Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University

Why you should consider this program

Top ranked business school in international business and global affairs for over 70 years, Thunderbird has been home to many Peace Corp graduates transitioning back to industry. The Thunderbird Alumni Network is the most international in the world (The Economist) and over 43,000 strong. It is unique in that it spans corporations, governments, NGOs and other enterprises all over the world.

100% Global Perspective
Thunderbird prepares students to take on global leadership roles through a strategically choreographed progression of every facet of international management.

Experiential Learning
Our students participate in hands-on, client facing projects, including a Thunderbird Experiential Practicum offered in different parts of the world. One example is the Emerging Markets Laboratory:

The Thunderbird student body is so culturally diverse; we have been compared to a mini UN. The opportunity to interact with peers from across the globe complements the internationally focused curriculum:

Global Faculty
Our faculty consists of Global Thought Leaders who have extensive professional experience with MNCs and NGOs from around the globe. Meet the faculty:

Global Mindset
We are the only school in the world that promises to develop the global mindset of our students and supports this claim with evidence:

Global Causes
Thunderbird houses our own non-profit organization, Thunderbird For Good, training over 150,000 small business female owners from emerging markets to take their business to the global level. Read more here:

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 71,880 $ 34,000 $ 37,880
Out of state $ 71,880 $ 34,000 $ 37,880
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

  • $10,000 tuition waiver
  • Additional scholarship available, up to 40%
  • Value(s) above reflect the MA Global Affairs and Management degree
  • Dollar amount(s) above for Coverdell Fellowship reflected reflect an estimated maximum award package.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

  • All Fellows are considered for additional merit-based scholarships Graduate Assistantship.
  • Value is up to $1,920 per semester for 20 hours a week.
  • Additional Leadership Seminars and consulting projects available to fellows; The Global Speaker Series, and The Emerging Markets Laboratory

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 12,880

Application fee waived?



1.) The International Rescue Committee- The Communications Intern will learn how to make effective business & professional presentations to internal & external audiences and how to write & coordinate a variety of mass media products (including news stories & press releases using IRC guidelines). Additionally, the Communications Intern will be able to design & lay out a variety of mass and social media products, including webpage articles, newsletter pieces, and Facebook posts as a part of the greater communication strategy

2.) The Welcome to America Project - offers volunteers the chance to help others in our community in a hands-on way. Ranging in age from 5 to 95, our volunteers repeatedly tell us how their experience furnishing the homes of refugees moves and inspires them in positive ways. Gain new perspective on your life, various cultures, and experience the true meaning of community when you sign up to volunteer with WTAP today.

Jobs for program alumni

Administrative Officer - US Federal Trade Commission, Consular Office, US Department of State, Foreign Service Office, Treasury Options Specialist, Director of Community Outreach, Project Manager, Public Policy Administrator, Senior Account Executive, International Relations Manager

Other details

Program length

1 year plus 16 months or 21 months (certificate specialty)

Application requirements

  • Competitive GMAT
  • GRE, Transcripts
  • 2 Essay questions
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above

Admissions process

When we inform you of whether or not you’ve been admitted into the MA/MGM program, we will assist you in completing the process for the Fellows program and also inform you of whether you’ve been accepted as a Coverdell Fellow

Program begins

Mid-August for fall. Beginning of January for spring.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Katherine Hutton, Executive Director, Business Operations

Thunderbird School of Global Management
400 E Van Buren, Suite 900
Phoenix, Arizona 85004