Our New Ranking of the Best Executive MBA Programs in North America


P&Q Rank & SchoolIndexFTBWWSJNews
1. Pennsylvania (Wharton) Philadelphia, PA & San Francisco, CA 100.08311
2. Chicago (Booth) Chicago, IL, London & Singapore96.752163
3. Northwestern (Kellogg) Evanston, IL 96.220152
4. Columbia Business School New York, NY94.815495
5. New York (Stern) New York, NY92.1171476
6. Michigan (Ross) Ann Arbor, MI87.7317158
7. UCLA (Anderson) Los Angeles, CA86.4388119
8. Cornell (Johnson) Ithaca, NY80.124ST820
9. Texas (McCombs) Austin, TX73.152ST1214
10. USC (Marshall) Los Angeles, CA72.1NR5412
11. Duke (Fuqua)  Durham, NC71.6910NR4
12. UNC (Kenan-Flagler) Chapel Hill, NC69.6NR111010
13. Berkeley/Columbia Berkeley, CA & New York, NY66.513NR237
14. Washington (Olin) St. Louis, MO62.518ST2NR
15. Emory (Goizueta) Atlanta, GA60.94112NR11
16. Boston University Boston, MA56.3402320NR
17. Georgetown (McDonough) Washington, D.C.55.44618NR23
18. Thunderbird Glendale, AZ52.855ST3NR
19. Rice University (Jones) Houston, TX52.341ST19NR
20. Southern Methodist (Cox) Dallas, TX51.0789NR14
21. Ohio State (Fisher) Columbus, OH50.4741517NR
22. Notre Dame (Mendoza) Notre Dame, IN45.0NR206NR
23. Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ43.773ST21NR
24. Arizona State (Carey) Tempe, AZ41.228NR13NR
25. Maryland (Smith) College Park, MD36.836NR22NR
26. California-Irvine (Merage)  Irvine, CA36.2NRSTNR23
27. Western Ontario  London, Ontario, Canada35.729STNRNR
27. Fordham  New York, NY35.7NRSTNR25
29. Toronto (Rotman)  Toronto, Canada34.529STNRNR
30. Cornell/Queen’s  Ithaca, NY & Kingston, Canada32.9NRNR18NR
31. Pittsburgh (Katz)  Pittsburgh, PA30.644STNRNR
32. Texas, Dallas  Dallas, TX29.56422NRNR
33. Queen’s School of Business  Kingston, Canada27.56925NRNR
34. Vanderbilt (Owen)  Nashville, TN26.972NR25NR
35. Texas A&M (Mays)  College Station, TX26.062STNRNR
36. Minnesota (Carlson)  Minneapolis, MN24.867STNRNR
37. Tulane (Freeman)  New Orleans, LA22.575STNRNR
37. Loyola University  Chicago, IL22.589NRNR25
39. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign  Champaign, IL22.3NRNR14NR
40. Georgia State (Robinson)  Atlanta, GA21.978STNRNR
41. Case Western (Weatherhead)  Cleveland, OH20.5NR21NRNR
42. Washington (Foster)  Seattle, WA20.384STNRNR
43. Houston (Bauer)  Houston, TX19.886STNRNR
43. Pepperdine (Graziadio)  Malibu, CA19.886STNRNR
45. Tennessee  Knoxville, TN16.898STNRNR
46. Wisconsin  Madison, WI16.1NRSTNRNR
46. Purdue (Krannert)  West Lafayette, IN16.1NRSTNRNR
46. Northeastern  Boston, MA16.1NRSTNRNR
46. Penn State (Smeal)  University Park, PA16.1NRSTNRNR
50. Temple (Fox)  Philadelphia, PA14.843NRNRNR

Notes: The P&Q ranking equally weights the latest rankings by BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, and U.S. News & World Report. 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 Berkeley/Columbia’s EMBA and NYU/London School of Economics/HEC Paris’ TRIUM program,  off the BW 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.