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Thunderbird School of Global Management is the historic leader in global management education, setting the pace in global organizational management since 1946 with a specialized education that combines the fundamental business core with in-depth studies in global business environments, cross-cultural leadership and applied learning. From its first days as a unique school in the desert, it has grown into the leading school of international business and management. Along the way, it embraced innovation while retaining a clear focus on developing graduates who are ready to make a difference. At no other time in history has there been a greater need for managers who can lead global organizations, work with diverse teams, and integrate far-reaching logistical networks of suppliers, customers and partners.
A Thunderbird education is designed for bold and progressive thinkers in a world of complex, global organizational leadership. The student learning experience will be pragmatic and relevant. From the diverse life experiences of colleagues to intriguing global case studies and applied learning projects that give students hands-on opportunities to put theory into practice, Thunderbird is a unique educational experience.
Graduates join the renowned Thunderbird alumni community with a network of more than 40,000 Thunderbirds living and working in more than 140 countries. Employed at corporate, government and nongovernment entities, Thunderbird alumni make it possible for organizations across the globe to succeed despite rapid and continuous change.
Academic honesty is expected of all students in all examinations, papers, laboratory work, academic transactions and records. The ASU Student Academic Integrity Policy is strictly enforced for students found in violation of this policy. Possible sanctions include appropriate grade penalties, loss of registration privileges, disqualification and dismissal. More information is available at https://provost.asu.edu/academic-integrity.
For more information on graduate specific policies, students should refer to the specific graduate program manual and they should also see https://graduate.asu.edu/academic-integrity.
To maintain satisfactory academic progress, all students in the Thunderbird School of Global Management must:
A student is placed on probation at the end of the fall or spring semester if their GPA is less than 2.00.
Students are placed on continuing probation when their cumulative GPA is less than 2.00 for two consecutive semesters but they have shown academic progress.
In addition to being in university good academic standing, all students in the Thunderbird School of Global Management must adhere to ASU critical tracking requirements, per the pertinent major map. Students are off track if they fail to meet ASU critical tracking requirements. For more information on critical tracking courses, students should see https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/MajorMaps.
Students who remain in off-track status for two or more consecutive semesters may be required to change majors.
Students are disqualified from ASU if their cumulative GPA remains less than 2.00 for more than two consecutive semesters. Students who are disqualified are not allowed to enroll in the following fall or spring semester.
Students are required to meet with an academic advisor if they are placed on probation, continuing probation, off-track status or are at risk for disqualification, at which point an appropriate remediation plan will be discussed.
Thunderbird School of Global Management is committed to the personal, social and academic experiences of students by providing high-quality, student-centered academic advising, ensuring the accuracy and accessibility of information and resources, and partnering with students to help them reach their career goals.
Academic advising is required for the following students:
Faculty and staff utilize academic status reports to provide student feedback over the course of the academic semester and year. Academic status reports may be used to identify students who are struggling academically or professionally or to recognize students who are exceeding in coursework. Academic advisors and faculty mentors may access ASRs to provide students with valuable insight into performance improvement https://students.asu.edu/asrr.
Students are allowed to register for a maximum of 18 credits per semester. To register for more than the maximum allowable, students may petition the Thunderbird School of Global Management Standards Committee through their program director. No student should assume that a petition for overload will be granted. For more information, students should see https://catalog.asu.edu/course_load.
Transfer credits from other institutions may be accepted and applied based on the student’s major. Credit is granted for transferred courses deemed equivalent to corresponding courses in the selected program of study, subject to grade and ASU resident credit requirements. No grades less than “C” (2.00) transfer to ASU. Credits transferred from a community college or two-year institution are applied as lower-division credits. The Thunderbird School of Global Management recommends that students work closely with their academic advisor to determine the process for applying pertinent transfer credit hours to their program of study. For more information on the transfer process and a list of the courses transferable to the various degree programs, students should consult their advisor and refer to the ASU transfer tools at https://transfer.asu.edu.
Course prerequisites are established to ensure student success in a course. Students must complete all course prerequisites prior to enrolling in the desired course. Prerequisite overrides may be granted under the following conditions:
Grade of Incomplete
A grade of incomplete for a course may be granted by permission of the instructor under the following conditions:
If qualified, students have one calendar year to complete course requirements. If requirements are not met per the standards agreed upon with the course instructor after one calendar year, the incomplete will be adjusted to reflect a course failure.
Pass/Fail Grade Option
A grade of “Y” (satisfactory) contributes to a student’s earned hours but does not affect the GPA. A failing grade of "E" is calculated into the GPA.
The pass/fail grade option may be used under the following conditions:
Thunderbird students may not enroll under the pass/fail option in the following courses:
Pass/fail credit taken at another institution may be petitioned for use, but only if the student can demonstrate proof that the pass grade was equivalent to a “C” (2.00) or greater.
Complete Session Withdrawal Information
Since a complete session withdrawal from the university can be a difficult decision and could result in serious academic and financial consequences, undergraduate students are required to contact the college or school of their major to facilitate the withdrawal process.
Students must complete the following steps in the order in which they are listed:
ASU has many resources in place to help students. Students may want to consider one or more of the following:
Possible consequences resulting from a complete session withdrawal:
For general university withdrawal procedures, students should see https://students.asu.edu/drop-add.
All candidates for graduation in the BGM or BS curricula are required to present at least 120 credit hours, of which at least 45 credit hours must consist of upper-division work. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 is required for graduation.
It is the student's responsibility to be aware of the degree program requirements and to select courses accordingly.
To graduate, a student must satisfy the following requirements:
For more information regarding eAdvisor tools, students should visit https://eadvisor.asu.edu.
Language Proficiency Requirement
Each student is required to demonstrate proficiency in the analysis of language by passing an examination or by completing the courses specified below with a grade of “C” (2.00) or greater in each course. Students considering graduate work after completion of the bachelor’s degree should consult with faculty advisors regarding language requirements in their intended areas of study. Students should see the program major map for the specific language requirement. Contact the advising office for information on applicable coursework.
The language proficiency requirement may be satisfied through one of the following:
Students whose native language is not English who choose to take a second language must meet or exceed a TOEFL score of 100 or more to register for a non-English language class in the first or second semesters. All students whose native language is not English may register for a language class in their third semester. The first two semesters of English immersion will solidify their English proficiency before a new language is attempted.
Students who are interested in pursuing concurrent degrees may petition the Thunderbird School of Global Management Standards Committee through their academic advisor; https://catalog.asu.edu/sites/default/files/attachment/tbird_concurrent_degree_petition.pdf.
Thunderbird School of Global Management requires that students interested in applying for a concurrent degree meet the following criteria:
For more information on degree requirements, students should see https://students.asu.edu/programs/.
Thunderbird students may pursue minors in other colleges at ASU. Courses used in the minor may not be used in the student’s major program; https://catalog.asu.edu/index.php?q=minors.
Undergraduate degree-seeking students having previously attended ASU but not enrolled at ASU for one fall or spring semester or no more than two consecutive semesters are eligible to return through quick reentry. These students are not required to submit a new application or application fee, but they must contact a Thunderbird academic advisor to enroll.
Undergraduates who have been away from the university for three or more semesters and want to return to ASU in a Thunderbird program are required to apply for readmission through Admission Services; https://students.asu.edu/readmission.
Disqualified students must follow the procedures for readmission and will be reviewed by the college on a case-by-case basis.
Undergraduate students with grievances pertaining to an enrolled course should first address issues with the course instructor. If the identified grievance is not resolved with the course instructor, the student should then meet with the academic advisor, followed by Thunderbird's academic director of undergraduate programs. Finally, if no resolution has been achieved, the student should contact the dean of faculty at Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Each graduate program in the Thunderbird School of Global Management adheres to specific academic requirements. Students are strongly encouraged to become familiar with the expectations listed for their respective graduate program as well as review ASU graduate education policies found at https://graduate.asu.edu/policies-procedures and the Thunderbird Student Handbook. Each student should also communicate directly with the program coordinator or academic advisor to ensure a clear understanding of all degree requirements and program expectations. Students must fulfill all requirements of their individual graduate programs to remain in good academic standing and must abide by all university policies including those of the Graduate College and the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
All Thunderbird graduate programs require a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. Students should see the individual graduate degree programs for additional requirements on satisfactory academic progress, probation and disqualification.
Because of the intensity of the Thunderbird graduate programs, the maximum number of credit hours students can take may be limited for per semester. Students should see the Thunderbird Student Handbook for more information.
Students may petition the Thunderbird School of Global Management Standards Committee through their academic director to register for more than the maximum allowable. No student should assume that a petition for overload will be granted.