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Wall Street Journal ranks Thunderbird's Executive MBA program No. 3 worldwide

September 30, 2010

Thunderbird School of Global Management has again been named by the Wall Street Journal as the No. 3 provider of Executive MBA programs worldwide, a position it also held in the previous report in 2008. In the new report Thunderbird landed the No. 1 spots in both “management skills” and “alumni” scores.

“Based purely on ratings for skills, the top program belonged to Thunderbird School of Global Management. Graduates gave it high marks for instruction in strategic thinking, general leadership and the ability to work across multiple functional areas,” according to the report.

The rankings are tabulated from surveys from thousands of graduates and hundreds of companies, with the overall rank determined by a weighted combination of the alumni score, corporate score and management-skills score.

“Being included for the second time in this top tier of a crowded field of excellent Executive MBA programs worldwide is testament to the commitment with which our faculty and staff deliver an excellent product and service,” said Barbara Carpenter, Associate Vice President of Thunderbird’s Executive MBA program. “We are passionate about what we teach and how we impact our students and their organizations. With our unwavering focus on ‘all things global’ in terms of management education, and the pressure on business to excel in an era of globalization, the Thunderbird curriculum has never been more relevant.”  

Thunderbird’s Executive MBA program allows experienced working professionals to earn their MBA through alternate weekend sessions. It is aligned with the school’s Executive MBA Europe program, providing students shared cohort experiences and three joint study options abroad.

Thunderbird currently holds the No. 1 rankings for international business by the Financial Times and U.S. News & World Report.

The top five schools were:
1.) University of Pennsylvania – Wharton
2.) Washington University in St. Louis – Olin
3.) Thunderbird School of Global Management
4.) University of Southern California – Marshall
5.) Northwestern University - Kellogg