Financial Times has revealed the top 100 schools for Executive MBA (EMBA) programmes in 2020. This year's list has been ranked across a range of criteria, including average salary one can earn after graduation, value for money of the programmes offered, and more. 

Topping the list is Kellogg/HKUST Business School in Hong Kong, which offers the Kellogg-HKUST EMBA programme, through which a graduate can earn an average of US$528,057. Coming in second is Ceibs which has facilities in China, Switzerland, and Ghana and offers the Global EMBA programme; graduates from the programme are able to earn an average of US$482,674 a year.

The list of Top 25 Executive MBA schools for 2020 is as follows (all salaries are in USD):

#1 Kellogg/HKUST Business School

Location: Hong Kong

Programme name: Kellogg-HKUST EMBA

Average salary: $528,057

#2 Ceibs

Locations: China/Switzerland/Ghana

Programme: Global EMBA

Average salary: $482,674

#3 HEC Paris

Locations: France / Qatar / China

Programme: HEC Paris International EMBA

Average salary: $371,789

#4 Trium: HEC Paris/LSE/NYU: Stern

Locations: France / UK / US / China

Programme: Trium Global EMBA

Average salary: $420,796

#5 Tsinghua University/Insead

Locations: China / Singapore / France / UAE

Programme: Tsinghua-Insead Dual Degree EMBA

Average salary: $372,148

#6 Shanghai Jiao Tong University: Antai

Location: China

Programme: SJTU Antai EMBA

Average salary: $451,744

#7 ESCP Business School

Locations: France / Germany / Italy / Lebanon / Spain / UK

Programme: EMBA

Average salary: $272,852

#8 Iese Business School

Locations: Spain / US

Programme: Global EMBA

Average salary: $364,966

#9 Insead

Locations: France / Singapore / UAE

Programme: Global EMBA (GEMBA)

Average salary: $311,882

#10 EMBA-Global Asia: Columbia/HKU/LBS

Locations: US / UK / Hong Kong

Programme: EMBA-Global Asia

Average salary: $324,192

#11 Arizona State University: Carey

Location: China

Programme: Carey / SNAI EMBA

Average salary: $384,738

#12 IE Business School

Location: Spain

Programme: Global EMBA

Average salary: $309,031

#13 London Business School

Locations: UK / UAE

Programme: EMBA

Average salary: $273,377

#14 UCLA: Anderson/National University of Singapore

Locations: US / Singapore

Programme: UCLA-NUS EMBA

Average salary: $320,994

#15 CUHK Business School

Location: Hong Kong

Programme: EMBA

Average salary: $306,708

#16 Washington University: Olin (tie)

Location: China

Programme: Washington University-Fudan EMBA

Average salary: $334,696

#16 Kellogg/WHU Beisheim (tie)

Location: Germany

Programme: Kellogg-WHU EMBA

Average salary: $237,177

#18 University of Oxford: Saïd

Location: UK

Programme: University of Oxford EMBA

Average salary: $235,289

#19 Korea University Business School

Location: South Korea

Programme: EMBA

Average salary: $366,526

#20 EMBA-Global: Columbia/LBS

Locations: US / UK

Programme: EMBA-Global Americas & Europe

Average salary: $283,041

#21 Fudan University School of Management

Location: China

Programme: Fudan EMBA

Average salary: $389,248

#22 Singapore Management University: Lee Kong Chian (tie)

Location: Singapore

Programme: EMBA

Average salary: $375,346

#22 Warwick Business School (tie)

Location: UK

Programme: EMBA

Average salary: $191,052

#24 University of Pennsylvania: Wharton

Location: US

Programme: Wharton MBA for Executives

Average salary: $234,239

#25 Yonsei University School of Business

Location: South Korea

Programme: EMBA

Average salary: $350,417


Apart from the above, the rankings also identified the top schools by selected categories, including work experience, female student percentage, international course experience, and more.

The top five work experience, female student percentage, international course experience, respectively, are highlighted below:

Work experience

#1 IE Business School (12th overall)

Location: Spain

Programme: Global EMBA

Average salary: $309,031

#2 Trium: HEC Paris/LSE/NYU: Stern (4th overall)

Locations: France / UK / US / China

Programme: Trium Global EMBA

Average salary: $420,796

#3 Kellogg/HKUST Business School (1st overall)

Location: Hong Kong

Programme name: Kellogg-HKUST EMBA

Average salary: $528,057

#4 Tsinghua University/Insead (5th overall)

Locations: China / Singapore / France / UAE

Programme: Tsinghua-Insead Dual Degree EMBA

Average salary: $372,148

#5 IMD Business School (29th overall)

Location: Switzerland

Programme: IMD EMBA

Average salary: $255,202


Female student percentage

#1 BI Norwegian Business School/Fudan University School of Management (27th overall)

Location: China

Programme: BI-Fudan MBA

Average salary: $251,699

Percentage of female students: 62%

#2 Grenoble Ecole de Management (63rd overall)

Locations: Georgia / Russia

Programme: Executive Part-Time MBA

Average salary: $145,433

Percentage of female students: 60%

#3 HKU Business School (37th overall)

Location: Hong Kong

Programme: HKU-Fudan MBA (International)

Average salary: $239,052

Percentage of female students: 59%

#4 Fordham University: Gabelli (79th overall)

Location: US

Programme: Fordham Gabelli EMBA

Average salary: $179,954

Percentage of female students: 54%

#5 Aalto University (88th overall)

Location: Finland

Programme: Aalto EMBA in Helsinki

Average salary: $144,723

Percentage of female students: 50%


International course experience

#1 Trium: HEC Paris/LSE/NYU: Stern (4th overall)

Locations: France / UK / US / China

Programme: Trium Global EMBA

Average salary: $420,796

#2 Duke University: Fuqua (34th overall)

Location: US

Programme: The Duke MBA — Global Executive

Average salary: $195,874

#3 EMBA-Global Asia: Columbia/HKU/LBS (10th overall)

Locations: US / UK / Hong Kong

Programme: EMBA-Global Asia

Average salary: $324,192

#4 Iese Business School (8th overall)

Locations: Spain / US

Programme: Global EMBA

Average salary: $364,966

#5 ESCP Business School (7th overall)

Locations: France / Germany / Italy / Lebanon / Spain / UK

Programme: EMBA

Average salary: $272,852

View the full FT Executive MBA rankings here.  

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