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Table: How the Report Card Gets Graded


Overall Rank

School Grad Poll Director Poll Total Tuition* Enrollment* Grads' Years Mgmt. Exp. School Graded By Grads**

Women Minorities Teaching Curriculum Support

1 Northwestern (Kellogg) Evanston, Ill. 1 2 $91,500 22% 17% 11.4 A A A

Most student-centered of EMBA programs; students praise format, knowledgeable professors, and support staff.

2 Chicago Chicago 3 3 82,000 17 4 10.9 A A A

Program recently expanded from 18 months to 20; Chicago campus integrated with campuses in Singapore and Barcelona.

3 Pennsylvania (Wharton) Philadelphia 7 1 106,600 19 NA 7.8 A B B

Most selective program; students laud program's curriculum and support staff; new building opens in 2002.

4 Duke (Fuqua) Durham, N.C. 10 4 66,000 12 12 9.0 B B A

Flexible, team-oriented program that focuses on real-world practices; also offers global and distance learning programs.

5 UNC (Kenan-Flagler) Chapel Hill, N.C. 2 7 54,000 16 7 6.8 A A A

Grads praise balance of theory and practice as well as commitment of faculty; new facility and overseas EMBA partner programs.

6 USC (Marshall) Los Angeles 6 8 64,120 21 7 12.3 A C A

Weekly class meetings emphasize themes instead of functional areas; grads praise administrators' attention to detail.

7 NYU (Stern) New York 27 5 96,400 25 9 6.6 C B C

Program utilizes New York business leaders; new emphasis placed on finance and general management in 2002.

8 Emory (Goizueta) Atlanta 11 8 63,888 26 9 8.8 B B B

The 16-month program makes for rigorous study, fewer electives; independent study course allows for one-on-one work with senior faculty.

9 Georgetown (McDonough) Washington, D.C. 5 24 66,600 18 20 10.3 A A C

International business focus and overseas residential modules give grads hands-on consulting experience outside U.S.

10 UCLA (Anderson) Los Angeles 22 6 60,370 16 10 9.0 A C A

Students' seven-month international consulting project needs more focus, say grads, but they praise enthusiastic, leading-edge faculty.

11 Pepperdine (Graziadio) Culver City, Calif. 4 22*** 62,800 18 17 8.3 A A C

Strong focus on leadership and ethics in business; all profs required to do consulting work to stay on top of the issues.

12 Texas-Austin (McCombs) 12 10 53,000 15 3 6.5 B C A

Second-year students mentor program entrants; partner program with a B-school in Mexico City.

13 IMD Lausanne, Switzerland 8 21 66,500 11 NA 11.3 B A A

Three mandatory "discovery expeditions" to business centers around the world; grads rave about international focus.

14 Purdue (Krannert) W. Lafayette, Ind. 9 15 45,000 18 12 7.1 A B A

Uses six two-week residential periods; 59% of students live more than 500 miles from campus, praise knowledgeable, experienced profs.

15 W.Ontario (Ivey) Mississauga, Ont. 14 12 42,000 20 NA 11.2 B B B

Focus on general management, case-study method skills; school no longer offers videoconferencing program.

16 Washington U. (Olin) St. Louis 17 9 65,500 22 0 10.1 B B B

Offers concentrations in health services management and manufacturing and operations; new state-of-the-art building and popular London session.

17 Vanderbilt (Owen) Nashville 15 20 63,500 24 4 8.6 C B C

Offers health-care management concentration; grads laud new director Martin Rapisarda, formerly Purdue's director.

18 Columbia New York 55 4 97,250 26 15 6.8 D C D

Grads say classes are too large, and expansion of global program left weekend EMBAs floundering; outside execs are frequent guest speakers.

19 SMU (Cox) Dallas 26 11 55,825 16 9 12.3 C B C

Switch to modular half-semesters allows more electives; spouses accompany students on international field trip.

20 Georgia State (Robinson) Atlanta 16 18 41,500 32 15 11.2 B A C

Direct marketing targets women; grads note support staff inconsistencies; top corporate users include Georgia-Pacific and BellSouth.

21 Thunderbird Glendale, Ariz. 20 20 51,000 29 12 10.3 B B A

No. 2 in international business; required courses include Cross-Cultural Communication and a foreign language, plus class time abroad.

22 Boston U. Boston 23 27*** 59,500 22 5 10.3 B B B

Curriculum woven across functional areas; ties to Boston business community bring CEOs to the classroom for case discussions.

23 London Business school London 33 14 54,000 18 NA 6.7 C B D

Half the students are from outside Britain; global focus reinforced by two required field trips to places like India and South Africa.

24 Queens U. Kingston, Ont. 29 23*** 44,000 26 NA 9.3 C B C

Well-run videoconferencing technology allows students to tune in at 23 sites; grads want more non-Canadian business perspectives.

25 Minnesota (Carlson) Minneapolis 35 16 54,000 35 15 10.1 C D B

Most female students in top 25; hiring an executive coach to deal with EMBA career issues; grads want more flexible curriculum.

*Provided by Business Schools, tuition figures for out-of-state students, where applicable; enrollment figures for most recent class

** Based on a compilation of EMBA Graduate Responses

*** Tie between schools

Research by Jennifer Merritt, Frederick Jespersen, Brian Hindo, Mica Schneider

Data: BusinessWeek, Cambria Consulting


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