The Thunderbird School of Global Management, commonly referred to as Thunderbird, is named after the converted airbase where the campus was established in 1946. Thunderbird is known for being the oldest and largest school with a focus on international business management. It was also the first business school to have a professional oath of honor. 1,339 students attend Thunderbird, with an almost even split between the number of students in the full-time and working professional programs. Thunderbird has a higher percentage of female students, 46%, than most business schools. A little over half Thunderbird's students are from the US and 49% are foreign students. The average age of Thunderbird's students is 30 and the average amount of work experience ranges between five and nine years.
Distance Learning Program Description
75% of Thunderbird's Online Global MBA program is conducted online through recorded lectures, occasional webcasts, email, and online discussion boards. Students can access their online coursework at any time. Tech support is offered through a student help desk, and a studentcoordinator for training and library services. On-site regional business environment seminars in locations like Asia, Europe, Latin America and the USA make up the other 25% of the program. Other in-person attendance requirements include a one week on-campus orientation and a one week on-campus residency just prior to graduation. The average Online Global MBA student is 30 years old and has 6 years of work experience as well as a GMAT score of 583. The Online Global MBA program takes between 19 and 28 months to complete; the average student graduates in two years.