Arizona State Carey School of Business

Arizona State University

25. Arizona State University

W.P. Carey School of Business

P.O. Box 874906

Tempe, AZ 85287




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The W. P. Carey Executive MBA offers a comprehensive general management curriculum for working professionals and executives who have 10 to 15 years experience managing people, projects, and budgets. Classes begin in the fall and meet twice monthly on Fridays and Saturdays. W.P. Carey’s core business courses are augmented by a series of lectures on thought leadership along with off-site learning programs, including the school’s Business and Public Policy course in Washington, D.C.

The Executive MBA offers a comprehensive curriculum spread over two academic years. The program operates on three 10-week trimesters during the academic year. Some courses in the second year of the curriculum meet for half of the trimester. Classes meet every other Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5p.m. at the Tempe, Arizona campus.

This is a fairly local program, drawing 85% of its students from within 45 miles of the campus.

Application Deadline: June 1 is final deadline

Latest Up-to-Date Executive MBA Rankings:

2012 Poets&Quants: 25

2011 BusinessWeek: NR

2011 U.S. News & World Report: NR

2010 The Wall Street Journal: 13

2011 Financial Times: 20

Rankings Analysis: The Carey School’s Executive MBA program slipped one spot in the PoetsandQuants’ 2012 analysis of the world’s best programs despite an eight place-rise in The Financial Times’ ranking. The FT puts Carey in 20th place worldwide, up from 28th in 2011. But because this new P&Q list is now global, as opposed to only North American, Carey lost some ground and is now tied for 25th place with the EMBA program at Notre Dame’s Mendoza School.

BusinessWeek, which ranks programs on the basis of graduate satisfaction surveys and a reputation poll of EMBA directors, still hasn’t put Carey on its radar screen. That’s somewhat surprising given the school’s very positive showing in both The Wall Street Journal’s 2010 ranking where it placed 13th as well as the enhanced standing the school is getting from The Financial Times.

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.