As a member of America’s armed forces, you have served your country with dignity, integrity and bravery. We are honored that you are interested in pursuing your graduate degree at Thunderbird – and it would be our pleasure to personally assist you through our application and admissions process.
In 1946, Thunderbird was founded by Lt. General Barton Kyle Yount, the World War II Commanding General of the US Army Air Training Command, whose dream it was to create a school focused exclusively on educating international business leaders in cultural customs as well as sound business and management practices. In recognition of his commitment to Thunderbird and to our nation's armed forces, we have established the Lt. General Yount Program for Military Service. Through this program, current and former servicemembers like you have access to the following exclusive benefits:
|One-on-one enrollment and admissions counseling
To ensure you receive dedicated, personalized service, all Yount program participants work directly with our designated Military Enrollment Liaison.
|Expedited application process
Simply complete our brief, exclusive Yount program application and the process will get underway. This condensed, preliminary application will give us all the information we need to determine your eligibility and help walk you through the remainder of the admissions process.
|Application fee waiver
As a Yount participant, we will waive our $125 application fee to help save you money and expedite the application process.
|Customized support services
Yount program participants have access to support services that make the admissions and transition process easy:
|Military service scholarships/financing assistance
In gratitude for your service, and your continued commitment to building strong global ties around the world, Thunderbird offers a number of scholarships and financing opportunities exclusively for military members:
Military affiliation scholarships
New for January 2014:
- $20,000 - for Global MBA Online or MBA in Global Management programs beginning in January 2014
- $15,000 - for online or full-time Post MBA programs beginning in January 2014
For programs starting after January 2014:
- $10,000 - for any Thunderbird degree program beginning after January 2014
By submitting your Yount application, you automatically are considered for these scholarships. A copy of discharge documents must be submitted later.
Veterans Administration Benefit
Detailed information about the United States’ Veterans Education Benefits is available at www.gibill.va.gov or by calling 1-888-GIBILL1 (1-888-442-4551). The following information is provided to help get you started:
Applying for benefits
When applying for VA education benefits, please allow 8-10 weeks for processing. The amount of benefits you will receive is determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs and is based on the number of credit hours for which you are enrolled. If you have never used VA education benefits at any institution of higher education, you must complete the appropriate application form:
Form 22-1990 Online – Montgomery GI Bill, Active Duty (CH. 30); Vocational Rehabilitation (CH. 31); Post-9/11 GI Bill (CH.33); Montgomery GI Bill, Selected Reserve (CH. 1606); Reserve Education Assistance Program (CH. 1607)
Form 22-5490 Online – Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program (CH. 35)
Department of Defense tuition assistance
Tuition Assistance is a Department of Defense program. The program is not administered or monitored by the VA. To apply, contact your Unit Education Service Officer.
In addition, you will be required to provide one or more of the following documents to Thunderbird’s Veteran Certifying Official at email@example.com:
DD Form 214: Veteran coming off Active Duty (Chapters 30, 33, and 1607 only)
Certificate of Eligibility (Chapters 30, 33, 1606, 1607, and 35)
Authorization and Certification of Entrance or Reentrance into Rehabilitation and Certification of Status (Chapter 31)
Completed Authorization Form (Tuition Assistance)
If you collected GI Bill benefits at another institution, you must complete one of the following forms to change the place of training.
Form 22-1995, if you are receiving benefits through Chapters 30, 32, 1606 or 1607
Form 22-5495, if you are receiving benefits through Chapter 35
You will need to submit a copy of the completed form to Thunderbird’s Veteran Certifying Official at firstname.lastname@example.org. These are kept for our records only.
Yellow Ribbon Program
Thunderbird School of Global Management has elected to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon Program was established by the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 (CH. 33). This program allows institutions of higher learning (such as colleges, universities, and other degree-granting schools) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the tuition and fee amounts payable under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Eligibility requirements for new students can be found on the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Yellow Ribbon Program page.
Only Veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) or their designated transferees may receive this funding. Active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible for this program (child transferees of active duty service members may be eligible if the service members is qualified at the 100% rate).
Therefore, you may be eligible if:
You served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months
You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001
You are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a Veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above
Thunderbird eligibility requirements:
Your GMAT is at the 50% of country average or GRE at the 50th percentile, if applicable
Undergraduate or Graduate GPA at or above 3.000