From the School

The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management offers an AACSB-accredited MBA designed around your goals. The program’s 5:1 student-faculty ratio allows you to create a personalized experience.

The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management offers an AACSB-accredited MBA designed around your goals. Small class sizes allow the Eller MBA staff and faculty to spend time understanding your objectives, then tailoring meaningful projects, internships, and independent study around those goals, ultimately facilitating the transition into your desired career path. The Eller MBA is a recognized leader in management information systems and tops national rankings in entrepreneurship through its McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship.

Overview

From The School

The Eller College will work closely with you throughout admissions to ensure that your application process is personal, simple, and successful. We are interested in applicants with an academic background demonstrating strong intellectual capacity; professional experience including challenging assignments, career progression, carefully considered goals, and a strong work ethic; and personal qualities demonstrating leadership potential, initiative, involvement, and integrity. Admissions packets must include transcripts, GMAT scores, references, essay questions, and professional resume, as well as TOEFL scores for international applicants. An interview is also required. The Eller MBA program processes admissions for fall in three rounds with rolling admissions; deadlines are November 15, February 15 (final international deadline), and April 15.

Applicants
151
Acceptance Rate
48%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.43
Years Work Experience
3.5
Average Age
26

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
610 - 680
GPA
3.15 - 3.69

Deadlines


Rolling Admission Deadline
June 1

Round 1
December 1

Round 2
February 15

Round 3
March 15

Round 4
May 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Interviews
Work Experience

SCHOOL TYPE AND ACCREDITATION

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Overall

From the School

Degrees Offered

As an Eller MBA, you may concentrate in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, management information systems, or marketing. The Eller MBA offers accelerated dual-degree options in science and technology, allowing students to complete two master’s degrees in as little as two years. Additional dual MBA-master’s degrees include medicine, law, pharmacy, finance, international management, management information systems, or optical sciences. The Eller College also offers an accelerated, 18-month Evening MBA for working professionals and a 14-month Executive MBA for managers with significant experience.

Academic Programs

The Eller MBA is built around a progressive series of real-world programs and activities, designed to test the skills you build in core classes through practical application. You’ll kick off your experience with a multi-day “MBA Boot Camp,” as well as a two-credit graduate-level course on teams and leadership. Then you’ll spend your first semester building your analytic framework and developing soft skills in business communication, and your second completing your core curriculum while undertaking a business consulting project in your area of interest. These lessons will come to bear on a summer internship or international field project. In your second year of the program, you’ll have the opportunity to customize your experience through varied elective offerings. With an international class trip, study abroad and exchange programs, and a variety of courses related to international business, the Eller MBA offers its students opportunities to manage the challenges and seize the opportunities of a global and connected marketplace.

Faculty

The Eller MBA’s 5:1 student-faculty ratio ensures that you’ll have the opportunity to develop close working relationships with our top faculty. These leaders bring their experience in research and corporate consulting into the classroom to enrich academic work with real-world application. Our faculty publish in top-tier journals, win industry awards, and collaborate with other faculty from around the country on topics ranging from why U.S. firms are holding such high reserves of cash to the effect of online customer reviews on corporate strategy.

Students Say

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is “recognized as one of the nation’s leading business schools” in MIS and entrepreneurship, many students here report. And “the weather doesn’t hurt, either” adds one happy student.

Experiential learning plays an important part in the Eller curriculum; students identify this as “one of the greatest strengths” of the program. One MBA explains how it works: “In the spring semester, MBAs work in teams with local businesses to assess real-world problems, make strategic recommendations, and ultimately assist the businesses in solving those problems.” Another tells us, “The experiential learning is more than just a resume builder. It’s a very real, very challenging experience, designed to prepare students for future leadership positions.” The school’s strong “relationship with key businesses” in the area plays a key role in making the experiential learning component a success.

Students also appreciate that class sizes at Eller “are small enough that the students have easy access to professors…. Students are able to develop relationships and personal bonds with professors.” These personal touches permeate the program’s administration as well. One student reports, “The administrative staff adds great value to the student experience…[and] goes out of its way to help students find whatever they need. Cross-discipline courses, job opportunities, highly tailored informational interviews—the administration works hard to provide students with any resources they need.” At the other end of the size spectrum is the university-at-large. It is huge, and this too is seen as an asset; “With a large campus, the business students can take advantage of wonderful resources for the entire school,” one student explains.

Eller professors “are very engaging and add significant value. The tenured staff places a strong emphasis on real-world experiences, ranging from case competitions judged by working professionals to company site visits.” Instructors “are also very available for office hours and discussion outside of class. This creates an atmosphere of ‘24-hour learning.’”


PROGRAM TYPES

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
No

Evening
Yes

Executive
Yes

Online
Yes

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
3:1
Total Faculty
175

70
Full-time
31
Female
30
Part-time
17
Minority


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
Course name is- Economics 578: Energy, the Environment and Business Strategy. Course description is- Analysis of issues and ideas that cut across corporate social responsibility, sustainable business practices, energy considerations, and environmental innovation.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
No

Description

Career overview

From The School

In 2007, 75 percent of Eller MBAs had accepted jobs by graduation, and 85 percent had accepted jobs within three months of graduation. At the Eller MBA program, your own career search begins during orientation week and continues throughout your two years in the program. Whether you have committed to a clear career path, or you plan to consider a variety of career options before selecting a particular field, function, or industry, the Office of Career Development helps guide your process — from internship through full-time recruiting.

Career Rating
92
Average Starting Salary
$80,222

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
41%
School Facilitiated
35%
Graduate Facilitated
24%
Unknown

Source Of Internship Acceptances
70%
School Facilitiated
19%
Graduate Facilitiated
11%
Unknown Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

24%
Finance/Accounting
21%
Information Technology
17%
Marketing
17%
Consulting
17%
General Management
3%
Other

Graduates Employed by Region

55%
Southwest
17%
West
14%
Midwest
10%
Northeast
3%
Mid-Atlantic

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Finance / Accounting 24% $65,000 $69,117 $60,000 $92,000
Information Technology 21% $75,500 $74,667 $60,000 $88,000
Consulting 17% $102,000 $97,880 $57,400 $125,000
Marketing / Sales 17% $85,000 $85,750 $85,000 $88,000
General Management 17% $75,000 $75,400 $52,000 $110,000
Other 3%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Financial Services 21% $79,500 $75,750 $60,000 $88,000
Consulting 17% $102,000 $95,150 $63,750 $125,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 17% $65,000 $71,880 $57,400 $92,000
Technology 14% $75,000 $77,333 $52,000 $105,000
Other 14% $75,000 $77,333 $52,000 $105,000
Manufacturing 10% $85,000 $86,667 $65,000 $110,000
Consumer Products 3%
Non-profit 3%

Prominent Alumni

Gregory Boyce
CEO, Peabody Energy

Brian Gentile
CEO, Jaspersoft

Terry Lundgren
CEO, Macy's

Richard Carmona
President, Canyon Ranch

Charles Nelson
Owner, Sprinkles Cupcakes

Overview

From The School

Total estimated costs for the Eller MBA program for 2008-2009 are $29,032 for Arizona residents and $41,669 for non-residents and international students. These estimates do not include the costs of the international trip, health insurance, or a one-time enrollment fee. The Eller MBA program offers merit-based scholarships, including graduate assistantships, for qualified in-state and out-of-state students. The college works with The University of Arizona Office of Student Financial Aid on coordinating federal and private loans.

Dates


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$23,260

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$17,254

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
99%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
99%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
100%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
100%

New Students Receiving Loans
25%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$23,238
Tuition (Out-State)
$40,220
Fees (In-State)
$4,500
Fees (Out-State)
$4,500

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$8,400
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$8,400
Academic Expenses
$4,000

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
40
Part Time
0%

In State
80.0%
Out of State
20.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
9

Demographics

5.00%
Minorities
35.00%
International

23% female
78% male

Campus Life

From The School

While the Eller MBA program is relatively small, The University of Arizona is home to more than 37,000 students, so you will receive the benefits of a large institution while taking classes in an intimate setting. At the Eller MBA program, underrepresented minorities make up on average 18 percent of programs, the male–female ratio averages 70:30, and international students make up nearly 35 percent of the class, representing ten or more countries.

Students Say

“Great weather and a very nice campus” soften the edges of Eller’s intense program in graduate business study. So too does the perception that “no one in the MBA program needs to kill themselves to pass.” Those who want to do better than scrape by will need to exert themselves, however; “excelling in all classes and electives requires an intense work week,” students report. Program cohesion is enhanced through group work (the program requires “continuous case competitions, group projects, and presentations”) and “lots of networking activities (e.g., happy hours, philanthropy, coed intramural sports teams).” Eller hosts “numerous guest speakers and [provides] chances to learn more with outside class activities.” Students “work very hard but play hard as well. Everyone knows everyone else and there is a standing invite to any social events.”

Eller’s “friendly, conservative, helpful, hard-working, social, busy” students form “a small group” who as a result are “very close. Everyone works together and helps others succeed while remaining competitive with people from other schools (instead of walking over people from the same program).” It’s “a very diverse [group] with backgrounds ranging from Peace Corps workers to former hedge fund traders. We have military officers and students with private consulting backgrounds.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

From The School


Campus and Location

The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management is situated in the heart of Tucson, Arizona, with a population just over one million. Surrounded by mountains rising to 9,000 feet, with an average high/low temperature of 82/54° F and roughly 350 days of sunshine each year, Tucson offers an ideal climate for year-round outdoor activities.

Facilities

Since 1992, the Eller College of Management has been housed in the four-story, 180,000-square-foot McClelland Hall. The $19-million building is built around an open-air, sunlit courtyard and houses classrooms, student activity areas, computer laboratories, centers for corporate research, public and community spaces, and faculty and administrative offices. The College has Wi-Fi throughout, paid parking at garages and surface lots in the immediate vicinity, and is a short walk from restaurants, coffee houses, and convenience stores.

Contact
Jim Deranek
Director of MBA Admissions

Address
McClelland Hall, Building 108, Rm 210
P.O. Box 210108
Tucson, AZ 85721-0108
United States

Phone
520-621-4008

Fax
520-621-2606

Email
mba_admissions@eller.arizona.edu
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Key Stats

151
Applicants
40
Size
48%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists