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Leaders on Purpose & THUNDERBIRD

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The Thunderbird Difference

Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University is a world leader in global business and management education for a new decade of technological transformation. Guided by a global mindset and a deep commitment to advancing inclusive and sustainable prosperity worldwide, Thunderbird integrates original, multidisciplinary management and business research with emerging technology trends to empower leaders of transnational organizations to adapt and

thrive in a rapidly changing and increasingly complex world. Blending global business, foreign policy, and international affairs, Thunderbird specializes in providing hands-on, real-world learning experiences to develop leaders and managers across sectors and disciplines, thereby enhancing performance in public and private organizations globally.


Through our worldwide presence, we equip students and professionals to thrive in today’s international business environment. With more than 50,000 distinguished alumni in 145 countries and a rapidly expanding network of satellite Centers of Excellence in all regions, Thunderbird delivers cutting-edge and fit-for purpose programs worldwide.

From undergraduate and graduate degree programs to executive education and lifelong learning initiatives, our offerings and global learning experiences provide transformative global skills and credentials to students and professionals around the world.


Thunderbird is proud to be a global partner with Leaders on Purpose- leveraging our world class

research capacity and unmatched global network to advance our shared goal of purpose driven



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Executive Education and Lifelong Learning

Our Executive Education programs are designed to tackle current and future business challenges in

an increasingly complex global marketplace. These programs are led by a diverse network of

thought leaders who blend academic expertise with industry experience. Gain the necessary skills

to lead in a diverse, global marketplace through on-demand or live executive certificate programs.

  • Certificates for individuals: Thunderbird offers a suite of programs designed to challenge business leaders to more effectively think and deliver results in a constantly evolving and turbulent world. Curriculum is offered through on-demand (online) or live (in-person or online) certificate programs. 

  • Custom programs for organizations: Thunderbird partners with enterprises of all sizes, industries, and sectors to offer leading-edge integrated talent development experiences that sharpen performance and improve organizational capacity.


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100 Million Learners Global Initiative

Through the Francis and Dionne Najafi 100 Million Learners Global Initiative, Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University offers an online, global education from these world-class accredited institutions in 40 different languages to learners across the globe, at absolutely no cost to the learner. The Global Initiative offers three pathways to learners depending on their current education levels:


  • Foundational courses: For learners at any level.

  • Intermediate courses: For advanced high school learners to current undergraduate learners.

  • Advanced courses: For advanced undergraduate learners and above.

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Degree Programs


Our global focus is foundational and helps transform students into global leaders by providing worldwide opportunities, cross cultural knowledge and mastery of interdisciplinary skills as only Thunderbird and ASU can. Whether it’s internships and international consulting projects in major world cities or applied learning experiences in emerging markets, T-birds gain experience that is truly global. More than half of our students come from outside the U.S., this highly-diverse population of students, faculty and staff welcomes a culture that is enriched by many different backgrounds and viewpoints.

Thunderbird currently offers the following degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Global Management (BGM)

  • Online Bachelor of Global Management (OBGM)

  • Bachelor of Science in International Trade (BSIT)

  • Online Bachelor of Science in International Trade (OBSIT)

  • Accelerated Master of Global Management

  • Master of Global Management (MGM)

  • Master of Leadership and Management (OMLM)

  • Executive Master of Global Management (EMGM)

  • Executive Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management (EMAGAM)

  • Executive Master of Global Management (Specialization in Space Leadership, Business and Policy (EMGM-Space)

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