The Financial Times has released its ranking of the 100 best Executive MBA programs in the world, with HEC Paris’s EMBA claiming the top spot in only its second year in the table. The program, which takes executives to France, Qatar, and China, entered the rankings for the first time last year, becoming the list’s highest new entry at number six in the table.
HEC's jump to number one in the 2019 listing sees Kellogg School of Management and HKUST Business School’s joint EMBA program fall from the top spot it’s held for two consecutive years. The program now sits at number two, pushing the TRIUM EMBA—the joint effort of HEC Paris, London School of Economics, and NYU Stern—down into third place.
HEC’s success in securing pole position was largely driven by its top score for career progression, which the FT calculates according to the changes in the level of seniority and the size of the company that alumni work in after versus before their MBA.
The school earned first place in this category, while also earning fifth place—up from 39th—in the average pre-EMBA experience of its cohort, resulting in its impressive upwards shift.
Outside of the top two, programs with components in Asia continue to dominate the top of the rankings. Seven of the top 10 programs include components that are taught in Asia, and CEIBS has held onto its fifth-place position, making it the highest-ranking solo program in Asia for the second year in a row.
Meanwhile, London Business School has broken the top 10 in not just one but two places: with its joint EMBA with Columbia Business School (sixth place) and its solo EMBA (eighth place).
The programs were ranked joint 14th in last year’s ranking, and their movement upward is likely the result of the impressive salary growth they offer to their students—86% and 78% respectively in 2019, up from 72% and 68% last year.
Salary growth is a huge factor in the FT's methodology for ranking programs; graduates' current salaries and their average salary increase are two of the highest-weighted components at 20% of the ranking weight each.
It is largely for that reason that Yale School of Management has secured the title of the year’s highest new entrant at number 17. The average Yale EMBA alum more than doubles their salary three years after graduating—and if HEC Paris’s rise is anything to go by, we could see Yale crack the top 10 very soon.
See the top 10 EMBA programs as ranked by the Financial Times below.