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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA at The University of Arizona 18th among public business programs, and 35th overall

TUCSON, Ariz. – April 2, 2004 – The Eller MBA program at The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Business and Public Administration ranks 18th among public graduate schools of business and 35th overall in the latest US News & World Report survey of graduate education. This ranking at 35th is up from 49th last year, and marks the 11th straight year among the top 50.

Two disciplines that are key components of the Eller MBA ranked in the top 20: The management information systems (MIS) department placed 4th nationally again this year. The Eller College is one of only three institutions to maintain top-five status in the information systems business specialty since the inception of the US News rankings in 1989 (the other two institutions being the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Carnegie Mellon University). The Entrepreneurship program ranked 13th in the nation, marking the eighth consecutive year of upward movement in this category in both the graduate and collegiate rankings. Our Entrepreneurship program has remained in the top 5% across all rankings since its inception.

“We are pleased with this year’s movement of our ranking up 14 positions over last year and remain committed to recruiting the best possible students, delivering a high-quality MBA education, and obtaining attractive job placement opportunities for our graduates. These fundamentals have been the reason for our rise in national stature and will remain our focus over the long term,” commented Ken Smith, interim dean of the Eller College.

Brent Chrite, associate dean and director of the Eller MBA, who came from the University of Michigan eight months ago, said, “This affirms that delivering an excellent product in an increasingly volatile and competitive graduate management education marketplace can pay huge dividends. We are implementing a dynamic new curriculum, facilitating the tangible, experiential learning that occurs when students are engaged with real business problems, leveraging the intellectual capital of our best faculty and providing our MBA students with the skills and insights necessary to achieve marketplace success —as they define it. We’ve only just begun to transform this program in a way that reflects the quality, character and heritage of this University and the Eller College.”

The rankings are published in the US News & World Report newsstand book, “America’s Best Graduate Schools”, which goes on sale Monday, April 5th. The magazine's web site ( and the weekly issue of US. News & World Report that goes on sale Monday, April 5th also contains many, but not all of the rankings.

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program #11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #48 in the U.S. The College is among the leaders of business schools generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the 25th ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 750 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and a satellite campus in Phoenix.

Press Contact:
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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