Thunderbird School of Global Management

As the premier institution for students, organizations and professionals looking for an edge in international business, Thunderbird understands the value of a diverse and multicultural world. We celebrate our differences and embrace the ways those very differences make us all the same.



On April 8, 1946, Thunderbird School of Global Management (originally known as the American Institute for Foreign Trade [AIFT]) was chartered on the Glendale, Ariz. World War II airbase, Thunderbird Field, where pilots from around the world came for training during wartime. General Barton Kyle Yount obtained the airfield with the express purpose of developing a school focused exclusively on international trade and global relations.


Thunderbird Executive Education offers open programs for individuals seeking career development opportunities and custom programs for global organizations looking for individualized development solutions for their unique challenges. 


Housing services

Housing features

  • Rooms come furnished with a bed, bedside table, desk and chair, and bookcase or hutch.
  • Beds are either extra-long single beds or queen beds; bed linens are not provided.
  • All accommodations are air-conditioned and carpeted.
  • Cable and internet access is available in each room for no additional charge.
  • All utilities (including air conditioning) and phone service is included in fee.
  • Pets are not allowed, unless they are assistance animals.
  • Halogen lamps, cooking appliances such hot plates and toaster ovens, or candles/incense are not permitted in campus housing.

Library services

The Merle A. Hinrichs International Business Information Centre (IBIC) is the library for Thunderbird School of Global Management. 

The IBIC was built in 1994. Its low sweeping curve, horizontal lines, sandstone exterior with southwestern colors and desert landscaping are evocative of Native American cliff dwellings and provide a picturesque setting for study, reflection and creativity. During the day, the interior receives plentiful indirect natural light. At night, the luminous building spills light into the courtyard from its floor-to-ceiling windows, making the IBIC an attractive spot for evening studies and group meetings.

Medical services

ASU Health Services is dedicated to the well-being and educational success of each individual student by providing high quality health care that is accessible, affordable, and compassionate

Student Life

Campus life

Every day is an adventure for T-birds on the historic Thunderbird School of Global Management campus in Phoenix, Arizona. You will live and learn among culturally diverse peers in an environment where you can live comfortably and explore safely. Attend a social event, gather with your cohort, visit the on-campus Thunderbird pub, join a club. The adventures are endless at Thunderbird.

Sports facilities

Sport Clubs:

  • Global Table Tennis Club
  • Thunderbird Cricket Club
  • Thunderbird Football Club (soccer)
  • Thunderbird Golf Club 
  • Thunderbird Rugby Club
  • ThunderRunning Club
  • American Football Club 
  • Thunderbird Horse Riding Club

Student clubs

There are more than 30 professional, regional and social clubs that actively contribute to Thunderbird’s intellectual and cross-cultural environment. Over the years, Thunderbird clubs have included:


All ASU graduate and undergraduate academic programs are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (the accrediting association for schools of business).

Arizona City, Arizona, United States