Businessweek has published its biannual rankings of EMBA programs. The Top Five are:
- Kenan-Flagler (UNC)
If you are interested in EMBA admissions or trying to research EMBA programs, you will find the articles associated with this ranking valuable. BW also provides some indication of which schools are considered strongest in Strategy, Finance, Marketing, Ethics, and Global Business. If you are planning to use the either category or overall rankings, please make sure you understand what they measure by reviewing the ranking methodology.
More interesting to me than the actual rankings or even BW’s reports on individual schools was BW’s report on trends in EMBA education, some of which I have written about previously. A few highlights:
- Full company sponsorship, which 52% of EMBA students received in 200,1 is down to 34% in 2005.
- Conversely the percentage of EMBA students entirely paying their own way grew from 16% to 27% between 2001 and 2005.
- No surprisingly, job-hopping among EMBA ‘s is increasing and schools are increasingly providing career-placement services to EMBA candidates.
- EMBA students are increasingly commuters, travelling more than 150 miles to attend their EMBA programs.
- Concern about the value of the EMBA and its "MBA-lite" reputation continues unabated.