The executive MBA in charts
FT Executive MBA ranking 2021 — top 100
Find out which schools are in our ranking of EMBA degrees. Learn how the table was compiled.
The FT rankings team delved into the 2021 executive MBA data, exploring alumni motivations for doing an EMBA and what they believe business schools teach best.
They also looked at the profile of participants, who are becoming younger, more entrepreneurial and less overwhelmingly male.
Finally they assessed the impact of sponsorship on seniority and salaries three years later.
Alumni say business schools are delivering well on corporate strategy, finance and general management in their EMBAs. But they could perform better in ecommerce and IT.
The main reasons to start an EMBA are management development and networking. Work overseas and starting their own business were cited less frequently by alumni.
The participation of women is increasing over time — not only as students but also as members of faculty and school boards.
The highest average seniority score is 44, for a partner/vice-president of a company with 500-4,999 employees. The lowest average seniority score is 19, which corresponds to a senior manager of a business with 500-4,999 people.
Alumni whose EMBAs were not funded were less likely to earn above the average base salary. Salaries in US$, adjusted for purchasing power parity.
The proportion of EMBA alumni this year who are US or Canadian citizens is 22 per cent, a five percentage point fall compared with 2017-2020. The other key shift is a four-point rise in the proportion of citizens of Asia-Pacific countries, from 27 to 31 per cent.
About the alumni
Average age of alumni who completed their EMBA in 2018 and were surveyed for the FT ranking — down from an average of 40 for the five years before. Of all alumni surveyed, 34 per cent were aged 35-40.
of surveyed EMBA alumni who completed in 2018 were men. The average for 2017 to now was 76 per cent. But the proportion of women currently on programmes is rising.
Nearly three-quarters of alumni who graduated in 2018 stayed with the same employer during their EMBA, as did 52 per cent between completion of the EMBA and this year’s FT survey.
of 2018 alumni started their own business after completing an EMBA. There has been a rise in the proportion who have launched a start-up since 2016, when the figure was 25 per cent.