Our 2014 Ranking Of The Best EMBA Programs

2014 Rank & SchoolIndex2013 Rank2012 RankBWU.S.FTEconomist
26. National Univ. of Singapore70.4NRNRNRNR1743
27. Georgetown (McDonough)66.7333118NR3127
28. Arizona State (Carey)65.2282540NR2842
29. Rice64.62222NRNR3933
31. Toronto (Rotman)62.5NRNR41NR3650
32. Cranfield61.9NRNRNRNR5920
33. Strathclyde58.3NRNRNRNR5828
34. UC-Irvine57.020NR36NR57NR
36. Vanderbilt (Owen)56.9212035NR6744
37. Boston University56.5293630NR8136
38. Rutgers University52.9312826NR72NR
39. Fordham48.4414242NR66NR
39. Miami48.4NRNRNRNR7238
41. Pittsburg (Katz)47.54237NRNR5753
42. University of Washington46.6NRNR37NR75NR
43. Rochester (Simon)45.7475339NR9648
43. University of Georgia (Terry)45.74338NRNR9322
43. Temple University (Fox)45.74440NRNR7539
46. Minnesota (Carlson)44.839NR24NR97NR
47. TiasNimbas44.8NRNRNRNR9361
48. Texas-Dallas40.8NRNR38NR87NR
49. University College Dublin35.0NRNRNRNR8157

Source: Poets&QuantsforExecs composite ranking for 2014

Notes: The P&Q ranking equally weights the latest rankings by the Financial Times (2013), U.S. News & World Report (2014), BusinessWeek (2013), and The Economist (2013). 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, though in a minority of cases some schools can choose not to participate in a ranking. NR — Not rated.

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. For that reason, we have published a separate ranking for joint EMBA programs.