Thunderbird School of Global Management

Thunderbird School of Global Management was founded in 1946 by Lieutenant General Barton Kyle Yount following World War II as a non-profit institution to deliver international business leadership. The graduate school was built on the site of Thunderbird Field airbase, and the modern campus still maintains landmark buildings, including the control tower and airplane hangars. Thunderbird’s mission, as stated on the school’s website is to “educate global leaders who create sustainable prosperity worldwide.” U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 “Best Grad Schools” list ranks Thunderbird School of Management as 1st in the “International Business Schools” category and 75th in the “Best Business Schools” category.

Programs Offered

Students at Thunderbird School of Global Management learn to view business and its interactions from a global perspective, and to “conduct business as a citizen of the world,” according to the school’s website. Full-time master’s degrees are available in global management, global affairs, global finance, and global marketing. Thunderbird also offers a dual Master of Business Administration and Master of Global Management degree for students to graduate from a partnering institution with a traditional MBA and a Thunderbird MGM. A dual degree is also offered between Thunderbird’s master’s degrees and Vermont Law School’s juris doctorate program.

Professional programs available through Thunderbird School of Management include an executive MBA in Geneva, distance learning MBA programs, and a distance learning dual degree through Thunderbird and Indiana University’s Kelly Direct for an MBA and a Master of Global Management. The Thunderbird School of Management also offers an executive education program in four global locations: Glendale, Ariz.; Beijing, China; Geneva Switzerland; Monterrey, Mexico; and Moscow, Russia. Each global location manages several executive development programs, including project management, sales and marketing, human resources, and finance and accounting.


The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited the Thunderbird School of Global Management since January 1969.


Applicants to the Thunderbird School of Global Management program must submit an online application with an application fee, personal essays, GRE or GMAT test scores, two references, an official undergraduate transcript, and a resume. Specific admissions requirements depend on the program the student is applying to. For instance, dual degree programs require two personal essays of 2,000 words each, while the traditional MBA programs requires two essays between 500 to 1,500 words. Undergraduate requirements also vary between programs. Students applying to the global finance program require four years of study in business, economics, mathematics, engineering, or science. Deadlines for each program can be found on the corresponding application.

Admissions Contact

Thunderbird School of Global Management
Admissions Office
1 Global Place
Glendale, AZ 85306-6000

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