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EMBA Program: How to Pick the Best?

EMBAFor working professionals looking to give their careers a boost, nothing matches the benefits of an EMBA degree. According to an Executive MBA council study 2010, EMBAs reported a significant salary and bonus increase of 11.4%. The average salary rose from $127,955 to $142,534 by the end of the course. 68% received new responsibilities while studying. And 37% won promotions after completing their EMBA.


What is an EMBA?

An EMBA is a management program designed for executives working at the mid-managerial level, with 10+ years of experience. It allows them to add a managerial degree without having to quit their jobs. All EMBA candidates must get approval from employers before they join as the course requires taking some time off from work to participate in the residential modules of the course. Students in general need to have already demonstrated exceptional managerial talent before B-schools will admit them while some require GMAT and/or TOEFL scores.

How to pick the Best?

Executives looking to add an edge to their careers have a whole range of world class options available. So on what basis do they go about choosing the right EMBA program?

Flexibility

All EMBA programs offer students a combination of residential courses and distance learning modules. But, they have varied course structures, giving professionals the option of choosing one that suits them the best. For Example, take INSEAD’s Global Executive MBA (GEMBA). It is taught over three locations - INSEAD Asia Campus, Singapore; the Europe Campus, Fontainebleau, France; and the Middle East Campus, Abu Dhabi, UAE. While the course takes 14 – 17 months, only 45 - 60 days are required in the residential phase of the course. The course duration depends on which location is chosen as your base center. If you prefer Europe, the residential phase consists of mostly 1-2 weeks at large intervals; if it’s the Middle East, you have more frequent modules of shorter duration; if you’ve chosen Asia the classes are mostly on weekends, but the course takes longer. On the other hand, Imperial College Business School's EMBA is a 2-year program in London, with two study modes – Weekday and Weekend.

Class Composition

At mid-management level, executives would have years of experience. Most likely though, it would be in one field, or related to it. This is where class diversity plays an important role. It can give added perspective and insights to an EMBA education. Further, if an executive wants to work in a particular vertical, it helps to check which courses other professionals from the same field opted. For instance, if you’re looking at a career at the top leadership level, TRIUM’s Executive MBA, jointly conducted by HEC Paris, London School of Economics and New York University – Stern is a good choice. Almost all the students are already established leaders in their own right, and they tend to land top-management roles soon after completion of the course.

Sponsorship

The EMBA course fee at a good school can start at $50,000 and go all the way to
$100,000+. Therefore, it helps to have the current company sponsor the education. What’s more, some programs require mandatory corporate sponsorship. The Kellogg HKUST Business School EMBA program will only admit executives who are sponsored by their companies. EMBA candidates must check whether their companies are willing to pay, as also whether the school of their choice insists on it.

Global Focus

For working professionals, adding an international perspective to their current experience usually means a bigger promotion, higher responsibilities and a better job profile. Even more important, most companies have operations in different continents, which make a multi-cultural exposure vital for those looking to work at the top.  The best way to obtain this is with an EMBA taught on a global scale. All the top programs for executives offer the chance to study in different places, through assorted means, and for various lengths of time. For the Booth EMBA, the same faculty conducts the program across three continents, at - Chicago, London and Singapore. On the other hand, Kellogg HKUST Business School’s EMBA has three mandatory residential weeks one in Hong Kong, two in USA – and gives students the option of finishing at least two global electives abroad, at partner institutions in Chicago, Miami, Tel Aviv, Frankfurt and Toronto.

Career Goals

To pick the right EMBA program, an executive must first define their career goals. Is it a bigger paycheck? More responsibility? Is he or she looking to switch to an industry that will do well in the future?  Do they want a better profile? Or a change in location? For example, an executive looking to make their name in the emerging markets could pick IE Business School’s Global Executive MBA (GXMBA), which has residential phases in Spain, USA, China and Brazil. Another option would be UCLA - NUS Global Executive MBA program that spends four weeks each in Singapore and Los Angeles along with two weeks each in Bangalore and Shanghai.

Networking


Perhaps EMBA’s biggest advantage - an alumni network can play an immense role in career prospects. For this reason, professionals should choose on a program that offers an alumni network that will benefit their future career. Professionals who want to be part of the two biggest economies can consider Kellogg HKUST EMBA program that is taught in USA and Hong Kong (China). A big advantage of doing a course jointly conducted by more than one school is that executives automatically become alumni of both institutions and can access a wider network of top executives. Students of The Trium Executive MBA become alumni of HEC Paris, London School of Economics and New York Stern – which together occupies positions of power and influence across the world.

Top 31 MBA Programs + Analysis of 24 Industries (United States)


We analyze the MBA Curriculum, Class Profile, Total Cost and Post-MBA Salary of Top 31 MBA programs in the US.

+ Industry Trends

+ Future of Aerospace, Agriculture, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Automobile, Clean Tech, Education, Energy, Fashion, Financial Services, Insurance, FinTech, Government, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Military, Manufacturing, Maritime, Media/Advertising, Technology, Tourism, Trade, Transportation and Logistics, Virtual Reality (VR), and Augmented Reality (AR).


Pages: 327

Reviews

"I have not reviewed many books for MBA Admission consulting companies but doing it now to give all applicants a brief idea on what the book covers. The book includes 31 top MBA programs - almost all the top schools you have heard or considering for your MBA application. Each chapter is categorized by US States where there is at least one top MBA program. So you have California and Massachusetts with the most number of MBA programs and several states with one top program (Washington, Minnesota, Washington D.C., Connecticut, Virginia, and Maryland) and other states with two to three MBA programs. The book focuses on four aspects of an MBA program - curriculum, cost, class profile and post-MBA salary. For me, the breakdown of the cost and post-MBA industry was useful to make my decision on selecting the top 5 programs for 2017-18. It is a fascinating read in an industry where consultants overprice for their expertise. I recently bought a 30-page guide for $49. Compared to the obvious observation in that book, the 300+ page, MBA in US - the Ultimate guide is a goldmine of information and analysis." - Verified Purchase (21st June 2017)

"I bought the ultimate guide after a friend recommended it for me. The guide covers a lot of ground on the history of each prominent US states and goes into the reasons why a certain industry emerged from each state. In addition to the analysis of the economy, trends and expected changes in the next 5 years, the book features top MBA programs in each state with an extensive study of its curriculum. Ultimate guide is an essential reference book for MBA Applicants if they want to shortlist MBA programs based on value and cost, and not just ranking. " - Verified Purchase (14th June 2017)

"Should be a required reading before applying for an MBA. School events and MBA Tours are PR events disguised as a Q&A. On the contrary, the book is an unbiased analysis of each Top MBA program in the US supported by a large dataset and historical context on each industry. The guide builds a case for indstries that are likely to emerge as favourite for MBA graduates. Thorough and a valuable book." - Verified Purchase (15th June 2017)

"What I liked: The breadth of the information. Some of my favorite nonfiction books have taken the same approach as the ultimate guide have - cover background information in-depth. In the book, the author uses parallel threads to demonstrate the history of the state and the rise of industries. Will make you think how schools thrive based on the policy set by the state. California's obsession with Technology has revolutionized how we do Business and changed post-MBA trends. Many MBA applicants will be consulting or doing marketing for a Technology company. That is one key finding from the book. The latest development in AI, FinTech, and Automation is an additional context that I found valuable in the book.

Very informative. I would recommend that you read the book at least once in chronological order before using Table of Contents." - Verified Purchase (2nd July 2017)

Download How to Choose the Best MBA in US: The Ultimate Guide
(2018 Entering Class)

Top 31 MBA Programs + Analysis of 24 Industries (United States)


We analyze the MBA Curriculum, Class Profile, Total Cost and Post-MBA Salary of Top 31 MBA programs in the US.

+ Industry Trends

+ Future of Aerospace, Agriculture, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Automobile, Clean Tech, Education, Energy, Fashion, Financial Services, Insurance, FinTech, Government, Healthcare, Life Sciences, Military, Manufacturing, Maritime, Media/Advertising, Technology, Tourism, Trade, Transportation and Logistics, Virtual Reality (VR), and Augmented Reality (AR).


Pages: 327

Reviews

"I have not reviewed many books for MBA Admission consulting companies but doing it now to give all applicants a brief idea on what the book covers. The book includes 31 top MBA programs - almost all the top schools you have heard or considering for your MBA application. Each chapter is categorized by US States where there is at least one top MBA program. So you have California and Massachusetts with the most number of MBA programs and several states with one top program (Washington, Minnesota, Washington D.C., Connecticut, Virginia, and Maryland) and other states with two to three MBA programs. The book focuses on four aspects of an MBA program - curriculum, cost, class profile and post-MBA salary. For me, the breakdown of the cost and post-MBA industry was useful to make my decision on selecting the top 5 programs for 2017-18. It is a fascinating read in an industry where consultants overprice for their expertise. I recently bought a 30-page guide for $49. Compared to the obvious observation in that book, the 300+ page, MBA in US - the Ultimate guide is a goldmine of information and analysis." - Verified Purchase (21st June 2017)

"I bought the ultimate guide after a friend recommended it for me. The guide covers a lot of ground on the history of each prominent US states and goes into the reasons why a certain industry emerged from each state. In addition to the analysis of the economy, trends and expected changes in the next 5 years, the book features top MBA programs in each state with an extensive study of its curriculum. Ultimate guide is an essential reference book for MBA Applicants if they want to shortlist MBA programs based on value and cost, and not just ranking. " - Verified Purchase (14th June 2017)

"Should be a required reading before applying for an MBA. School events and MBA Tours are PR events disguised as a Q&A. On the contrary, the book is an unbiased analysis of each Top MBA program in the US supported by a large dataset and historical context on each industry. The guide builds a case for indstries that are likely to emerge as favourite for MBA graduates. Thorough and a valuable book." - Verified Purchase (15th June 2017)

"What I liked: The breadth of the information. Some of my favorite nonfiction books have taken the same approach as the ultimate guide have - cover background information in-depth. In the book, the author uses parallel threads to demonstrate the history of the state and the rise of industries. Will make you think how schools thrive based on the policy set by the state. California's obsession with Technology has revolutionized how we do Business and changed post-MBA trends. Many MBA applicants will be consulting or doing marketing for a Technology company. That is one key finding from the book. The latest development in AI, FinTech, and Automation is an additional context that I found valuable in the book.

Very informative. I would recommend that you read the book at least once in chronological order before using Table of Contents." - Verified Purchase (2nd July 2017)

Download How to Choose the Best MBA in US: The Ultimate Guide
(2018 Entering Class)

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