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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

New 14-month Executive MBA program at the UA Eller College of Management fills accelerated leadership education space in Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. – May 19, 2005 – In August 2005, The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management will launch the state’s first and only 14-month accelerated Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) program, with participation reserved for senior-level managers and executive-sponsored fast-track professionals.

Brent Chrite, MBA director and associate dean of the Eller College, sees the program’s innovative approach to ensuring real-world relevance as one of its most distinctive and valuable elements. Participants will be required to bring to the program a real and significant challenge their enterprises face, an initiative actively connected to their work, Chrite explained. This challenge — introducing a product line or service to a new foreign market, for example — will be systematically addressed in various integrated modules throughout the program.

“We’ve structured the Eller EMBA to allow participants to transfer the body of knowledge into their sponsoring organization in real time,” Chrite said. “As a result, there is an immediate and sustained return on investment. Participants are actively building not only their individual capacity throughout the program, but the capacity of their enterprise, as well.”

Chrite noted that while many accelerated programs are entirely online, the Eller EMBA is a residential program, a distinction he sees as a key advantage for participants. “This cohort will be a class of professionals whose high-level experience and skill sets translate into incredible learning and networking opportunities,” Chrite added.

Though residential in structure, the Eller EMBA program maintains the convenience of minimized time away from work, family, and other responsibilities. Following an initial five-day module, cohorts meet for classes only Friday and Saturday every other week at McClelland Hall on the UA campus. For all participants, program costs include Friday-night accommodations at the Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel adjacent to campus. These structural elements combine to facilitate group interaction and learning while making the program convenient for participants outside the Tucson area.

Ken Smith, interim dean of the Eller College, said that creating the Eller EMBA program from the ground up presented an uncommon opportunity. The “start-from-scratch” process allowed Eller College faculty and staff — working with advisors from Honeywell, Raytheon, IBM, Intel, and other corporations — to tailor curriculum to closely align with today’s complex business environment, Smith said.

“By reserving admission for senior-level managers and working with our partners in the business community, we were able to concentrate on advanced curriculum and bypass some of the basic knowledge sets of a typical MBA program,” Smith explained. “Targeting this level of management and training leaders who can successfully guide companies in today’s information- and technology-driven market is central to the College’s mission of driving growth through innovation,” Smith said.

Ken Boyd, director of disaster recovery solution architecture for IBM’s Southern Arizona presence, contributed feedback during development of the Eller EMBA curriculum. “The complexity of business today is unprecedented,” Boyd said. “Managers and executives at all levels can benefit from the kind of advanced knowledge sets that the Eller EMBA represents." Boyd is a 2001 graduate of the Eller MBA program for working professionals.

“This is a major undertaking for the College that serves a real and distinct need in the professional community,” Chrite said. The sophistication of education required for management continues to evolve in accord with the rapidly growing complexity of business, making an MBA baseline education in modern American management. The rising of that entry-level management bar creates an urgent need for executive leadership education. The Eller EMBA will fill a void of accelerated executive management education in Arizona, Chrite said, giving participants “an unsurpassed competitive edge in organizational leadership.”

Key Eller EMBA program elements include:

  • Acceleration, delivering an advanced MBA degree in 14 months vs. a standard 24-month program
  • Instruction contextualized in real-world challenges that build individual and enterprise capacities
  • Cohort meetings 4 days a month, minimizing travel and time away from work and family
  • 10-module integrated curriculum designed in concert with contemporary corporate leaders
  • Select participation reserved for executive-sponsored, fast-track professionals and senior-level managers with significant professional experience
  • Blended learning, extending education beyond the classroom in offsite virtual team collaborations
  • Guest speakers, adding contemporary expert insight to advanced business curriculum
  • Catered dinners launching each new module, adding an “executive dimension” to the program

Professionals interested in the Eller EMBA can find more information, including module descriptions, online at For details on applying, you may visit the website or call the program at 520.621.4008. An information session is being held in Tucson on May 24 and in Phoenix on June 2nd, both from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

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.

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Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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