The 2017 Best EMBA Programs in the Northeast

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As the home of the Ivy League, it’s no wonder that the Northeast corridor has the highest concentration of top EMBA programs in the country.

This year, however, Ivy Exec’s ranking of the best schools saw a bit of a shake-up in the region as all but one of the top five moved on the ladder. Of course, this year, the perennial favorite reigned once again: The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania held on strong to the top spot.

Coming in second, the Columbia Business School EMBA program, climbed up the charts from number four last year. In third place was the MIT EMBA program at the Sloan School of Business, down from second place in 2016. In fourth this year was the Yale EMBA program, sliding from third last year. And finally, rounding out the top five was NYU Stern, making a move up from 6th place where it was last year.

Spotlight Programs

Outside of the top five, several EMBA programs in the Northeast are particularly worthy of special mention. Ivy Exec has identified the four schools in the region that merit extra consideration.

At number six on our Northeast rankings, Cornell offers an exciting opportunity for the EMBA student who prioritizes in-classroom learning. With 100% of its instruction conducted in a classroom or lecture setting, Cornell makes for a uniquely collaborative cohort experience.

“The collaborative, community-oriented nature of the program was truly special and unique,” says Christian Brunone, EMBA class of 2016. “For that we have to thank the administration and staff. With great care they assembled a diverse group of talented professionals in a setting that allowed us to leverage talents and strengths while challenging us to grow and develop as individuals, teammates, and leaders.”

Students at Cornell can expect an impressive 102% salary increase upon graduating. The program also offers excellent global learning opportunities. With some 40% of the cohort hailing from outside the US, the program offers a wealth of international study programs from Lima to Montreal. 

At number seven on our top rankings for EMBA programs in the Northeast, Rutgers offers an expansive global network of alumni, some 36,000 strong. The program also came in number one on our rankings for life balance, offering participants the chance to enrich their education without adding an unmanageable course load to their lives.

Tom Madsen, Rutgers EMBA class of 2005, is now Vice President and CIO at Verizon. He credits his Rutgers experience with offering him unparalleled access to the executives he needed to know to get ahead.

“One of the best things about the program for me was exposure to other senior level managers,” Madsen recalls. “It made me realize that all of us, whether we are in finance, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, telecommunications or any other industry, are trying to solve the same problems. We are just coming at it from different perspectives. My fellow students were all highly seasoned business professionals and I learned almost as much from them as from my professors. That certainly is a unique element of the Rutgers EMBA program and clearly reflects its quality.”

The Fordham program blends a variety of learning experiences to give students flexibility. The majority of the program is taught in the classroom while 10% is available online and 20% is experiential. Perhaps the most exciting component of the experiential learning program at Fordham comes at the end of the 22-month long curriculum. All EMBA candidates conclude their learning experience with an international capstone trip. The cohort collaboratively chooses a country and then finds a business problem there to consult on. In the past, Fordham EMBA cohorts have visited Rio de Janeiro, Beijing and Istanbul.

The Katz EMBA Worldwide program spans three continents to give participants a global education at a reasonable price. At $80,000 for the 18-month program, Katz is more than $100,000 cheaper than some of its competitors in the regional top five.

The program is especially unique in its offering of the Global Executive Forums that students attend in Pittsburgh, Prague and São Paulo. These programs give the Katz cohort the opportunity to collaborate with students in these international locations while immersing themselves in the business cultures of these countries.

Sebastian Siseles graduated from the EMBA program in 2014. He is now the international director for Freelancer.com. His international education at Katz helped to prepare him for his current role where he is leading the company’s global expansion efforts particularly into emerging markets.

“By understanding financial concepts I was never exposed to before and by using the tools the Katz EMBA program provided in courses such as Organizational Behavior, I have drastically increased my understanding of strategy and how to optimize business on so many levels,” he said.

With courses offered around the world, Pitt also boasts an alumni network of 30,000 graduates across 90 countries. And it’s not just the quantity of alumni that matters, it’s the quality: more than 1,000 of these alumni are CEOs, presidents and board chairs.

About the Author

R. Kress is an Emmy Award winning journalist whose reporting and writing has appeared in national media from NBC News to the International Herald Tribune. She has covered news from cities around the world including Jerusalem, Krakow, Amman and Mumbai.