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The 2018 Top EMBA Programs in the Northeast

Top EMBA programs in the northeast

When it comes to picking an Executive MBA program that works for you, location is likely going to be one of your biggest considerations. No matter how great the school or how comprehensive the program, you need to be able to attend classes there easily. Selecting an EMBA program that is on the other side of the globe or even just across the country is going to add expense in terms of both time and money to your EMBA experience. Choosing an EMBA in your local region resolves those issues.

Here are some of our top picks for Executive MBA programs in the Northeast United States from Ivy Exec’s 2018 Best Executive MBA Programs ranking.

Columbia Business School Executive MBA Program

If you would rather study in New York City, consider the Columbia Business School Executive MBA Program. The 24-month program is ranked 2nd in the region for prestige, 2nd for career advancement, 2nd for curriculum, and 2nd for global experience. Around 85% of the program takes place in a classroom while 15% is experiential.

There are several schedules for the EMBA at Columbia Business School. There is the EMBA-NY Saturday program that meets every Saturday and the EMBA-NY Fri/Sat program that meets every other week on consecutive Fridays and Saturdays. The Columbia Business School Executive MBA Program also supports longer modules. Its EMBA-Americas program involves 5 to 6-day blocks, once every month.

The average class size in a Columbia Business School EMBA program is 137 students and they bring an average of nine years of work experience to the table. Top student industries are financial services, consulting, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, technology, and government.

The Rutgers Executive MBA Program

The Rutgers Executive MBA Program from Rutgers Business School is another option. In its region, the program is ranked 7th for prestige, 8th for career advancement, 6th for curriculum, and 6th for global experience. Around 85% of the program is classroom taught. Classes meet every other week on the weekend. The 20-month EMBA also requires students study in residence for one week at four separate times in the program.

The average class size at the Rutgers Executive MBA Program is 57 and the average years of work experience is 14. Top student industries include pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, healthcare, financial services, government, consumer products, and technology.

Katz EMBA Worldwide Program

The Katz EMBA Worldwide Program is offered through the University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. The program is ranked 49th in the world and 9th in the Northeast US. It is also ranked 7th for prestige, 8th for career advancement, 14h for curriculum, and 12th for global experience.

The 18-month program is 100% classroom taught. Classes meet every other week on consecutive Fridays and Saturdays.

The average class size at the Katz EMBA Worldwide Program is 45 and the students carry an average 12 years of work experience. Common student industries include manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, technology, consulting, and financial services.

MIT Executive MBA Program

The MIT Executive MBA Program is a 20-month EMBA program that is offered through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) school of management. It is ranked 10th in the world and 3rd in the region overall. Within the Northeast US, the MIT Executive MBA Program is ranked 5th for prestige, 3rd for career advancement, 3rd for curriculum, and 5th for global experience.

Classes take place every three weeks on consecutive Fridays and Saturdays. Roughly 96% of the work takes place in a classroom while 4% is experimental. There is no online component to the program.

The average class size at MIT Executive MBA Program is 126 and those student carry an average 17 years of work experience. Top student industries include software, technology, healthcare, financial services, pharmaceuticals, education, and non-profits.

The Wharton MBA for Executives Philadelphia

The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School is home to the Wharton MBA for Executives Philadelphia. The program is ranked 4th in the world and 1st in the US Northeast. Within its region, the Wharton Executive MBA is ranked 1st for prestige, 1st for career advancement, 1st for curriculum, and 3rd for global experience.

It takes 24 months to complete and is 95% classroom taught. The other 5% is experiential. Classes meet every other week on Fridays and Saturdays. There are also some three-day weekends required.

The average class size of 110 students, while the average work experience those students have is 11 years. Common industries in this program include consulting, investment banking, investment management, diversified financial services, and technology.

The Northeast United States is home to some of the best Executive MBA programs in the world and each one is an easy commute if you live in the upper right part of the country. Look at each program in turn and choose a schedule, experience, and classroom composition that works for your life and your goals.


Ivy Exec’s goal in releasing its annual EMBA program rankings is to support its members and the broader, global professional community in making better-informed decisions when selecting the best-fit Executive MBA program for themselves. Pursuing an EMBA is a significant investment of time, not to mention money, so these rankings may help a professional consider potential ROI ahead of time.

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.