EMBAs are a particularly prestigious element of the business education landscape. While their exact definition can be contentious (some courses which are EMBAs may be called ‘Executive Masters’, for example), what effective EMBAs have in common is that their students should have considerably more work experience than the average among traditional MBA programs. These degrees are aimed for professionals further along in their career, with most EMBAs having both higher fees than their non-Executive alternatives and classes with more than 10 years’ average work experience. QS published the first edition of its Global EMBA Rankings in 2017.
Aside from the ‘sense test’ of ensuring that the programme is recruiting students with significantly more work experience than average, EMBAs must meet the following criteria to be considered for the rankings;
- The course must have had at least one graduating class.
- The school providing the course must have accreditation from at least one of the following sources – AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS, or EPAS.
Years of Work Experience 5%
Number of Nationalities 5%
The QS Global EMBA Rankings are made up of 10 indicators:
Note: Aside from the Employer Index and Academic Index, which are based on data obtained from QS’ Global Employer and Global Academic surveys, all indicators are based on data provided by business schools or (if no data is provided) from publicly available sources.
All indicator index scores are added together to produced Overall scores, which are ranked and then split into the following categories:
Global Joint EMBAs
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