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KNOXVILLE — For the third consecutive year, the University of Tennessee Senior Executive Master of Business Administration program has made the international rankings of Financial Times. In its strongest performance to date, the program ranked 32nd among all U.S. schools with executive MBA programs and 56th worldwide.

In 2004, the program ranked 34th and 64th, respectively.

Of the more than 700 executive MBA programs offered worldwide, only 75 programs were included in the 2005 rankings.

“UT’s Senior Executive MBA program is honored to be ranked for the third year,” said Amy Cathey, UT program director. “These rankings confirm the core competencies that our program strives to deliver – an experience that transforms the way participants think, a high return-on-investment for both participant and sponsoring employer, and a curriculum tailored to meet the specific needs of experienced executives. Being ranked for three consecutive years is particularly impressive given the escalating competition among executive MBA programs.”

UT’s Senior Executive MBA program earned its strongest marks on student aims achieved (8th domestically, 17th worldwide), international course experience (8th domestically, 11th worldwide), and work experience of participants (8th domestically, 17th worldwide).

The UT program also excelled in one domestic-only ranking: most employer-sponsored students, ranking 4th. For three consecutive years the program has been in the Top-10 for international course experience, and for two consecutive years has been in the top 5 for employer-sponsored students.

“Only one executive MBA program per university is eligible to participate in the Financial Times rankings, and the SEMBA program traditionally has represented UT,” said Alex Miller, dean of the UT Center for Executive Education. “Its rankings reflect well on the experience provided by all four of our executive MBA programs. We are proud that, as a public institution, our program ranked higher than many of the world’s top public and private schools.”

For more information about the UT Senior Executive MBA Program go to http://semba.utk.edu/

In addition to reporting the executive MBA program rankings, Financial Times provides college-wide rankings for doctoral student placement and faculty research. UT’s College of Business Administration performed well in both areas, with a national doctoral program ranking of 20th and a national research ranking of 41st.

UT’s executive MBA programs are not alone in garnering impressive rankings for the College of Business Administration. The college’s full-time MBA program, executive MBA programs, Physician Executive MBA program, and Master of Accountancy program also are ranked by Business Week, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Modern Physician, CPA Personnel Report, Journal of Business Logistics, and U.S. News & World Report.

UT continues to excel in several other key national rankings. The Lombardi Program ranked UT 44th among public universities last year. The National Science Foundation released in July its annual report in which UT is 63rd among 630 colleges and universities for federal research and development awards – up from 65th out of 599 institutions in the foundation’s 2004 report.

The mission of the University of Tennessee College of Business Administration is to provide innovative leadership in management research, education and practice. The college consistently breaks new ground with both its scholarship and award-winning, integrated curriculum taught within its undergraduate, graduate and nationally recognized executive education programs. The college is accredited by the international Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

For more information about the University of Tennessee College of Business Administration, visit http://www.bus.utk.edu/cba/

Contact: Cindy Raines (865-974-4359)