Executive Education

8 EMBA Programs with Strong Job Prospects

For people who want to earn an MBA while continuing to work and have a few years in the field, executive MBA programs (called “EMBA”) are a great choice.

“By staying in the workforce and going to school at the same time, students are able to bring what they are learning in the classroom directly to their organization,” explains Matthew Moll, Assistant Director of MBA Admissions at Columbia Business School. “Students also have the advantage of working with and learning from other professionals who are from diverse industries and who are committed to growing at their current companies.” All of this translates to increased earning potential.

IvyExec surveyed EMBA programs around the world to find the ones that have the highest post-graduation salary increases. Here is a list of the EMBA programs with the best job prospects from Ivy Exec’s 2017 Best Executive MBA Programs rankings.

CU EMBA (University of Colorado)

Average Post-Graduation Salary Increase: 69%

The CU EMBA is available through the Graduate Schools of Business at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Denver, and Colorado Springs. It is a 21-month program that combines 85% classroom experience with 15% experiential work and the average post-graduation salary increase is 69%. Classes average 30 students and meet every other weekend on Fridays and Saturdays.

Cornell EMBA Metro NY 

Average Post-Graduation Salary Increase: 102%

The Cornell Executive MBA Metro New York is offered through Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. The program lasts 22-months and is 100% taught in the classroom. Students see an average salary increase of 102% after graduation. Classes average 870 students and they meet bi-weekly on Saturdays and Sundays.

Fordham EMBA (Fordham University) 

Average Post-Graduation Salary Increase: 52%

Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business is home to the Fordham Executive MBA. The 22-month program is 70% classroom time, 10% online learnings, and 20% experiential. Its graduates see an average post-graduation salary that is 52% higher than before they started the program. Attendance requirements are one three-day weekend each month, and the average class size is 25 students.

INSEAD Global EMBA 

Average Post-Graduation Salary Increase: 52%

The INSEAD Global EMBA is available through INSEAD campuses worldwide. There is one in France, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi. Programs are intensive and take 14 to 17 months to complete. The average post-graduation salary increase is 52%. Classes average 235 students and follow different class schedules depending on your location. Regardless which INSEAD EMBA program you choose, you will need to attend 53 to 63 days total before graduation.

Broad Executive MBA (Michigan State University) 

Average Post-Graduation Salary Increase: 56%

Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business is home to the Broad Executive MBA. The 20-month program involves 95% classroom time and 5% experiential learning. Its graduates see an average post-graduation salary that is 56% higher than before they started the program. Attendance requirements are Friday evenings and day-long Saturday classes every other weekend. The average class size is 150 students.

Fisher EMBA (Ohio State University)

Average Post-Graduation Salary Increase: 50%

The Fisher Executive MBA is offered through Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. The program lasts 27-months and is 100% taught in the classroom. Students see an average salary increase of 50% after graduation. Classes meet for three consecutive days (Thursday/Friday/Saturday) once a month on-campus. The average class size is 38 students.

Rutgers EMBA 

Average Post-Graduation Salary Increase: 53%

The Rutgers Executive MBA is available through the Rutgers Business School at Newark and New Brunswick. It is a 20-month program that combines 85% classroom experience with 15% experiential work and the average post-graduation salary increase is 53%. Classes meet every week on Fridays and Saturdays. There is also a required one-week in-residence each semester. There are 65 students per class on average.

SSE MBA Executive Format (Stockholm School of Economics)

Average Post-Graduation Salary Increase: 55%

The Stockholm School of Economics is home to the SSE MBA Executive Format. The 18-month program is 34% classroom time, 33% online learnings, and 33% experiential. Its graduates see an average post-graduation salary that is 55% higher than before they started the program. Students are required to take ten weeks of classes. Days are full and evening activities are planned. Distance learning and self-study supplement classroom learning. Average class size is 48 students.

While no EMBA program guarantees a higher paying job, some turn out graduates with consistently higher average salaries post-graduation. University reputation and program prestige can make a real difference in pay and opportunity. Add to that a vast alumni network, and it can translate into significant increases in take-home salary.

About the Author

Renee Ann Butler is a business writer whose writing has appeared in numerous outlets related to finance and investing, from TheStreet to SCORE. She has an MBA, degrees in psychology, and over 15 years of experience working with hedge funds and startups.