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U of U David Eccles School of Business Executive MBA Program Surges Ahead in Global Rankings

Oct. 19, 2009 — For the fifth year in a row, the Financial Times of London has ranked the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business (DESB) Executive MBA program among the top programs in the world. According to the report, being published in the Oct. 19 issue, the David Eccles School of Business Executive MBA program was ranked 30 in the United States and 77 in the world. Faculty research output was ranked 20 in the U.S.

Now in its eighth year of ranking the world’s top executive MBA programs, the Financial Times analyzes feedback from more than 3,000 alumni. This year’s ranking is based on data gathered from the executive MBA class that graduated in 2006. One of the greatest strengths of the program is the success of its students, indicated by the 50 percent increase in the average salary of graduates. This increase translates to an average salary three years after graduation of $127,000. The ranking also reflects success in the areas of student salaries, diversity and faculty quality.

“The Financial Times ranking is truly rewarding because it once again recognizes the enormous success of our alumni in the workforce-which is a reflection of the exceptional quality of our faculty, the strength of our corporate partnerships, and ultimately the relevancy of what our students are gaining in the executive MBA program: cutting-edge, multidisciplinary, global business skills and knowledge demanded by world-leading companies,” says Brad Vierig, assistant dean of executive education and director of the executive MBA.

David Eccles School of Business 2006 graduate Michele Hilton, chief financial officer of AdvancedMD Software, asserts that more executives are realizing the value of an MBA degree. “The executive MBA program gave me the confidence and skills that I needed to get to the next level of my career. The pay back has been tremendous. I would recommend the executive MBA program to anyone who is looking to gain the skills necessary to grow and change with their careers.” she said.

Taylor Randall, dean of the David Eccles School of Business states that “We are proud to have once again been ranked by the Financial Times of London among a very select group of top EMBA programs in the world. Today’s program ranking, together with the faculty research ranking, confirms that the David Eccles School of Business executive MBA is truly a world-class program.”

Information sessions for the executive MBA program will be held October 22, 2009 and November 19, 2009. For more information, call 801.581.5577 or e-mail

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About the David Eccles School of Business

More than 25,000 students have graduated with business degrees over the last century from the David Eccles School of Business.

In 1936, the David Eccles School was one of the first business schools in the nation to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Today, it is one of 409 business schools in the country that has achieved the highest standard of national accreditation and one of 455 worldwide.