2020 Applying to Graduate School in International Affairs
Key to Admissions Success: Network, Be Open to New Opportunities
Candidates for the Executive Master of Global Affairs and Management (EMAGAM) program at Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management should tap their recent work experience to illustrate how they have acclimated to the ongoing pandemic, advises Sanjeev Khagram, the school’s director general and dean.
The EMAGAM, for mid-career professionals, prepares graduates for leadership positions within their existing organizations, or to make a bold move in their careers by switching industries entirely.
“At work, you have been adapting to new ways of doing things,” Khagram says. “Look for leadership opportunities in your community. If you can, step up into leadership roles during this time of crisis. Be a thought leader for your industry.“
Applicants to the EMAGAM should explore online courses and research different areas of expertise to get a sense of whether they are the right fit, as they plan the growth of their skill set and knowledge base.
Candidates for the program also must be receptive to opportunities for developing expertise and connections in other disciplines. For example, Thunderbird is seeing more attention on sectors such as health care—already one of the global economy’s biggest drivers—and how best to apply business skills and manage it.
“Keep networking,” Khagram advises. “Reach out to professional contacts if you have questions about what it’s like to work in different industries.”
Global Leadership and Management Program
Between the Fourth Industrial Revolution, climate change, and population growth, the 21st century is poised to see massive, complex disruptions that pose serious threats to our global civilization’s ability to prosper. Layered on top of that, COVID-19 has revealed a global need for expertise in managing systemic hazards. Thunderbird’s EMAGAM program, based in Washington, DC, is designed to teach just this type of expertise.
)))Mastering the ability to engage wide ranges of stakeholders in decision-making is key. The EMAGAM program offers multiple core and elective courses that cover techniques for facilitating multi-stakeholder engagement in the context of complex global systems. For example, a course on the craft of global networking teaches how and why to build resilient collaborations across borders and sectors, in issues ranging from health and human rights to the environment and terrorism.
Graduate Degree Program Options
• Executive Master of Global Affairs and Management
Deadlines for Fall 2021
Application: Early consideration, October 30, 2020; first-round consideration, November 30, 2020; second-round consideration, January 30, 2021
Financial Aid/Scholarships: March 30, 2021
Standardized Exam Scores: The GRE/GMAT is waived for all EMAGAM applicants. International applicants can take the Duolingo English language proficiency exam instead of the in-person TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.
Recommendation Letters: No recommendation letters are required. A Thunderbird EMAGAM faculty member will conduct a Zoom/phone interview with each applicant.
- 2020 Applying to Graduate School in International Affairs
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