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MBA Rankings: The 10 Best EMBA Programs In The World—Economist 2018

Yale School of Management tops The Economist’s list of top-ranked EMBAs

By  Marco De Novellis

Tue Jul 3 2018

Yale School of Management has just been ranked the best Executive MBA program in the world in 2018 by The Economist, up from 10th position in 2015.

In The Economist’s latest EMBA ranking—the third edition of its kind—programs are ranked on two broad measures: personal development and educational experience and career development. These are based on factors including career progression, salary increase, and the strength of the EMBA network.

Yale SOM in top spot—which also ranked first out of 65 EMBA programs for salaries, quality of faculty, and rating of culture and classmates—is followed by the joint-EMBA program offered by UCLA Anderson and the National University of Singapore (NUS) in second, and Kellogg School of Management and Germany’s WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management joint-EMBA in third.

The ranking emphasizes the internationalization of EMBAs, with three of the top-10 programs run jointly by schools in different countries. Kellogg’s combined effort with York University’s Schulich School of Business in Canada comes eighth. Kellogg is a dominant presence in the top-10—the school’s standalone EMBA follows in ninth.

The two new entrants to the top-10 are the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas Business School in fourth, and Switzerland’s IMD Business School in fifth.

Seven of the top-10-ranked EMBA programs involve business schools from the United States. The two UK schools represented in the top-10 are the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School in seventh and Warwick Business School in tenth.

Just outside the top-10, the joint-EMBA offered by Barcelona’s ESADE Business School and Georgetown University places 11th. IE Business School in Madrid (19th) and France’s EDHEC Business School (20th) make the top-20.

See how The Economist’s top-10 best EMBA programs compare below, where we also highlight the programs’ rankings for student experience and career development.