Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA Program Tops the 2018 Financial Times EMBA Rankings Again

The FT Rankings for Global EMBA programs have just recently been released. Let’s take a look at this year’s top 10, before we dive deeper into the rankings and analyze what’s happened:

The Top 10 Rankings for 2018

1.  Kellogg/HKUST Business School

2. TRIUM: HEC Paris/LSE/NYU: Stern

3.  Tsinghua University/INSEAD

4.  EMBA-Global Asia: Columbia/HKU/LBS

5.  CEIBS

6.  HEC Paris

6.  Washington University: Olin

8.  Shanghai Jiao Tong University: Antai

9.  IESE Business School

10. MIT: Sloan

Something that remains largely unchanged in the list is the dominance of the Kellogg-HKUST EMBA program. Over the past 12 years, Kellog-HKUST has placed first 9 times and second the remaining 3. These results are not surprising because, three years after graduation, the average alumni salary is a hefty $507k and more than 50% of its former class become top ranking executives.

HEC, who’s TRIUM Global Program has moved back up in the rankings to 2nd place, appears this year for its solo EMBA program, for the first time in the rankings’ history, in 6th place. For a while, readers have noted the conspicuous absence of HEC’s EMBA from the list. With average alumni salaries at $322K 3 years after graduation and a 68% salary growth, this is a very welcomed addition to FT.

Another new face in the TOP 10 is China’s CEIBS Global EMBA, which has jumped from 14th to 5th place. This global MBA boasts the 4th highest average salary 3 years after graduation, at $365K, and a 75% salary growth. Other newcomers to the top 10 include IESE Business School, rising from 12th to 9th place, and MIT, rising one position to 10th.

Naturally, a number of programs have dropped out of the top 10. INSEAD’s Global EMBA has fallen from 8th to 13th. The Columbia-LBS EMBA-Global program has suffered an even more dramatic drop, plunging from 4th to 14th. And the University of Oxford’s EMBA has also significantly fallen, tumbling from 9th to 17th.

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