Executive Master of Global Management with a Specialization in Space Leadership, Business, and Policy

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Hybrid Downtown Los Angeles & Online


January - December 2022




Hybrid Downtown Los Angeles & Online


January - December 2022




Thunderbird’s Executive Master of Global Management with a specialization in Space Leadership and Business (EMGM-Space Leadership) is a one-of-a-kind degree for professionals seeking executive management expertise in the booming space sector.

Designed and taught by industry-leading experts, this 12-month graduate program is tailored for individuals pursuing executive careers in commercial spaceflight, defense and civil aerospace, AI and big data, and next-generation manufacturing. Being a graduate will open doors across the aerospace and technology sectors.

The cutting-edge curriculum prioritizes industry immersion and focuses on modern practices, principles and case studies for corporate, startup, nonprofit and governmental organizations operating in space. To build cross-disciplinary skills, students can take science and technology courses featuring renowned practitioners and scholars at ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration.

Substantial opportunities are available for hands-on learning and networking with leaders at NASA, private industry, and global nonprofits, including a workshop and networking session at Kennedy Space Center and facilities visits to NASA, Blue Origin and others.

Thunderbird Difference:

Global Mindset

Digital Global Mindset

Transdisciplinary Skillset

Transdisciplinary Skillset

Cross-sectoral Approach

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

4th Industrial Revolution Leadership

4th Industrial Revolution Leadership

Fostering Imaginations

Fostering & Harnessing Imagination

Global Industry Networking Opportunities

Global Industry Networking Opportunities

Global Management, Evolved

As an experienced international professional, you know the power of a global mindset. Create worldwide value for yourself and broaden your personal brand by studying the intricacies of global management with world-renowned faculty and a cohort of exceptional peers in a state-of-the-art international business school facility. Learn, travel, and collaborate to earn this elite, specialized degree, tailored for mid-career and executive professionals.

At a Glance


Credit Hours


Semesters in duration
Three semesters (spring, summer, fall)

Applied learning opportunities

Applied learning opportunities
Inter-galactic Field Seminar or Global Challenge Lab (1 week)

Degree earned

Degree earned
Master of Global Management

Average work

Workplace experience
8+ years preferred, 17 years on average


Full tuition cost (USD)
Other fees may apply


Average program scholarship (USD)


Anticipated post-graduation salary range
$150k - $300k+

Who should attend

Professionals who want to keep up with their rapidly changing industry in a flexible master's degree program while continuing to work full-time
Professional managers and executives looking to enter the booming space economy
Thunderbird group

Engineers aspiring to advancement in the aerospace sector and supplying industries

Industry, policy and military leaders looking for insight and connections to the space sector

2021 Calendar


This in-depth global management degree is a world-class organizational leadership program like no other. It combines general management coursework, executive leadership training, international business administration, cross-cultural insight, and regional studies to educate global business leaders. The specialization in Space Leadership, Business and Policy provides students with an exciting technology context applicable to the booming commercial space sector and beyond. The new space revolution incorporates all the components of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), including AI, additive manufacturing, virtualization, cybersecurity, advanced materials, and more.

With its innovative program format, Thunderbird’s Executive MGM delivers a strategically choreographed progression through every facet of international space technology management, with experiential learning opportunities and practical, applicable education. The curriculum is focused on problem-solving via case studies, peer interaction, and applied-learning projects. You’ll be connected directly to top national and international space and technology firms as well as policymakers and agency officials.

While sharing many elements of traditional business school education, the Executive MGM offers unique advantages to prospective students:

  • A team-based, cohort model to offer a flexible and collaborative environment that facilitates work and life balance
  • A more specialized context for careers in the global aerospace and technology sectors
  • Finance, marketing, accounting, and core business competencies—all taught through a global space technology lens
  • Training in global management strategies and the cultural nuances affecting business in specific regions of the world
  • Cross-cultural communications, negotiation skills, and international political economics courses
  • Global executive guest speakers series to broaden horizons and influence post-graduation plans
  • ROI from day one as you study real-world cases, learn from the best practices of leading players in the space arena as well as from your cohort members and even address your own professional challenges in class
  • A one-week onsite visit to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and surrounding technology firms

Space Center Visit and Applied Learning Course:

Students will spend a week on Florida’s Space Coast, visiting NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and the surrounding technology firms in the growing commercial space business cluster. Half-day classes will be conducted at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, right next to the world’s premier collection of historic rockets and spacecraft. You’ll visit Exploration Park, the only place in the world with a Quadramodal Transportation Hub featuring transportation by land, air, sea and space.

The course offers students an academic opportunity to apply the full range of professional skills they have mastered during graduate business and management studies. It consists of participation in a consulting project for a leading space technology firm.

Curriculum/Course Descriptions (31 credit-hours)

Spring 2022

  • TGM 598 Global Technological Leadership/Global Personal Leadership (3 credits)

    Profs. Lindy Elkins-Tanton and Dean Sanjeev Khagram, P.hd.

    January 17-23, 2022 (Opening Residence Module: 1-week immersion course)

    Personal leadership development is optimized by grounded reflection, self-knowledge, and continuous learning as we interact with others. Therefore, this is an introspective and skill-building course that includes conceptual grounding, experiential learning focused on self-and other-awareness, dyadic (2-person) and group/team interaction, as well as self-assessments and individual feedback.

  • Specialization course #1: Space for Future Global Leaders (3 credits)

    Greg Autry and Zaheer Ali

    January 29-30, 2022 and February 12-13, 2022

    A non-technical introduction to the reality of getting to, working in, and staying alive in space, with an overview of existing and hypothetical space technologies that are of interest to space executives, startup founders and investors. Students will learn the applications of space to their industries and implications to society around the world.

  • TGM 598 Global Technological Strategy (3 credits)

    Profs. Mary Teagarden and Bill Youngdahl

    Feb 26-27, 2022 and March 26-27, 2022

    In today's global digital economy, technology and innovation are key drivers of value creation. This course provides an overview of the strategic management of technology-based innovation in organizations including the contextual, strategic, managerial and organizational variables that influence the technology-based innovation upon which competitive advantage relies.

  • Specialization course #2: Global Space Policy and Law (3 credits)

    Greg Autry and Zaheer Ali

    April 9-10, 2022 and April 30-May 1, 2022

    An introduction to space policy, budgeting and regulation. Covers U.S. legal framework with a survey of the developing global institutional arrangements with an emphasis on commercial space business activities.

Summer 2022:

  • TGM 506 Navigating Global and Regional Business Environments/Communicating and Negotiating Across Cultures (3 credits)

    June 11-12, 2022 and June 25-26, 2022

    This dynamic and interactive course provides managers with an effective framework for achieving their goals in global management settings. Assists students to prepare for and execute time-tested strategies for achieving communication competence with persons from different cultures. It also covers negotiating in the global context.

  • Specialization course #3: Space and Global States and Markets(3 credits)

    Greg Autry and Zaheer Ali

    July 24-30, 2022

    Explores the increasing opportunities for multinational space businesses, investments, collaborations, and partnerships as well as comparing the different governmental frameworks, comparative advantages, and political influence. Also addresses national security concerns, military space interests, technology competition and industrial espionage.

Fall 2022:

  • TGM 557 Data in the Global Economy/Global Marketing (3 credits)

    Faculty TBD

    August 27-28, 2022 and September 10-11, 2022

    Global companies are embracing digital technologies to better understand their customers' journey and subsequent word-of-mouth discussions consumers have about their product online. This course is about understanding how multinational organizations make strategic use of Big Data to gain a competitive advantage in the global economy.

  • Specialization course #4: Global Space Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (3 credits)

    Greg Autry, TBD

    September 24-25, 2022 and October 1-2, 2022

    A survey of the fundamental skills of entrepreneurship for profit, non-profit and social entrepreneurs in the context of space. Topics would include founding teams, dynamism, opportunity recognition and validation, funding, strategy, operations and exits strategies for space startups.

  • TSGM 517 Global Finance and Accounting (3 credits)

    Faculty TBD

    September 24-25, 2022 and October 1-2, 2022


  • TSGM 597 Global Personal Leadership Development (1 credit)

    Faculty TBD

    November 19-20, 2022

    Capstone course designed to equip students with the skills to transition from students to global managers in the 4th industrial revolution. Students create and continuously update their Career Development Plan. This plan requires them to research career options, commit to a career focus, devise a strategy, implement a networking plan, create career documents such as resumes and cover letter, prepare for interviews. Students also create their own Personal Leadership Development plan.

  • TSGM 596 Global Field Seminar or GLobal Challenge Lab (3 credits)

    Faculty TBD

    December 5-11, 2022

    Capstone course offering students an opportunity to apply the full range of professional skills they have acquired during graduate business and management studies. Consists of participation in a consulting project for a client system. Serves all sectors: public/governmental, private and NGO/nonprofit.

Application Requirements

Admission requirements of the EMGM-Space include:

  • 8+ years work experience (preferred)
  • 3+ years in management (preferred)
  • Résumé documenting work and management experience
  • Competitive TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo scores (if you did not graduate from an English-speaking university in a native English-speaking country)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions, validating undergraduate GPA and the completion of a four-year degree sent to ASU Graduate Admissions
  • Interview with Thunderbird 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.

Global leadership and management potential

Our Admissions team will consider both your professional and personal experience when assessing your fit for the program. Each candidate’s global leadership potential—and his or her ability to bring global experience and cultural insight into the classroom—is of utmost importance to our Admissions team. We seek to fill our program with globally-minded students whose professional or personal experiences will add value to the diverse cultural and social Thunderbird experience.

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 Deadlines

Spring (January start)
July 11 First round
September 12 Second round
November 14 Third round and international student deadline
December 19 Final deadline


Greg Autry, PhD

Greg Autry, PhD

Noted space policy and business expert, Chair of Safety Working Group FAA COMSTAC, VP of National Space Society, and former official at NASA HQ

Lindy Elkins-Tanton, PhD

Lindy Elkins-Tanton, PhD

ASU Vice President, Co-chair of ASU's Interplanetary Initiative, Principal Investigator of the NASA Psyche mission, Noted author, and Member of the National Academy of Sciences

Zaheer Ali

Zaheer Ali

Senior Manager USRA and an experimental physicist with extensive experience at NASA and in national security

Jim Bell, PhD

Jim Bell, PhD

Professor at ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration, Distinguished Visiting Scientist at NASA JPL, Noted author, and Former President of The Planetary Society

Timiebi Aganaba

Timiebi Aganaba, DCL

Space Law and Governance expert focused on promoting inclusive space futures. Experience in govt, non profit, think tank, law firm and consulting industries in 4 countries

Sanjeev Khagram

Sanjeev Khagram, PhD

CEO, Director-General and Dean of Thunderbird School of Global Management at ASU

Our Campus

Our Campus in LA

The EMGM-Space is delivered in Los Angeles and online. LA classes are based in Los Angeles, California, at the newly rebuilt and historic Herald Examiner building in downtown LA, home to the new ASU California Center. Students will be close to many of the most important companies within the space sector, which have operations throughout Southern California. ASU California Center is equipped with state-of-the-art teaching and meeting facilities, as well as the latest digital technologies, enabling and enhancing connection to Thunderbird’s global business network and the robust space business ecosystem based in Southern California.

Address: 1111 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Our Faculty

Our faculty


Full-time faculty members

More than


Research and teaching nominations, recognitions and awards were obtained by the faculty (2013-July 2019).