MA in Global Affairs & Management

Master of Arts in Global Affairs & Management

We’re currently reviewing our portfolio of programs. Please reach out to the Admissions team for more information about Fall 2015 degree program offerings.

To make a difference in today’s complex and interwoven global economy, you need a firm understanding of how global relations issues like international conflict resolution, sustainable economic development and humanitarian relief can be blended with business to drive economic and social reform. Thunderbird’s Master of Arts in Global Affairs & Management delivers specialized cross-training in international affairs and all facets of global management, preparing you with the tools and insight to effectively change lives, communities and circumstances for the better.

With our Master of Arts program, you will concentrate your studies on global relations, political economy, area studies and cross-cultural communications, while supplementing this valuable international affairs curriculum with core courses in accounting, finance, management and marketing. This unique training prepares you to address complex issues in diplomacy, business and society – making you an extraordinarily valuable asset for any global affairs organization. MA graduates also bring an increased focus on social responsibility to their corporate employers.

Learn about program tuition and financing options available to you.

Program at a glance
Student stats
Credit hours


Average age


Program duration
Depending on internship

15 - 18 months

Male/female ratio
36% male / 64% female 
Program format
Campus-based, full-time program with intake in fall
Average # of countries represented


Second language proficiency
Not required for admission, but required before graduation. If you enter the program without a second language, you will take language courses as part of your degree.
Degree earmed
Master of Arts in Global Affairs & Management
Master’s to MBA option
After graduation, eligible individuals can apply to an accelerated track of Thunderbird’s MBA program and complete the degree in just two trimesters.