Top Business Schools for Executive MBAs

Have at least a decade of work experience and want something more? Consider an executive MBA program, which caters to people already in the managerial ranks. Such programs make it easier to hold a job while going to school by scheduling classes typically every other weekend over two years. You want to check whether your company reimburses tuition for professional advancement. It may be the ticket to a promotion. Here’s The Wall Street Journal’s latest top 10 executive MBA rankings:

1. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)

2. Washington University in St. Louis (Olin)

3. Thunderbird School of Global Management

4. University of Southern California (Marshall)

5. Northwestern University (Kellogg)

6. University of Notre Dame (Mendoza)

7. New York University (Stern)

8. Cornell University (Johnson)

9. Columbia University (NY Program)

10.  University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)

Thunderbird rated highest overall for imparting skills in strategic thinking, general leadership, and the ability to work across multiple functional areas. Wharton and Olin got high marks for offering career assistance. Wharton is also notable for allowing students to work one-on-one with faculty to design independent-study theses that are often directly applicable to their jobs. Kellogg far outstripped other programs by corporations voting in the survey, being credited for grooming students who perform well under pressure. Kellogg students are also encouraged to work on class projects directly related to their companies. DW

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