Financial Times ranks Thunderbird Global MBA Online among top 10 worldwide

March 10, 2014

The Financial Times released its inaugural ranking of online MBA programs today and Thunderbird’s Global MBA Online earned a spot at No. 8, marking the second time in just three months that the degree program has ranked in the top 10 among online MBA programs globally.  In January, Thunderbird took the No. 4 spot in the QS Distance Online MBA Ranking.

“The success of Thunderbird’s Global MBA Online can be attributed to its students who are high achievers, and to its faculty who are truly world-class,” said Thunderbird’s Academic Director for Professional Programs Anne Stringfellow, Ph.D. “The students we see pursuing our online offering are self-motivated, successful in their current jobs and represent the global diversity for which Thunderbird is known.”

When calculating this ranking, Financial Times considered salary and career progress outcomes; the caliber of faculty, including doctoral rank, research and internationalism; and the quality of program delivery. Thunderbird earned top marks in several sub-categories as well, ranking No.2 for Online Interaction, No. 4 for Program Delivery and No. 5 for International Mobility.

Global MBA Online student Tracy Veatch ’14 values the “constant application to real life and current situations” that the program offers. This has allowed her to immediately implement her learnings at Capstone Financial Group, Inc., where she recently earned a promotion. Veatch said her Thunderbird experience played a role in preparing her for the next step in her career.

“I definitely believe the knowledge and experience I have gained at Thunderbird was a contributing factor in getting the promotion,” said Veatch, who recently wrote a paper for her Cross-cultural Communications course about breaking the glass ceiling. “In writing this paper, it gave me unforeseen power and strength to better myself and to break through the barrier that so many women and minorities face in rising up the corporate ladder.”

Thunderbird’s Global MBA Online launched in 2005 with an aim to reach globally minded working professionals and other online learners with a unique, blended format. Within the first five years post-launch, it was rated among the top five distance learning programs in the world by The Economist. The program delivers comprehensive coursework in all facets of global management, as well as cross-cultural communications and negotiations, global political economy and regional business environments. It also offers students the ability to combine web-based coursework with onsite seminars around the globe.

To view the full 2014 FT Online MBA Ranking, visit  

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About Thunderbird School of Global Management

Thunderbird is the world’s No.1-ranked school of international business with nearly 70 years of experience in developing leaders with the global mindset, business skills and social responsibility necessary to create real, sustainable value for their organizations, communities and the world. Dedicated to preparing students to be global leaders and committed global citizens, Thunderbird was the first graduate business school to adopt a Professional Oath of Honor. Thunderbird’s global network of alumni numbers 40,000 graduates in more than 140 nations worldwide. The school is sought out by graduate students, working professionals and companies seeking to gain the skills necessary for success in today’s global economy. For more about Thunderbird, visit