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David Eccles Business School’s MBA Program Jumps 20 Spots in Bloomberg Rankings

Kiffer Creveling
The Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building, one of the David Eccles School of Business buildings at the U. Chronicle archives.


The David Eccles School of Business is known as an impactful program at the University of Utah. Due to its prestige, its MBA program has recently jumped rankings and continues to catch the attention of the country.

Named after the U of U’s first entrepreneur, David Eccles, the program strives to maintain Eccles’ legacy by teaching their students entrepreneurial skills and values. It’s also home to 12 institutes, and the school recently celebrated their 100 year anniversary in 2017.

As a result, the David Eccles School of Business’ full-time MBA program leapt up 20 spots in the Bloomberg Businessweek’s Best Business Schools rankings. After surveying MBA students, alumni and recruiters, the program is now ranked at number 36 in the country.

“The jump in rankings reflects both the tremendous efforts put forth by faculty and program staff to ensure cutting-edge material is taught in the classroom, coupled with experiential learning and excellent career coaching for our students,” said Sheena McFarland, associate director of Marketing and Communications for the David Eccles School of Business. “The methodology also changed this year, allowing students, faculty, staff and alumni to rank the schools in four categories.”

The U is recognized for its numerous programs and academia. Among those lays the Eccles School for its focus in entrepreneurship, setting their program apart among others around the state of Utah.

In its support, McFarland stated, “The focus on entrepreneurship really sets our program apart, as evidenced by the No. 2 ranking in entrepreneurship given. The entrepreneurial mindset isn’t just for people looking to start their own businesses. Instead, it can be applied in any career to make employees more innovative. The Eccles School has continued to strongly support the Full-Time MBA program with excellent faculty and courses along with scholarship support.”

There are four MBA programs designed to help students and professionals in all types of circumstances. From an online MBA program to an Executive MBA Program for senior-level professionals who have been immersed in their program for 14 years, the Eccles School has something for everyone. There are hopes for the future of the MBA program, and it can only go up from here according to its students and staff.

“The future of the Full-Time MBA program looks bright,” said McFarland. “We hope to continue to equip our students with the skills they need to succeed not only in the classroom but also in the boardroom, and we will continue to provide students with world-class career coaching to ensure the best companies in the nation find the talent they need at the David Eccles School of Business. We hope that continued support and incredible career placement will continue to result in high rankings nationwide.”

The MBA programs aid students in helping students find and obtain the best experiences, internships and careers through their time in the program.

“For students who are interested in applying, reach out to our admissions coordinators at 801-585-6291 or [email protected],” McFarland said. “Students should have their transcripts and two letters of recommendation as well as two essays. Talking with the admissions folks before applying will help prospective students create the strongest possible application.”

More information about the program and in how to apply can be found at

To read more the Bloomberg Businessweek’s methodology, visit their website.

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