Thunderbird School of Global Management

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1 Global Place
Glendale, AZ 85306

per credit (full-time)
total program (executive degree)

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#85 Best Business Schools


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The business school at Thunderbird School of Global Management offers these departments and concentrations: entrepreneurship, finance, general management, international business, and marketing. Its tuition is full-time: $1,436 per credit and executive: $91,500 total program. At graduation, 32.6 percent of graduates of the full-time program are employed.

Located in Glendale, Ariz., the Thunderbird School of Global Management is named after the historic World War II airbase on which its built, Thunderbird Field.

Thunderbird's business school rankings at its Garvin School of International Management include the top-ranked International M.BA. program, which students can complete in a few different ways. While attending classes full time in Arizona, students can earn the M.B.A. in 15 to 20 months or through an accelerated format in 11 to 16 months. The Thunderbird School of Global Management also offers many M.B.A. programs for working professionals across the world. Students earning the Europe-based Executive M.B.A. attend class in Geneva, and those earning the U.S.-based M.B.A. take courses in Glendale. There’s also a Latin America-based Executive M.B.A. program, with campus locations throughout Mexico, as well as in Columbia, Peru, Argentina, Miami, and Glendale. There are also many distance-learning M.B.A. options for Thunderbird students, as well as duel degree programs, such as the M.B.A./J.D. with the Vermont Law School.

Other degrees available at the Thunderbird School of Global Management include an M.S. in global finance, global marketing, or global management, and an M.A. in global affairs. Besides academics, the school is also involved in projects such as Thunderbird for Good, which helps men and women from emerging markets, such as Afghanistan and Peru, learn business skills.

Thunderbird graduates, often known as T-Birds, join about 40,000 alumni and can take advantage of school events around the world, career workshops, and travel opportunities. Thunderbird School of Global Management has graduated many successful alumni, such as Gordon Smith, CEO of Chase Card Services; Bob Dudley, CEO of BP; Niels Marquardt, U.S. ambassador to Madagascar; and Philip Reeker, U.S. ambassador to Macedonia.


Application deadline (U.S. residents) May 10
Application deadline (international students) May 10
Applicants (full-time)
Applicants (full-time)
Applicants (part-time) N/A


entrepreneurship international business
finance marketing
general management other

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 353
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)



full-time: $1,436 per credit
executive: $91,500 total program

Required fees (full-time) $2,800 per year
Required fees (part-time) N/A
Required fees (executive degree program) N/A


Average base salary $81,106
Full-time graduates employed at graduation 32.6%

* Business School Overview details based on 2013 data

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