After working for a decade in management roles, executives often have to decide whether to update their knowledge in management. Although the desire to pursue management education is high, executives are unwilling to give up their jobs. The reasons for this may range from family commitments to the desire to continue in a job that they love.
Thankfully, executives looking to add an edge to their careers have a wide range of world-class management programs available. The Best EMBA programs incorporate global learning experiences with cross-continental courses, and flexible classroom schedule. To enter the top ranked Executive MBA courses candidates should have 10+ years of excellent career progression, with a decent GMAT score. Many top schools waiver GMAT score if the profile is strong.
10 Best EMBA programs
1) TRIUM Executive MBA
The Trium Executive MBA program is taught over three world-class colleges: HEC - Paris, LSE – London and NYU Stern – New York. The course is divided into six on-site modules over 17 months and has an executive-friendly format that only requires a total of 10 weeks away from the office. Between these weeklong residential sections, students undergo 15 – 2 0 hours of weekly distance learning. Although candidates need not be financially sponsored, they should get permission to attend the course. The teaching method comprises lectures, seminars, and group-based case studies. While minimum 10 years of work experience is required for admission, less than 15 years mean GMAT / GRE scores are also necessary.
At the heart of this executive course is the TRIUM Global Incubator Capstone, where students incubate an idea from inception to launch. One major advantage is that students become alumni of all the 3 Business Schools, and can tap into three wide alumni networks. Another plus is the wide range of nationalities that are represented in the student body, as well as the fact that nearly every student here is already an established leader in his or her own right.
2) Kellogg-HKUST EMBA
The Kellogg School of Management in collaboration with Hong Kong University of Science and Technology offer MBA for senior executives, who have already occupied a leadership role in their organization. The emphasis is placed on Behavior in learning organizations, International management, and Managing groups of co-operating firms for international competitiveness. Classroom sessions, group activities, group discussions and special sessions form a bulk of the learning time. The course is mostly taught during residential weekends, along with three mandatory residential weeks – one in Hong Kong, two in USA. Towards the end of their course, executive students have the option to finish at least two global electives abroad, at Kellogg partner institutions in Chicago, Miami, Tel Aviv, Frankfurt and Toronto.
To join the EMBA program, candidates require at least 10 years’ of outstanding work experience, and will need TOEFL or IELTS certificates if their first language is not English. More importantly, students must be sponsored by their companies. A major advantage is that EMBAs become alumni of both universities, giving them access to an alumni network that ranges across two continents. The fact that the students represent more than 30 countries also helps promote diversity and widen the students’ learning experience.
INSEAD’s Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) is taught by one college, over three locations - INSEAD Asia Campus, Singapore; the Europe Campus, Fontainebleau, France; and the Middle East Campus, Abu Dhabi, UAE. While the GEMBA course covers a period of 14 – 17 months, only 45 - 60 days are required in the residential phase of the course. This executive program is the most flexible among the top EMBAs as the course duration depends on the chosen base location. If you prefer Europe, the residential phase consists of mostly 1-2 week at large intervals; if it is the Middle East, you have more frequent modules of shorter duration; if you have chosen Asia the classes are mostly on weekends, but the course takes longer.
The course places an added focus on Business Fundamentals, Managerial Practices and Leadership, with interactive classroom sessions enhanced by the case study method of learning. While the average work experience of executives taking up this course is 12 years, INSEAD looks more at the achievements and career progression than at the duration. Corporate sponsorship is not necessary to study this executive MBA program.
4) Booth EMBA
Booth EMBA describes itself as – “ONE PROGRAM. ONE FACULTY. THREE CAMPUSES.” The three campuses are located on three continents, at - Chicago, London and Singapore. Depending on your choice of base campus, the course consists of 2 week or 1 week or weekend residential classes. Here, students learn through collaboration with the help of the local and international study groups. Executives are taught to challenge assumptions, analyze everything, think critically, act decisively and lead with confidence. Students need to have an exceptional career with leadership experience, and take up the GMAT exam, unless the work experience is extraordinary.
5) Wharton EMBA
While Wharton’s EMBA is conducted in the USA, it is held across two locations - San Francisco and Philadelphia. This two-year course requires students to stay on campus, every weekend. What makes this course unique is the teaching methodology. It stresses on experiential learning, enhanced by team tasks. Wharton’s EMBA also offers executives the option to choose from over 200 electives. One can also study a topic independently with the aid of a faculty expert. The course adds a global touch with a one week International Study Seminar held outside USA. In 2011, it was held in South Africa and Kenya.
6) Columbia EMBA
Columbia’s EMBA offers students three flexible study options. One is a twenty-month course where students meet every month for a weeklong residential session. The second is a twenty-four month course where students meet mostly on Saturdays. Finally, there is the option to study only on Fridays and Saturdays, and complete the course in 20 months. After completing the core subjects, EMBA students can choose from a wide range of electives and attend a one-week international seminar. As a result of Columbia’s tie-ups with London Business School and University of Hong Kong, students have the option of pursuing their EMBA in three different continents.
7) IE GXMBA
IE’s Global Executive MBA (GXMBA) is a 13-month course that combines residential learning with online study. The residential phases are held in Spain, USA, China and Brazil. This helps students study both developed and emerging markets. The online segment uses technology to conduct class discussions and forums. The classroom segment offers a global perspective through ‘An Asia Perspective’, held in China, ‘A Beyond Business Perspective’ held in USA and ‘An Emerging Markets Perspective’ in Brazil. The teaching methodology is based on teamwork, case method and active participation.
8) UCLA - NUS Global Executive MBA
UCLA in collaboration with NU Singapore offers a global MBA program that conducts six two-week modules over 15 months. These sessions are held in four locations – two in Singapore, two in Los Angeles, one in Bangalore and one in Shanghai. Executives gain two EMBA degrees, from both universities. The curriculum is especially enhanced to develop global perspectives and leadership qualities. The teaching methodology is based on experiential learning.
9) Cornell EMBA
Cornell’s EMBA consists of four terms, spread over 22 months. Each term starts with one week of residential classes at Cornell, followed by classes held every alternate Saturday and Sunday at the IBM Palisades Executive Conference Center, in New York. The course curriculum also includes a Global Business Project and an Entrepreneurship & Private Equity Project.
10) Imperial Executive MBA
The Imperial Executive MBA is a 2-year program in London, with two study modes – Weekday and Weekend. Weekday classes are held every fortnight, while, weekend classes have four days of classes every month. The course covers eight core courses, 5 electives, a project, Innovation, an Entrepreneurship and Design module as well as an international study tour. What makes this EMBA program unique is the focus on experiential leadership.