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Table: The Top 25 EMBA Programs


2003 RANK SCHOOL 2001 RANK GRAD POLL DIRECTOR POLL TOTAL* TUITION ENROLLMENT** GRADS' YRS. OF MGMT. EXP. SCHOOL GRADED BY GRADS***

WOMEN MINORITIES TEACHING CURRICULUM SUPPORT

1 Northwestern (Kellogg) Evanston, Ill. 1 6 2 $108,000 18% 7% 11.1 A B A

Grads praise emphasis on teamwork and laud accessible faculty for its balance of business experience and theory

2 Chicago Chicago 2 4 3 96,000 16 14 11.8 B A A

Grads say international aspect of a U.S. program differentiates it from other programs, and give high marks for sense of community

3 Pennsylvania (Wharton) Philadelphia 3 10 1 115,800 16 3 7.5 B B B

No. 1 in Directors Poll; grads say large class size doesn't merit high tuition but praise program's rigor and reputation

4 Duke (Fuqua-Weekend) Durham, N.C. 4 20 4 79,500 13 4 8.4 B B C

Grads praise discussion and coursework precisely tailored to exec-level students; strong emphasis on community, family, and ethics

5 UNC (Kenan-Flagler) Chapel Hill, N.C. 5 3 9 57,000 15 5 8.4 A A A

Staff highly responsive to student suggestions and complaints; grads

say faculty are tops in their fields

6 IMD Lausanne, Switzerland 13 5 12 83,950 12 NA 10.3 B A B

The most international of all the top programs; module approach provides for immediate real-world application of coursework

7 UCLA (Anderson) Los Angeles 10 8 7 70,000 28 12 10.6 A A A

Grads rave about tuition-free access to classes post-graduation and laud comprehensive field-study program, faculty with executive experience

8 Texas (McCombs) Austin 12 2 20 62,800 11 1 6.0 A A A

High marks for teaching quality and support, and a curriculum immediately applicable at work--at a competitive price

9 Duke (Fuqua-Global) Durham, Germany NA 1 18 104,030 21 19 11.4 A A B

Two-week foreign residency each semester augmented by teleconferencing and distance learning praised as highly effective

10 Emory (Goizueta) Atlanta 8 9 9 70,364 23 11 8.7 A B A

Shorter program--16 months rather than 20--requires immediate acclimation; students note well-connected faculty

11 Georgetown (McDonough) Washington, D.C. 9 11 24 70,450 23 10 8.8 A A C

Grads laud largely ego-free faculty's dedication, enthusiasm, and surprising expertise in a "nonbusiness" town

12 USC (Marshall) Los Angeles 6 22 8 74,200 22 9 11.9 B C B

Grads concerned by outdated materials; praise excellent support staff and accessible faculty; opinions vary widely on caliber of student body

13 NYU (Stern) New York 7 35 5 105,000 33 4 7.4 C C B

Standout adjuncts receive high praise, but fellow students do not; grads note need for tougher acceptance standards

14 Cornell (Johnson) Ithaca, N.Y. NA 12 20 102,800 15 12 9.3 A B B

Off-campus location near NYC presents inherent difficulties for commuters and professors; grads praise curriculum and faculty

15 Columbia New York 18 15 6 112,200 15 3 6.4 C B C

School maximizes NYC location, with impressive roster of business leaders as adjuncts; grads praise responsive administration

16 Purdue (Krannert) West Lafayette, Ind. 14 19 27 48,000 20 14 8.9 C C C

Grads note faculty's ability to incorporate current events into curriculum, praise faculty as accessible and engaged

17 Washington (Olin) St. Louis 16 16 15 84,500 22 9 8.6 B B A

Faculty praised for being enthusiastic and available, and leaders in their fields; grads say school is underrated because of Midwest location

18 SMU (Cox) Dallas 19 13 22 63,550 20 10 10.4 C B B

Grads praise quality of teaching and professors but want tougher admissions standards for better-caliber classmates

19 Pepperdine (Graziadio) Culver City, Calif. 11 24 36 71,500 26 15 8.6 B A D

Grads say poor interfaculty communication causes glitches between classes; praise strategy, analytics, and a lively curriculum in general

20 Vanderbilt (Owen) Nashville 17 18 32 69,500 25 8 8.4 C B C

Grads praise excellent faculty with just a few exceptions; grads are enthusiastic and note highly recommending school to peers

21 Case Western Reserve Cleveland NA 7 17 75,000 18 5 13.8 B B A

Consistent praise for curriculum, support staff, and an enthusiastic, well-rounded faculty made this school a new entry

22 Chicago-Europe Barcelona NA 14 28 79,500 11 NA 9.0 A A C

Grads rave about weeks in Chicago and Singapore but want more inclusion of European and Asian business practices

23 London Business School London 23 25 11 62,775 24 NA 6.1 B C D

Grads laud high caliber of a very international student body; some

professors unskilled with executive-level students

24 Georgia State (Robinson) Atlanta 20 24 20 50,500 25 21 9.4 A B D

Grads appreciate practical emphasis of program; evaluation of instructors varies widely; students want more top-tier guest lecturers

25 Western Ontario (Ivey) Mississauga, Ont. 15 26 18 54,750 20 NA 9.7 B NA D

Faculty praised for real-world and consulting experience, but grads want newer case studies and teaching aimed at executives


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