The Top EMBA Programs in the USA…

The Top EMBA Programs in the USA

Before going into any details and listing the best EMBA programs in America, a short refresher on what an EMBA degree is, may be in order.

Most importantly, for anyone considering an EMBA, is that one does not need to have done an MBA prior to applying to an EMBA.

The majority of applicants to an Executive MBA Program have prior professional work experience ranging in years from 5 years upwards. EMBA programs are designed and cater to upper level managers. Candidates and participants are often evaluated based not only on their past experience but also on what they will bring to the program in terms of knowledge and hands-on experience.

Business leaders can earn an E.M.B.A. while still working full time. Courses often focus on leadership skills, teamwork, and professional development.

Third ranked University of Chicago, Booth (according to US News and World Report, 2103) was the first school to offer an EMBA, in 1943.

Following are the top business schools for Executive M.B.A. programs, as ranked by “US News and World Report, 2013”

Top 1-5:

 1) University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)

Philadelphia, PA

Tuition and fees: $167,160 (Phil.); $173,940 (San Fran)

Work experience: 120 months

GMAT: 710 (median)

Acceptance rate: 44%

Program length: Two years

As far as Executive MBA programs go, the Wharton version has pretty much become the gold standard. It is consistently ranked first by several sources over many years, and it attracts some of the best and brightest executives in the world. Its status as the best in the world is fairly secure given the fact that Wharton’s biggest competitors in the full-time MBA arena — mainly Harvard and Stanford — do not offer EMBA programs.


2) University of Chicago (Booth)

Chicago, IL

Tuition and fees: $148,000

Work experience: 152 months

GMAT: Not required

Program length: 21 months

This is the granddaddy of all executive MBA programs, which debuted in the midst of World War II in 1943. Building on that rich history, Chicago’s Booth School of Business offers a world-class program taught by some of the best business academics anywhere. The general management curriculum at Booth, with its emphasis on strategy and leadership, is designed to refresh, expand, and strengthen students’ grounding in the fundamental disciplines of business.

3) Northwestern University (Kellogg)

Evanston, IL

Tuition and fees: $159,000

Work experience: 168 months

GMAT: Not required

Program length: 22 months

Designed for senior and mid-career executives, the Kellogg executive MBA program emphasizes teamwork and cross-cultural collaboration, leadership, and adaptability. To accommodate the varied schedules of its students, Kellogg offers four executive MBA program schedules each year. Core and advanced courses help students develop the tools of general management. At the same time, the curriculum allows students to pursue special areas of interest by choosing elective courses at one of the Kellogg School’s Global Partner Institutions. Students spend an average of 25 to 30 hours of work outside of class weekends studying.

4) Duke University (Fuqua)

Durham, NC

Tuition and fees: $109,200 for weekend MBA, $152,500 for Global Executive MBA, $127,900 for Cross Continent MBA

Work experience: 184 months

GMAT: Not required

Program length: 22 months (weekend program)

Duke’s Fuqua School of Business has not one or two but three different executive MBA programs to choose from. There’s the typical weekend executive MBA delivered over 19 intense months on Duke’s campus in Durham, N.C. After a week-long orientation, classes are held on alternating weekends on Fridays and Saturdays in for the first five terms. Term 6 sessions are held on campus for two weeks and the remainder of the term is completed online.

5) Columbia University

New York

Tuition and fees: $154,320

Work experience: 102 months

GMAT: 600-740 range

Program length: 20 months

When it comes to executive MBA programs, Columbia Business School is one of the biggest players in the world. In New York, the school offers two paths: a traditional EMBA schedule of Friday/Saturday as well as a new Saturday-only program launched this year. Depending on their program, students are required to complete 22 courses (11 core classes and 11 electives) totaling 60 credits over either five or six consecutive terms.

And, the rest of the best:

University of California–Los Angeles (Anderson)

Los Angeles, CA

New York University (Stern)

New York, NY

University of Michigan–Ann Arbor (Ross)

Ann Arbor, MI

University of California–Berkeley (Haas)

Berkeley, CA

University of Southern California (Marshall)

Los Angeles, CA

University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler)

Chapel Hill, NC

University of Virginia (Darden)

Charlottesville, VA


Written by Andreas Kristinus

Director and Co-Founder, EduGate

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