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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

Eller MBA surges ahead in global rankings

Alumni-focused Financial Times survey places the Eller MBA #5 among U.S. public business schools

TUCSON, Ariz. – January 26, 2009 – Today, The University of Arizona’s Eller MBA was recognized among the world’s best, according to Financial Times. The UK-based news organization has released the results of its 2009 global MBA survey, which place the Eller MBA 5th among U.S. public universities, 19th among all U.S. institutions, and 41st in the world. The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship was recognized at #9 in the world.

“The Financial Times rankings are significant because they measure educational return on investment,” says Paul R. Portney, dean of the Eller College of Management. “Graduates of the program are reporting strong career progress and salary gains — the tangible results that are essential in gauging the success of any MBA program.”

Alumni career progression, diversity, and faculty research productivity are the criteria used to develop the Financial Times rankings, which evaluate business schools from most of the world’s economically developed and developing countries. Principal weight is placed on career success of alumni, which is measured in terms of satisfaction, progress, placement success within three months of graduation, and overall return on investment after three years.

The 2009 Financial Times rankings mark significant upward movement from the 2008 slots of 57th in the world and 27th in the country. The Eller College of Management was also recognized for its doctoral programs, which ranked 31st in the world.

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.

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