6. University of California – Los Angeles
Anderson School of Management
110 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Apply Online: http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/apply
The learning model of UCLA Anderson’s Executive MBA program emphasizes mastery of the fundamentals of business, proficiency in analytical problem-solving skills, plus the development of an explicit point of view on strategic leadership and on what it means to lead. The learning model is centered on a global perspective, an integrated approach to management, teamwork, and technology in the curriculum and classroom.
Classes meet two weekends per month for two years. During the first residential, students are assigned to groups based upon their functional area. During the second year, students participate in a six-month field study program called the Strategic Management Research (SMR) program. SMR provides students with a real-world opportunity to apply the tools they’ve learned. Students perform primary and secondary research and work closely with key members of the organization to develop a road map for their project company or organization.
Anderson’s EMBA program also offers five certification programs in the areas of entrepreneurship, international management, finance, marketing, and sustainability.
Application Deadline: June 1
Latest Up-to-Date Executive MBA Rankings:
2012 Poets&Quants: 6
Rankings Analysis: UCLA’s Anderson School had a sensational rankings year in 2001, enough so to move up one spot in PoetsandQuants’ 2012 ranking of the world’s best EMBA programs. Anderson moved into sixth place, from seventh in 2011 in our composite ranking. In both the BusinessWeek and U.S. News’ lists, Anderson’s EMBA program gained three places. BW ranked the school fifth, up from eighth in 2009, while U.S. News put Anderson in its sixth spot, up from ninth in 2010. The school also did slightly better in The Financial Times’ latest survey, rising to 37th in 2011 from 38th a year earlier.
BusinessWeek, which ranks EMBA programs on the basis of graduate satisfaction surveys and a reputation poll among EMBA directors, found graduates very happy with their experience at UCLA. As one member of the Class of 2011 told BusinessWeek: “Every lecture was a learning experience for me. The support staff was tireless and extremely helpful and the faculty was the best, collectively, that I’d seen (and I have two prior graduate degrees from top 10 schools). I thoroughly enjoyed the interaction, both in the classroom and outside of it, with my classmates. The debate amongst the faculty and ourselves was lively and instructive.”