Bloomberg Businessweek: UT MBA Program Among Nation’s Best

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The full-time Master of Business Administration program at UT is one of the nation’s best, according to Bloomberg Businessweek‘s newly released biennial rankings.

UT’s program ranked number 60 in the nation and number 26 among US public universities with full-time MBA programs.

“The Businessweek ranking recognizes the overall quality of our full-time MBA program and reflects the program’s contribution to the university’s goal of becoming a Top 25 institution,” said Annette L. Ranft, associate dean for academic programs in the UT College of Business Administration.

Bloomberg Businessweek recognized the program’s ability to assess a student’s overall professional promise. Using a customized admissions process, the program considers student strengths—such as academic record, career history, and professional maturity—in addition to standardized test scores. As a result, the program received a special mention as one of only four schools in the country to be recognized as a “good school if you didn’t ace the GMAT.”

The complete ranking of full-time MBA programs may be found on the Businessweek website.

The ranking was based on three elements: a survey of almost 19,000 new MBA graduates from 114 business schools that measured all aspects of the business school experience; a poll of 566 corporate recruiters, which asked recruiters to identify the schools that produce the best graduates; and an evaluation of faculty research output by tallying the number of articles published by each school’s faculty in twenty top journals and reviews of their books in three national publications.

“We are honored to be recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek as having one the finest MBA programs in the country,” said Jan Williams, dean of the College of Business Administration. “Our MBA program is designed for students who want to develop their careers in areas that are valued by industry, such as business analytics, entrepreneurship and innovation, finance, shopper marketing, and supply chain management.”

Williams said rankings like these are evidence that “students and employers are confident in our ability to graduate individuals with the skillsets that students want and employers need.”

For more information on the MBA program, visit mba.utk.edu.

For more information on the College of Business Administration, visit bus.utk.edu.

CONTACT:

Cindy Raines (865-974-4359, craines1@utk.edu)

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