Diamonds in the Rough: Thunderbird School of Global Management

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The Thunderbird School of Global Management is ranked number two in the United States for international business by U.S. News & World Report (after 18 consecutive years in the number one spot), has been named “Best in International Business” by the Financial Times for six consecutive years and was deemed second in “Internationalism of Alumni” by The Economist in 2013. Offering an MBA in global management, Thunderbird tailors its curriculum across all courses to prepare students to tackle the challenges of globalization and to develop broadly multicultural, globally oriented management skills.

With an average of 23 countries represented among its students, the program is noted for embracing diversity. Students must fulfill a secondary language requirement as part of their degree and are given ample immersive opportunities to study abroad, including six-week international modules, winter/summer interim courses, exchange student programs, international internships, language abroad programs and an emerging market lab. The school also offers an MA in global affairs, an MS in global finance, an MS in global management, several online dual degree programs in conjunction with partner institutions and a post-MBA program in global management for students looking to supplement their degree with further international emphasis.

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