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KNOXVILLE — Noting the sizable return students get for their academic investment, Forbes Inc. has ranked the University of Tennessee College of Business Administration’s full-time MBA program 9th among the nation’s top-tier public programs.

UT was ahead of programs at universities such as Vanderbilt, Georgetown, Indiana and Wake Forest.

Nationally, the MBA program was ranked 24th. This is the first time that the program has been ranked by Forbes, which released its “Best Business Schools” list Thursday night. Of the 102 schools considered for the survey, only 56 were ranked.

“We are honored to be named to Forbes’ prestigious list. This ranking reflects our commitment to delivering leadership in education among our faculty, staff and partner companies. It reinforces the increased levels of national attention we have seen among our students, recruiters and employers,” said Jan Williams, dean of the College of Business Administration.

Glen Schuler, director of the full-time MBA program, concurred: “Our Forbes ranking confirms that our program is delivering superior value; that our innovative and integrated curriculum is successfully reaching our goal of educating high-potential individuals to become global leaders.”

Forbes’ rankings were compiled by contacting 2002 MBA graduates and evaluating the return they’ve received on their academic investment. Forbes considered pre-MBA salaries, post-graduation compensation, tuition and forgone salary while in school, and what graduates would have made had they remained in their old jobs. Adjustments were made for cost-of-living expenses and the present value of money.

The Forbes survey noted that UT’s MBA graduates are being recruited by major corporations worldwide, including Dell, Dollar General, Cummins, Nissan and Brunswick Boat Group.

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Forbes joins a list of organizations that rank UT’s full-time MBA program among the best in the country. The program is ranked 21st among public universities by the Financial Times and 10th in the U.S. among regional universities by the Wall Street Journal. Its supply chain management/logistics curriculum is ranked 8th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

UT’s 17-month, full-time MBA program has an integrated, team-based curriculum that provides significant opportunities for students to interact with business professionals and apply their classroom lessons to real-world situations. Its new Innovation and Entrepreneurship curriculum is helping define the uniqueness of the program.

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