Top executive MBA programmes in the world

Top Executive MBA Programmes in the World

Top executive MBA programmes in the world -
The Master of Business Administration has strengthened its position as the most deliverable programme in terms of career enhancement and return on investment. While students across the world opt for regular full- time MBA programmes, an increasing number of executives are taking the MBA route to further their growth in the industry. So does a professional with over 8 years of experience in the job front take up the same classes as a regular MBA aspirant? Well, for starters, executives with that kind of experience have definitely learnt and honed many of the rules of management. What they are looking for are custom made courses that help in developing their leadership skills as well as offer an opportunity to network with leaders across the world. In such a case, an executive MBA is the best option.

But what kind of executive programme do you opt for? Which executive programmes are the best in the world? What does it cost to pursue an executive MBA programme? Careers360 answers all these queries on the top executive MBA programmes in the world.

Read below to know the best executive MBA programmes in the world:


IE Business School: Ranked among the top executive MBA programmes in the world, the IE Business School’s EMBA programme offers a blend of both online classes and face-to- face interactions. With a duration of 15 months, the programme also includes 5 residential periods across 4 cities- Madrid, Singapore, Los Angeles and Sao Paulo. The executive MBA programme is offered in partnership with UCLA, Insper and SMU in Los Angeles, Sao Paulo and Singapore respectively.

Doing justice to its global MBA tag, the top EMBA programme also attracts a large pool of candidates from international shores engaged in sectors like Energy, Food and Beverage, Finance, Pharma, among others.

Fast facts:

Programme name: Global Executive MBA

Duration:   15 months

Work experience required: 10 years of work experience including 5 years in a managerial position.

Intake: October/May

Application: Rolling admission

Tuition fees: €75,000


Kellogg / HKUST Business School: Run as a collaboration between the Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the KHEMBA programme's focus is on international business strategies through an Asian insight. The best part is that upon graduation students become alumni of both the universities. KHEMBA is operated through seven locations - Evanston Campus in USA; WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany; Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration in Israel; HKUST Business School in Hong Kong; Schulich School of Business in Canada; Kellogg School of Management in USA and  Guanghua School of Management in China.

The 18-month long programme, ranked among the top executive MBA programmes in the world, has over 30 courses on offer and accommodates over 800 students.


Fast facts:

Programme name: KHEMBA

Duration:   18 months

Work experience required: 10 years of work experience including 5 years in a managerial position.

Intake: January

Application: August to September

Tuition fees: US$161,200


UCLA/ National University of Singapore:  The UCLA – NUS EMBA programme has been developed jointly by the Anderson School of Management and the National University of Singapore. The global executive programme is listed among the top 50 by both The Economist and Financial Times rankings, making it one of the top executive MBA programmes in the world. The top EMBA programme focuses more on North America and Asia. It is a 15-month-long programme and is conducted through 6 two-week segments to accommodate executives who are spread across locations. Hence, the programme is held for two weeks every three months covering 15 months in total. The EMBA programme is held in separate segments in five cities across the world- two in Singapore and Los Angeles each, 1 in Shanghai and 1 in Bangalore as well as Delhi.    

Fast facts:

Programme name: UCLA – NUS EMBA

Duration:   15 months

Work experience: Required- 10 years full- time.Average work experience is 14.5 years with majority holding senior managerial positions.

Session starts: May

Application: January 15

Tuition fees: US $112,940


Tsinghua University / Insead: Popularly known as the TIEMBA programme, the top ranked executive management programme is offered by both Tsinghua University, China and INSEAD. Instead of providing a joint degree, TIEMBA offers two degrees by both the business schools. One of the top executive MBA programmes in the world, TIEMBA is offered for 18 months with residential classes for around 3 months. Being an international MBA programme, TIEMBA allows you to study at all the INSEAD campuses- Europe, Asia and West Asia.


Fast facts:

Programme name: TIEMBA

Duration:   18 months

Work experience: Minimum 8 years

Session starts: June

Application: November, January, March and April

Tuition fees: US$125,000


University of Oxford – Saïd Business School: This executive programme has perhaps built its popularity around the most famous brand that it is associated with- the University of Oxford. One of the best things that the MBA gives you is an opportunity to explore the huge Oxford networks, making it one of the top executive MBA programmes in the world. However, the EMBA programme has itself made its name in the rankings platform with FT putting it at the 9th position and the Economist at the 2nd.  The 21-month long executive programme is covered in 16-week modules wherein two international core courses are delivered overseas.


Fast facts:

Programme name: Oxford Executive MBA

Duration:   21 months

Work experience:

Session starts: September and January

Application: January, February, April, May, July, September and October (depending on the session)

Tuition fees: £72,094


Top 20 Executive MBA Programmes in the World - Ranking

FT top 20 EMBA programme


The Economist top 20 EMBA programme


Tsinghua University / Insead

China / Singapore / UAE / France

IE Business School


Kellogg / HKUST Business School

United States/Hong Kong

University of Oxford – Saïd Business School


Trium: HEC Paris / LSE / New York University: Stern

France / UK / US

Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management


Columbia / London Business School


UCLA/NUS Business School


UCLA: Anderson / National University of Singapore

US / Singapore

Northwestern (Kellogg)/York (Schulich)


Washington University: Olin


Northwestern (Kellogg)/WHU (Beisheim)



France / Singapore / UAE

Thunderbird School of Global Management


IE Business School


European School of Management and Technology – ESMT Berlin


University of Oxford: Saïd


University of Chicago – Booth School of Business


Nanyang Business School


Yale School of Management


Shanghai Jiao Tong University: Antai


Northwestern (Kellogg)/Hong Kong UST

US/Hong Kong

University of Chicago: Booth

US / UK / China

Texas Christian University – Neeley School of Business


ESCP Europe

France / UK / Germany / Spain / Italy

Southern Methodist University – Cox School of Business


University of Pennsylvania: Wharton


University of Georgia – Terry College of Business


Iese Business School


Columbia Business School




University of Michigan – Stephen M. Ross School of Business


Duke University: Fuqua


New York University – Leonard N Stern School of Business




University of Texas at Austin – McCombs School of Business


London Business School


UCLA Anderson School of Management


Kellogg / WHU Beisheim


Cornell University – Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management


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First Published On : 10 Mar 2016 02:56 PM IST
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