The Financial Times Releases Executive MBA Rankings for 2017

EMBA-Global Asia, delivered by Columbia, LBS, and HKU, debuts at spot number two

The Financial Times has released its Executive MBA Ranking for 2017.

EMBA programs offered jointly by two or more schools dominate the top spots in the ranking. The EMBA from Kellogg and HKUST leads the ranking again this year, as it did last year. This EMBA's alumni salaries three years after gradation were just over $478,000 USD - by far the highest salaries of all EMBA programs in the ranking.

Notable is that the EMBA-Global Asia program, offered by Columbia, LBS, and HKU, debuted at position number two in the ranking, the highest debut of any EMBA program, ever.

The EMBA-Global Asia program has displaced the joint EMBA from Tsinghua and Insead, which has dropped to number three.

In fourth place is the EMBA-Global program, the sister program of the EMBA-Global Asia, offered by Columbia and LBS.

Closing out the top-five is the Trium EMBA program, which is offered through a partnership between HEC Paris, LSE, and NYU - Stern. 

Another program that has placed strongly in its initial debut on the ranking is the EMBA program offered by MIT - Sloan, which took 11th place. See the list of the top 20 EMBA programs below.

The FT's EMBA 2017 ranking methodology

This is the 17th year that the Financial Times has published its Executive MBA program ranking. The ranking, as always, is based on alumni and business school data from the class of 2014. 

To be considered for the ranking, an EMBA program must be cohort-based and have at least 30 graduates each year. The business schools offering the EMBA programs must also be accredited by either AACSB or EQUIS.

Although alumni salary and salary growth are strong factors in the EMBA ranking, the publication also takes into account other data. For example, the ranking considers the research rank of a school's faculty when determining its EMBA program's rank. Other factors considered include the number of international students, International faculty, career progress and more.

FT EMBA ranking 2017 - top 20 programs

2017 Rank School(s) Program Change from 2016
1 Tsinghua/INSEAD Tsinghua-Insead EMBA no change
2 Columba / HKU / LBS EMBA-Global Asia not ranked in 2016
3 Tsinghhua / Insead Tsinghua-Insead Dual Degree EMBA -1
4 Columbia / LBS EMBA-Global Americas and Europe +4
5 HEC Paris / LSE / NYU

Trium Global EMBA

-2
6 Shanghai Jiao Tong University: Antai EMBA +1
7 WUSTL - Olin Washington - Fudan EMBA -2
8 Insead Insead Global EMBA -4
9 Oxford - Saïd Oxford EMBA no change
10 ESCP Europe ESCP Europe EMBA +1
11 MIT - Sloan MIT EMBA not ranked in 2016
12 IESE Global EMBA -1
13 IE Business School Global EMBA -3
14 Ceibs Ceibs Global EMBA -1
15 (tie) Chicago - Booth EMBA -1
15 (tie) Wharton Wharton EMBA for Executives +1
15 (tie) Cambridge - Judge Cambridge EMBA no change
18 (tie) LBS EMBA +1
18 (tie) NUS NUS EMBA -1
20 KUBS EMBA +4

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