The Eller MBA program reports strong placement of its 2004 graduating class: 86.8% were employed in full-time professional positions three months after graduation, a key indicator in rankings and evaluation of MBA programs
TUCSON , Ariz. – October 14, 2004 –The Eller MBA program at The University of Arizona announces that 86.8% of graduates seeking full-time employment were employed three months after graduation. This indicator carries significant weight in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of graduate schools of business, which comes out spring 2005. The indicator is also one of the key measures of success for MBA programs overall, which must gauge the marketability of students upon acceptance and at upon graduation.
Brent Chrite , associate dean and MBA director, commented, “In a time where MBA enrollment is down, rising placement percentages signal several important trends in a competitive MBA marketplace. The MBA job market is coming back, and employers are placing value on programs with innovative MBA curricula, emphasis on experiential learning, and professional development. Our small program size gives us the opportunity to uniquely collaborate across the College and beyond. We look at career development holistically and have built a team of admissions and career development professionals who work together to build a class with strong marketability. We believe that broad engagement is critical for success.”
This year’s placement rate is the program’s highest since 9/11. The Eller MBA program attributes its placement success to highly-focused strategic efforts. A new placement team came together early in the second semester of the academic year, bringing unique insight from corporate and educational experiences, breadth and depth of work experience to augment the students’ search efforts, and one-on-one assessment and tracking.
“We’re well-positioned to provide Eller MBA students valuable support in their search for the ideal job. Our career development team has a pulse on industry from perspectives and industry experience that we are still very much connected to,” commented Simone Pollard, director of career development.
The majority of placed students – 79% – took positions with companies located in the southwestern and western regions of the country. Top companies that hired Eller MBA students this year include Raytheon, Intel Corporation, Intuit, PricewaterhouseCoopers, E & J Gallo Winery, Dial Corporation, America West Airlines, Schreiber Foods, and the Gillette Company.
The Eller MBA is currently ranked 35th overall and 18th among public programs by U.S. News & World Report. The program was recently named a “Top 25 Program for Hispanics” by HISPANIC Trends magazine.
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 5,000 undergraduate and 600 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and a satellite campus in Phoenix.
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management
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