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Wharton School’s EMBA Program Ranked Best in the World

By Julia G

Updated May 23, 2019 Updated May 23, 2019

The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania has been ranked the best in the world in the QS Global EMBA Rankings 2018.

Released today, the QS EMBA Rankings 2018 feature a ranking of the best EMBA programs globally and by region, with Wharton topping both the global and North America tables. The rankings also include a separate table of the best joint programs. You can find out more about the methodology used to produce the rankings here.

The top 10 in the world can be seen below.

QS Global EMBA Rankings 2018






Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

MBA for Executives

Philadelphia (PA), San Francisco (CA)


MIT Sloan School of Management

Executive MBA

Cambridge (MA)


London Business School

Executive MBA



Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

Executive MBA

Evanston (IL), Miami (FL)


Haas School of Business: Berkeley

Executive MBA

Berkeley (CA)


Chicago Booth School of Business

Executive MBA

Chicago (IL), London, Hong Kong


Columbia Business School

Executive MBA-NY

New York (NY)


Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Executive MBA



UCLA Anderson School of Management

Executive MBA

Los Angeles (CA)


Cambridge Judge Business School

Executive MBA



IESE Business School

Global Executive MBA

Barcelona, New York (NY), Silicon Valley


So, what makes Wharton Business School the best in the world? Well, of the five ranking indicators used to compile the rankings, Wharton achieved a perfect score of 100 in three of them: employer reputation, thought leadership and career outcomes. They’re one of only two schools in the global rankings to achieve a perfect score for employer reputation (the second is third-placed London Business School).

Wharton’s EMBA program takes place at either their Philadelphia or San Francisco campus. The 24-month course costs US$205,200 including room and board for all required class days and course materials.

Ranked second, MIT Sloan School of Management scored highly across all indicators, achieving a perfect score in two: thought leadership and executive profile. MIT’s EMBA program is taught at their Cambridge, Massachusetts campus, and the 20-month program costs US$169,000.

London Business School was ranked number three globally. The university achieved a perfect score of 100 in two out of five ranking indicators: employer reputation and career outcomes. The 20-month Executive MBA at London Business School can either be carried out at their London or their Dubai campus. The cost for the London-based EMBA is £84,500 (about US$120,000), and the Dubai-based course costs US$119,500.

Arnie Longboy, Executive Director of Leadership Programs at LBS, gives an insight into why candidates from their EMBA program are so highly valued by employers:

“Given the global nature of our School, global companies also value the cross-cultural skills that our students have and which they further develop whilst at LBS. 

“I also have to recognize the efforts of our careers center in terms of cultivating and building new relationships with employers around the world.  Employers ultimately hire individuals, but they’ve developed a trust in our School and processes.”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the United States dominate the global rankings, with seven schools in the global top 10 and over 50 included in total. The remaining schools in the top 10 are all based in Europe, with three out of the four located in the UK (London Business School, Oxford Said, and Cambridge Judge). Aside from Chicago Booth, with its Hong Kong campus, no schools with a presence in the Asia-Pacific region make it into the global top 10. To learn more about the top schools in this part of the world, click here.

This article was originally published in April 2018 . It was last updated in May 2019

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Julia is a writer for TopMBA.com, publishing articles for business students and graduates across the world. A native Londoner, she holds an MSc in Marketing Strategy & Innovation from Cass Business School and a BA in Classical Studies & English from Newcastle University.


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