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Thunderbird School of Global Management

Thunderbird Located in Glendale, Arizona state, Thunderbird School of Global Management is a top tier American business school.

Thunderbird Class Profile Thunderbird has multiple graduate degree programs and recruits around 530 students for its full-time programs. The average age is around 29 years and average work experience is 4 years. The Global MBA program has representation from about 44 countries. 

Thunderbird Application Deadlines Spring 2016 intake  Round 1 (30 Oct 2015), Round 2 (30 Nov 2015)

Thunderbird Application Deadlines Fall 2016 intake  Round 1 (30 Oct 2015), Round 2* (30 Nov 2015), Round 3 (30 Jan 2016), Round 3 (30 Mar 2016), Round 3 (10 May 2016)   * recommended deadline for international applicants

Thunderbird Essays 2015-2016    Thunderbird Essay Tips

Thunderbird Essay 1. What are your expectations of how this degree will compliment your education and work experience to date and influence your career moving forward? (500 words or less)

Thunderbird Essay 2. A successful business leader embodies a cosmopolitan outlook, passion for diversity, self-assurance, intercultural empathy and diplomacy. How will this program enable you to utilize these competencies to create impact on a global scale? (500 words or less)

Thunderbird Resume: Present a chronological account of work experience from the time you received your undergraduate degree until present. List titles of positions held, employers, brief descriptions of responsibilities, dates of employment and reasons for departure. Indicate reasons for breaks in employment. Resumes should be, on average, 1-2 pages in length. MBA Resume Writing Tips

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Garvin Thunderbird MBA Application Essays 2013-2014

Garvin Thunderbird MBA Application Essays 2011-2012

Garvin Thunderbird MBA Application Essays 2010-2011

Garvin Thunderbird MBA Application Essays 2009-2010

Garvin Thunderbird MBA Application Essays 2008-2009

   

Garvin Thunderbird MBA Application Essays 2014-2015

Essay(s) are required for admissions consideration for all Thunderbird programs. These personal essay(s) allow you to share your thoughts, values and ideas on the world of global business - and explore how earning a Thunderbird degree can position you for success in this environment.

Thunderbird Online Q1. What international experience or exposure will you bring to Thunderbird? (Limit 150 words)

Thunderbird Online Q2. Describe your ideal employment upon graduation from Thunderbird AND your long term career aspirations. Please include specific industry, function and world region in your answer. (Limit 100 words)

Thunderbird Optional Essay. Is there anything that you think the Admissions Committee should know which you feel has not been covered? If your credentials and essays represent you clearly and fairly, do not feel obligated to answer this question. (Please limit response to 1,500 words)

Garvin Thunderbird MBA Application Essays 2013-2014

Essay(s) are required for admissions consideration for all Thunderbird programs. These personal essay(s) allow you to share your thoughts, values and ideas on the world of global business - and explore how earning a Thunderbird degree can position you for success in this environment.

Thunderbird Essay A. Alignment With Thunderbird Mission: What international and cross-cultural background will you bring to Thunderbird and how will those past experiences add value to your classmates from around the world? Furthermore, what are your career aspirations immediately after graduation from Thunderbird and later in your long-term career path? How and why will a Thunderbird degree (combined with your past educational and professional experiences) enable you to achieve these objectives? (Maximum 1,000 words / 4 pages)

Thunderbird Essay B. Alignment with Thunderbird Mission: Thunderbird's mission statement is "We educate global leaders who create sustainable prosperity worldwide". As the second half of this mission is driven by our graduates, how do you foresee yourself living out this mission after graduating from Thunderbird? Are there specific organizations or companies that serve as an example of sustainable prosperity for you? Please referThunderbird's mission statement for further guidance in your answer. (Maximum 750 words / 3 pages)

Thunderbird Optional Essay. Is there anything that you think the Admissions Committee should know which you feel has not been covered? If your credentials and essays represent you clearly and fairly, do not feel obligated to answer this question. (Please limit response to 1,500 words)

Thunderbird Scholarship Essay (Optional). Required essay only for those interested in being considered for scholarships: Please explain why you believe that you would be a strong candidate for a Thunderbird Scholarship. If you know the name of the scholarship for which you would like to be considered, please include this in your essay. If you are unsure, Thunderbird will match your profile to scholarship funds that are available for you. Your answer MUST be under one page in length.

Garvin Thunderbird MBA Application Essays 2011-2012

You are required to write three personal essays. Your admissions packet provides questions you should answer and explains how to present information about yourself. Each essay should be 500 to 1,500 words (1-3 pages). Topics are located on the application.

Thunderbird Essay A. [You may choose to do an official admissions interview in place of this essay. To arrange an interview, please contact Thunderbird Admissions. Interviews are highly preferred.] What international/cross-cultural background will you bring to Thunderbird and how will those past experiences add value to your classmates and to your future management assignment? (Please limit response to 1,500 words.)

Thunderbird Essay B. What are your short and long-term career objectives; how and why will a Thunderbird degree, combined with your past educational and professional experiences, enable you to achieve these objectives? (Please limit response to 1,500 words.)

Thunderbird Essay C. "Thunderbird's mission statement is "We educate global leaders who create sustainable prosperity worldwide". As the second half of this mission is driven by our graduates, how do you foresee yourself living out this mission after graduating from Thunderbird? Are there specific organizations or companies that serve as an example of sustainable prosperity for you? Please refer to Thunderbird's website on our mission for further guidance in your answer.

Thunderbird Optional Essay. Is there anything that you think the Admissions Committee should know which you feel has not been covered? If your credentials and essays represent you clearly and fairly, do not feel obligated to answer this question. (Please limit response to 1,500 words.)

Thunderbird Scholarship Essay (Optional). Required essay only for those interested in being considered for scholarships: Please explain why you believe that you would be a strong candidate for a Thunderbird Scholarship. If you know the name of the scholarship for which you would like to be considered, please include this in your essay. If you are unsure, Thunderbird will match your profile to scholarship funds that are available for you. Your answer MUST be under one page in length.

Garvin Thunderbird MBA Application Essays 2010-2011

Garvin Thunderbird Essay A: [You may choose to do an official admissions interview in place of this essay. To arrange an interview, please contact Thunderbird Admissions.] What international/cross-cultural background will you bring to Thunderbird and how will those past experiences add value to your classmates and to your future management assignment? (Please limit response to 1,500 words.)

Garvin Thunderbird Essay B: What are your short and long-term career objectives; how and why will a Thunderbird degree, combined with your past educational and professional experiences, enable you to achieve these objectives? (Please limit response to 1,500 words.)

Garvin Thunderbird Essay C: At Thunderbird, we recognize management as a true profession and that education confers not only knowledge and skills, but also a responsibility to use those skills for the betterment of society. Acceptance to Thunderbird therefore signifies the joining of a community with shared values that are captured in our graduation pledge, the "Thunderbird Professional Oath of Honor". After reading the pledge, please respond to either option 1 or 2 below. (Please limit response to 1,500 words.)

Thunderbird Professional Oath of Honor. As a Thunderbird and a global citizen, I promise: I will strive to act with honesty and integrity; I will respect the rights and dignity of all people; I will strive to create sustainable prosperity worldwide; I will oppose all forms of corruption and exploitation; and I will take responsibility for my actions. As I hold true to these principles, it is my hope that I may enjoy an honorable reputation and peace of conscience. This pledge I make freely and upon my honor.

Option 1: Both on the job and beyond the workplace, Thunderbirds have long contributed to making the world a better place - not only for themselves but also for others. In your opinion, what companies or organizations have shown a strong commitment to "making the world a better place"? How do their practices align with your personal views of ethical behavior? Please choose companies and organizations for which you have never worked when answering this question.

Option 2: What global cause or global issue do you think deserves greater attention? What steps have various companies and organizations taken to further that cause and what more do you suggest that they do in the future?  Please choose companies and organizations for which you have never worked when answering this question.

Garvin Thunderbird Essay D (Optional): Is there anything that you think the Admissions Committee should know which you feel has not been covered? If your credentials and essays represent you clearly and fairly, do not feel obligated to answer this question. (Please limit response to 1,500 words.)

Garvin Thunderbird MBA Application Essays 2009-2010

Garvin Thunderbird Essay A: [You may choose to do an official admissions interview in place of this essay. To arrange an interview, please contact Thunderbird Admissions at admissions@thunderbird.edu or call 1-602-978-7100.] What international/cross-cultural background will you bring to Thunderbird and how will those past experiences add value to your classmates and to your future management assignment? (Please limit response to 1,500 words.)

Garvin Thunderbird Essay B: What are your short and long-term career objectives; how and why will a Thunderbird degree, combined with your past educational and professional experiences, enable you to achieve these objectives? (Please limit response to 1,500 words.)

Garvin Thunderbird Essay C: At Thunderbird, we recognize management as a true profession and that education confers not only knowledge and skills, but also a responsibility to use those skills for the betterment of society. Acceptance to Thunderbird therefore signifies the joining of a community with shared values that are captured in our graduation pledge, the "Thunderbird Professional Oath of Honor". After reading the pledge, please respond to either option 1 or 2 below. (Please limit response to 1,500 words.)

Thunderbird Professional Oath of Honor. As a Thunderbird and a global citizen, I promise: I will strive to act with honesty and integrity; I will respect the rights and dignity of all people; I will strive to create sustainable prosperity worldwide; I will oppose all forms of corruption and exploitation; and I will take responsibility for my actions. As I hold true to these principles, it is my hope that I may enjoy an honorable reputation and peace of conscience. This pledge I make freely and upon my honor.

Option 1: Both on the job and beyond the workplace, Thunderbirds have long contributed to making the world a better place - not only for themselves but also for others. In your opinion, what companies or organizations have shown a strong commitment to "making the world a better place"? How do their practices align with your personal views of ethical behavior?

Option 2: What global cause or global issue do you think deserves greater attention? What steps have various companies and organizations taken to further that cause and what more do you suggest that they do in the future?

Garvin Thunderbird Essay D (Optional): Is there anything that you think the Admissions Committee should know which you feel has not been covered? If your credentials and essays represent you clearly and fairly, do not feel obligated to answer this question. (Please limit response to 1,500 words.)

Garvin Thunderbird MBA Application Essays 2008-2009

Garvin Thunderbird Essay A: What international/cross-cultural background will you bring to Thunderbird and how will those past experiences add value to your classmates and to your future management assignment? (Please limit response to 1,500 words.)

Garvin Thunderbird Essay B: What are your short and long-term career objectives; how and why will a Thunderbird degree, combined with your past educational and professional experiences, enable you to achieve these objectives? (Please limit response to 1,500 words.)

Garvin Thunderbird Essay C: At Thunderbird, we recognize management as a true profession and that education confers not only knowledge and skills, but also a responsibility to use those skills for the betterment of society. Acceptance to Thunderbird therefore signifies the joining of a community with shared values that are captured in our graduation pledge, the "Thunderbird Professional Oath of Honor". After reading the pledge, please respond to either option 1 or 2 below. (Please limit response to 1,500 words.)

Thunderbird Professional Oath of Honor. As a Thunderbird and a global citizen, I promise: I will strive to act with honesty and integrity; I will respect the rights and dignity of all people; I will strive to create sustainable prosperity worldwide; I will oppose all forms of corruption and exploitation; and I will take responsibility for my actions. As I hold true to these principles, it is my hope that I may enjoy an honorable reputation and peace of conscience. This pledge I make freely and upon my honor.

Option 1: Describe a situation you have experienced while in a professional/social/personal setting that you deemed an ethical dilemma. What was your involvement in the situation and how was it resolved?

Option 2: Both on the job and beyond the workplace, Thunderbirds have long contributed to making the world a better place not only for themselves but also for others. What social cause or global issue do you think deserves greater attention in order to "make the world a better place"? And what steps might be taken to further that cause or address the issue?

Garvin Thunderbird Essay D (Optional): Is there anything that you think the Admissions Committee should know which you feel has not been covered? If your credentials and essays represent you clearly and fairly, do not feel obligated to answer this question. (Please limit response to 1,500 words.)

           
           
 

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