Thunderbird School of Global Management

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Distinguishing Characteristics

Graduate program(s)
Global MBA Online
School awards MBAs Yes
Distinguishing characteristics of online program (as submitted by school)

Thunderbird distance learning students are as diverse as the many countries they represent. Their cultures, backgrounds and ambitions exemplify the global mindset both common and unique to those who join this program. Once graduated, these individuals continue to pursue their global passions – putting their world-class, world-renowned degree to work for them.

School type Private
Terms Trimester
AACSB accredited Yes
ACBSP accredited No
IACBE accredited No

Program Offerings

Online master's in business degree programs 1
Concentrations offered
International Business

Course Offerings

Credit-granting courses 6
International business courses paired with residencies outside U.S. Yes


Instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 16 full-time; 6 part-time
Instructional faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree 94% full-time; 100% part-time
Tenured or tenure-track faculty 13
Average experience teaching online courses N/A
Program fully finances faculty training No
Tech staff supporting faculty 4 full-time; 0 part-time

Class Size

Average class size 36
Maximum class size N/A

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online No
Can earn degree entirely abroad No
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations Yes
Group projects/simulations No
Exams No
Classes include campus-based students No
Collaboration among online and campus-based students No face-to-face students
Students enroll as online students Online and on-campus students are in separate courses
Credits earned online equal earned on campus Yes
Faculty who teach online also teach on campus Majority
Same curricula for online and campus students Half
Dedicated business school career center Yes
Access to same career services as on-campus business students Yes


One-year retention rates
One-year retention rates


Graduation rates
Graduation rates
Most frequent duration of time for new students to graduate 1.5 years
Program target time to graduate 1.5 years
Required time to earn degree 5 years

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