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Top EMBA Programs for Jet-Setters

Top EMBA Programs for jet-Setters

When it comes to EMBA programs, some offer international travel options for a special capstone project. The experience is usually immersive and it gives students the chance to apply what they have learned in a real-world setting. However, some EMBA programs take it a step further. These programs are more international in focus, making them perfect for jet setters. Here are the top programs for travel from our 2018 Best Executive MBA Programs ranking.

TRIUM Global Executive MBA

The TRIUM Global Executive MBA is the result of a joint effort from 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. Together, they provide jointly issued EMBAs.

Overall, the EMBA program is ranked 3 in the world. The 18-month program is made up of six models spread across three continents. Each one lasts 10-12 days. It starts in London. Next, you move on to California, then Paris. Modules 4 and 5 take place in New York and Shanghai, respectively. Finally, you conclude your studies in Paris. All told, the TRIUM Global Executive MBA provides more than 500 hours of classroom study and students are expected to spend an additional 15-20 hours per week in self-study.

The TRIUM Global Executive MBA has 65 students per cohort on average. Top industries include Financial services, Energy, Manufacturing, IT, Consulting, and Legal Services.

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The INSEAD Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) is ranked 1 Globally, overall. The program takes up to 17 months to complete and requires students attend different modules. For programs in the Middle East and Europe, the modules take 1-2 weeks while they last 4-11 days in the Asia program. No matter which route of study you select, you will spend time on each of the campuses in Europe, Middle East, and Asia in the first half of your program study and all programs are kept separate. For the second half, all the students in your cohort are brought together. You will attend your remaining modules as one, before ultimately graduating in Singapore.

The average cohort is around 235 students, but this is divided in three sections for the first half of your study. Top Industries include: Financial services, Energy, Chemicals, Technology, Media, Manufacturing, and Retail.

Global OneMBA

The Global OneMBA is a joint program from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School in conjunction with Erasmus University’s Rotterdam School of Management RSM, the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Sao Paulo School of Business Administration, the Monterrey Institute of Technology’s EGADE Business School, and the Xiamen University School of Management (SMXMU).

The Global OneMBA is ranked 10 in the world overall. It is a 21-month program that requires one weekend (Friday to Sunday) each month as well as 4 one-week residencies. Each one takes place in a different area of the world. There is Asia, Europe, Nation America, and North America. In total 85% of your time is spent in a classroom and 15% is online.

The average cohort size is 30. Top industries include: Energy, Manufacturing, Technology, Healthcare, and Financial Services.

Also read: Choosing an EMBA Program? Location, Location, Location is Key

EMBA Global Americas and Europe

The EMBA-Global Americas and Europe is a joint program through a partnership between London Business School (LBS) and Columbia Business School. Upon graduation, you will have two MBA degrees and the program is ranked 1 in the world overall amongst EMBA programs.

The EMBA Global Americas and Europe takes 20-months to complete. During your studies, you will have monthly residencies, lasting 4-5 days, and you will alternate between New York and London. All of your course requirements are 100% classroom taught.

The 100-percent classroom taught program lasts 20 months. It involves residential blocks that last four to five days each. They take place once a month and alternate between New York and London. Depending on your electives, you might also study at the University of Hong Kong. In addition, you are required to have 1-2 international seminars or assignments outside your normal study.

The average cohort in the EMBA Global Americas and Europe program numbers 73 students. Top industries are: Finance, Manufacturing, Retail, Consulting, IT, and Telecommunications.

Cornell EMBA Americas

The Executive MBA Americas is offered through Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management and Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business. Overall, it is ranked 4 amongst all the EMBA programs in the world.

The 17-month program has classes on alternating weekends (Saturday and Sunday). What makes this program unique is that sessions alternate between Ithaca, New York where Cornell is located and Kingston, Ontario, home of Queen’s University, but they also include various cities in North and South America. Some locations in the Executive MBA Americas program include: Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Montreal, Vancouver, Peru:Lima, Chile:Santiago, and Mexico City. Top industries are: Finance, Energy, Utilities, Telecommunications, Engineering, Manufacturing, and Consulting. The average cohort is 158.

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.