Thunderbird School Of Global Management

Thunderbird School Of Global Management

Thunderbird School of Global Management, often referred to as just Thunderbird, was established by Lieutenant General Barton Kyle Yount in 1946. It was originally known as the American Institute for Foreign Trade, and was established on the historic airbase of Thunderbird Field. Over the years, the school's name changed a number of times, and it was given its present name in 2007. The main campus is located in Glendale, Arizona. It also operates global campuses in Beijing, China; Geneva, Switzerland; Monterrey, Mexico; and Moscow, Russia.

Thunderbird School of Global Management awards the Master of Arts in Global Affairs, Master of Science in Global Management, as well as several graduate degrees in the field of international management. Students can also opt for the Executive MBA degree or certificate programs. In addition, the school offers distance learning opportunities. The US News & World Report has, for 14 consecutive years, named Thunderbird as the #1 school in International Management.

Thunderbird School of Global Management's students publish a number of newsletters, journals, and magazines every year including the Thunderbird Magazine, Thunderbird International Business Review, Thunderbird Global Private Equity Center, Thunder News, E-Thunder, and Thunderbird Executive Newsletter. Among the notable alumni of the school are Luis Alberto Moreno, President of Inter-American Development Bank; Walid Chammah, co-president of Morgan Stanley; Stephen J. Nolan, U.S. Ambassador to Botswana; and Sam Garvin, Vice Chairman of Phoenix Suns.

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Contacting Thunderbird

Thunderbird School of Global Management
1 Global Place
Glendale , AZ 85306-6000
General Phone: (602) 978-7000

Thunderbird Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management573international business

Number of programs and degrees for Thunderbird in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Postbaccalaureate certificate131
Master's degree5601
Post-master's certificate01

Thunderbird Student Body

In 2007-2008, Thunderbird had a total enrollment of 1,194 students (1,023 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Graduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 27%
Black 1%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 3%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 13%
(Foreign Students) 52%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
18-19 0%
20-21 0%
22-24 8%
25-29 42%
30-34 28%
35-39 13%
40-49 7%
50-64 1%

Thunderbird Room and Board (2007)

Thunderbird offers campus housing for 288 of its 1,023 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Glendale, Arizona for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Arizona Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Thunderbird Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
Room charge $ 2,287
Board (meal plan) charge $ 1,350

Financial Aid:
Thunderbird participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 107000)

Thunderbird Faculty

Thunderbird has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year14$151,7923$123,124
Associate professorcalendar year14$97,6577$104,383
Assistant professorcalendar year4$104,6543$106,857
Instructorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year32$122,21614$106,116

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Thunderbird Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
International Business/Trade/Commerce

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