Thunderbird is the world’s No. 1-ranked school of international business with more than 65 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.

Thunderbird Online, a professional development division of Thunderbird School of Global Management, provides online courses and executive certificates to busy professionals seeking to continue learning throughout their professional career. Thunderbird Online develops and delivers innovative continuing education programs designed specifically for working professionals looking to improve their marketability and gain a leading edge over their competition. These programs are also ideal for experienced executives seeking to gain expertise in a global business focus area, and take their organization to the next level with enhanced knowledge and skills in today’s dynamic global marketplace.

  • World-class continuing education from Thunderbird, the world’s #1 ranked school in international business
  • Thunderbird's open enrollment programs ranked #3 in the world
  • Professional development on your schedule with 100% online content
  • Access to the highest quality academic experience without the travel expense of a classroom program
  • $5,000 Tuition credit opportunity for all degree-related programs at Thunderbird School of Global Management

MISSION: We educate global leaders who create sustainable prosperity worldwide.

VISION: We will dramatically grow our positive impact in a world economy in dire need of the global leadership talent we were founded to provide.

A Global Education in a Digital World

Thunderbird Online’s facilitated online professional development programs are designed for busy, working professionals around the globe. These top-ranked online certificate programs are accessible, convenient and up-to-date with the most insightful global business content from the world’s #1 ranked school in international business. The uniquely flexible programs combine an unmatched global business education with international and cross-cultural studies to ensure you are fluent in the language of global business. Improve your knowledge of core global business concepts, broaden your global mindset, and enhance your marketability with Thunderbird Online’s continuing education programs

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School Name

Thunderbird Online


Glendale (Programs Offered Online)


Arizona (Programs Offered Online)

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North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)


#1 Ranked School in International Business by the Financial Times 2012
#1 "Faculty" Open Enrollment Programs by the Financial Times 2012
#1 "Course Design" Open Enrollment Programs by the Financial Times 2012
#1 "Teaching Methods & Materials" Open Enrollment Programs by the Financial Times 2012
#3 Top Open Enrollment Programs in the World by the Financial Times 2012

  • Executive Certificate in Global Business Essentials
  • Executive Certificate in Global Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Executive Certificate in Global Finance
  • Executive Certificate in Global Leadership
  • Executive Certificate in Global Management
  • Executive Certificate in Global Marketing
  • Executive Certificate in Global Negotiations
  • Certificate in Global Oil & Gas Management

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