WSJ Executive MBA Rankings

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Last week, the Wall Street Journal took on the challenge of ranking Executive MBA programs. You can see the rankings here; there's also a great collection of articles that describe the methodology and explore a variety of EMBA-related topics.

As usual, the top of the list isn't a surprise. In this case, Kellogg and Wharton come out on top. You might not expect some of the other names in the top ten, though. If you are interested in seeing some of the online MBA schools, check out these online MBA rankings.

When it comes to gaining admission to an elite EMBA program, GMAT scores are generally not as important as they are for comparable full-time programs. Part of the reason is that a typical EMBA student has more (and more unique) work experience, so admissions committees rate that higher.

For these programs, just as important as having solid work experience and a respectable (if not stratospheric) GMAT score is targeting the right program. No two business schools are alike, and every schools tries to select students that are good fits for them.

Instead of simply picking out the most highly-ranked schools that you could attend, determine which ones are best-suited to help you reach your specific goals. Admissions committees will recognize the connection, and they will appreciate the research that you've done. That work certainly doesn't eliminate the importance of a strong overall application, but it does give you an edge that many applicants won't have.

 

 

About the author: Jeff Sackmann has written many GMAT preparation books, including the popular Total GMAT Math, Total GMAT Verbal, and GMAT 111. He has also created explanations for problems in The Official Guide, as well as 1,800 practice GMAT math questions.

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