Program Spotlight: Thunderbird School of Global Management

Thunderbird School of Global Management recently shared the news with Stacy Blackman Consulting that this fall, the program welcomes 636 new students  from 58 countries, including the first students ever to attend Thunderbird from Eritrea, Georgia and Trinidad and Tobago.

These incoming students are enrolled in a variety of Thunderbird graduate-degree programs, including the traditional and accelerated MBA, MS and MA in Global Management, and each of the four Global MBA programs.

Thunderbird’s newer programs, including the Master of Arts and Master of Science in Global Management, are gaining popularity in the world with more countries represented than ever before.

The Executive MBA-Glendale welcomes 48 students from diverse professional backgrounds, including military veterans and working professionals from various fields, such as architecture, chemical engineering and healthcare.

Enrollment by Citizenship

Here are the top 10 countries by enrollment:

1. United States: 577

2. Mexico: 180

3. India: 140

4. Colombia: 48

5. China: 41

6. Taiwan: 28

7. Peru: 18

8. South Korea: 17

9. Brazil: 14

10. United Kingdom: 13

“We are not just global, we are truly global,” said Thunderbird Professor David Bowen, Ph.D., the school’s chief academic officer and dean.

Forty-nine percent of Thunderbird students hold citizenship outside the United States, but Bowen said the school’s diversity runs deeper than this. Many students have lived, worked and traveled all over the world — not just in their home countries. In addition, many Thunderbird students are naturalized U.S. citizens from other countries.

For incoming students in the full-time MBA programs, the mean age remained 28 for the third year in a row. Incoming students in the full-time MBA programs averaged 4.9 years of work experience, and their mean GMAT score was 610.

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