The Online Master of Applied Leadership & Management is not just a master's degree from a top ranked school of global management, it is specially designed to take your career to the next level. Globalize your leadership skills in a flexible online format designed for working professionals and become part of the prestigious Thunderbird Alumni Network.

ASU Online offers start dates every 7.5 weeks.
Multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.
Required number of credits to complete this degree.

More than ever, the world needs leaders. Sharpen your skills in Thunderbird’s Online Master of Applied Leadership & Management program (MALM), a unique online degree taught by Thunderbird's world-class professors. The MALM is designed to explore leadership and management through the lens of high-growth and emerging markets, and delivers the highest quality graduate education in an affordable format. Offered in a hybrid model that blends flexible online learning with an optional in-person capstone experience, the MALM combines Thunderbird’s prestigious tradition of graduate education with cutting-edge technology to deliver a transformative graduate degree.

Join students from around the world in the Online Master of Applied Leadership & Management program and become part of the globally connected Thunderbird alumni network that opens doors and opportunities.

An International Leader in global business education:

  • #1 most innovative university in the nation
  • #1 in networking & number of overseas MBA alumni branches
  • #1 Internationalism of alumni
  • #1 in global experience
  • #3 in potential to network
  • #4 top 10 culturally dynamic universities
  • #4 in International Business in 2018
  • #6 in the world for a Distance/Online MBA
  • #21 in best online graduate business program

Tuition Fee for 2018


Thunderbird Global Excellence Emerging Markets Scholarship

Up to 50% bringing approximate degree cost to $16,550 for qualified students in emerging markets.

Recommended but optional in-person experiences
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  • 34 full-time faculty and 48 adjunct faculty teaching the same courses in-person and via ASU Online.
  • All faculty have strong leadership experience within the academic and professional worlds.
  • Many of our adjunct faculty work full-time in prestigious leadership positions in the public, private and not-for-profit arenas.

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Related Careers

Modern business is global. With globalization accelerating at a rapid pace, global mindset and skillsets are now the norm for most career advancement.

Many Thunderbird graduates go on to become country managers, do business development work internationally, open subsidiaries in foreign locations, manage global projects, and advance business careers in multinational companies.

Example Careers

  • Business Development Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Account Executive
  • Marketing Manager
  • Business Analysts
  • Customer Service Manager
  • Business Consultant
  • Entrepreneur


  • Resume documenting work experience
  • Proof of English proficiency if you did not graduate from an English-speaking university in a native English-speaking country (TOEFL of 80, IELTS of 6.5, Pearson Test of English of 60)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions, validating the completion of a four-year degree

Preferred/average work experience

Our preferred work experience duration is at least 2 years.

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