Newswise — Salt Lake City October 15, 2018 — The Executive MBA program at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah is once again ranked as one of the best in the world, according to this year’s rankings by the Financial Times. The program ranked No. 4 in the West, No. 24 nationally and No. 97 globally. It is the only school in Utah to be ranked in the Financial Times’ top-100 Executive MBA programs. 

The Financial Times draws information for its rankings from two primary sources: 55 percent of the score is based on surveys of EMBA alumni three years post-graduation, and 45 percent of the score is calculated from 16 criteria in three areas including alumni career progression, school diversity, international focus and idea generation and research productivity of the faculty. 

“It’s an honor to once again be ranked one of the top 25 EMBA programs in the country,” said Dean Taylor Randall. “We — along with our generous donors — have made some significant investments to add to world-class faculty and a stunning new facility to the EMBA experience. It’s gratifying to know those investments are being recognized.”

Members of the class of 2015 who participated in the survey described going through the Eccles EMBA program as a transformational experience, citing the dedication and knowledge of faculty as one of the primary reasons for their success.

“I chose the University of Utah Executive MBA program because of the ranking, the deep pool of professors who have excellent expertise in their fields of specialty, and because of the class schedule,” said Joshua Young, president of YESCO Franchising and member of the surveyed class of 2015. 

The David Eccles School of Business also ranked No. 20 in the U.S. and No. 52 globally for the success of its researchers, as measured by publications in the FT-designated top international, academic, and business journals.  

The diversity at the Eccles School was also recognized, with the EMBA program’s 27 percent female-identifying student population earning the program a No. 16 ranking for percentage of female students. Administrators anticipate seeing that percentage continue to rise as staff and faculty invest in new initiatives aimed at increasing women’s enrollment and overall diversity in the classroom.

According to alumni survey responses, Eccles School Executive MBA graduates increased their salaries by an average of 46 percent three years after graduation. This translates to an average salary of $153,062.

"We are honored by the recognition our Eccles Executive MBA program has received. To be selected among the best Executive MBA programs in the world is a validation of our long-term commitment to providing world-class graduate business education. Our EMBA program meets the needs of seasoned, high-performing business leaders, allowing students to remain fully engaged in their professional and personal lives while developing skills to make an immediate impact in their workplace,” said Brad Vierig, associate dean of MBA programs and Executive Education at the Eccles School. “With the recent opening of the new Robert H. and Katharine B. Garff building, home of the Executive MBA program, we are demonstrating our continued dedication to the value of MBA education. I am excited to see how we can continue to succeed in this incredible new space."

The program also ranked No. 5 in the U.S. for international course experience. University of Utah Executive MBA students travel abroad for their second intensive week and for the final session of their program. 

The Eccles School Executive MBA is a 21-month program that meets two weekends a month, with a global-focused curriculum that’s geared toward mid- to senior-level professionals. To learn more about the Financial Times rankings, visit 

About the David Eccles School of Business 

The Eccles School is synonymous with ‘doing.’ The Eccles experience provides a world-class business education with a unique, entrepreneurial focus on real-world scenarios where students put what they learn into practice long before graduation. Founded in 1917 and educating more than 6,000 students annually, the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah offers nine undergraduate majors, four MBAs, eight other graduate programs, a Ph.D. in seven areas and executive education curricula. The School is also home to 12 institutes, centers and initiatives that deliver academic research and support an ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation. For more information, visit or call 801-581-7676.


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