Our 2013 Ranking Of The Best EMBA Programs

The World’s Best Executive MBA Programs of 2013



2013 Rank & SchoolIndex2012 Rank2011 RankBWUSFTWSJ
  1. Pennsylvania (Wharton)100.0119181
  2. Chicago (Booth)97.422121016
  3. Northwestern (Kellogg)96.13333235
  4. Columbia92.54424329
  5. New York (Stern)90.455136307
  6. UCLA (Anderson)88.867573911
  7. Michigan (Ross)88.676683415
  8. Cornell (Johnson)82.6882119358
  9. Texas-Austin (McCombs)76.99923175412
10. Southern Cal (Marshall)72.71110811NR4
11. UNC (Kenan-Flagler)70.91312119NR10
12. Duke (Fuqua)70.5101110416NR
13. Washington (Olin)69.415142014NR2
14. IE Business School68.214NR4NR1224
15. Emory (Goizueta)57.8171551549NR
16. Ohio State (Fisher)55.7212114NR5617
17. Maryland (Smith)55.1182517NR5122
18. SMU (Cox)52.1192071579NR
19. Thunderbird51.8121816NR833
20. UC-Irvine (Merage)50.6NRNR402544NR
21. Vanderbilt (Owen)48.3203432NR5925
22. Rice (Jones)47.522192TNR62NR
23. INSEAD46.223NR18NR6NR
24. IESE Business School45.524NR12NR14NR
25. Illinois-Urbana Champaign44.333392TNR6314
26. Notre Dame (Mendoza)43.9252227NRNR6
26. UC-Berkeley (Haas)43.9NRNRNR10NR23

Notes: The P&Q ranking equally weights the latest rankings by the Financial Times (2012), U.S. News & World Report (2013), BusinessWeek (2011), and The Wall Street Journal (2010). Three of these four rankings are global, mixing U.S. and non-U.S. schools. Only the U.S. News’ ranking is based solely on U.S. programs. Only EMBA programs that won recognition from at least two of the four ranking systems are included in our ranking. That eliminates programs that are more likely to get on a single list as a result of an anomaly or of flawed methodology. NR — Not rated. ST — Second tier rank.

Methodology: The guidelines different organizations use to compile their rankings can affect which schools and programs get on their lists. The Financial Times, for example, will not include any program that has fewer than five graduating classes. That seems like a smart rule because a program that has been in existence for less than five years shouldn’t be ranked as one of the best in the world.

BusinessWeek, meanwhile, excludes all partnership programs on the basis that comparing a one-school program with another that has multiple partners is like comparing apples and oranges. While that keeps some very good programs, such as NYU/London School of Economics/HEC Paris’ TRIUM program off their list, the biggest concern over such partnerships is quality control.

Such guidelines obviously put both newer and partnership programs at a disadvantage not only in those rankings, but in this composite ranking as well.

(See the following page for our table of the top EMBA Programs of 2013 Ranked From 28 to 52)

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