Profile Data from 2012

Quick Stats

  • Avg GMAT (Admitted Students)
    601
  • Program Cost
    $89,245
    $ $ $ $ $
  • Yield
    47%
  • Selectivity
    78%
  • Job Offers
    52%
  • Average Salary
    $83,034
  • Top Industry
    Consumer Products
Contact Information
1 Gobal Place
Glendale, Arizona 85306, United States
Website

Thunderbird School of Global Management

About Thunderbird School of Global Management

Thunderbird School of Global Management, the world’s first graduate school focused exclusively on international business, has more than 60 years of experience in developing global leaders. Thunderbird is also the world’s first business school to adopt a Professional Oath of Honor, ratified by the Faculty Senate and Board of Trustees in 2006. About 40 percent of the school’s professors and 60 percent of its students originate from outside the United States, while its alumni live and work in more than 140 countries. Thunderbird is based near Phoenix, Arizona, with satellite offices in Russia and Switzerland.

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-The international element is just incredible. I was convinced Thunderbird was over hyped for international business in the first few weeks of school but by the time I graduated I had completely bought into the Thunderbird mystique. I'm certain other business schools are diverse but I can absolutely attest to Thunderbird being a place where people have a genuine interest in culture and travel.

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About Thunderbird School of Global Management

Admissions: Can I get in?

3.4 GPA of All Applicants 3.3 GPA of All Accepted Applicants
Post-Grad Work Experience
  • Average 52
  • Median 36
  • Middle 80% 12 to 108
Admissions Selectivity
78% Thunderbird School of Global Management 46% Average Across All Schools

601 Average GMAT Score
  • Applied
  • Accepted
Average Score
74% 594
75% 601
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Total Applications
  • Applied
  • Accepted
  • Accepted Apps Enrolled
100% 378
78% 78.0
47% 47.0
Female
32% 32
International
60% 60
Re-Applicants
0%
0%
Top Undergrad Majors
  • All Applicants
  • Other Social Science
  • Other Business
  • Accepted
  • Other Social Science
  • Engineering
  • Other Business
Top 5 Feeder Colleges for Accepted
  • Arizona State
  • University of Arizona
  • Purdue
  • University of Mumbai
  • BYU
Importance of Application Elements
  • GMAT Scores Very Important
  • Resume / Work Experience Very Important
  • Application Essay Very Important
  • GPA / Undergrad Transcripts Very Important
  • Interviews Very Important
  • Recommendations Considered
$45,000 Applicant Average Base Salary
GMAT Scores
  • All Applicants
  • Accepted
770 to 800
1% 1
0% 0
740 to 769
2% 2
1% 1
710 to 739
5% 5
5% 5
680 to 709
8% 8
11% 11
650 to 679
10% 10
11% 11
620 to 649
12% 12
10% 10
590 to 619
19% 19
18% 18
560 to 589
15% 15
20% 20
530 to 559
14% 14
13% 13
500 to 529
5% 5
7% 7
Under 500
9% 9
4% 4
English Language Requirements
600 Minimum TOEFL Score
English Proficiency Required: Yes
Minimum English Proficiency Score: Yes
Accepted Tests
  • IELTS
  • TOEFL Internet Based Test
  • TOEFL Paper-based Test
  • U Michigan Language Test

Careers: Will I find a job?

Consumer Products 17%
Top Industry
  • Other 15%
  • Technology 15%
  • Financial Services 12%
Eli Lilly and Company 4
Top Employer
  • Intel Corporation 3
  • Deloitte Consulting 3
  • L'Oreal 3
Job offers within 3 months after graduation
52% Thunderbird School of Global Management 85% Average Across All Schools

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Job Offers Received and Accepted
  • This School
  • All Schools
By Graduation
29% 29.4
64% 63.699022556390986
29% Receive Offers
24% 23.9
58% 57.85206896551723
24% Accept Offers
After graduation, but within 3 months
23% 22.9
21% 21.110859375
23% Receive Offers
22% 21.6
25% 24.93132867132867
22% Accept Offers
More than 3 Months after graduation
24% 23.9
5% 5.492558139534883
24% Receive Offers
22% 22.0
7% 7.091818181818181
22% Accept Offers
78% Graduates seeking full-time employment
13% Graduates not seeking employment
Top Employers / Number Hired
  • Eli Lilly and Company 4
  • Intel Corporation 3
  • Deloitte Consulting 3
  • L'Oreal 3
  • US Airways 3
Salaries and Percentages of Job Accepting Graduates
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
Consulting
13% 13.1
$83,438.00
50K 124K
Finance/Accounting
19% 19.2
$70,533.00
40K 99K
General Management
7% 7.1
$86,429.00
36K 110K
Human Resources
4% 4.0
$93,002.00
75K 110K
Marketing/Sales
31% 31.3
$94,211.00
50K 220K
Information Technology
2% 2.0
$- Data not provided
Operations/Logistics
9% 9.1
$63,286.00
25K 85K
Other
14% 14.1
$87,733.00
65K 140K
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
Consulting
9% 9.1
$89,700.00
61K 103K
Consumer Products
17% 17.2
$90,917.00
60K 110K
Financial Services
12% 12.1
$72,500.00
40K 95K
Government
5% 5.1
$77,288.00
67K 90K
Manufacturing
9% 9.1
$78,688.00
60K 110K
Media/Entertainment
3% 3.0
$- Data not provided
Non-profit
2% 2.0
$- Data not provided
Petroleum/Energy
5% 5.1
$- Data not provided
Pharma/Biotech/Health Care
7% 7.1
$73,002.00
50K 101K
Real Estate
0% 0.0
$- Data not provided
Technology
15% 15.2
$106,682.00
60K 220K
Other
15% 15.2
$70,667.00
25K 140K
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
One Year or Less
31% 31.3
$83,294.00
45K 140K
More than one year, up to three years
19% 19.2
$67,250.00
25K 100K
More than five years
25% 25.3
$91,677.00
36K 220K
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
Asia
6% 6.1
$54,667.00
36K 78K
Australia & Oceania
0% 0.0
$- Data not provided
Central America & the Caribbean
5% 5.1
$- Data not provided
European Free Trade Zone
1% 1.0
$- Data not provided
Non-European Free Trade Zone
0% 0.0
$- Data not provided
Middle East & North Africa
0% 0.0
$- Data not provided
North America
85% 84.8
$85,740.00
40K 220K
South America
0% 0.0
$- Data not provided
Area Grads Accepting Jobs Avg. Salary 10k 50k 100k 150k 190k
U.S. Northeast
13% 13.1
$89,999.00
66K 140K
U.S. Mid-Atlantic
4% 4.0
$86,466.00
60K 124K
U.S. South
3% 3.0
$- Data not provided
U.S. Southwest
33% 33.3
$85,040.00
45K 220K
U.S. Midwest
5% 5.1
$76,669.00
60K 101K
U.S. West
26% 26.3
$83,684.00
40K 130K
U.S. Possessions/Territories
0% 0.0
$- Data not provided
Canada
0% 0.0
$- Data not provided
Salaries for Most Recent Graduates
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Long Term Pay of MBA Graduates by Job Function

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Top Companies with Interns / Hired
  • UA/CONACYT Advanced Technology Transfer Program 11
  • Amway Corporation 3
  • Education Pioneers 3
  • First Financial Equity Corporation 2
  • Thunderbird for Good 2
Internship Services
  • Companies that recruit interns on campus
  • Companies that posted internships on school message board
  • Average intern length in weeks 12
  • Percentage of internships that are paid
Annual Job Searching Trips by the School
  • National Association of Asian MBA's Conference
  • National Black MBA Association Conference
  • National Society of Hispanic MBA's Conference
  • MBA Women International Conference

Tuition: Can I afford it?

Resident
$ $ $ $ $
$122,963
Total Opportunity Cost
  • Program Cost $89,245
  • Budget $47,222
Non-Resident
$ $ $ $ $
$122,963
Total Opportunity Cost
  • Program Cost $89,245
  • Budget $47,222
7 Full Tuition Scholarships
$16,537 Average Scholarship Amount 73% of Students Receive Aid
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Financial Aid
  • Apply for Aid
  • Receive Aid
Students applying for financial aid
81% 81
73% 73
Scholarships
$ $ $ $ $
$3,700,984
Total aid distributed for the upcoming year
Basic scholarships awarded
  • Academic Merit
34%
Of first-year institutional scholarship recipients who received at least the same amount for the second year
Loans
  • Loan guarantee policy No
  • Max loan guarantee per year
  • Average post-graduation debt $31,693
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Academics: What will I learn?

Students in Core Classes
41 Thunderbird School of Global Management 44 Average Across All Schools

Top 3 Teaching Methods
Case study
27% 27
Lectures
25% 25
Experiential learning
21% 21
Top Areas of Study
  • General Management
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Strategy
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Concentrations and Specializations
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
Master Degree Programs
  • Finance
  • International Management/Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
Joint Degree Programs
  • MBA/JD (Law)
  • Other
Requirements for Graduation
  • Students are required to complete international experience
  • Students are required to be fluent in more than one language by graduation
  • Students must have earned a pre-determined GPA/Letter grade average
Program Logistics
  • Program length (in months) 16
  • Distance learning Yes
Technology Improvements
  • • Campus-wide Dual-Band Wireless-N WiFi (170+ access points) • $2.0m in classroom/conference room/student study room improvements (lecture capture, audio, video, lectern, projectors, monitors, DocCams, Smartboards, WiFi, whiteboards, lecterns/podiums, paint, carpet, furniture) • New state of the art 80-person auditorium (plus 13 adjacent high-tech break-out/study rooms) • New state of the art 30-person conference room • Tegrity recording studio • 3-Year PC Refresh program • Moodle upgrades/enhancements (including mobile capabilities) • SalesForce CRM implementation • New Online application tool + auto lead distribution + lea

Students: Who are my classmates?

55% International Students
30% Female Students
Ethnicity of Students
White
68% 68
Not Reported
13% 13
Asian American
8% 8
Student Citizenship
Asia
46% 46
North America
41% 41
Dual Citizen
5% 5
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Activities
Active Professional Clubs
  • Biotech/Health care
  • Consulting
  • Corporate Social Responsibility/NetImpact
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Media & Entertainment
  • VC/ Private Equity
  • Other
Active Networking Clubs
  • Black MBA Association
  • Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual
  • Hispanic Student Organization
  • International Club
  • Partners/Family
  • Wine
  • Women in MBA

Alumni: How strong is my network?

38,432 Living MBA Alumni 67 Countries where alumni clubs exist
170 Active alumni clubs
3% Participating in gift donations No Individual alumni gift in excess of $10 Million in the last 12 months

Employer data includes graduates and current students.