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By Liz Warren-Pederson

Eller MBA students on ropes course

Extracurricular team-building such as participation in the UA’s ropes course, above, and the Mystery Box Dinner Competition at program launch, below, is a core component of the Eller MBA experience.
Photos by Beth Stewart.

The Eller Full-Time MBA program moved up 13 slots, from #57 to #44, in the 2014 graduate rankings conducted by U.S. News and World Report and published in March. This is the second year of upward momentum for the program, which was named an “MBA Program on the Rise” by the publication last year, and the greatest increase among any other program in the top 50.

The part-time Eller Evening MBA program for working professionals came in at #46.

Eller College also gained ground in business specialties. The Department of Management Information Systems (MIS) moved up from #5 to #4 overall, behind MIT and ahead of Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton).

The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship came in at #11 overall, behind Harvard, Stanford, MIT, the University of California Berkeley, and Wharton.

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

The Full-Time MBA ranking takes into consideration a series of factors including peer and recruiter reputation, average GMAT, average starting salary, percentage of employed students upon graduation, and more. Complete details on the U.S. News rankings methodology are available online at

Learn more about the dynamic programs of the Eller MBA: Full-Time, Evening, and Executive.