2. Wharton School

Latest Up-to-Date Executive MBA Rankings:

2013 Poets&Quants: 2

2013 The Economist: NR

2014 U.S. News & World Report: 1

2013 BusinessWeek: 4

2013 Financial Times: 7

Rankings Analysis: For the first time in four years, Wharton lost its number one rank in our analysis of the world’s best Executive MBA programs in 2014. The primary culprit: The school’s failure to be ranked in The Economist’s debut EMBA list published in 2013. The slip doesn’t indicate a decline in quality or performance. It’s largely due to the fact that Wharton declined to participate with The Economist.  Still, the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business wisely chose to be evaluated by The Economist and came out ahead as a result.

Even so, Wharton improved its performance in Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s ranking, rising to fourth from ninth in 2013. As one graduate told BW: “Small class (only 100 people) made it highly engaging and you knew all of your classmates. We take the same courses and have many of the same professors as the full time students. Same degree, no distinction between EMBA and MBA, which is the most important thing to me. My resume just says Wharton MBA.”

Application Fee: $180

Tuition & Fees: $181,500 for Philadelphia or San Francisco

Average Age: 34

Average Years of Work Experience: 10

GMAT Required: Yes

Median GMAT: 710

GMAT Range (mid-80%): 640-750

Acceptance Rate: 44%

Enrollment: 407

International: 34%

Female: 25%

African-American: 8%

Sponsored by Employer: 36%

Median Salary & Bonus of Admits: $150,000

Classes Meet: Alternating Fridays and Saturdays

Length of Program: Two years

Students From These Sectors:

Financial Services: 21%

Technology: 18%

Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology/Health Care: 14%

Consulting: 9%

Government: 6%

Consumer Products: 3%

Non-Profit: 3%

Petroleum/Energy: 3%

Manufacturing: 2%

Media/Entertainment: 2%

Real Estate: 2%

Other: 17%

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.