The Economist Publishes 2020 Executive MBA Ranking

UC Berkeley leads the list of the top worldwide EMBA programs

News magazine The Economist has published the 2020 edition of its Executive MBA Ranking. 

The ranking, which rates EMBA programs worldwide, has UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business as the top-ranked program in the world. The Berkeley MBA for Executives was ranked fourth the last time the ranking was published (in 2018).

The Berkeley MBA for Executives is followed by Northwestern University's Kellogg Executive MBA Program, which is up from ninth place in 2018.

Next up are two joint offerings: the IE Brown Executive MBA program at number three and the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA program at number four. Yale's MBA for Executives—which was top ranked in 2018— this year rounds out the top five. The IE Brown program—a joint operation between Brown University and Spain's IE Business School, is the highest new entrant. 

Like with the Executive MBA Ranking from the Financial Times, many of the EMBAs in this ranking are run jointly between two business schools. Beyond the Kellogg-WHU and IE Brown programs, the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA is ranked ninth and the UCLA-NUS Executive MBA is ranked 10th. The ESSEC / Mannheim Executive MBA program is ranked 12th. 

See the top 10 EMBA programs, as ranked by The Economist, below. 

The programs are ranked based on two primary factors: personal development/educational experience, and career development. These factors were evaluated through two surveys: one for business school representatives and the other for EMBA alumni. 

This is the fourth time that The Economist has published its Executive MBA Ranking. The first time was in 2013, then in 2015 and 2018.

The Economist's Executive MBA Ranking 2020 - top schools

Rank (2020) School Program Country Change from 2018
1 Berkeley - Haas Berkeley MBA for Executives USA +3
2 Northwestern - Kellogg Kellogg Executive MBA Program USA +8
3 IE / Brown IE Brown Executive MBA Spain / USA not ranked in 2018
4 Northwestern / WHU Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Germany / USA -1
5 Yale SOM Yale MBA for Executives USA -4
6 Warwick Warwick Executive MBA UK +4
7 IESE Global EMBA Spain +6
8 IMD IMD Executive MBA Switzerland -3
9 Kellogg / Schulich Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA USA / Canada -1
10 UCLA / NUS UCLA-NUS Executive MBA USA / Singapore -8

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