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University,
Thunderbird
to offer MBA

By Sookhan Ho

Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 37 - July 30, 1998

Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business and Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management, have established a dual-degree program that will allow students to earn a master of business administration from the Pamplin College and a master of international management from Thunderbird.
"International management education is becoming increasingly important in business," said Richard E. Sorensen, dean of the Pamplin College. "By offering a dual degree, we can enhance the educational opportunities available to students who are particularly interested in the global aspects of business while making optimal use of the resources and facilities of both our institutions."
"We are enthusiastic about a partnership between Virginia Tech and Thunderbird that offers students the knowledge, skills, tools, and technology to be successful as leaders in the global arena," said Donovan Penrose, interim vice president for academic affairs at Thunderbird.
Sorensen said the dual-degree program will let students complete both the MBA and MIM in a shorter period of time than would be the case if the two degrees were independently completed. Students must qualify for regular admission to both schools to qualify for the dual program, which requires completion of coursework at both schools.
Both schools are accredited by the AACSB, the International Association for Management Education, and serve large numbers of graduate students in distinct areas of business education. Thunderbird, based in Glendale, Ariz., has been ranked first in the nation in the specialty of international business for three consecutive years, including this year, in U.S. News & World Report surveys of graduate business schools and their specialty areas. Thunderbird is the world's oldest and largest graduate school of international management, with campuses in Japan and France in addition to its main facility in Arizona.
Through scholarship assistance, the nationally ranked Pamplin College of Business offers opportunities for study abroad to more students every year than any other business school in Virginia. In addition to its full-time MBA program in Blacksburg, Pamplin offers part-time MBA programs at Virginia Tech's Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church and, through interactive, distance-learning technology, at five academic centers and four corporate sites across the state.
For more information about the MBA/MIM Program, please contact the MBA Program, Pamplin College of Business, at 1-6152, or the associate dean of admissions, Thunderbird, at (602) 978-7133.