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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management takes its distinct 14-month Executive MBA to Phoenix

Innovative curriculum and real-world relevance target accomplished and fast-track professionals throughout the Southwest

TUCSON, Ariz. – January 3, 2006 – In August 2006, Phoenix, Ariz. becomes home to a distinctive choice for seasoned executives and fast-track managers looking to enhance their business skills. The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management is heading north from Tucson with its 14-month Executive Master of Business (EMBA) program.

The Eller Executive MBA differs from other programs in the region with its new approach to what has become, in recent years, the fastest-growing segment of graduate management education:

  • The curriculum replaces the traditional, course-by-course model with integrated modules that blend business topics
  • The program ensures an immediate return on investment — students tackle significant challenges from their workplace with a large-scale project
  • Students stay on-site overnight (classes meet Friday and Saturday every other weekend) in a residential format that fosters a close-knit and productive learning community
  • At 14 months, the fully accredited Eller Executive MBA is shorter than any other major program in the region

Paul Portney, dean of the Eller College, emphasized that by taking the Eller Executive MBA to Phoenix, The University of Arizona can help meet a growing demand in the Southwest region: "This is the fastest growing part of the country, and balanced and sustained economic growth will require business leaders with cutting-edge analytical skills and real-world experience. These are the kind of people we recruit for the Eller EMBA – in Phoenix and throughout the Southwest."

The most distinct feature of the Eller Executive MBA, the integrated curriculum, is a radical departure from the traditional MBA curriculum. Designed from the ground up, 11 modules of blended business learning replace a traditional program's 18 to 20 courses from individual departments. For example, the fifth module of the Eller Executive MBA, Process of Innovation, New Product Development, and Financial Valuation, integrates lessons from economics (strategy), management (process of innovation), marketing (product management), and finance (financial analysis and new venture funding) in a real-world context that students can more readily apply in their actual work.

"The integrated curriculum reflects the complexity of the market in which our students compete," explained Brent Chrite, associate dean and director of Eller MBA programs. "We developed the modules to align with the way business professionals ultimately have to process and synthesize information."

The format works, according to Mark Fisher, director of staffing and diversity at Honeywell Aerospace and a current participant in the Eller Executive MBA program: “Module 3, The Customer Value Proposition, taught me a customer-centric approach to market opportunity that I am applying internally. A week after finishing the module, Honeywell Aerospace sent me to China to assess the business’s staffing needs and requirements overseas. My learning experience in the program gave me an entirely new approach to value proposition that is driving the decisions I make.”

The Eller Executive MBA starts in Phoenix in August 2006 with classes and residency at the Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains. The Eller College will offer the program in Phoenix every year and Tucson every other year to best serve demand for executive MBA programs and facilitate participation for the statewide and regional base of experienced executives. The 14-month Eller EMBA launched in Tucson in August 2005 with 36 students from several states, including Arizona, California, Nevada, and Maryland. Current students work for large companies such as Intel, Honeywell, and Siemens; mid-sized companies such as Canyon Ranch and Phoenix-based Star HRG; and small businesses like The Solar Store, a single-store retailer. In addition to executives and entrepreneurs, the program pulled strongly from non-profit and municipal agencies. Participants average 13 years of significant professional experience.

Professionals interested in the Eller Executive MBA can learn more and register for information sessions in Phoenix and Tucson at or by calling 1-888-Eller-MBA.

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 No. 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 No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

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

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