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-4724
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course is focused on bring awareness and knowledge of the rapidly changing renewable energy and clean tech industry. Concerns over peak oil, volatile commodity prices and global climate change are fostering investment and rapid growth in these markets, trends that will be exacerbated as new national and international environmental and energy policies take effect.

  • Course Number: GF-4425
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    This is a practically oriented course that provides participants with a number of tolls necessary for the successful operation of a business. The course begins with a brief introduction to the risk management process and to commercial insurance concepts. After the introduction, nine specific topics will be addressed. Each topic will require participants to read materials and to access the Internet for additional information. Internet resources will be emphasized not only because of their ease of use but also to identify websites that can be used for years to come.

  • Course Number: RU-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: RU-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: RU-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: RU-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: RU-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: ST-5212
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    This course instructs the participant in the design, application and use of structured products. Structured finance remains the fastest growing financial market instrument ever with an estimated $10 trillion outstanding. The course will analyze all forms of structured instruments in use today and examine their purpose, function, cost, and risks relative to alternative financial instruments. The course will also explore the recent crisis in the CMO market and what went wrong.

  • Course Number: ST-4423
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    The innovative entrepreneurial spirit, long considered a building block of the DNA for a productive economic system is also an elusive, but highly-desired element in most large, complex organizations. In seeking sustainable competitive advantage, companies know they must foster innovation, flexibility, creativity and speed within their organizations?the same strategies also likely being crafted in a garage or dorm room by some entrepreneur and future competitor.

  • Course Number: ST-5272
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    The course objective is to provide an increased understanding of merger, acquisition, and restructuring activity. The course begins with a discussion of the basics of M&A analysis and a review of valuation techniques. We then discuss the theory of acquisitions as value-creating (or value-destroying) events and the use of corporate restructuring to increase the value of the firm to shareholders. Legal issues related to M&A?s, takeover strategies, and takeover defense tactics will then be discussed and illustrated through case analyses.

  • Course Number: GF-5426
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    The goal of this course is to offer a variety of opportunities for students to learn about social entrepreneurship and engage students in learning the contributors to high performing social enterprises. Students will explore stories of established social enterprises through books and case studies to uncover common themes and approaches. In additional, students will engage in experience exercises and class discussions for full emersion into the mindset of socially oriented business and activities.

  • Course Number: ST-5427
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    The goal of this course is to offer a variety of opportunities for students to learn about social entrepreurship and engage students in learning the contributors to high-performing social enterprises. Students will explore stories of established environmental and social enterprises through books and case studies to uncover common themes and approaches. In addition, students will engage in class discussion for full emersion into the mindset of socially oriented businesses and activities.

  • Course Number: ST-4437
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    The goal of this course is to offer a variety of opportunities for students to learn about social entrepreneurship and engage students in learning the contributors to high-performing social enterprises. Students will explore stories of established environmental and social enterprises through books and case studies to uncover common themes and approaches. In addition, students will engage in class discussion for full emersion into the mindset of socially oriented businesses and activities.

  • Course Number: GF-5670
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course will provide seminar participants a richer understanding and an appreciation of the South African business environment in the contexts of the Southern African sub-region, the African continent, and the international economy.

  • Course Number: SP-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: SP-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: SP-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: SP-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: SP-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-5899
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    As business enters the 21st century, a shift in thinking about business? role in society is underway. Society?s demands for social and environmental responsibility are growing dramatically and few managers have the requisite skills to respond effectively. This course is designed to give future business leaders the knowledge and tools needed to develop a CSR strategy that creates value, not only for society and the environment, but also competitive and financial value for the company.

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