5 Top Ranked Executive MBA Programs

July 28, 2012 by Amanda Owens

The school rankings listed below are based on the Bloomberg Businessweek list of Top 50 B-Schools that offer an Executive MBA program.

Please note all quoted text below is taken directly from the school’s website. Click on the quote for more information. We encourage you to do your own research.


Ranked #39

University of Maryland - College Park

University of Maryland

Robert H. Smith School of Business
College Park, MD 20742

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Immersive and experientially driven, the online Executive MBA program from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business offers a transformative learning experience dedicated to developing highly skilled business leaders and entrepreneurs. We welcome ambitious, highly motivated professionals who seek a rigorous academic program taught by our top-ranked faculty. Programs Offered:

  • MBA – Accounting
  • MBA – Finance
  • MBA – General
  • MBA – Information Systems & Business Analytics
  • MBA – Marketing

Ranked #3

Northwestern University

Northwestern University

 Northwestern University

Executive MBA Program | Kellogg

School of Management
James L. Allen Center
2169 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-2800

Kellog’s motto of “Learn it today. Apply it tomorrow.” speaks to the true essence of what an Executive MBA program is all about. Being that the EMBA program is geared towards individuals who are employed full-time this program allows students to immediately apply the concepts and skills learned in the classroom to their every day life in the boardroom.

“The Executive MBA Program does not require GMAT scores for most program applicants. Occasionally, applicants may be asked to take the GMAT if the initial review of their transcripts reveals specific areas of concern or question. The admissions committee will make this request only in special circumstances.”

Ranked #1

Executive MBA - Chicago Booth

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

5807 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL
(773) 702-7743



University of Chicago Booth’s number 1 ranking Executive MBA program offers concentrations in Finance, Strategy, Entrepreneurship or Marketing. The 21 month degree has a total of 17 classes and requires students to take 2 classes per quarter. Campus locations include, Chicago, London and Singapore. If you have 12 or more years of management experience you may qualify for a GMAT waiver.

“Very senior level managers, usually with twelve or more years of management experience may be granted an exemption from the GMAT requirement. Examples might include CEOs, Managing Directors, CFOs, and Division Heads etc. A waiver may also be considered for a candidate whose work experience and training indicate a high level of quantitative and analytical skill and an ability to apply those skills to a rigorous and analytical MBA Program. Examples might include: Treasurer or Chief Accounting Officer, or a CFA or other advance degree or diploma in a quantitative field. The criteria above are not meant to be exhaustive and candidates who believe they are able to provide evidence of similar quality not listed are encouraged to speak to an admissions representative.”

Ranked #6


University of Michigan

701 Tappan Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234

Although the website states that the GMAT is not required, it also states that students whose background does not demonstrate quantitative skills may be asked to take a skills assessment test. Other admission requirements include:

  • Resume
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Three Required Essays
  • All Official Educational Transcripts
  • Statement of Corporate Support from your employer

Applicants are also required to be interviewed by the office of admissions. Candidates can request an interview before a completed application is submitted.

“Candidates are evaluated on the basis of their professional and academic achievements as well as their potential to contribute to the Michigan Ross EMBA Program. The GMAT is not required.”

Ranked #10

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Duke | The Fuqua School of Business 

100 Fuqua Drive
Box 90120, Durham, NC 27708-0120

The Fuqua School of Business offers two types of Executive MBA’s. One is a Global Executive MBA and the other is a Weekend Executive MBA. Although the Weekend EMBA does require the GMAT, the Global EMBA does not. The Global EMBA does however require some extensive traveling. During the 15 month program each student is required to complete 3 of the 5 terms overseas in places like London, Dubia and Bangkok. It is very important for candidates of the Global EMBA to have sponsorship from their employers as they will be required to be off of work and focused fully on their studies during their 2 week residencies. Between each residency students are able to take advantage of a more flexible distance learning schedule.

“We do not require the GMAT for this program. We evaluate quantitative abilities by evaluating undergraduate coursework and transcripts, as well as a candidate’s quantitative job responsibilities. When we have questions about quantitative readiness, we make arrangements for prospective students to participate in a math discussion and assessment with a Fuqua professor.”


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