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: GM-1310
    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: GF-5401
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    This course is an overview of the process of the management of technology and innovation including the strategic, managerial and organizational structure variables that influence its success or failure. Topics include the impact of new technologies on industries, dominant designs and platform leadership, incremental and transformational innovations, lifecycle dynamics, technology transfer, entrepreneurship, critical success factors in managing innovative projects and managing innovation professions in co-located and virtual environments.

  • Course Number: GF-4518
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    This course provides an understanding of the
    unique aspects of the strategic marketing of services at a global
    level. Key topics are: the growing role of services in the global economy and the differences between the strategic marketing of products and services.

  • Course Number: GF-5806
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course examines development prospects and
    policy in less developed and transition economies. Issues
    include trade, investment, foreign aid, international debt, technology transfer, poverty, environment, social development,and sustainable development. The roles of international and regional organizations, government policy, and domestic and foreign corporations are explored.

  • Course Number: GST-5000
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course examines development prospects and policy in less developed and transition economies. Issues include trade, investment, foreign aid, international debt, technology transfer, poverty, environment, social development, and sustainable development. The roles of global and regional organizations, government policy, and domestic and foreign corporations are explored.

  • Course Number: GF-4640
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This is a Thunderbird collaborative program offered in conjunction with INCAE, the leading Latin American business school, at their beautiful campus in Alajuela, Costa Rica. In the last two decades sustainability has gone from a fringe business issue to a central concern for corporations around the world. When managed correctly sustainability can become an important element of a company?s overall strategy. Getting sustainability wrong, however, can lead to public outcry and costly damage to corporate reputations.

  • Course Number: GF-4514
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    The objective of the course is to introduce the participants to the basic concepts of sustainable development, raise awareness to the challenges, limits, and opportunities faced by the private sector. Brazil?s government, society, and business community have shown a great commitment to balancing economic development and environmental sustainability. From programs to reduce the rate of Amazon deforestation, to a gigantic bio-energy industry, and innovative carbon credit-generating initiatives, Brazil is leading a true revolution of economic possibilities.

  • Course Number: GF-5641
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course will prove an understanding of the Paraguayan business environment in the contexts of the Latin American region and the role of developing nations in the international economy. It will also provide participants a "real-life", "hands-on" experience of the challenges and complexities of development in an undeveloped setting.

    It will expose participants to the challenges that managers, expatriates, firms, consultants, and organizations routinely face in the still-developing Paraguayan market and society.

  • Course Number: GST-5430
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    Innovation has become a major source of competitive advantage for nations as well as companies. This course analyzes the innovation process highlighting the interaction between universities, government technology policies, corporate research and development, start-ups, and venture capital. This course draws upon international comparisons, country case studies, and technology-specific cases including information technology.

  • Course Number: GF-4606
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course will take participants to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong and Hong Kong, where the program will explore how to do business in one of the world?s most dynamic economies. Program content will focus on applied knowledge that will help prepare students to lead and manage effectively in the complex Chinese market. Learning will be primarily through site visits, a group exercise, and integrative lecture/discussions.

  • Course Number: GF-5460
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    This course examines in detail the business, economic, and politics associated with the global energy industry. The course, while not exclusively focused on hydrocarbon energy sources, devotes a large amount of time to this area because of its current energy role. The depth and breadth of material includes history, culture, politics, and involves some of the largest, most profitable, most valued, and most influential multinational firms in the world.

  • Course Number: ST-4806
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course combines an introduction to cosmopolitan democratic theory and a primer on the mechanics of the Internet with case studies of how this technology has empowered or weakened citizens in democratic and authoritarian settings. The discussion will cover the 1990s, when the global information infrastructure was fundamentally overhauled, presenting numerous questions and conflicts about citizen?s rights. This course will study Google in China and Yahoo!

  • Course Number: CP-5006
    Credit Hours: 6.00

    This consulting class is a full-time engagement for one module. Teams of student consultants travel to a client?s work site in an emerging market and undertake a consulting project for the client. The client sets the focus of the work. In addition to completing the client?s deliverables, teams are responsible to Thunderbird Faculty for the academic requirements of the course. These include maintaining a project website, weekly reports and a campus presentation upon completion of the field work.

  • Course Number: GF-5915
    Credit Hours: 1.50

    This is a special program for independent research topic in the field of Global Business. Regularly scheduled consultations between student and instructor are required. This course is not open to entering students. The topic must be approved in the preceding semester in which this course is to be taken.

  • Course Number: GF-5903
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This is a special program for independent research topic in the field of Global Business. Regularly scheduled consultations between student and instructor are required. This course is not open to entering students. The topic must be approved in the preceding semester in which this course is to be taken.

  • Course Number: ML-5903
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    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: TU-1000
    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: GF-5724
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    The course will provide an assessment of current trends and foci in U.S. foreign economic policy, with a special focus on the recent global economic downturn and the impact of war on U.S. foreign policy. Washington policy makers, international business executives, think tank scholars, media representatives, and academicians will provide a series of presentations on important elements of international business processes and environments and how they interrelate with U.S. foreign policy.

  • Course Number: GF-5421
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    This course is for entrepreneurs and venture financiers who desire to learn how non-public firms are valued. The course consists of lectures, in-class presentations by guest experts, in-class presentations by students, written examinations, team projects, and various assigned readings. Lectures will cover a review of financial theory and analytical techniques as they relate to valuation, a review of the various types of valuations mandated by law, and circumstance and the identification of the appropriate valuation techniques to apply in each circumstance.

  • Course Number: GF-4608
    Credit Hours: 3.00

    The course will provide an intense focused experience in Japan for all levels of previous exposure to the country. The course is intended to provide a re-introduction to Japanese business culture and current globalization trends in the Japanese market. The program will include guest speakers, corporate presentations, on-site visitation and information discussions with local businesses and members of the community.

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