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ASU-Thunderbird pact creates opportunities for undergrads

April 03, 2007

ASU's School of Global Management and Leadership and the Thunderbird School of Global Management have signed an agreement that will allow ASU undergraduate students in their final semester in leadership in international management to take nine credit hours in one of Thunderbird's new master's degree programs, beginning this fall.

“Students cannot have a complete and well-rounded business education in today's world without a clear understanding of global business and international affairs,” says Gary Waissi, dean of the School of Global Leadership and Management. “The new program unites the strength of ASU's global undergraduate program with Thunderbird's reputation as the leading graduate school of global management to educate the next generation of international leaders. We are excited to make this certificate program available to ASU students.”

ASU students who qualify for the Thunderbird program and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher will earn a certificate in international management. Upon acceptance into Thunderbird, students then can apply those credits toward one of Thunderbird's new master's degrees in global management, or global affairs and management.

“The program is highly selective and intended for honors students who would likely be good candidates for Thunderbird's new degree programs,” says Kay Keck, vice president of Thunderbird's full-time programs. “Thunderbird's two unique master's degrees should be a natural next step for students pursuing ASU's undergraduate degree in leadership in international management.”

ASU's partnership with Thunderbird is the most recent development in a number of new initiatives in the School of Global Management and Leadership. Last year, the school introduced the leadership in international management program to enhance global business degree opportunities, as well as offer students a higher level of learning and multicultural experiences. The degree is unique to ASU's School of Global Management and Leadership in that it is the only undergraduate program with a second language and international study requirement. ASU students graduating with this degree will be at least bilingual, and will have multicultural and study abroad experience. These students are those seeking the school's highest level of international learning and multicultural experience.

In December, the school launched a pair of new graduate degree programs: the master's degree of accountancy and applied leadership, and the master's degree of applied leadership and management. The programs will open to students in the fall and were created to address and fulfill growing leadership opportunities in business.

Until recently, Thunderbird's degree offerings were strictly MBA programs, which require prior work experience. The new degrees extend Thunderbird's global management education to students who may have little or no prior business coursework or work experience, including admitting students straight out of undergraduate school.