Five badges displaying MBA rankingsDaniels MBA programs receive recognition in all of CEO Magazine’s categories

The Daniels College of Business Executive MBA, online MBA and full-time MBA are top-tier business programs worldwide, according to the latest rankings from CEO Magazine. Daniels is the only Colorado business school included on the list.

The EMBA ranked No. 10 globally—one of only two North American programs in the Top 10—five spots higher than last year. Meanwhile, the online MBA claimed the No. 21 spot and the full-time Denver MBA is among the magazine’s unranked “Tier One” schools. The rankings are based on a number of factors, including the international exposure programs provide to their students.

“Global experience is a cornerstone of all of our MBA curricula,” said Vivek Choudhury, dean of the Daniels College of Business. “Every MBA student has the opportunity to travel abroad, study the international business landscape and grow as a person. Our graduates frequently cite our global experiences as the most meaningful part of their time here.”

No matter the program—online, part-time or full-time—MBA cohorts have a chance to spend time outside the United States to deal with a diverse set of ideas, points of view, customer types and more. In the past, students have traveled to Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, India, Israel, Kenya, Norway, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, to name a few. Facing the complexity of a new country context helps students become high performers when they graduate.

“Even our online students participate in two required in-person experientials/immersions,” said Lowell Valencia-Miller, assistant dean of MBA programs. “Learning directly from business leaders and visiting industry sites are invaluable experiences. It helps students understand how their career goals fit into the broader business ecosystem.”

Andy Cohen, faculty director of the EMBA, said the rankings reflect a curriculum that applies world-class theory to real-world challenges.

“It is an honor to be recognized as one of the world’s premier MBA programs for executives,” he said. “It’s a testament to our focus on the complex issues that are most critical to senior leaders: corporate strategy, global management, mobilizing large organizations and teams, leading large-scale change, confronting difficult ethical decisions and balancing the needs of diverse stakeholders.”

CEO Magazine has been showcasing top business schools from around the globe since it first launched in 2008. In 2012, it published its annual Global MBA Rankings, profiling MBA, Executive MBA and Online MBA programs. This year, CEO Magazine ranked data from 121 schools, offering 239 different programs in 24 countries.

The ranking methodology is weighted entirely toward fact-based criteria, a system designed to cut through the noise and provide potential students with a performance benchmark for those schools under review. Factors included in the calculation include the quality of faculty, class size, international diversity, international exposure, gender parity and professional development.

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