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10 Joint EMBA Programs You Need To Know About

The rise in joint EMBA programs highlights the importance of studying in multiple locations, and gleaning a global perspective of the business world


Mon Oct 29 2018

Joint Executive MBA (EMBA) programs have grown in prestige around the globe, occupying four of the top-five places in the Financial Times’ Executive MBA Ranking 2018.

The rise highlights the increasing globalization of the business education market, and how it is continually recognizing the benefits for executives of studying in multiple locations during their degree.

Whether that be the pooling of resources and knowledge from multiple institutions; or access to several alumni bases to enhance global networking; or frequent opportunities to travel and apply different strategies in various cultural, economic, and political landscapes.

The benefit of studying in multiple locations and learning from multiple institutions provides a broader perspective of the wider world. In a closer connected, digitized environment, that knowledge is tantamount to executive success.

Here are 10 joint EMBA programs you need to know about:

1. Kellogg School of Management/Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

The Kellogg/HKUST Business School EMBA program topped the FT’s EMBA ranking for the ninth time this year. The program requires only 40 days out of the office and includes 18 weekends and two live-in weeks in Hong Kong, as well as a 10-day live-in module in Chicago.

You can also complete two global executive weeks at other Kellogg joint program campuses in locations like Toronto, Miami, and Lisbon.


Jumping up three spaces from last year’s FT EMBA ranking, into second place, is the TRIUM EMBA—delivered by the London School of Economics, NYU: Stern, and HEC Paris. Modules take place in London, California, Paris, New York, and Shanghai.

The 18-month program covers entrepreneurship, marketing, negotiation analysis, fintech, and climate change, among others. You can also engage in the Capstone Project, developing a business idea from inception to launch, all the while drawing on expertise from alumni, faculty, and peers.

3. Tsinghua University/INSEAD (TIEMBA)

Self-described as ‘bridging East and West’, and recently ranked third in the FT’s EMBA ranking, this program is spread across INSEAD’s global campuses and Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Across 22 months you spend 12 weeks on campus (a week-long session every six weeks) and complete 12 core courses, four electives, nine Key Management Challenges (which focus on real-life problems in the business world), and a thesis.

A Leadership Development Program runs throughout, which aims to help students develop their own management style through a series of intense activities and workshops, all with the help of a professional coach.

4. EMBA-Global Asia: Columbia Business School/Hong Kong University/London Business School

The EMBA-Global Asia is split into four study blocks of four-to-five days every month for 20 months.

Study blocks are completed at each of the schools and comprise of lectures, seminars and group work assignments.

Elective courses allow students to pursue areas of particular interests, tailoring the program to their individual needs. Depending on which electives are chosen this can decrease the overall program length to 16 months. It is also possible to study at a variety of other global locations for international assignments and seminars. Recent locations have included Tel Aviv, Mumbai, and Buenos Aires.

5. EMBA-Global Americas & Europe: Columbia Business School/London Business School

14th on this year’s FT table of EMBAs, and the sister to EMBA-Global Asia program, the EMBA-Global Americas & Europe is similarly designed with study blocks alternating between Columbia Business School and London Business School.

The program comprises five terms, with the first three involving 40 days out of the office. The last two enable students to specialize their learning through elective choices, which include Shanghai as a destination as well as international assignments at many other global campuses.

6. UCLA Anderson/National University of Singapore 

This Executive MBA is particularly suited to frequent jet-setters. Over 15 months, candidates visit six cities in four countries.

The first-year session destinations are Singapore, LA, and Shanghai/Shenzhen, and the second-year locations are Bangalore/New Dehli, LA, and Singapore.

There are 18 available modules, including topics on macroeconomics, entrepreneurship, and venture initiation. There is also the Management Practicum, a consulting project whereby students can put into practice the problem-solving skills they have developed through the course. Past students have worked with companies like Disney and Nissan. 

7. BI Norwegian Business School/Fudan University School of Management

The majority of this EMBA is delivered in Shanghai, with the final module studied in Oslo.

Of the 15 modules, 11 are mandatory. However, the four optional electives provide the opportunity to study at Haas School of Business in Berkeley, IE Business School in Madrid, and Nanyang Technical University in Singapore. Modules include EU & Latin American Business Trends, Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley and Beyond, and Asian Business Trends.

8. Kellogg School of Management/Schulich School of Business

The Kellogg/Schulich joint EMBA lasts 18 months with classes running every third weekend.

Toronto is the primary base for core courses, with live-in weeks both there and at Kellogg campuses throughout the degree.

Global electives can also be studied at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Guanghua School of Management in China, the Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration at Tel Aviv University in Israel, and the WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management at Vallendar, in Germany. 

9. Georgetown University, ESADE Business School and INCAE Business School (Washington DC, Barcelona & Madrid)

Georgetown University McDonough School of Business/ESADE/INCAE Business School

Six 12-day modules held in nine cities, what more can you ask for?

This joint EMBA program will take you to Washington, Barcelona, Madrid, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Doha, Bangalore, Shanghai, Beijing, and New York.

In each module, students gain varied knowledge of the different locations through a series of projects, networking events, and coursework, all of which help to develop a comprehensive and global business acumen.

10. IE Brown Executive MBA

Triple certified by AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS, this EMBA is delivered over 15 months, with five campus learning sessions.

A two-week session is held at IE Business School in Madrid, with two one-and-a-half week sessions at Brown University in Rhode Island, and a week-long ‘immersion experience’ in Cape Town.

The latter is designed to broaden the students’ perspective and allows participants to apply what they have learnt from the EMBA through sessions and online tuition in a real-time business setting.

You also have on offer financial aid in the form of scholarships, and occasionally fellowships, to broaden access to the IE Brown EMBA cohort.