Bloomberg Businessweek: UT MBA Entrepreneurship Specialty a Top Program

mba4KNOXVILLE—The Master of Business Administration’s entrepreneurship specialty at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is among the world’s top programs according to a recently released ranking from Bloomberg Businessweek. Of the 82 schools included in the entrepreneurship specialty ranking, UT’s program ranked 17th among U.S. public universities and 54th globally.

“This ranking reinforces the incredible focus that our entrepreneurship faculty place on student development and each one’s willingness to support MBA students in achieving their personal and professional career aspirations,” said Amy Cathey, executive director of UT’s MBA program. “The MBA program now has Top 25 recognition for curriculum delivery in the areas of entrepreneurship, business analytics, and supply chain, which helps us attract, develop, and place a wide variety of outstanding students.”

Bloomberg Businessweek asked MBA students graduating between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012, about their business school experience, from admission into the program to securing a job. One section of the survey singled out specific aspects of the business program, including the entrepreneurship specialty. The feedback resulted in the rankings. For a complete listing, visit http://tinyurl.com/aoro3dm.

UT’s program is unique in that it offers a required entrepreneurship and innovation course, Innovation in Practice, for all first-year MBA students. The course focuses exclusively on nonprofit organizations. Since the course’s inception in 2004, a total of 320 students and 12 faculty members have devoted more than 25,300 hours helping more than 65 Tennessee-based nonprofit organizations with their organizational challenges. This spring, 72 students will work with 16 organizations to improve their critical-thinking skills.

UT’s MBA program also offers second-year students interested in entrepreneurship the opportunity to create new business ventures. For example, in the Entrepreneurial Strategy Implementation course, students help entrepreneurial-minded, for-profit organizations answer strategic questions. Since 2005, 118 MBA students and faculty members have devoted close to 15,000 hours working with 34 Tennessee enterprises.

The MBA program’s entrepreneurship and innovation activities are supported by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Department of Management, both housed in the UT College of Business Administration.

For more information about the MBA program, visit http://mba.utk.edu.

For more information about the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship, visithttp://AndersonCEI.utk.edu.

CONTACT:

Cindy Raines (865-974-4359, craines1@utk.edu)

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