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ASU - Thunderbird School of Global Management

400 E Van Buren Phoenix, United States View Map
  • DemographyAverage age range of students across all MBA programs at the institution.
    29-40 Yrs.
  • ScholarshipIndication as to whether the institution provides scholarships for MBA programs.


Thunderbird School of Global Management is located on Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus. Downtown Phoenix has undergone a revitalization and today, 20,000 call the Downtown Phoenix campus home. 

Positioned in the heart of Downtown Phoenix’s business district, it’s only steps away from major sports arenas, museums, performing arts centers and other entertainment venues. T-birds can utilize first-class fitness facilities, numerous dining options, and enjoy local culture steeped in regional history.

As a major hub for global trade and commerce, Phoenix provides students with rich internship and job opportunities within multinational corporations, global nonprofit organizations, and government agencies, as well as access to thought leaders from across sectors and industries.

Phoenix affords easy access to LA, California and Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as recreational spots including the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks, and Lake Tahoe.

Outside the classroom, students participate in hands-on entrepreneurial and public service opportunities, contributing to the economic, cultural and overall health of the community while gaining skills and experience for careers after graduation.

Students at TSM enjoy modern classrooms with the latest technology, study rooms and comfortable lounge areas, as well as a commercial district with restaurants, gym, shops, a movie theater, hotels and bars.

Thunderbird students can also make use of libraries, gyms, sport and recreational facilities, entrepreneurial projects, research labs, and more.

All courses are offered in English, however Thunderbird’s Master of Global Management (MGM) program includes foreign language training. All graduates earning the Master of Global Management degree are required to have training in at least one language in addition to English by graduation.

Thunderbird’s Career Management Center offers one credit professional development course. All students are paired with an alumni mentor, a student liaison, a career coach, and a faculty advisor. The entire Thunderbird community cares about students’ success and we are all here to support T-birds throughout their Thunderbird journey.

Many Thunderbird programs including the Master of Global Management, require both applied learning and internship experiences. The Global Challenge Lab sends teams of students to complete consulting projects for organizations in the US and abroad.

In Fall 2019, 93 % of MGM students participated in a summer internship. The Fall 2018 MGM class enjoyed a 97 percent employment rate after 9 months. 

Thunderbird’s global alumni network include 45,000, with almost one-quarter living abroad.

To apply, students are required to pay a US$115 application, and to hit the admissions criteria, applicants will need: 

  • Academics (grades, GMAT)
  • Employability/Success Factors (years and quality of work experience/professional skills etc.)
  • T-bird fit (global mindset, global citizenship, languages, international exposure)
  • Application quality (essays, resume, writing skills, etc.)

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find details about admissions requirements?
Visit www.thunderbird.edu/apply for details about admissions requirements for all Thunderbird degree programs.
Where can I see a list of all degree programs offered at Thunderbird and choose the one that's right for me?
Visit www.thunderbird.edu/graduate-degrees to see all of of Thunderbird's degree programs. Click on each program for greater detail and to learn what makes each degree offering unique.
What financing options are available at Thunderbird?
Visit www.thunderbird.edu/financing to find information about Thunderbird scholarships, fellowships and other financing opportunities.
What is student life like on campus? Where do the students come from? Who will I be studying with?
Visit www.thunderbird.edu/studentlife to find out more about Thunderbird's student body, campus life and the activities and social opportunities for T-birds.

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