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2018 Top EMBA Programs for Technology/Media/Telecom (TMT) Executives

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Are you considering an Executive MBA (EMBA) to stay up-to-date within the technology, media, or telecom (TMT) industries? You aren’t alone.

Many people go to business school to learn about the management of their industry and to help their existing organizations thrive. They “feel that they need this to move up the ladder and take the next step,” says associate dean for graduate programs Bill Aaronson of Temple University’s Fox School of Business. To this end, they take concentrations that reflect those interests, such as a specialism in finance – but have you thought about the industries reflected in the schools you consider?

You should. While the right program will help you get far, the right proportion of students from your industry could help you improve your professional network. For people in the TMT industry, here are some schools with a high proportion of students from this industry, from our 2018 Top Executive MBA Programs ranking.

Global OneMBA

Percentage of students in technology, media, or telecom: 33%

The Global OneMBA is offered by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School in partnership with the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Sao Paulo School of Business Administration, Erasmus University’s Rotterdam School of Management RSM, the Monterrey Institute of Technology’s EGADE Business School, and the Xiamen University School of Management (SMXMU). The partnership helps you experience a range of cultures and access a wide alumni network.

The 21-month program is ranked 10 in the world overall. Classes meet every month for one weekend (Friday to Sunday). There are also 4 one-week residencies. Each one gives you a chance to apply your skills in a different part of the world, including Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America.

The average class size is 30.

UC Irvine

Percentage of students in technology, media, or telecom: 22%

The University of California Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business offers an EMBA program that is ranked 10 in the US West. While you can take a defined specialty, one of the things that makes this program unique is that you have more than four dozen electives from which to choose – letting you define your own education.

The UC Irvine EMBA takes 21 month to finish. Every quarter, classes meet for four weekends. There is also a one-week international residency. Students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local business culture. Past locations include Vietnam, Shanghai, India, Israel, Hong Kong, and Myanmar.

The average class size is 42.


Percentage of students in technology, media, or telecom: 16%

The UNC Executive MBA Program is offered by the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. It is ranked 3 in the South/Mid-Atlantic region and 18th in the world.

The 20-month program has two attendance tracks. There is a weekend MBA that meets every third week and an evening MBA that holds class on Monday nights. Students also have a variety of opportunities for international travel.

Each cohort has 50 students, on average.


Percentage of students in technology, media, or telecom: 15%

The INSEAD Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) is offered by business school INSEAD. It has three campuses: One in France, one in Singapore, and one in Abu Dhabi. This program is ranked 1 overall in Europe and 1 in in the world.

The module-based program offers Asia, Europe, and Middle East tracks. Each one requires 1-2 weeks per module (Asia: 4-11 days) and takes 14-17 months to complete. Students attend business school at their chosen campus for the half of th eprogram, then the cohort comes together, alternating between the different INSEAD campuses before graduating from the program in Singapore.

Each cohort has 235 students, on average.


Percentage of students in technology, media, or telecom: 13%

Emory University’s Goizueta Business School offers Weekend and Modular MBA Programs for Executives. Overall, its EMBA is 6 in its region and 25 in the world.

It takes 16-19 months to finish the emory EMBA program, depending on which schedule you choose. Emory offers weekend, evening, and modular options. If you choose this program, you will also be asked to participate in an immersion trip that lasts for 10 days and includes an International Colloquium as well as a Global Business Practices trip.

The average class size is 42.

London Business School

Percentage of students in technology, media, or telecom: 12%

The London Business School is home to the London Business School Executive MBA. It is ranked 2 overall in Europe and 5 in the world.

The program lasts 20 months and there are two schedule options. The LBS EMBA London meets every other weekend in London while the LBS EMBA Dubai is more modular. Students meet for 4-5 days once every month. Most classes are in Dubai but some visits to London are required. The two cohorts begin their studies with a week in London, then join up periodically throughout their studies.

Each cohort has 70 students, on average.


Percentage of students in technology, media, or telecom: 10%

The Auburn Executive MBA is offered by Auburn University’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business. It is ranked 20 overall in its region.

The 21-month program requires a mix of online study and immersion modules. Students have five week-long residencies. Each one includes classroom time and team-building opportunities, perfect for networking. There is also an international trip built into the program.

Each cohort has 50 students, on average.

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.