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Thunderbird School of Global Management 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Hitaishi Bhatia Hitaishi Bhatia
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Thunderbird School of Global Management is the business school of studying global management and international trade under Arizona State University. The University offers admissions to more than 350 undergraduate courses and has great international influence with students coming from 136 countries around the world which makes it a renowned name in the US Education System since 1946. 

The school offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as a graduate certificate course in Global Management. Some salient points regarding admissions at Thunderbird School of Global Management are as follows:

  • For those who get admission to the institute and face issues in getting visas due to pandemic, the College will offer a digital learning platform. 
  • The College will be issuing I20 forms via email only.
  • For scholarships, the institute will have no deadlines for the ACT or SAT scores. Students may submit the scores any time after May 1 till the academics begin. 
  • Applications are accepted for Fall/Summer/or Spring sessions based on program guidelines. 
  • Scores of Exams to Study in the USA such as SAT/ACT/GRE/GMAT are accepted, though not mandatory for all courses. 
  • English language proficiency requirement is a must for international applicants.


Application PortalASU Online Application Portal/Common Application
Application Fee85 USD for undergraduates; 115 USD for graduates.
Mode of PaymentMaster Card/Visa
Minimum SAT Score1120
Minimum ACT Score22
Intake SessionsFall/Summer/Spring
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Financial AidScholarships, private loan, work-study

Application Deadlines

The institute provides a range of courses for international students and observes different deadlines for its range of courses. The table here mentions the application deadlines for undergraduate courses only. For Graduate Admission, the deadlines are course-specific and are tabulated in the Graduate Admission section below. 

Intake SessionDeadline
FallMay 1
SpringNovember 1

International Students Admissions

International students must fulfill the following admission requirements before submitting an application to the Thunderbird School of Global Management. However, there are some course-specific criteria, mainly for graduate programs.

Application Portal: The Application form has to be filled online on the University website. 

Application fee: The undergraduate aspirants have to pay 85 USD while Graduate applicants have to pay 115 USD. 

Documents required:  

  • Official transcripts from all previously attended academic institutions (translated into English, if not ) 
  • Reference letter 
  • Resume or CV showing work experience 
  • Personal statement or essay 
  • Financial documentation 
  • Visa/passport 
  • English language proficiency test scores.
  • Scores of standardized tests (SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT) 

English Language Proficiency Requirements

  • ASU offers a 10-week International Graduate Preparation Program (Global Launch) for those students who do not meet the above English proficiency criteria.
  • The students must submit the TOEFL scores directly via a testing agency using the institute code 4007. 

Visa Application for International Students

After acceptance to the School, students should start the process to apply for the Visa to Study in the USA as early as possible. For that, they need to follow the instructions mentioned below: 

  • Apply for Form I-20 from the University. 
  • Applicants need to submit the following documents to receive I-20 Form
  • Copy of passport 
  • Proof of financial support 
  • Bank statement 
  • Foreign SEVIS Address 
  • SEVIS transfer form (if applicable) 
  • Complete the I-20 
  • Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee. 
  • Apply for the F-1 visa.
  • Submit the form and pay the application fee. 
  • Schedule the visa interview. 

Country- Specific Undergraduate Admission Requirement

The table below shows the country specific requirements to be met by the applicants. 

Country NameName of Final Certificate/DiplomaMinimum Overall Comparable ScoreEnglish Language Proficiency
IndiaHigher Secondary School Certificate/Higher Secondary Certificate50/100%, C1Required
BangladeshHigher Secondary Certificate45/100%
-Bengali Medium: 60/100
-English Medium: 70/100
BhutanBhutan Higher Secondary Education Certificate, Indian School Certificate50/100%Required
NepalHigher Secondary Certificate, Proficiency Certificate or Intermediate Certificate45/100/
2nd division
SrilankaSri Lankan General Certificate of Education A Levels, Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education O Levels55/100%
(5 passing GCSEs with an average score of: B)
(3 passing A or AS levels with an average score of C)
GCSE 6/9

 Thunderbird School of Global Management: Undergraduate Admissions

There are two full-time bachelor’s programs in Global Management and International Trade. Upon fulfilling the general admission criteria, the School offers direct admission to all students. However, international students need to meet some specific eligibility.

Application Portal: ASU UG Online Application Portal/ Common Application/ Coalition Application 

Application Fee: 85 USD non-refundable

Admission Requirements:

  • Official transcripts from high school (translated into English, if not ) 
  • Valid SAT/ACT scores 
  • Minimum ACT -22 
  • Minimum SAT- 1120 
  • English language proficiency report 
  • Visa/passport. 
  • Financial support proof. 

The transcripts and test scores have to be e-mailed at

The students can mail the documents at:

Admission Services 

Applicant Processing 

1150 East University Drive Building C, Room 226 

Tempe AZ 85281 

Thunderbird School of Global Management: Graduate Admissions

The application process for international applicants looking to study in the USA is the same as for domestic applicants, except they need to submit proof of English proficiency. International candidates are also required to obtain a U.S. visa after admission and submit a graduate financial guarantee. 

Application Portal: The students have to apply on ASU Online Graduate Application Portal

Application Fee: 115 USD non-refundable

Admission Requirements:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary academic institutions. (Must be translated into English, if not). 
  • Standardized Test scores. 
  • Statement of purpose 
  • Resume or CV. 
  • Visa and Financial Support proof. 
  • Letter of recommendation 

Some Popular Graduate Courses at Thunderbird School of Global Management and their requirements are mentioned below: 

RequirementsMaster in ManagementExecutive Master of Global managementExecutive Master of Global Leadership & StrategyExecutive Masters of Global Affairs and ManagementMaster of Applied Leadership & Management (online)
Application DeadlinesFall: June 25
Spring: November 29
Before the course startsRolling AdmissionSpring: November 29
Rolling admissions after that based on seat availability
Summer: April 30
Fall: July 31
Application Fees115 USD115USD115USD115 USD70 USD
GMAT/GRERequired (waived on conditions like work experience and higher GPA)Not RequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot Required
Personal StatementRequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot Required
Work ExperienceRequired as a waiver for GRE/GMAT-8+ years work experience or-3+ years in management-8+ managerial work experienceInternational experienceProfessional experience
Professional CV/ResumeRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
RecommendationsRequired (one)Not RequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot Required
Admission InterviewRequired if applicableRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired

The transcripts and test score shall be sent at: 



Graduate Admission Services 

Arizona State University 

1150 East University Drive Building C, Room 226 

Tempe, AZ 85281 

For Indian Students

 Students from India can send their official transcripts directly to the enrollment advisor in Mumbai at the following address: 

Mumbai Bandra Kurla Complex - Kalina 

Level 2 Raheja Centre Point 29, CST Road Near Mumbai University, Off Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai, 400 098 

T: +91 22 67078700 

ATTN: Poonam Venkatesh 

Students must submit their application to ASU along with the application fee by the specified deadline for each semester. To advance the evaluation process of the application, students must remember to submit official transcripts, test scores, and supporting credentials along with the application form. Students are always requested to apply as early as possible to allow timely completion of all documentation and processes and avoid the last-minute rush. The students may also contact the institute Admission office in case of any queries. 


Ques. What is the application fee for international students at Thunderbird School of Global Management? 

Ans. The Application fee for undergraduate admissions at Thunderbird School of Global Management is 85 USD and for Graduate Admissions, it is 115 USD. 

Ques. Can I get admission in the Thunderbird School of Global Management without English proficiency test scores? 

Ans. Thunderbird School of Global Management may offer conditional admission to those who meet the academic requirements even if they don’t have language proficiency scores. However, conditional admission means that the student must submit one of the accepted test scores within 3 semesters. 

Ques. How to check the status of application at Thunderbird School of Global Management? 

Ans. Within a few days of application, the student will receive an email with credentials of login from Thunderbird School of Global Management. Using them, students can check their Application status on My ASU Portal. 

Ques. How much time does it take for the Thunderbird School of Global Management to give the Admission results? 

Ans. Once the Application has been submitted along with all the documents and Application fee, Thunderbird School of Global Management will give the decision within four weeks.

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