Thunderbird MBA in Global Management 

Thunderbird School of Management, located in Glendale, Arizona, is the largest and oldest international business school in the United States. Since 1946, the school has been committed to educating global leaders who create sustainable prosperity worldwide. One of the ways Thunderbird hopes to achieve this mission is by creating a culturally diverse student population. With more than 60 countries represented in nearly all cohorts, students are given a unique opportunity to collaborate and gain a global perspective within a US setting.

Thunderbird Students

Thunderbird student Barry King ’14, Ghana, West Africa

Students from Africa are represented in almost every incoming cohort, with recent degree candidates coming from Algeria, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Sudan, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya, Namibia, Rwanda and Zimbabwe. The school hopes to welcome even more African professionals in the future. “Partnering with the ALB Foundation is a great opportunity to widen our reach in Africa. The more talented and driven African students who receive the global business education Thunderbird offers, the more sustainable prosperity we can create worldwide,” said Steve Taylor, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management & Student Services, Thunderbird School of Management.

Scholarship Opportunities

Thunderbird and ALB have partnered to offer a full-tuition MBA scholarship for Thunderbird’s #1 ranked MBA in Global Management beginning in the fall of 2014. This scholarship opportunity is sponsored through the Thunderbird’s SHARE Fellowship, an alumni-funded scholarship and mentorship program.

The Thunderbird Global Scholars award is also available to qualified candidates from Africa, and is designed to help the school recruit top-tier students from countries currently under-represented in its student body.

To learn more about these and other scholarship opportunities at Thunderbird, visit and click the “International Students” tab.

Scholarship Application Deadlines

The ALB scholarship application should be completed by January 30, 2014.

Apply for ALB/Thunderbird scholarship

To qualify for this scholarship:

  1. Take the GMAT exam by January 15, 2014. (It is recommended that you study for a minimum of six weeks before taking the exam.)
  2. Apply to the Thunderbird MBA program no later than January, 15, 2014.

Apply to Thunderbird MBA program

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  • Adebayo Adeleke ’82, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, FBN (Merchant Bankers) Limited
  • Lade Dada ’04, Technical Advisor to the Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • Titi Owoade ’11, Talent Research & Acquisition, Diageo Africa/Guinness Nigeria
  • Fred Opere ’07, Client Services Manager, East & West Africa at Cisco Systems
  • Pellagia Gambiza ’09, MicroEnterprise Program Coordinator, International Rescue Committee






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