Thunderbird Inks First Dual Degree Partnership with Law School
(GLENDALE, Ariz.) Feb. 11, 2008 — Thunderbird School of Global Management is continuing to expand its global learning network with a new partnership that for the first time links the school’s global management education with a law school.
Thunderbird and Vermont Law School are partnering to offer students several degree options that would earn them a master’s degree from Thunderbird and a juris doctor or master of studies from VLS.
Students will be able to select from Thunderbird’s MBA in Global Management, the Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management, or the Master of Science in Global Management and combine that with VLS’s juris doctor or Master of Environmental Law and Policy. Each of the options will have different program lengths and sequencing depending on the combination and can be done in as little as three years. Students are able to begin the dual options as early as this summer depending on the degree combination they choose.
“We are very excited about our relationship with Vermont Law School,” said Dr. Robert Widing, senior vice president and provost of Thunderbird. “This dual-degree partnership joins together top schools for the purpose of producing graduates capable of tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems. The partnership also provides an extraordinary opportunity for Thunderbird to advance its mission of educating global leaders who create sustainable prosperity worldwide.”
Both schools are ranked No. 1 in their respective specialties by the world’s top business publications: Thunderbird is ranked No. 1 in international business by U.S. News & World Report, the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal and VLS has been ranked No. 1 in environmental law by U.S. News & World Report 11 times.
“This exciting partnership brings together our top-ranked environmental and business programs, and will provide an ideal education for young men and women who will harness the power of the market to improve our global environment,” said Marc Mihaly, director of the Environmental Law Center at VLS. “Reversing global warming will be the work of an entire generation. These dedicated business and law graduates will lead the climate change effort that is so necessary for our future generations.”
The partnership with VLS adds to Thunderbird’s growing dual degree offerings with schools around the world, including Soochow University in Taiwan as well as ESADE in Barcelona, Spain; INCAE in Costa Rica; and Adolfo Ibanez in Chile. Vermont also has dual degree programs with the University of South Dakota, University of South Carolina, Yale University, Dartmouth College and University of Vermont.