Full-time MBA Student Experience
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At Eller, you'll enjoy the benefits of a small cohort within a tier 1 public research university.
Access valuable resources offered by a tier 1 research university while enjoying personalized support and attention in Eller's small cohort based program. You will receive individualized attention from faculty and staff, ensuring a supportive learning environment.
The Eller Full-Time MBA program is a whirlwind of activity. From classes to student activities to job exploration, the two years are action packed!
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A Dynamic Student Life
What's it like to be an Eller MBA student?
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On Mondays, by 7:00 am, I leave my house and go to Circle K to get a coffee on my way to class at 8:30 am. Arriving at least 30 minutes early, I prepare for Business Statistics with Dr. Gray Hunter. After stats, there is a short break and I begin Dr. Price Fishback’s Managerial Economics course at 10:30 am. In this class, we learn about how the art of price vs. demand can fluctuate between markets and in time. Once Economics concludes at 12:10 pm, I find a study area in Eller and prepare for accounting office hours that start at 1:00 to make sure I’m ready for the week ahead. The quantitative start is challenging and provides a solid foundation to better understand concepts in future courses. At 2:00 pm, I usually go to in-person office hours for economics. By 3:00 pm, I go home and then to the gym. After dinner, I return to campus and the University of Arizona Library to meet up with other classmates and study or work on my professional development or internship applications until I go home to sleep.
On Tuesdays, I continue my habit of arriving early to study for our weekly accounting quiz for Intro to Financial Accounting with Dr. Preeti Choudhary at 8:30 am. I am in class until 10:10 am. I learned in accounting the definitions used to give meaning to the numbers that follow them and provide context for analyzing financial statements. After accounting, I have the Communication for Managers and Professional Development (BCOM) course at 10:30 am with Dr. Marisa Michaels. We have a lunch break from 12:10-12:50 pm on these days, continuing in class until 1:50 pm. In BCOM, I learned how to tailor my message to large groups of people under different circumstances. Next, I attend Business statistics office hours from 2:00-3:00 pm and then complete GA work into the evening. Afterward, I would go to the University of Arizona Library to meet up with other classmates and study until I go home to prepare for the next day.
Wednesdays follow the same routine as Monday. In Statistics, we learn how to implement 1000s of data points into one simple regression table and to find the relationships between the data. After office hours or GA work, I would go to the gym and do light workouts. In the late afternoon, I would go home and have dinner and return to the University of Arizona Library to meet up with classmates to study or do group work.
On Thursdays, I follow my Tuesday routine and arrive in time for class as there is no accounting quiz. At the end of Business Communications, I have a team meeting with my Stats group to discuss our next project. I typically leave Eller in the mid-to-late afternoon and have an early dinner/late lunch. Afterward, I do any preparation for closing the week of class. At 7:30 pm, I go to the University of Arizona Library, meet up with other classmates, and study until I get home to prepare for the next day. At the halfway point of the semester, Introduction to Business Statistics, Managerial Economics, and Introduction to Financial Accounting are replaced with Leadership in Organizations, Financial Management, and Market-Based Management. BCOM continues for the entire fall semester.
As there are no classes on Fridays, I usually wake up at 9 am or 8 am if I had Eller’s’ Advantage Professional Development program. I typically prepare to work on professional development all morning or attend Eller’s Advantage program till 1 pm. Afterward, I get lunch with some people from the cohort or go out on my own. In the afternoon, I complete any shopping that I need to do or browse Target. In the later afternoon, I go to the gym or hang out with friends for the rest of the night.
Activities on the weekend vary, but in general, weekends are catch-up days for me and preparing for the week ahead at home and at school. I plan to meet with groups, do my own work that needs to be done and apply to internships.
Learn more about the life of an Eller MBA student by accessing these resources:
- Class Profile: View profile data of the latest Full-Time MBA class.
- Meet Eller MBAs: View profiles of Eller MBA students and alumni.
- Eller Military Community: Each year we welcome a number of veterans into the Eller MBA program. These students come from a range of military branches and appreciate the welcoming community. Because of our small class sizes, veterans easily connect with other veterans and also with their other classmates.
- Student Clubs: the Eller MBA supports a number of student organizations and other cultural and recreational activities:
The MBA Student Association (MBASA) is a student-run organization that serves as a liaison between the student body and the faculty/administration. MBASA officers work with Eller faculty and administration to implement new ideas, resolve issues of concern and enhance the experience of Eller MBA students.
Students are elected near the end of the second semester of their first year and are trained by outgoing officers for succession planning of full leadership responsibility.
The Healthcare Entrepreneurs, Administrators and Leaders Club (HEAL) is a new Eller student organization committed to "providing resources and opportunities to students and faculty passionate about healthcare endeavors." The club undertakes the following activities:
- Establishes linkages with regional and national affiliation networks and organizations for healthcare
- Sponsors College-wide and regional educational events, including outside speakers
- Promotes the Center for Management Innovations in Healthcare
- Provides a forum for interested students in Eller to gain insight and connections into internships and employment opportunities in the broad field of healthcare management
Eller’s student working groups allow you to enhance your professional development and expand your networks. The following working groups are active:
- Net Impact Club
- Lean-In Circle
MBA students also have access to campus chapters of national associations such as:
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Living in Tucson
If you love sunshine, ideal weather and a city that's neither too big nor too small, Tucson offers a location that's hard to beat. The College is situated in the heart of Tucson, Arizona, with a metro population near one million people.
Tucson is less than 120 miles from Phoenix, the fifth-largest city in the nation, with a population of roughly 1.3 million. It is also just 60 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border and only 200 miles from the beach at Rocky Point on the Sea of Cortez. Surrounded by mountains rising to 9,000 feet (yes, there's skiing in winter, usually!), with an average high/low temperature of 82/54° F and roughly 350 days of sunshine each year, Tucson offers an ideal climate for year-round outdoor activities.
Strong public and private partnerships between state and local governments, the University of Arizona and a vibrant business community have built a foundation for economic development and entrepreneurship in Tucson over the last decade. Tucson’s high-tech sector has attracted more than 1,200 high-tech companies to the city and has contributed significantly to Tucson’s strong and growing economy.
Cultural and Recreational Activities
Whether it’s catching an exciting match-up in basketball, football, softball or hiking through the beautiful Santa Catalina Mountains or enjoying a performance at the UA Centennial Hall, there is never a shortage of cultural and recreational activities. The only thing you will be short of is time to take it all in!