Top 10 Joint Executive MBA Programs 2020 |

Top 10 Joint Executive MBA Programs 2020

By Linda M

Updated June 29, 2020 Updated June 29, 2020

The Global EMBA program offered by TRIUM has been ranked the best joint EMBA program in the QS EMBA Rankings 2020.

Released today, the QS Global EMBA Rankings 2020 reveal the top executive MBA programs around the world, as well as providing a regional breakdown to help you find a top school near you. 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.

Take a look at this year’s top 10 of joint executive EMBA programs.


QS EMBA Rankings 2020: Joint Programs















Global EMBA


London, New York, Paris, Shanghai






Executive MBA


Chicago, Miami, Hong Kong






Executive MBA


Miami, Toronto







Executive MBA


Beijing, Singapore, Fontainebleau, Abu Dhabi







EMBA – Global Asia


New York, Hong Kong, London






Executive MBA


Los Angeles, Singapore






Executive MBA


Chicago, Miami, Toronto, Vallendar, Düsseldorf






Executive MBA


Paris, Mannheim, Singapore






Executive MBA









Executive MBA Shanghai




10) Washington/Fudan


The Executive MBA Shanghai, offered by Washington University in St Louis Olin Business School and Fudan University School of Management, scored highly across all ranking indicators.

Based in Shanghai, the 18-month program prepares senior-level professionals in China and Asia for global leadership. Participants attend courses once a month, Friday to Monday. There is also a mid-program residency in a location in Asia determined by the cohort, and the program ends with a two-week capstone residency at Washington University in St. Louis.

The program costs RMB708,000 (approx. US$100,184.62).

9) Mannheim/Tongji


 In ninth place is the Executive MBA offered jointly by Mannheim Business School and the School of Economics and Management of Tongji University in Shanghai. The program received one of the highest scores on the list for career outcomes and high scores for thought leadership and employer reputation.

The EMBA starts in September of each year with a module in Shanghai, followed by five other modules split between the two locations. Tuition is €42,500 (approx. US$47,791).

8) ESSEC/Mannheim


In eighth place is the Executive MBA program offered by ESSEC Business School and Mannheim Business School. The program achieved high scores across all ranking indicators, particularly for thought leadership and diversity.

Participants can choose from two EMBA tracks: the Europe track, in Paris or Mannheim, or the Asia track in Singapore. The Europe track is 18 months, with six-day modules every six weeks from Tuesday or Wednesday to Sunday midday. The Asia track is 15 months with six-day modules every four to five weeks from Monday to Saturday.

Program fees are €49,500 (approx. US$55,730), which includes tuition, class materials and accommodation during study trips.

7) Kellogg/WHU


Next is the Executive MBA program offered by the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management, which achieved very high scores for employer reputation and thought leadership.

Primarily based at WHU’s campus in Vallendar, Germany, on-site modules are approximately every four to seven weeks, for around five to seven days. Participants also attend a 10-day Global Network Week at Kellogg’s campus in Evanston (IL). There are also a number of global electives – previous destinations have included Miami, Toronto, Düsseldorf, Chicago, Lisbon and Hong Kong.

Fees for the two-year program are €95,000 (approx. US$107,257.30).



In sixth place, retaining its spot from last year’s rankings, is the Executive MBA program at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School. NUS scored highly across all ranking indicators, particularly for executive profile and thought leadership.

With the busy executive in mind, the program is split into six intensive two-week sessions spanning 15 months. Although primarily based in Singapore, the program allows students to learn in numerous Asia-Pacific locations, including Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Delhi, Sydney and Tokyo.

Fees for the program are US$125,000 which includes tuition, textbooks and class materials, and most meals for residential segments. Travel and accommodation costs aren’t included.

5) Columbia/HKU/LBS


Next up we have the Global Asia program at Columbia Business School, The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and London Business School, which achieved a perfect score for thought leadership and a nearly perfect one for employer reputation.

The 20-month program is made up of 14 core modules and eight electives. Core courses are taught in four- or five-day residential class weeks. While EMBA participants will receive the majority of their teaching in Hong Kong, they’ll also have class weeks in London and New York. There are also international electives, where participants can choose one or two modules in locations all over the world.

Fees for the program are US$189,600, which covers tuition, course materials, and most meals and accommodation during core teaching blocks.

3=) Tsinghua/INSEAD


In joint third place is the joint EMBA program offered by Tsinghua University School of Economics & Management and INSEAD. The program scored highly across all ranking indicators, including a perfect score for employer reputation and a nearly perfect score for thought leadership.

The 22-month program has tuition fees of US$125,000, with 12 weeks of on-campus classes equating to 59 days out of the office. Participants will spend five weeks in Beijing, three weeks in Singapore, two weeks in Fontainebleau, one week in Abu Dhabi and one week in Shenzhen.

3=) Kellogg/Schulich


The other joint program sharing the accolade of third place in the ranking is the Executive MBA program offered between the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and York University's Schulich School of Business. The program achieved high scores for employer reputation, thought leadership and career outcomes.

The majority of the 18-month program is based at Schulich’s Toronto campus, but participants will spend two weeks at one of Kellogg’s campuses in Evanston or Miami. There is also a ‘Leveraging Global Perspectives’ elective in locations including China, Germany and Hong Kong.

Fees for the program are CAD$110,192 (approx. US$81,447.83).

2) Kellogg/HKUST


In second place is the Executive MBA offered by the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and HKUST Business School. The program achieved especially high scores for employer reputation and thought leadership.

The 18-month program includes 18 weekends (Friday afternoon to Sunday) and two residential modules in Hong Kong, a 10-day residential module in Chicago, and global elective weeks in six partner school campuses around the world.

Program fees are HK$1,439,900 or US$183,500 and include tuition, books and course materials, full accommodation and meals for all weekends at HKUST and for the two residential sessions at HKUST and Kellogg, as well as covering one mandatory global elective week.



Taking the top spot this year is the TRIUM Global Executive MBA, offered between NYU Stern School of Business, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and HEC Paris. Although it didn’t achieve a perfect score, it achieved some of the highest scores in the table, particularly for thought leadership and employer reputation.

The program is divided into six modules over an 18-month period – around 10 weeks out of the office. There are two modules in Paris, and the other four modules are in London, California, New York and Shanghai.

Participants are required to have a minimum of 10 years’ work experience. Fees for the program are US$181,150.

This article was originally published in June 2020 .

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Linda is Content Writer at TopMBA, creating content about students, courses, universities and businesses. She recently graduated in Journalism & Creative Writing with Politics and International Relations, and now enjoys writing for a student audience. 


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