An MBA with a global focus
With Thunderbird’s unique program delivery model, you don’t just learn global business. You live it. Through top-tier curriculum taught by the world’s foremost authorities on international business and cross-cultural interaction, you will be immersed in the world of global management. Thunderbird’s Full-time MBA features integrated, aligned curriculum delivered via six, themed modules over three trimesters. This approach allows for in-depth study concentrated on a primary thematic topic while taking fewer classes at one time:
Module 0 (Orientation) – Build Business Fundamentals
Module 1 – Manage Strategically – Create Opportunity
Module 2 – Lead Change within Context and with Analytics
Module 3 – Deliver Value across Borders
Module 4 – Navigate Complex Initiatives
Module 5 – Innovate for Growth
Module 6 – Create Opportunity – Manage in a Volatile & Uncertain World
Concentration areas include: global finance, global management and global marketing.
Curriculum that will drive your career
Designed to build skills based on employer expectations, the entire MBA in Global Management program is concentrated on helping you refine your management acumen and develop a comprehensive portfolio of work that will validate your professional capabilities and elevate your career opportunities. The learning outcomes in every course can be applied to your career and your career search - and every project you complete can be linked to your individual profile and electronic portfolio to showcase your work to potential employers.
The core program is made up of 46.5 credit hours delivered through 12 months of academic study (with extended options available for those wishing to add an internship or concentration area).
Analysis for Strategic Marketing
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the key marketing issues through an examination of various marketing decisions. This course complements other marketing courses by adopting a more hands-on and practical approach to strategic market planning. Specifically the course objectives are to: help students develop an understanding of the role that analytical techniques and computer models can play in enhancing marketing decision-making in modern enterprises; improve students’ skill in viewing marketing processes and relationships systematically and analytically; and provide students with the operational skills required to apply the methods and models to solve real marketing decision problems.
Asia-Pacific Rim Management
This course examines select cases of managerial challenges in the Asia/Pacific region. Each case will combine a specific national/territorial setting with a specific management topic: staffing, incorporation, ethics, joint venture management, technology transfer, distribution analysis, and other related topics. Additionally, emerging thematic issues will be explored, such as the new political economy of Northeast Asia (Siberia, Manchuria, Korea), post-industrial globalism in Japan, the Indian investment environment change, and Vietnam's economic reform.
Global & Financial Markets
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.
This course provides practical insights into those factors, both external and internal, which impact leadership effectiveness. Topics covered include the achievements of leaders, characteristics of leaders, leading across cultures, leading change and relationship between leaders and followers.
This course will focus on the introduction of negotiating in the global context. Students will participate in a variety of hands on activities, such as scenario-driven discussions, case study and student-to-student negotiation.