From the School

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

Applicants
118
Acceptance Rate
63%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.44
Years Work Experience
3.6
Average Age
27

Test Scores

GMAT
620 - 680
GPA
3.13 - 3.65

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

Overall

From the School

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.

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.’”


Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
1:1
Total Faculty
120

94
Full-time
33
Female
24
Minority
6
Part-time


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
$82,423

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
57%
School Facilitiated
21%
Graduate Facilitated
21%
Unknown

Source Of Internship Acceptances
57%
School Facilitiated
21%
Graduate Facilitated
21%
Unknown

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

36%
Finance/Accounting
21%
Marketing
14%
Information Technology
11%
General Management
7%
Operations/Logistics
7%
Consulting
4%
Other

Graduates Employed by Region

61%
Southwest
18%
Midwest
7%
South
7%
West
4%
International
4%
Northeast

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 36% $75,000 $77,251 $60,000 $100,000
Marketing / Sales 21% $77,500 $79,878 $61,440 $102,326
Information Technology 14% $77,600 $80,225 $60,700 $105,000
General Management 11% $76,000 $83,667 $75,000 $100,000
Consulting 7%
Operations / Logistics 7%
Other 4%

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 18% $87,600 $87,550 $75,000 $100,000
Manufacturing 18% $75,000 $77,720 $73,600 $85,000
Real Estate 14% $70,500 $72,250 $60,000 $88,000
Consulting 11% $74,000 $84,900 $60,700 $120,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 11% $102,326 $94,109 $75,000 $105,000
Consumer Products 7%
Technology 7%
Media / Entertainment 4%

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
$20,349

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$13,249

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
93%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
89%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
98%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
95%

New Students Receiving Loans
37%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$22,024
Tuition (Out-State)
$37,896
Fees (In-State)
$4,500
Fees (Out-State)
$4,500

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$844
Tuition (Out-State)
$844

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
43
Out of State
21%

In State
100%
Foreign Countries Represented
8

Demographics

5.00%
Minorities
47.00%
International

30% female
70% 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.
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.

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

Contact
Jim Deranek
Director of MBA Admissions

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

Phone
520-621-4008

Email
mba_admissions@eller.arizona.edu
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Key Stats

118
Applicants
43
Size
63%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists