7. University of Michigan
Stephen M. Ross School of Business
724 East University Room W3700
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
The Ross EMBA borrows one of the distinctive innovations from the school’s full-time MBA program: a mandatory consulting project with a corporate sponsor. Dubbed the Executive Multidisciplinary Action Projects (ExecMAP), the projects allow student teams to help resolve real business challenges, often in international or entrepreneurial settings. It’s a unique feature of this EMBA which doesn’t exist in most other programs.
And Ross’ EMBA program will soon be available on the West Coast as well beginning in the fall of 2012.
By and large, the Ross EMBA emphasizes development of personal leadership styles, goals, and competencies. Students hone key skills required of top executives: working with boards, the media, and investors, as well as managing teams and relationships.
The curriculum at Ross approaches management education from a strategic level. Coursework is customized for senior-level students seeking the multidisciplinary knowledge and skills to lead across functions and disciplines. The centerpiece of the school’s action-based curriculum requires students to spend four months between year one and two of the program format consulting with an organization. Students select from a slate of scenarios that cover everything from supply chain and market entry issues to entrepreneurial startups.
Classes meet on campus once per month for 20 months. On-campus classes run Friday morning through Saturday afternoon. There are also two 10-day residencies at the onset of each academic year.
Application Deadline: July 1
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Rankings Analysis: Michigan’s Ross School EMBA program slipped one place in PoetsandQuants’ 2012 ranking, largely because of some significant gains by UCLA’s Anderson School. The Ross program is now ranked seventh in the world, down from sixth in 2011. Yet, the school did fairly well overall.
Its BusinessWeek ranking, which is based on graduate satisfaction and a reputation poll among EMBA directors, improved by one notch to sixth from seventh in 2009. The school maintained its U.S. News rank of eighth in 2011, and slipped just one place in The Financial Times’ survey, dropping to 32nd place from 31st in 2010.
Raved one Class of 2011 graduate to BusinessWeek: “I cannot think of a more supportive team and structure (logistics, room, amazing new building and very comfortable executive residency). The EMBA team was extremely devoted to all participants and fostering teamwork, and a sense of community…even (and especially) after hours! I liked the fact that all classmates had to spend the night at the executive residency and hence were always available for after class networking, dinners, etc.”