population and natural resource distributions, regional financial and trade centers, and transportation systems.

  • Course Number: GM-4640
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    The Regional Business Environment courses deal with the political and social context in which business activities take place. This includes consideration of eight factors that shape or reflect the operational realities of management and business, including: Patterns of historical development cover political, social and economic events and structures. Geographic environment involves human and economic geography, covering population and natural resource distributions, regional financial and trade centers, and transportation systems.

  • Course Number: GF-4790
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    The European Union, NAFTA, APEC, and other
    regional economic agreements offer important opportunities
    and challenges for global managers. This course examines such issues as the origins and future of regional agreements; and their implications in such areas as trade, finance, and worker, environmental and other business regulations. The course may focus on a particular regional economic agreement or compare
    different agreements.

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