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The Top 10 Executive MBA Programs In North America, Europe, And The Asia-Pacific

New QS rankings break it down by region

Fri Mar 3 2017

For the first time, QS has ranked 120 of the world’s top, accredited Executive MBA programs, and broken them down by region.

Kellogg School of Management’s EMBA has been ranked the number one Executive MBA program in North America. The UK’s Oxford Saïd tops Europe’s EMBA rankings, while the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) EMBA program is ranked the best in Asia.

QS also ranked the world’s top joint Executive MBA programs - programs jointly delivered by two or more business schools across multiple locations.

Making up the top three are the top-ranked Kellogg-HKUST EMBA - delivered in both the US and Hong Kong - the UCLA Anderson and NUS EMBA, and the TRIUM Global Executive MBA program jointly issued by the London School of Economics (LSE), France’s HEC Paris, and NYU Stern.

Latin America’s number one EMBA program can be found at the Universidad Adolfo Ibanex, with students taking classes in both Chile and Peru. The program costs ‘just’ $32,000.

The QS rankings are based on a variety of factors including EMBA participants’ average years of work experience, pre and post-EMBA salaries and salary uplift after graduation, as well as class diversity, and the school’s reputation for thought leadership and research.

North America’s top 10 EMBA programs all come from the US. The high-cost programs bring big rewards. The Wharton EMBA costs a massive $193,000 but students can expect a 46% increase on their salaries after graduation. Duke’s Fuqua School of Business’ EMBA costs $158,000 with an average salary uplift of 94%.

MIT Sloan EMBA students are the most experienced in the North America top 10 with 17 years’ class average work experience. The Duke Fuqua EMBA class have an average of 15 years work experience between them.

Markedly cheaper than their US equivalents, Europe’s Executive MBA programs offer diverse, experienced, international classes. Four business schools from the UK make up the top ten, two from Spain, one from Switzerland, France, and Italy.

ESCP Europe’s EMBA program makes use of the school’s multiple European locations, with students rotating across campuses in Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, Warsaw, and Turin.

Just missing out on the top 10 are Executive MBA programs from the UK’s Cranfield School of Management, Cass Business School, and Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.

Out of Asia-Pacific’s top 10 EMBA programs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University students enjoy the biggest salary uplift (75%) after graduation, although they’re also among the least experienced.

At the top-ranked National University of Singapore (NUS), EMBA students can expect a 26% salary uplift, even with a class averaging 16 years of work experience between them. CUHK Business School’s EMBA students are the most experienced in the Asia-Pacific top 10 with an average of 17 years’ experience between them.

Even the most expensive EMBA program in Asia-Pacific’s top 10 – City University of Hong Kong at $77,000 – is around half the price of the cheapest top 10 EMBA program in North America.