Next up in our recent explosion of b-school rankings posts is the U.S. News’ 2013 Executive MBA rankings. As always, please see our list of resources at the bottom for more information on these rankings and on rankings in general.
This year’s U.S. News Executive MBA rankings offer an excellent reason to view rankings with skepticism. The reason is not so much because I disagree or agree with the information provided above, but because of the program ranked #13: Stanford University.
Stanford doesn’t have an Executive MBA program.
The closest it has is the Stanford Sloan Fellows program, which is aimed at older, middle managers, but it is not an EMBA program. EMBA programs typically are part-time programs where participants continue to work full-time. Stanford Sloan Fellows study in a full-time, one-year Masters in Management program. They do not even earn an MBA.
To the extent you use these rankings (or other rankings), do so with caution, skepticism, and a large dose of salt. Rank programs based on what’s important to you.