Full-time MBA Student Experience


A small, cohesive community in the heart
of the multicultural Sonoran desert.

At Eller, you'll enjoy the benefits of a small cohort within a highly regarded public research university.

Small class sizes offer the benefit of personalized attention from both faculty and staff.

For most students, the Eller Full-Time MBA program is a whirlwind of activity. From classes to student activities to international opportunities, the two years will go quickly!

A Dynamic Student Life

What's it like to be an Eller MBA student?

Meet our Eller MBA student ambassadors and ask them for yourself, or join us for a narrative journey of the Eller MBA student's typical week:

This week begins at 9 a.m. on Monday with the Managerial Communication Professional Development class, focused on enhancing the business management and communications skills that can really differentiate a successful MBA from the rest of the competition. A typical meeting might include students delivering mock presentations to a panel of Wall Street investors or a collaborative discussion on the various people styles present in the workplace.

After class, we have one hour to grab a quick lunch before attending Business Strategy class. This is the classic b-school class that explores a new business case each session. It demands significant amounts of reading, group work and focused business writing, but it significantly broadens students’ understanding of common challenges and opportunities that face companies from a wide variety of industries.

After classes end at 2 p.m., the rest of the day is available for team project work, individual study and job researching.

On Tuesdays, my cohort’s classes don’t start until noon. Many students take the opportunity to schedule meetings with faculty, other students or individuals in the Eller MBA Office of Career Development. When lunchtime rolls around, we join Professor of Marketing Merrie Brucks for our marketing class. Here, we discuss and apply fundamental marketing concepts to a wide variety of business situations using the case method.

After marketing, we switch gears and transition into finance where we're guided through the essentials of ratios, investments and capital budgeting. The class meetings also provide us with the opportunity to discuss current events in the news through a financial lens.

After class, many students stay on campus to discuss team projects while others return to have dinner with family and friends and then work on projects in the evening.

Classes on Wednesdays are identical to Mondays. On Wednesdays, many students begin looking ahead to the following week’s deliverables and budgeting their time appropriately in order to complete all required tasks. Students quickly realize that dynamic prioritization is critical in business school. On this particular Wednesday evening, several MBAs attend an information session hosted by the brand management team for the the Dial Corporation.

Similar to Tuesdays, most MBAs spend Thursday morning completing project work or catching up on readings. The afternoon is spent in class and the evening marks the unofficial start of the weekend. On many Thursday nights, we have events like the visiting speakers or an MBA happy hour scheduled to wrap up the week.

We don’t have classes on Fridays, but most MBAs spend the day on campus to complete various group projects and conduct internship research. The vast amount of work of the MBA requires your complete attention and is every bit as demanding as a full-time job.

Activities on the weekend vary, but in general people try to take a break from the long week and spend time with family and friends. On a typical Saturday, you can find MBAs volunteering at the local Habitat for Humanity project house or tailgating on the UA Mall before a home football game. On Sunday evenings, the students are usually back on campus to prep for the upcoming week. It’s a rigorous schedule, but with so much activity, you’ll never hear a student say he or she is bored.

Learn more about the life of an Eller MBA student by accessing these resources:

  • Class ProfileView profile data of the latest Full-Time MBA class.
  • Meet Eller MBAsView profiles of Eller MBA students and alumni.
  • Eller Military CommunityEach 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:

Student Stories

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Living in Tucson

If you love sunshine, ideal weather and a city that's neither too big nor too small, the Eller College 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 an activist 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 Pac-12 match-up in basketball, football or softball, hiking through the beautiful Santa Catalina Mountains or enjoying a performance at the UA Centennial Hall or the Repertory Theater, there is never a shortage of cultural and recreational activities in the “Old Pueblo.” The only thing you will be short of is time to take it all in!


Your Future is Calling

You’ve heard the “why.” If you think you’re a good fit, it’s time for the “how.” Let’s get you on the road to your Eller MBA. Contact us or begin your application now.

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