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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

The Karl Eller Center/McGuire Entrepreneurship Program at the Eller College of Management invites applications for its Associates in Entrepreneurship Programs

One-year certificate offerings give students from a variety of University of Arizona disciplines the opportunity to develop a business concept through an innovative, year-long program.

TUCSON, Ariz. – December 15, 2004 – The Karl Eller Center/McGuire Entrepreneurship Program at The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management invites applications for participation in the center's award-winning Associates in Entrepreneurship Programs. Through these one-year certificate offerings students from a variety of programs and disciplines across The University of Arizona can participate in a year-long, dynamic program on the development of a business concept.

Associates programs include:

  • Associate in Bio Industry and Life Sciences
  • Associate in Borderlands Business Development
  • Associate in Fine Arts
  • Associate in Health Sciences and Services
  • Associate in Media Arts and Communications
  • Associate in Technology Transfer
  • Associate in Entrepreneurship (general)

Associates students are admitted based on their ability to be productively engaged in a business planning team. Associates students bring a business idea to the program and build a team around it (this can be a faculty-generated business idea), or alternately, may bring a skill set or area of expertise specific to another student team's business concept. Both graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply.

In the Associates programs, students learn how to approach business with an entrepreneurial mindset. This is the mindset that drives not only the creation of new business, but also the ability of new, small, family, technology, large, and not-for-profit and public sector businesses to expand in light of new opportunity or economic and market conditions. It is the mindset of the successful twenty-first century business, and the UA's Entrepreneurship Program is one of the oldest and highest ranked programs in the country.

Preferred selection begins January 25, 2005; however, applications will be reviewed and accepted throughout the spring semester 2005.

For more information on this exciting opportunity, contact the Karl Eller Center at 520.621.4823 or

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 5,800 undergraduate and 750 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

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