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Top Executive MBA Programs: List of Best Schools

Find out which schools offering Executive MBA programs are considered some of the best. See why these schools stand out, and learn more about degree and program options.

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In many cases business executive are required to have a MBA or an EMBA before taking executive administrative responsibilities. Here we discuss a few of the top schools that offer EMBA programs based on what the programs offer and how they compare to other top schools.

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An Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) allows students to graduate in two years or less while working full-time. EMBA students tend to have more work experience than MBA students, usually 10 years or more. The three schools discussed below earned top spots on U.S. News and World Report's ranking of schools offering EMBA programs.

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA

School Highlight: The Wharton School boasts the largest business school network of any school, worldwide.

The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School ranks #1 on the U.S. News and World Report's 2016 list of best graduate business schools with an Executive MBA. The University of Pennsylvania offers the EMBA program in Philadelphia and San Francisco, California. Wharton's program emphasizes using logic and data to solve business problems.

Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, IL

School Highlight: The school is built on a cross-disciplinary structure in order to create a more rich curricular experience.

The school ranked third on U.S. News and World Report's 2016 list of top graduate business schools that offer an Executive MBA is Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. The Kellogg EMBA provides two schedules, in Evaston, IL, and Miami, FL, in which students can attend classes twice a month. Classes start in either January or September. In addition to the courses, a myriad of resources are available to students, such as career coaching, career management workshops, an alumni directory and subscription to business databases.

Columbia University in New York, NY

School Highlight: Twenty-two percent of the university's EMBA students are non-U.S. citizens.

The business school at Columbia University ranked fourth on the U.S. News and World Report's 2016 list of top graduate business schools that offer an Executive MBA. To provide students with the most flexibility, the EMBA program offers three unique schedules along with a full time schedule. Courses are taught by the schools 150 full-time faculty members and over 150 adjunct faculty.

Top Executive MBA Programs

Here are few more schools that offer outstanding Executive MBA programs.

  • New York University Stern School of Business, New York, NY, has a 22-month program with classes every other Friday and Saturday.
  • Stanford University, Stanford, CA, is tied for fifth place among all National Universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2017.
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Ross School of Business has a strong focus on leadership, and teaches the Michigan Model of Leadership, which has been globally recognized.
  • University of Texas - Austin McCombs School of Business offers individualized leadership training through their Texas MBA+ Leadership program, where students gain valuable hands on experience in the field.

For experienced administrators who have busy work schedules but also want the education to advance into higher administrative positions, EMBA programs offer a schedule friendly way to earn a MBA. Here we have explored a few of the schools that stand out from the rest, either because of where they stand in national rankings or the type of EMBA programs the offer.

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