Executive Master of Global Leadership & Strategy

Strategic Global Leadership for the 4th Industrial Revolution

Artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, cybersecurity, blockchain. The future of work is here—and it’s changing everything. Today’s senior executives need to be prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Organizational, environmental and societal success and stability depend on them. The world needs their sophisticated and holistic global outlook to harness the power of technological transformation through strategic, influential leadership that delivers sustainable solutions across industries, cultures and environments around the world.

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Cutting-Edge Content. Innovative Delivery.

Thunderbird’s Executive Master of Global Leadership & Strategy (MGLAS) delivers a degree program experience that takes you inside the boardrooms of businesses and governments around the world – providing exclusive insight into the strategy and leadership nuances at play in today’s complex and dynamic global environment.

With six, onsite modules in six dynamic global locations and sophisticated online coursework, the Executive MGLAS breaks free of the traditional, lock-step curriculum of other graduate programs to immerse you in hands-on, culturally complex leadership situations that will broaden your global mindset, enhance your executive presence and accelerate your career advancement.

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Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis up to the start of the program. For details, contact us at admissions.tbird@asu.edu.

Spring (January start)

June 7First-round deadline
July 26Second-round deadline
October 4Third-round and international student deadline
November 29Final deadline

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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • 8+ years managerial experience
  • Competitive TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or Duolingo scores (if you did not graduate from an English-speaking university in a native English-speaking country)
  • Submission of online application, including
    • Resume documenting professional and academic history
    • Official transcripts from all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • Admissions interview with 1+ senior faculty and staff
  • GMAT/GRE not required


Transcripts for graduate admissions must be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Services department at the main Arizona State University campus. To expedite the processing of your application, please write your application reference number on all documents and envelopes submitted to ASU. Materials submitted without your application reference number will delay the processing of your application.

If sending by U.S. mail: If sending by FedEx, DHL or UPS: If sending electronically:
Arizona State University
Graduate Admission Services
PO Box 870112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112
Graduate Admission Services
Arizona State University
1151 S. Forest Avenue, #SSV112
Tempe, AZ  85287-0112
Email gradtranscripts@asu.edu

International students

The application process for international students is the same as for domestic students, with the exception of submitting proof of English proficiency (for students whose native language is not English). After admission, you will also be required to obtain a U.S. visa, which includes submitting a graduate financial guarantee. All international transcripts must be submitted in their original language accompanied by an official English translation. Translations must be literal, complete versions of the originals and must be translated by a university, government official or official translation service. You may not complete your own translation. Photocopies and notarized transcripts are not acceptable.

English proficiency requirements

Applicants are required to meet certain English proficiency standards for acceptance. If your English proficiency scores are below acceptance standards, you may be required to take pre-degree English instruction to ensure you meet the level of English proficiency needed to succeed in your graduate studies. Learn more. View the minimum and direct entry scores here.

Application & Program Costs

Application & Program Costs


Application Fee (Domestic)*


Application Fee (International)*


Program Deposit** (make your deposit here)


Program Cost


Contact your admissions representative to learn more about estimated costs for books and materials, global experience and living expenses.

*Applications will not be processed until the fee is received and fees are non-refundable.
**The ​enrollment deposit ​confirms your acceptance of admission and reserves ​your ​seat ​in ​the ​program, allowing you to register for your first term courses. All ​deposit funds ​are ​​applied ​to ​your ​student ​account.


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NOTE: All amounts shown in the Tuition and Fees Schedules or in other university publications or Web pages represent tuition and fees as currently approved. However, Arizona State University reserves the right to increase or modify tuition and fees without prior notice, upon approval by the Arizona Board of Regents or as otherwise consistent with board policy, and to make such modifications applicable to students enrolled at ASU at that time as well as to incoming students. In addition, all tuition amounts and fees are subject to change at any time for correction of errors. Finally, please note that fee amounts billed for any period may be adjusted at a future date.



Your Executive Growth Trajectory Requires Elite Training

The Executive MGLAS program positions you for global advancement. Through integrated curriculum that follows a strategic thematic pattern mirroring executive decision-making realities, you will engage in online courses and onsite experiential learning opportunities. These courses develop your global mindset and bring you face-to-face with the world leaders who shape policy and industry around the world.

Powerful Professional Experiences

  • Attend exclusive business and government round tables led by members of the acclaimed Thunderbird community
  • Take part in targeted site visits that offer inside access to regional business
  • Dive into real-world examples of the disruption at play as a result of technological transformation
  • Discover the complex opportunities derived from industry convergence
  • Explore talent acquisition and development in a tech-heavy, cross-cultural environment
  • Establish your executive presence through leadership-development coaching and “finishing” exercises

Strategic Capstone Deliverables

1) Gamechanger Project - Through this organizational-level deliverable, you will develop a blueprint outlining the future of your industry, how your firm can reimagine itself within this future, and what your role will be in this transformation.

2) Leadership Development Plan - Through this individual-level deliverable, you will work with an adviser/coach to develop a personalized view of your strengths and
weaknesses and establish a pathway to sustained leadership performance.

At a Glance


Credit hours


in months
Work experience
8+ years preferred; 15 years on average
Student age
40 years on average
5 modules in 5 global locations and online
Program Cost
Degree earned
Executive Master of Global Leadership & Strategy
45K global alumni worldwide