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2018 Top EMBA Programs with Strong Career Services Support

EMBA Programs with Strong Career Services

Some people decide to do an EMBA program so they can get ahead where they currently work. For whatever reason, the powers that be at their companies have decreed that an MBA is necessary (or strongly preferred) for specific roles. However, EMBA programs are also for people who want to earn a degree and move on to new positions and challenges, but who can’t afford (or don’t want) to walk away from their current position to take the 1-2 years necessary to study full-time.

If you are one of these people, where you go to school for your EMBA can make a big difference in your future job prospects. Many business schools offer career services support systems that can help you get a foot in the door. Here is a shortlist of programs from our 2018 Best Executive MBA rankings with strong career services support.

INSEAD Global Executive MBA

The INSEAD Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) is ranked number one Globally. The program lasts for 14 to 17 months depending on which section you join, during which time you have modules lasting 1-2 weeks (or 4-11 days in the case of its Asia offering). Top Industries include: Financial services, Energy, Chemicals, Technology, Media, Manufacturing, and Retail.

The average cohort size is quite large at 235 students (divided into three sections), but that presents lots of networking opportunities for you, helping you to forge connections that could last your entire life. INSEAD also helps you get off on the right foot by offering career development services throughout your study. As an INSEAD Global Executive MBA student, you will have workshops to help you polish your CV and networking skills. You will also have one-on-one career advice sessions.

Cornell Executive MBA Metro New York

As one of the most well-respected management schools, the Cornell Executive MBA Metro New York program puts a strong emphasis on their Career Management Center. Their highly dedicated career services team is there to support EMBA students seeking to shift their career and leverage their credentials for career advancement.

Their Executive MBA students have a variety of career services available to them such as 1-on-1 advising by phone or in person, programming designed to help them navigate their career effectively, access to career tools, and targeted job search work teams, and executive coaches. Being part of the program also means access to a strong alumni network of more than 13,500 professionals who populate c-suites and boardrooms of top companies.

Rutgers Executive MBA Program

The Rutgers Executive MBA Program from Rutgers Business School is ranked 5 in the US Northeast and 15 in the world overall. The 20-month program is comprised 85% of classroom experience and 15% of experiential learning. The average cohort size is 57. Classes meet every other week for a weekend and there is one week of required residency each term. The program also requires a 10-day immersive business experience in Shanghai and Beijing.

The average student sees a 53% salary increase after earning a Rutgers EMBA. The school offers access to career coaching as well as various workshops, job portals, and certificate programs designed to help you find the next rung in your career.

TRIUM Global Executive MBA

The TRIUM Global Executive MBA is offered through a partnership between New York University’s Stern School of Business, the HEC Paris School of Management at École Des Hautes Études Commerciales De Paris, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. The resulting degree is jointly issued. The EMBA program is ranked 3 in the world. It takes 18 months to complete the program. Students are asked to complete six modules. Each one lasts 10-12 consecutive days and they are spread across three continents. The average cohort size in the TRIUM Global Executive MBA is 65.

The average student sees a 52% salary increase after earning a TRIUM Global Executive MBA. One of the program’s biggest strengths is its vast network of alumni, both of the TRIUM program and its partner universities. Top industries are Financial services, Energy, Manufacturing, IT, Consulting, and Legal Services.

Auburn Executive MBA

The Auburn Executive MBA comes from Auburn University’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business. The program is ranked 20th overall amongst business schools in the South/Mid-Atlantic US. Top Industries are: Government, Manufacturing, Technology, Financial services, and Non-profit.

During the 21-month program, you will attend 5 one-week residencies. In total, 70% of the program is classroom-based while the remaining 30% requires online work. There is also some international travel, the cost of which is built into your tuition. The average cohort size is 50 and students have several concentration options, including leadership, healthcare, and operations, which results in a Six Sigma Green Belt in addition to your MBA).

Emory EMBA Programs

Emory University’s Goizueta Business School offers Weekend and Modular MBA Programs for Executives. There are three options. The first is a Weekend MBA program that meets bi-weekly on Fridays and Saturdays. Students can also choose an evening EMBA which requires two nights per week or the modular MBA, which includes 8 one-week residencies, including some international options. Both programs take up to 19 months to complete and are ranked 25 in worldwide EMBA rankings.

The average cohort size is 42. Top industries include: Healthcare, Financial services, Education, Technology, and Consulting. The average salary increase students realize after earning an Emory Goizueta EMBA is 42%. The school hosts different recruiting events and has a full career management center.

Columbia Business School EMBA

The Columbia Business School Executive MBA Program through Columbia University  is ranked #2 in the northeast US and #6 in the world. The 24-month program is 85% classroom-based and 15% experiential.

There are three attendance options. Students may choose a EMBA-NY Saturdays (which meets on Saturdays), the EMBA-NY Fri/Sat (which meets on alternating weekends on Fridays and Saturdays), or the EMBA-Americas (which meets for one business week each month).

The average cohort size is 137. Top industries are: Financial services, Consulting, Healthcare, Technology, Government, and Pharmaceutical. Students benefit from Columbia University’s Career Management Center (CMC) as well as its large alumni network.

The Broad Executive MBA

The Broad Executive MBA at Michigan State University is designed for seasoned professionals and managers at the peak of their careers and boasts top four ranking by Financial Times in the career services arena. The Broad Graduate Career Management Center provides invaluable resources to help navigate between where you are today and your future career goals.

Broad Executive MBA students benefit from access to individual career coaching and pitch development, workshops and insights on interviewing and leveraging networks, as well as management and negotiation training. The Broad Graduate Career Management also provides access to Employer Events as well as 100’s of global career options in their virtual recruiting– The BroadNet online job board. 

The average cohort size is 150. Top industries include: Operations/Logistics, Finance/Accounting, General Management, Information Systems, and Marketing/Sales. Broad graduates enjoy a 56% average salary increase.


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.