FT Top 15 2013 Global EMBA Programs (last year’s rank in parentheses)
1. Kellogg/Hong Kong UST Business School (1)
2. Tsinghua University/INSEAD (4)
3. Columbia/London Business School (2)
4. Trium HEC Paris/LSE/NYU Stern (3)
5. UCLA Anderson/National University of Singapore (5)
6. Washington University Olin (9)
7. Wharton (8)
8. Duke Fuqua (16)
9. Chicago Booth (10)
10. CEIBS (7)
11. INSEAD (6)
12. IESE (14)
13. Nanyang Business School (N/A)
13. CUHK Business School (17)
15. Georgetown University/ESADE Business School (19)
Byrne also mentions that the reason why the top five programs on the list are joint programs is due to the FT’s ranking methodology, which, he explains, “heavily weights and then ‘adjusts; the salaries of survey alumni in ways that distort compensation. The adjustment to ‘purchasing power parity’ tends to favor programs that enroll a larger percentage of sponsored students from emerging economies.”
Byrne also notes that five out of the seven schools that took double digit falls were U.S. EMBA programs. Some details:
• The biggest loser this year was U. of Texas-Dallas EMBA which dropped 21 spots from 66th last year to 87th this year.
• Minnesota Carlson EMBA fell 17 spots from 80th in 2012 to 97th this year.
• Rochester Simon fell 16 places from 80th to 96th.
• Boston University SOM dropped 15 spots from 66th last year to 81st this year.
Of the schools that gained in double digits, only one was from the U.S. – Georgia State’s EMBA, which jumped 12 spots from 63rd to 51st.
What accounts for these large leaps and falls this year? Byrne quotes the FT which says that there were “minor changes to the calculation of international diversity measures for 2013. In addition to the percentage of schools’ students and faculty that are international – the figures published – the composition of these groups by individual citizenship informs a diversity-measuring score that feeds into the calculation.”