Newswise — The Executive MBA program at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah is again ranked among the world’s best according to this year’s rankings by the Financial Times. The program ranked No. 4 in the West, No. 19 nationally, and No. 94 globally (up from No. 98 globally in 2019). 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: surveys of EMBA alumni three years post-graduation and surveys of school administrators addressing a broad variety of criteria. These include alumni career progression, school diversity, international focus, idea generation, and research productivity of the faculty.
“It’s an honor to be ranked one of the top 20 executive MBA programs in the nation,” said David Eccles School of Business Dean Taylor Randall. “Executive MBAs are a unique offering designed to help students who have already achieved a great deal of professional success. To know that we are providing tangible value to these seasoned professionals, both in career growth and in what they add to their organizations, reaffirms why we do what we do.”
Members of the Executive MBA Class of 2017 described the program as a uniquely transformative experience, citing the strength of instruction and of the cohort as key strengths.
“I selected the EMBA program at the University of Utah because of its outstanding reputation. The quality of faculty, as well as the caliber of students in the program, made it an easy choice for me,” said Jill McAree, director of Field Talent Acquisition at Discover Financial Services and member of the surveyed class of 2017.
The Eccles School also ranked No. 16 in the U.S. and No. 46 globally for the success of its researchers, as measured by publications in the FT-designated top international, academic, and business journals.
According to alumni survey responses, Eccles School Executive MBA graduates increased their salaries by an average of 43% three years after graduation. This translates to an average salary today of $164,986 for the class of 2017.
“We are honored to be recognized by Financial Times for the strength of our Executive MBA program,” said Brad Vierig, associate dean of MBA programs and Executive Education. “The Financial Times EMBA ranking shows the quantifiable benefits of MBA education. Students who are ready and willing to apply what they learn are seeing a strong return on investment in their education through salary increases, promotions, and increased responsibilities at work.”
The Eccles School Executive MBA is a 21-month program that meets two weekends a month, with a global-focused curriculum geared toward mid- to senior-level professionals. To learn more about the Financial Times rankings, visit http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolrankings
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 University of Utah David Eccles School of Business 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 Eccles.Utah.edu or call 801-581-7676.
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