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Thunderbird School of Global Management

Thunderbird School of Global Management

Thunderbird School of Global Management

Thunderbird School of Global Management is a private business school whose main campus is located in Glendale, Arizona. Founded in 1946 by retired U.S. Army Air Forces Lieutenant General Barton Kyle Yount (1884–1949), it is arguably the oldest graduate school specializing in international management and global business.
Since its founding, the school has consistently been known as Thunderbird, after the converted army air base where its campus was established. However, its official name has changed several times, as shown below:

  • 1946-1968: the American Institute for Foreign Trade
  • 1968-1973: the Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management
  • 1973-1997: the American Graduate School of International Management
  • 1997-2004: Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management
  • 2004-2007: the Garvin School of International Management

Thunderbird has over 40,000 alumni and 150 alumni chapters in 141 countries throughout the world. T-Bird alumni have a long-standing tradition, called First Tuesday, whereby on the first Tuesday of every month, in major cities across the globe, alumni gather for informal socializing and networking opportunities.
The school received regional accreditation in 1969 from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). In 1994, it was accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

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Thunderbird School of Global Management Tuition and Fees

Costs are in U.S. dollars, unless otherwise noted. This applies to any and all Thunderbird communications.

A and B Residence Halls $1,425
West (B Room) Residence Hall $1,425
East Residence Hall $1,325
West (A Room) Residence Hall $1,240
Board (Campus Residents Only) $695
Per credit tuition $1,368
Spouses of students per credit tuition $1,368
Foundation Fee $625
0.33 Credits $456
1.5 Credits $2,052
3.0 Credits $4,104
Materials Copyright Fee $19 per credit hour
Student Health Insurance $495 (1)
T-Bird Student Government Fee $150 (2)
Off-Campus Administrative Fee (in addition to tuition) for each Module Abroad, Exchange Programs, and Winterims/Summerims $350
Activity Fee per module abroad $350
Housing Fee per night in excess of trimester $15
(1) All students are required to carry adequate health insurance and are eligible to participate in the School plan. Students may waive the School plan by presenting evidence of comparable or superior insurance coverage by Friday of the first week of class. Regardless of whether a waiver is granted, $50 is still charged to cover costs for the on-campus Medical Clinic. Once a waiver is granted, the student may not obtain coverage during the remainder of the trimester if their plan terminates or their circumstances change. The Thunderbird insurance policy provides for international coverage. Students who have a comparable policy and plan to attend an overseas program should find out whether or not their policy will cover international claims. Students attending a Winterim session are covered by the student health insurance policy unless the insurance is waived. The fee will be assessed in the following trimester.

(2) The Thunderbird Student Government (TSG) Fee is $150 per trimester. The money is managed by TSG.

Note: The statements above are provided in accordance with the institution’s business license agreement with the Arizona State Board for Private Post-Secondary Education.
The School reserves the right at any time to amend its tuition fees and methods of payment, in addition to any policies regarding such tuition, fees and payment methods.
The tuition and fees schedule above has been set forth by the Thunderbird Finance and Accounting Office and approved by the Thunderbird Board of Trustees.
For questions, please contact:
Thunderbird School of Global Management
1 Global Place
Glendale, AZ 85306-6000
Accounting Office
PH: 602-978-7140
FAX: 602-978-7787

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