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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management
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The University of Arizona's Eller College of Business and Public Administration launches unique MIS Master's Degree and entrepreneurship major for a concentration in Strategic IT Entrepreneurship

Opportunity brings together College’s flagship entrepreneurship and MIS programs to prepare technology innovators for leadership in today’s changing technology marketplace.

TUCSON, Ariz. - Jan. 26, 2004 - The University of Arizona's Eller College of Business and Public Administration announces a new concentration for students seeking a Master's degree in MIS. The concentration, called Strategic IT Entrepreneurship (SITE) brings together the College's thirty years of experience in MIS with twenty years of leadership in Entrepreneurship, both top-ranked programs nationwide. This unique graduate program will produce individuals with entrepreneurial skills who can develop IT solutions that will strategically impact business, develop new IT solutions to meet business needs, and utilize project management skills to move them through the company's internal development processes.

In this era when many corporations are outsourcing software design, development, and maintenance activities as well as call and data center operations to offshore facilities, it is critical that educational institutions produce technology professionals that understand business and can proactively innovate by marrying business problems with technology solutions. The Eller College has the MIS and Entrepreneurship curriculum, faculty, and corporate partnerships in place already to do just that. To ensure that the curriculum addresses the needs of businesses today, individuals from the Eller College have conducted focus group and forums with technology-based corporations, and utilize senior corporate IT executives as ongoing advisors.

Mohan Tanniru, MIS Department Head, commented, "This concentration gives students the skills needed to compete in today's changing technology marketplace. Our strengths in MIS and Entrepreneurship allow us to deliver precisely what corporations and individuals are asking for in order to solve business problems."

Master's students will be exposed to core business coursework in finance, accounting, and process analysis/design, along with MIS coursework in information technology foundations, systems analysis/design, and data management. In year two, students will take courses in IT management, project management, and IT strategy, along with business preparation, competitive analysis, and financial planning. The culmination of this two year program is an entrepreneurial business plan that allows the student team to create and sell an information technology solution to solve a competitive business problem.

"A powerful combination of disciplines in any setting, the particular strengths of the Eller entrepreneurship and MIS programs will no doubt establish a new standard in business education," commented Gary Libecap, Director of the Karl Eller Center, which houses the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program.

"To maintain a strategic position in an increasingly competitive global marketplace we must proactively prepare individuals for the technology jobs of tomorrow. This program leverages the greatest strengths of the Eller College, bringing together technology and management to do just that," said Kenneth R. Smith, Interim Dean, Eller College of Business and Public Administration.

The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship is a National Model Program of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and is home to the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program, ranked the #2 public undergraduate and #1 public graduate program in the nation by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review. Established in 1984, it was one of the first university-based entrepreneurship centers in the country. Today, the Center offers entrepreneurship education for any graduate program at the University of Arizona and reaches more than 1,000 undergraduate students every semester. With courses in business, law, science, engineering, health, medicine, arts, and humanities, the McGuire Center advances the state and regional economy, advances entrepreneurship education nationwide, and teaches life-long problem solving for economic, social, scientific, and environmental progress.

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program #11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #48 in the U.S. The College is among the leaders of business schools generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the 25th ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,000 undergraduate and 600 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and a satellite campus in Phoenix.

Press Contact:
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management
520.626.9547, news@eller.arizona.edu

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