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Top EMBA Programmes With a Starting Graduate Salary of US$300,000 and Above

By Linda Mohamed

Updated June 3, 2021 Updated June 3, 2021

An EMBA is a demanding but highly rewarding programme. Take a look at the business schools guaranteeing graduates average salaries of US$300,000 and above.

With a six-figure price tag, going to business school is undoubtedly an investment, one that many MBA candidates hope will help them advance in their career.

This is even more the case for an EMBA programme, the business degree aimed at transforming mid-to-senior professionals into executives.

This type of programme, which takes place mostly part-time over the course of one to two years, helps students increase their career opportunities by developing a high-level skillet, expanding their global network, and gaining a significant advantage in terms of salary.

Let’s take a look at some EMBA programmes with starting graduate salaries of US$300,000 and above, according to Statista.

Average salary: US$300,000-US$400,000

EMBA programmes with average graduate salaries of US$300,000-US$400,000


 Average salary (US$)

W.P. Carey School of Business (China)


 Tsinghua University


HEC Paris


Korea University Business School


Olin Business School (China)


Columbia Business School/HKU Business School/London Business School


 UCLA Anderson/NUS Business School




IE Business School


CUHK Business School


The majority of EMBA graduates can expect an average graduate salary between US$300,000 and US$400,000.

Looking at the list above, it’s clear that going to business school for executive programmes can benefit professionals from all over the world – from big hubs in the Asia Pacific to European capitals and the US.

Among the programmes within this salary range, the W.P. Carey School of Business’ China EMBA course – taking place in Shanghai – leads as the one with the top graduate salary, averaging a whopping US$384,738. Other programmes located in Asia include the EMBAs from Tsinghua University, HEC Paris (China Track), Korea University Business School, Washing University Olin Business School (China Track), HKU Business School, the UCLA and NUS joint EMBA, and CUHK Business School.

The remaining schools include top performers in the QS EMBA Rankings, such as IE Business School and INSEAD.

Average salary: US$400,000-US$500,000

EMBA programmes with average graduate salaries of US$400,000-US$500,000


 Average salary (US$)



Shanghai Jiao Tong University; Antai College of Economics and Managements


TRIUM Global (HEC Paris/LSE/NYU Stern)


While fewer EMBA programmes see grads earning between US$400,000 to US$500,000 compared to programmes with average graduate salaries between US$300,000 and US$400,000, professionals who aim to make above US$400,000 can count on programmes such as the EMBAs offered by TRIUM Global, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Antai College of Economics and Management and CEIBS.

Interestingly, all of these apart from TRIUM Global are offered by universities in the Asian region. This could explain the salary jump, as average salaries adapt to costs of living, which vary from country to country and continent to continent.

TRIUM Global is the only group of Western business school in this category. The EMBA programme is offered as a partnership between HEC Paris, London School of Economics and NYU Stern School of Business, blending the strengths from the three institutions to give candidates a comprehensive executive experience.

Average salary: US$500,000 and above

EMBA programmes with average graduate salaries of US$500,000 and above


 Average salary (US$)

Kellogg School of Management/HKUST Business School


Kellogg School of Management/HKUST Business School


There is only one EMBA programme that sees grads earning above US$500,000 – the joint programme offered by Kellogg School of Management and HKUST Business School. The course lasts 18 months and comes with an average graduate salary of US$528,057 an impressive feat for such a short course.

How can I get into a high-reward programme?

If you have your heart set on doing an Executive MBA, here are some useful resources to help you with your application:

This article was originally published in June 2021 .

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