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KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s executive-level MBA programs for working professionals rank among the world’s best, according to Financial Times’ newly released 2010 international rankings.

Only 100 of the more than 700 U.S. and international executive MBA programs were included in the 2010 rankings.

In determining rankings, Financial Times evaluates factors such as graduates’ salary increases and career progress, student aims achieved, international course experience and faculty diversity.

“These rankings confirm the core competencies that our programs strive to deliver,” said Carolyn Cuddy, the executive director responsible for UT’s executive-level MBA programs. “This includes 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.”

“We are honored that, as a public institution, our programs rank alongside some of the world’s top private schools,” Cuddy said. “This year’s performance is particularly impressive given the escalating competition among programs.”

The five executive-level MBA programs offered at UT Knoxville include three one-year programs (aerospace and defense MBA, executive MBA, and physician executive MBA); one 16-month weekend program (professional MBA); and one 16-month modular format program (global supply chain executive MBA) to be offered in 2012.

The University of Tennessee executive-level MBA programs for working professionals are not alone in garnering impressive rankings for the college. The College of Business Administration’s undergraduate business curriculum, full-time MBA program, Physician Executive MBA and supply chain/logistics curriculum are also ranked by organizations and in publications such as U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, Modern Healthcare, EdUniversal, The Journal of Business Logistics, AMR Research, Supply Chain Management Review and Forbes.

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

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