Eller Military Community

Alumni Profile

Mike Lyons, Eller MBA '11
Captain, Detachment Commander, U.S. Army
Mike Lyons
Undergraduate Degree
Biology, University of Portland
Emerson (Phoenix, Arizona), a Fortune 100 company that helps me identify fields of interest.
Post-MBA Job
Raytheon (Dallas, Texas)
I Chose the Eller MBA Because...
I came from an Army background, and my entire MBA at the University of Arizona could be funded by the post-9/11 GI Bill. In addition, Eller's entrepreneurship program is top-ranked and allowed me to explore opportunities and decide what I really wanted to do.
Advice to Prospective Students
It doesn't matter what phase of life you're at with regard to your career, family, or age — getting an MBA is the best move you can make. The Eller MBA program will give you a broad understanding of key business principles and make you attractive to Fortune 100 companies! The Eller experience helped me land my dream job.

Each year the Eller College of Management welcomes a number of veterans into our Full-Time, Evening, Executive, and Online MBA programs. These students come from a range of military branches and appreciate the welcoming community here at the Eller MBA. Because of our small class sizes, veterans easily connect with other veterans and also with their other classmates.

Employers appreciate the leadership, organizational skills, hard work, and discipline that veterans have developed, and these students typically fare well in internships and job searches. The leadership and integrity that military students bring to each Eller MBA class is unprecedented. Whether you are active duty or seeking a career transition, an MBA can help you advance in the ranks.

As a thank you to U.S. Military Service Members, we offer:

  • $100 Application Fee Refunded
  • GMAT Requirement Waiver*

*with a GPA of 3.0 or higher from a regionally accredited not-for-profit institution


The MBA Program for Veterans

The University of Arizona welcomes veterans and strives to support them on every step of their educational journey. We are designated as a Military Friendly School by the Graduate Management Admissions Council.

The Eller College of Management works closely with the UA Office of Veterans Education and Training Services (VETS) to ensure that we meet the needs of our student veterans. Among other services, the VETS office works with the Veterans Services Department of the Office of the Registrar to ensure that returning veterans receive the education benefits to which they are entitled.


Choose the Right MBA

Full-Time MBA
The Full-Time Eller MBA program lasts 21 months, from August to May, including a strongly recommended summer internship between years 1 and 2. The curriculum is comprised of 14+ sequenced courses and electives taught by our world-renowned faculty, a consulting project, required global business experience, and dual-degree programs. This is the program for those who wish to focus on the campus experience, replacing work with education in a close-knit learning community immersed in the culture of a large, dynamic university in Tucson.

Learn more about the Eller Full-Time MBA


Evening MBA
The Evening Eller MBA program lasts 24 months, from August to September, including an initial 4 day residential session and 10-day international trip. Offered in Tucson and Phoenix, the curriculum is comprised of courses and electives lasting 8 weeks and taught by our world-renowned faculty. This is the program for those who wish to gain additional skills to enhance a career while continuing to work. Students balance significant course load and out-of-class work with career and home life, in a small, close-knit, self-contained learning community.

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Executive MBA
Unlike traditional MBA programs, the Eller Executive MBA structure—with classes meeting once every four weeks—enables you to build your professional capacity without putting your career on hold for two years. We believe that executives in an MBA program can learn an amazing amount from each other in addition to what they learn from professors and designed the Eller Executive MBA as a residential program unlike many others. Courses are presented in a hybrid format with content offered online 24/7, to fit your schedule in between the once per month class weekends. Executive MBA students continue their careers uninterrupted, are able to balance significant course load and out-of-class work with career and home life, and participate in a small, close-knit, self-contained learning community.

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Online MBA
The Eller Online MBA is a focused, 100% online program that allows you to earn your MBA in as few as 14 months and minimize your time away from work and family. Taught by the same world-class faculty as our on-campus courses, the Eller Online MBA challenges students with complex real-world projects to prepare for today's competitive, dynamic professional environment. There's also a focus on developing strong communication proficiency. You will also build your professional network with classmates employed by notable U.S. companies and institutions.

U.S. News & World Report  ranks the Online MBA number 18 for veterans.

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Connect with Us

Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and schedule a visit to experience the Eller MBA for yourself. Additionally, our admissions team can connect you to a current student with a military background to learn first-hand about the Eller MBA.


For additional information, please contact us.

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