Top-ranked UA Eller College of Management Debuts New Online Bachelor's Program
TUCSON, Ariz. – October 20, 2015 – The University of Arizona Eller College of Management, ranked the no. 12 public business school in the nation, is now offering an undergraduate degree program 100 percent online. The online bachelor’s in business administration program is geared towards busy working professionals or students outside of the Tucson region and joins a growing portfolio of online options at the University of Arizona, including Eller’s no. 29-ranked online MBA program and the online master’s in MIS program.
The deadline to enroll in the online bachelor’s program for the 2016 spring semester is Tuesday, December 1, although the flexible program does provide more start dates throughout the year.
“Business careers require broad knowledge and application of critical thinking, data analysis, and global business trends,” said Pam Perry, Ph.D., UA Eller’s associate dean for undergraduate programs. “Our business administration major meets that need through a foundation in all of the business specialties.”
Carmin Chan, M.Ed., Eller’s assistant director, online and transfer business administration major, said students and hiring organizations alike are receptive to the new online program.
“Our online undergraduate program mirrors our program on campus,” Chan said. “Students major in business administration with an emphasis in innovation and strategy, they learn from the same top-notch faculty and they have many opportunities for career preparation and personal development.”
A key benefit to Eller’s online program is that students work at their own pace, either accelerating coursework or taking the time they need between work and family obligations. In addition, Eller’s enrollment process offers more flexibility than other business schools, giving students more start date options and allowing for a part-time enrollment.
“Now students all over the world can take advantage of our online classes and Eller’s outstanding reputation and strong ties with many of the nation’s most respected corporate recruiters,” Chan said.
Elisabeth Ferrell, a senior sales recruiter at Yelp, has been recruiting heavily for the past four years at the University of Arizona, and she is especially impressed with the caliber of students in the Eller College.
“I look for someone who is very self-driven, self-motivated, and excited for a challenge. New hires start out in Inside Sales, and more than 90 percent are promoted from within,” Ferrell said, adding that currently there are some 60 UA Eller alumni working full-time in Yelp’s Scottsdale, San Francisco, New York, and Chicago offices.
Ferrell said Eller students are also very prepared for interviews, often doing research on the company and job opportunities. “This is a big plus for me as a recruiter, and I think it is a reflection on the Eller College of Management. They genuinely care about the students’ futures and help guide them. It’s very refreshing as a recruiter to see that.”
Core courses include business communication, marketing, management, management information systems, finance, economics, operations, and business ethics. Major courses include marketing analytics, financial accounting, real estate, project management, economics of business decisions, human resources, and innovation.
The Eller College is consistently ranked high in the U.S. News & World Report rankings.