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For the second consecutive year, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business has risen in Bloomberg Businessweek’s ranking of business schools, landing at No. 26 among public universities.

The college ranked 54th among all business schools nationally in the publication, which uses employment data and surveys from 26,699 MBA students, alumni, and recruiters to compile its rankings.

“What’s particularly exciting about Haslam’s position in Bloomberg Businessweek this year is that the ranking methodology has changed and better reflects our focus on learning that is highly relevant to the workplace,” said Bruce Behn, the college’s associate dean for graduate and executive education. “This has long provided powerful networking opportunities for our students and alumni, as well as opportunities for significant growth in terms of salaries, career position, and job satisfaction.”

The surveys by Bloomberg Businessweek show that UT MBA grads earn median starting salaries ranging from $80,000 (in financial jobs) to $133,000 (in consulting jobs). The top three sectors hiring them are manufacturing, retail, and technology.

Students and alumni quoted in the survey said they value the college’s collaborative nature and the opportunities to build relationships with classmates and alumni. Members of underrepresented groups expressed high satisfaction with the college’s inclusive environment.

The publication’s new methodology uses a system of four indices that measure compensation, networking, learning, and entrepreneurship. The full rankings were released November 8.

Gerhard Schneibel (, 865-974-2894)