The 2018 Top Joint EMBA Programs

When you look at business schools for your EMBA, you will no doubt be looking at the quality of the school, the size of the alumni network, and the resources each school can offer. It is a big decision that could impact the rest of your career, but what if you didn’t have to choose?

When you study a joint Executive MBA program, you have the opportunity to experience different countries and different schools. Travel also comes standard so these such programs could help you expand your horizons, literally. You will enjoy the changing faculty, different perspectives, and international experience that joint EMBAs provide. You also get the chance to leverage the reputations of more than one top tier school and that can help certain doors open for you professionally.

While there are several joint Executive MBA programs, each one offers its own advantages and opportunities. Have a look at some of the top programs from Ivy Exec’s 2018 Best Executive MBA Programs ranking, and see which one might work for you.

The Executive MBA Americas

The Executive MBA Americas is a popular program. It is a partnership between Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management in Ithaca, New York and the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Canada. Globally, the EMBA program is ranked 12th for prestige, 9th for career advancement, 4th for curriculum 15th for global experience, and 3rd for life balance.

The Executive MBA Americas will take you 17 months to complete. It involves 60% classroom study and 40% experiential projects. Classes meet on alternating weekends – all day Saturday and Sunday morning. Students also enjoy an international study experience. The program employs team-based learning, which significantly breaks down the average cohort size of 158 students. The average EMBA student brings 12 years of experience to the table. Common industries are finance, energy, utilities, telecommunications, engineering, manufacturing, and consulting.

The Global Executive MBA (GEMBA)

The Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) is a joint Executive MBA program from ESADE Business School and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. The 14-month program is ranked 9th in the world. Globally, it is 9th for prestige, 20th for career advancement, 10th for curriculum, and 9th for global experience.

Roughly 90% of the program is taught in the classroom and 10% is experiential. The average cohort size is 35 and each student has an average 17 years of work experience. Top industries include bioscience, consulting, energy, financial services, and healthcare.

Global OneMBA

The Global OneMBA is offered through 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). Globally, the Global OneMBA is listed as 19th for career advancement, 17th for curriculum, 7th for global experience, and 11th for prestige.

The program takes 21 months to complete. It is made up of 85% classroom work and 15% online classes. The class schedule involves a single three-day weekend every month. Students are also required to take four global residencies. Each one takes place on a different continent and requires one-week of participation.

The average cohort size is 30 students and they bring an average of 14 years of experience. Common industries include energy, manufacturing, technology, healthcare,  and financial services.

TRIUM Global Executive MBA

The TRIUM Global Executive MBA is the result of a collaboration between the HEC Paris School of Management at the École Des Hautes Études Commerciales De Paris, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and New York University’s Stern School of Business. This EMBA program is ranked number 3 in the world amongst Executive MBA programs. It also holds 2nd place for global experience, 3rd place for curriculum, and 5th place or career advancement.

It takes 17 months to complete the module based program. There are six modules in total – one every three months – and they take between 10 and 12 days to complete. While roughly 95% of the TRIUM Global Executive MBA is classroom-based, there is also an experiential component.

Classes in this EMBA program have 65 students in the cohort on average and each person has 15 years of work experience. Top industries include consulting, energy, financial services, IT, manufacturing, and legal services.

EMBA-Global Americas and Europe

The EMBA-Global Americas and Europe is offered by London Business School (LBS) and Columbia Business School. This executive MBA program is ranked number one globally. It is number two for prestige, number one for career advancement, number one for curriculum, and number one for global experience.

The 100% 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.

The average cohort size is 73 students and they each have an average of 12 years of work experience. Top industries are finance, manufacturing, retail, consulting, IT, and telecommunications.

Why settle for the resource and network if a single business school when you can take advantage of joint Executive MBA programs that leverage the advantages of two or more business schools? Plus, joint EMBAs help you gain a deeper perspective of international issues, which gives you a leg up on the competition – especially if you have an eye towards a global career.


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.