Financial Times: University of Denver’s Daniels among world’s top 100 executive MBA programs

October 14, 2012

Denver Business Journal

The executive master of business administration program at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business again was named one of the world’s top 100 EMBA programs in an annual ranking released Sunday by the Financial Times.

DU-Daniels is the only Colorado program on the London-based business newspaper’s EMBA list. It ranks No. 96.

Last year, Daniels placed No. 99 on the list. It was No. 95 in 2010, No. 85 in 2009 and No. 90 in 2008.

EMBA programs generally are tailored to working mid-career professionals and offer flexible schedules.

Graduates of DU’s EMBA program earn an average annual salary of $163,450 three years after completing it, up 44 percent from before taking the program, the Financial Times said.

“The five consecutive rankings by the Financial Times confirm what our Executive MBA graduates tell us,” Daniels Dean Christine Riordan said in a statement Sunday. “Our EMBA program competes successfully on a global platform. It combines rigorous academics, a focus on ethical leadership, and hands-on immersive learning on the big issues facing our world society. Our students also gain a powerful worldwide network of fellow students, companies, alumni and faculty.”

No. 1 on the Financial Times’ 2012 list is the Kellogg School of Management / Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s executive MBA program, where salaries three years after graduating averaged $465,774.

It’s followed by Columbia/London Business School; and Trium Global EMBA, a joint offering of École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Paris, London School of Economics and New York University.

The Financial Times’ rankings are based on several criteria ranging from graduate salaries and career progression to faculty excellence and diversity.