Top 15 Executive MBA Programs

  1. MBA's for CIOs
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    MBA's for CIOs

    Some of the highest-paid chief information officers hold advanced degrees. Robert Carter, CIO at FedEx (FDX), earned more than $3 million in 2011. He got his MBA at the University of South Florida. Similarly, Anna Ewing, CIO of Nasdaq, received $2.8 million in compensation in 2010. She graduated from York University with an MBA.

    Yet in this economy, fewer people want to leave their jobs to attend a full-time program, so some are opting for executive MBA programs that meet mostly on weekends. Full-time MBA program application volume continued to taper off for the third consecutive year, according to the 2011 report by the Graduate Management Admission Council. Conversely, in the past two years, more than half of executive MBA programs experienced steady or increased volume in applications.

    Here are the top 15 executive MBA programs in the U.S. as ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek. Included is the percentage of students who manage information systems, so you can see how many tech compadres to expect in each program.

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  2. #15 University of Notre Dame
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    #15 University of Notre Dame

    Mendoza College of Business
    Tuition and fees for entire EMBA program: $86,000
    Classes meet: One weekend per month
    Students who work in management of information systems: 3 percent

    Over the past three academic years, Mendoza College of Business has spent $7 million and added new customer-relationship management and content-management systems, as well as new productivity-measurement software. It redesigned its website and upgraded faculty and staff computers.
  3. #14 Georgetown University
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    #14 Georgetown University

    McDonough School of Business
    Tuition and fees for entire EMBA program: $110,000
    Classes meet: Alternate weekends
    Students who work in management of information systems: 17 percent

    About 24 percent of the students at McDonough School of Business work in the technology industry, while a further 24 percent work in government. Organizations that send students to this program include the U.S. Defense Dept., the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, the U.S. State Dept., Coca-Cola, and the World Bank.
  4. #13 Ohio State University
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    #13 Ohio State University

    Fisher College of Business
    Tuition and fees for entire EMBA program: $77,125
    Students who work in management of information systems: 11 percent

    Students participate in a global immersion experience as a required part of the Fisher College of Business's international business course curriculum by visiting organizations abroad to gain first-hand knowledge of operations in the global marketplace.
  5. #12 New York University
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    #12 New York University

    Stern School of Business
    Tuition and fees for entire EMBA program: $144,000
    Classes meet: Alternate weekends, occasional week-long sessions
    Students who work in management of information systems: 7 percent

    About 17 percent of the students at Stern School of Business work in the technology industry. The school draws students from Goldman Sachs, UBS, Johnson & Johnson, ING, and JPMorgan Chase.
  6. #11 Emory University
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    #11 Emory University

    Goizueta Business School
    Tuition and fees for entire EMBA program: $94,000
    Classes meet: Alternate weekends
    Students who work in management of information systems: 9 percent

    About 20 percent of the students at Goizueta Business School work in the technology industry, followed by 13 percent in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and health care and a further 13 percent in consumer products.
  7. #10 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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    #10 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Kenan-Flagler Business School
    Tuition and fees for entire EMBA program: $87,000
    Classes meet: Alternate weekends
    Students who work in management of information systems: 4 percent

    Companies sending students to Kenan-Flagler Business School include Bank of America, Cisco, Capital One, Deloitte, and bioMérieux.
  8. #9 Duke University
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    #9 Duke University

    Fuqua School of Business
    Tuition and fees for entire EMBA program: $146,540
    Students who work in management of information systems: 3 percent

    About 16 percent of the students in this program work in the technology industry. Companies that send students to Fuqua School of Business include Cisco Systems, Booz Allen Hamilton, JPMorgan Chase, Deere, and General Electric.
  9. #8 Southern Methodist University
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    #8 Southern Methodist University

    Cox School of Business
    Tuition and fees for entire EMBA program: $99,300
    Classes meet: Alternate weekends
    Students who work in management of information systems: 14 percent

    About 24 percent of the students at Cox School of Business work in the technology industry, followed by 9 percent in consumer products and 9 percent in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and health care.
  10. #7 University of California, Los Angeles
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    #7 University of California, Los Angeles

    Anderson School of Management
    Tuition and fees for entire EMBA program: $108,240
    Classes meet: Alternate weekends, occasional week-long sessions
    Students who work in management of information systems: 12 percent

    This program at Anderson School of Management features a five-day international business seminar, which includes in-country class lectures, company visits, and cultural activities.
  11. #6 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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    #6 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Ross School of Business
    Tuition and fees for entire EMBA program: Resident: $125,000. Non-resident: $130,000
    Classes meet: Occasional weeklong sessions, one weekend per month
    Students who work in management of information systems: 14 percent

    Top organizations sending students to Ross School of Business include Eli Lilly, Fidelity Investments, Ernst & Young, the U.S. government, and Ford Motor.
  12. #5 University of Southern California
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    #5 University of Southern California

    Marshall School of Business
    Tuition and fees for entire EMBA program: $111,000
    Classes meet: Alternate weekends
    Students who work in management of information systems: 11 percent

    About 18 percent of the students at Marshall School of Business work in the technology industry, followed by 15 percent in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and health, and 10 percent in government.
  13. #4 Columbia University
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    #4 Columbia University

    Columbia Business School
    Tuition and fees for entire EMBA program: $148,320
    Classes meet: Alternate weekends, occasional week-long sessions
    Students who work in management of information systems: 7 percent

    The program at Columbia Business School includes an international seminar elective with a choice of five locations: China, Brazil, Munich, Paris, and India.
  14. #3 Pennsylvania State University
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    #3 Pennsylvania State University

    Smeal College of Business
    Tuition and fees for entire EMBA program: $93,000
    Classes meet: Alternate weekends, occasional week-long sessions
    Students who work in management of information systems: 5 percent

    The top organizations sending students to Smeal College of Business are Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Johnson & Johnson, Honeywell Electronics, and Tyco Electronics.
  15. #2 University of Chicago
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    #2 University of Chicago

    Booth School of Business
    Tuition and fees for entire EMBA program: $142,000
    Classes meet: Alternate weekends, occasional week-long sessions
    Students who work in management of information systems: 6 percent

    Nearly 10 percent of the students at Booth School of Business work in the technology industry, while 9 percent work in pharmaceuticals, biotech, and health care. An additional 8 percent work in manufacturing, followed by 6 percent in petroleum and energy.
  16. #1 Northwestern University
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    #1 Northwestern University

    Kellogg School of Management
    Tuition and fees for entire EMBA program: $153,900
    Classes meet: Alternate weekends, occasional week-long sessions, one weekend per month
    Students who work in management of information systems: 6 percent

    In the last three academic years, Kellogg School of Management has spent $19 million in technology improvements, including upgraded classrooms, public computers, videoconferencing, and expanding the laptop loaner pool and social networking presence.