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Thunderbird School of Global Management

Thunderbird’s ultimate goal is to further worldwide prosperity by educating the leaders of global enterprises. In order to do this, Thunderbird aims to offer a unique and powerful educational experience that teaches students to apply management techniques across borders, cultures, and socio-economic boundaries. In addition, the school hopes to be able to continue to anticipate and meet the needs of a growing and evolving global marketplace.

The school was founded in 1946 in Glendale, Arizona, and was the first known school in the world dedicated to training mangers to work internationally. The school was built on Thunderbird Field, a historic air base established to train pilots during World War II. The remains of that period are still visible as the airfield control tower, barracks and airplane hangars are still part of the campus landscape.

Thunderbird remains one of the best choices for students looking in to international management or business. Since 1995, Thunderbird has been ranked consistently by U.S. News and World Report as the number one school in International Management. It has also been ranked number one for its International Management programs by the Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times.

Students interested in pursing a career in International Management or other business-related fields can now attend classes from Thunderbird without having to set foot on campus. The school does not offer complete degree programs but does offer working professionals the chance to gain valuable professional certifications. Students can learn from qualified faculty on topics including "Branding for Global Success," "Emerging Global Leaders," and "Doing Business in China," among many others.

Programs offered by Thunderbird School of Global Management

  • Executive Certificate in International Marketing

    Students in this program learn how to apply basic marketing principles to the unique needs and demands of a global marketplace. Topics covered include formulating effective branding techniques, generating culturally sensitive marketing campaigns and understanding… More »

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