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KNOXVILLE – The University of Tennessee’s executive MBA programs rank among the world’s best, according to Financial Times’ newly released international rankings.

Of the 750 executive MBA programs offered internationally, 96 programs were ranked in the 2008 listing; UT is in this esteemed group.

In determining rankings, Financial Times evaluates factors such as graduates’ salary increases and career progress, student aims achieved, international course experience and faculty diversity. One factor in which UT excelled was graduates’ pay, with graduates’ salaries increasing an average of 40 percent during the past three years.

“UT’s executive MBA programs are honored to be included in this prestigious list,” said Carolyn Cuddy, executive director responsible for UT’s five executive MBA programs. “These rankings confirm the core competencies that our programs strive to deliver — an overall transformational experience, a high return-on-investment for both participants and sponsoring employers, and a curriculum tailored to meet the specific needs of managers and executives. This year’s performance is particularly impressive given the escalating competition among programs.”

“We are particularly proud that, as a public institution, our programs ranked alongside some of the world’s top private schools,” Cuddy said.

In addition to its program rankings, Financial Times provides a college-wide ranking for faculty research and doctoral student placement. UT performed well in both of these rankings with a national doctoral program ranking of 39.

The University of Tennessee executive MBA programs are not alone in garnering impressive rankings for the college. The undergraduate business curriculum, full-time MBA program, executive MBA programs, Physician Executive MBA, supply chain /logistics curriculum, and undergraduate and master’s accountancy programs have been ranked by U.S. News & World Report, Business Week, Princeton Review, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Modern Physician/Modern Healthcare, EdUniversal, Women 3.0, Kaplan Publishing, CPA Personnel Report, Journal of Business Logistics, Supply Chain Management Review, Forbes and Global Supply Chain Professional Development Committee/AMR Research.

Financial Times is a well-respected international business publication whose annual ranking has become highly anticipated. Its eighth annual ranking of executive MBA programs affirms the rapid rise of executive MBA courses being offered, with a new emphasis on global programs.


Cindy Raines, (865) 974-4359,