Curriculum

Finance in a global economy

Taught by the world’s foremost authorities on global business and cross-cultural interaction, the courses in Thunderbird’s MS in Global Finance program deliver insight into the intricacies of fiscal activity on an international scale – and how financial matters may be driven by cultural nuance. Study global finance as it relates to actual businesses across the world, including in leading and emerging markets like Canada, France, Denmark, Indonesia, the UK, China, Argentina and Puerto Rico. 

The two-trimester program features core curriculum in global finance with hands-on experiential learning opportunities delivered through applied learning projects led by Thunderbird faculty that engage you in real-world business and consulting scenarios. Additionally, the program’s entire second trimester is dedicated to global finance electives specific to the career path of your choosing.

Applied learning project courses

In the MS in Global Finance program, you’ll tackle real-world business problems through participation in applied learning projects led by Thunderbird faculty. These hands-on experiences let you apply the skills you’ve learned in both client-facing projects with Thunderbird’s corporate partners and in simulations which deliver rapid feedback. Sample applied learning project courses include:

  • Multinational Corporate Finance (FORAD)
  • Corporate Partners

Sample career-path electives

Career path: Corporate Finance
  • Multinational Corporate Finance

  • Corporate Financial Reporting

  • Financial Statement Analysis

Career path: Financial Consulting & Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial Finance & Forecasting

  • Global Private Equity

  • Corporate Partners/Finance Practicum

Career path: Investments & Portfolio Management
  • Global Portfolio Management

  • Financial Engineering and Derivatives II

  • Global Securities and Investments

Your studies begin with Foundations Week, an interactive and engaging course covering key aspects of leadership, team-building, motivation, ethics, cross-cultural communication, self-assessment, professional development and career management strategies. You will also have the opportunity to participate in Global Professional Development Seminars presented by our Career Management Center – completing coursework in topics such as business presentations, public speaking, cross-cultural teambuilding and networking, business report writing and business etiquette in global settings.  

For specific information about program curriculum, contact our Global Admissions Team at admissions@thunderbird.edu or call +1 602 978-7100 or 800 457-6966 (US toll-free).


Economics bootcamps

Depending on your undergraduate background, you may be required to take an online economics bootcamp prior to beginning the program. Read more.

English proficiency

Depending on your TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score (if applicable), you may be required to take “Business English Communications” course(s) prior to beginning the program.