UA Eller MBA Program Continues Upward Trajectory in Rankings
The Eller College of Management's Full-Time MBA Program has moved up three slots in Forbes rankings and has returned to The Economist survey.

By Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management
Oct. 17, 2013


Photo by Thomas Veneklasen
Photo by Thomas Veneklasen

The University of Arizona Eller College of Management's MBA program, named a "program on the rise" last year by U.S. News & World Report, is continuing to live up to the title. The Eller MBA moved up three slots from No. 60 to No. 57 in the annual Forbes magazine ranking of graduate business programs and reappeared in The Economist rankings at No. 89. Both rankings were released last week.

The Forbes ranking focuses on alumni return on investment over five years. Weighted metrics include total five-year MBA gain, five-year gain as a percentage of expenses, years to payback, pre-MBA salary, 2012 graduating class salary, tuition and median score on the GMAT exam. 

The Economist ranks the top 100 full-time graduate business programs in the world using alumni surveys and data provided by the schools. Thematic areas under assessment include career opportunities opened up by degree attainment, educational experience, salary increase and networking opportunities.

These rankings come on the heels of the Eller MBA's 13-slot leap in the U.S. News & World Report assessment of graduate business programs. The ranking, released in March, placed the Full-Time Eller MBA program at No. 44 overall and No. 21 among public programs. This represented the greatest increase among any other program in the top 50. The part-time Eller Evening MBA ranked No. 46 overall and No. 29 among publics.

"There is a significant amount of hard work behind these recent increases," said Hope Schau, associate dean of Eller MBA programs. "We are focused on creating an excellent experience across our programs, and we challenge our students to apply their coursework toward finding innovative solutions to real-world challenges, and communicating those solutions effectively."

In addition to the full-time and evening programs, the Eller College of Management also offers an Executive MBA program for experienced managers in Scottsdale, and an Online MBA program for working professionals. More details are available at

The UA's Eller College of Management is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in entrepreneurship and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 12 among public business schools, and two of its programs are among the top 25 – entrepreneurship and management information systems. The college leads the nation's business schools in generating grant funds for research. The Eller College of Management supports more than 6,000 undergraduate and 800 graduate students. 


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