UT Graduate Business Programs Earn Three Rankings

Three graduate programs in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business—two executive MBA programs for health care professionals and the full-time MBA program—have risen among rankings in their fields.

Modern Healthcare’s recently released annual ranking of health care MBA programs by size places two of UT’s executive MBA programs at the top of the rankings. Both the Physician Executive MBA program and the Executive MBA for Healthcare Leadership took the number one spots among public institutions and ranked third overall for 2020.

The programs are in elite company nationally, as Duke and Yale Universities’ programs are ranked first and second overall, respectively, while Dartmouth College’s comes in at number four. Among all the schools in the ranking, only UT offers customization in the health care arena with executive MBA programs for physicians and health care leaders.

“I believe we achieved this ranking because so many health care professionals, including doctors, are impressed by our health care team’s dedication to helping them expand their professional skill set,” said Bruce Behn, associate dean for graduate and executive education in the Haslam College of Business. “We provide health care leaders with a full-service learning experience that allows them to continue the important daily work of their organizations. In fact, supporting our students’ needs—with utmost attention to detail—is a defining characteristic of all our graduate and executive education programs. It truly sets us apart.”

Targeted to health care industry executives, Modern Healthcare is the industry’s only weekly business news source. The Modern Healthcare MBA ranking, long-standing and respected in the industry, is based on the class size of each participating university or college.

UT’s full-time MBA program moved up two spots, from 49th to 47th among all full-time master’s programs, in the 2020 Poets&Quants Top 100 US MBA rankings. Additionally, the program rose from 25th to 24th among public institutions. This marks four years of steady advance since the program was first ranked by Poets&Quants in 2017.

The Poets&Quants MBA program rankings list, now in its 11th year, combines the latest results of the world’s most influential business school rankings: U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, the Financial Times, and the Economist. Each ranking is separately weighted according to Poets&Quants’ estimation of its credibility. U.S. News is given a weight of 35 percent and Forbes 25 percent, while both the Financial Times and Businessweek are given a 15 percent weight. The Economist receives a 10 percent weight.

“The MBA provides our students with an exceptional educational foundation, including a focus on experiential learning,” Behn said. “This continued ascent in the rankings reflects our full-time MBA team’s steadfast emphasis on recruiting talented students and supporting their path to career and personal excellence.”

The program was also cited as one of the best in “The Princeton Review Best Business Schools for 2021: On-Campus MBFA Programs.” The cohort includes 244 business schools, which were selected using a combination of factors, including institutional and student survey data. The data, from 17,800 on-campus MBA student surveys, is ranked on a scale of 60 to 99. UT’s MBA was awarded a rating of 90 for admissions selectivity, 92 for academic experience, 92 for career outcomes, 96 for professor accessibility, and 96 for professor interest.

About the Full-Time MBA

UT’s full-time MBA is a 16-month residential program targeted to high-potential professionals who want to acquire a full range of technical skills in a hands-on applied learning environment. The program offers concentrations in business analytics, consulting, entrepreneurship and innovation, finance, and supply chain management. Dual degree programs are also available that combine an MBA with a JD or an MS in business analytics, engineering, or agricultural economics.

Learn more at the Haslam College of Business’s program page.

About the Haslam College of Business Graduate and Executive Education Programs

At the master’s level, the Haslam College of Business offers the following programs: the full-time MBA, Professional MBA, Executive MBA (global supply chain, healthcare leadership, strategic Leadership), Aerospace and Defense MBA, Physician Executive MBA, Master of Accountancy, Master of Management and Human Resources, Master of Business Analytics, Master of Statistics, Master of Supply Chain Management Tri-Continent, and Master of Supply Chain Management Online. PhD program areas include accounting, business analytics and statistics, economics, finance, marketing, strategy, entrepreneurship and organizations, and supply chain management.

These programs address real-world challenges through an interdisciplinary approach in which students develop new analytical and leadership skills. Its faculty are industry thought leaders, seasoned practitioners, and accomplished researchers who ensure that the learning experience applies directly to each participant’s current or future job.

Learn more about the college’s graduate and executive education programs.


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