UT’s Executive-Level MBA Programs Among World’s Best

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s executive-level MBA programs for working professionals rank among the world’s best, according to the 2010 rankings by Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Of the more than 700 executive MBA programs available worldwide, the Financial Times ranked 100 programs and the Wall Street Journal ranked 56 programs.

Financial Times evaluated factors such as graduates’ salary increases and career progress, student aims achieved, international course experience and faculty diversity; the Wall Street Journal rankings were based on surveys of recent executive-level MBA graduates, companies familiar with executive-level MBA programs, and companies that employ executive-level MBA students.

In the Wall Street Journal rankings, UT’s Executive MBA Program (one of UT’s five executive-level MBA programs) took the top spot in level of participants’ full-time work experience, ranked #2 in organizational support and #9 in non-regional focus.

Students in UT’s Executive MBA Program had more full-time work experience—17.2 years—than any other program ranked by the Wall Street Journal. Students also had above-average organizational support. Eighty-five percent of students in UT’s program received either full or partial financial support from their sponsoring organizations; 60 percent received full support, placing #2 in the rankings. A third measure for the rankings was mileage traveled to attend the program. More than 70 percent of students in UT’s Executive MBA Program traveled over 45 miles to attend the program, putting UT in the top 10.

“These rankings confirm the core competencies that our programs strive to deliver,” said Carolyn Cuddy, the executive director responsible for UT’s five executive-level MBA programs. “This includes an overall transformational experience, a high return on investment for both participants and sponsoring employers and a curriculum tailored to meet the specific needs of managers and executives.”

“To be considered one of the world’s best programs by one of the world’s most prestigious publications is an honor,” said Kate Atchley, program director of UT’s Executive MBA Program.

The five executive-level MBA programs offered at UT Knoxville include three one-year programs (Aerospace & Defense MBA, Executive MBA, and Physician Executive MBA); one 16-month weekend program (Professional MBA); and one 16-month modular format program (Global Supply Chain Executive MBA) to be offered in 2012.

The University of Tennessee executive-level MBA programs for working professionals are not alone in garnering impressive rankings for the college. The College of Business Administration’s undergraduate business curriculum, full-time MBA program, Physician Executive MBA and supply chain/logistics curriculum are also ranked by organizations and in publications such as U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, Modern Healthcare, EdUniversal, The Journal of Business Logistics, AMR Research, Supply Chain Management Review and Forbes.

Visit the UT Knoxville College of Business Administration website for more information.

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