Boston University School of Management’s EMBA Named a Top 25 Program in US by Bloomberg Businessweek
Boston University School of Management’s Executive MBA program ranked 30th globally and 24th nationally on Bloomberg Businessweek’s Best Executive MBA Programs list. This is a strong gain from the prior ranking in 2011, when the program placed in the second tier.
This biennial ranking measures graduate satisfaction with their EMBA experience, including teaching quality, curriculum, and support, as well as incorporates opinions from program directors of leading EMBA programs. Recent program graduates rated their Boston University EMBA experience 26th in the world, giving an A+ for curriculum. In addition, Boston University EMBA students are tied for the most work experience of any ranked school at 17 years.
“The Boston University EMBA program provides accomplished executives with a challenging, integrated experience that engages them in key forces transforming our global economy,” said Janice Dolnick, director of the EMBA program. “As our School celebrates its centennial, we are pleased to see this tremendous external recognition of the strength of the EMBA program and its students.”
This ranking of Boston University’s EMBA program, an 18-month program designed for high-achieving professionals, continues a trend of external recognition as the School enters its centennial year. Last month, the EMBA program was ranked 1st in New England by the Financial Times. Additionally, in July, EMBA was named 19th among US-based programs by the The Economist. For the Businessweek ranking, a survey of program graduates from 2009, 2011, and 2013 contributed to 65 percent of the ranking, with the final 35 percent stemming from a survey of program directors.
See the full list of rankings here.
Boston University’s Executive MBA program has been ranked 1st in New England and 19th nationally for programs based solely in the United States by The Economist. BU placed 36th among all executive MBA programs in the world.
In addition, Boston University placed 10th globally for “Quality of Students” which is determined not only by student metrics, such as incoming work experience, but also includes a student assessment of their classmates. This is The Economist’s first ranking of executive MBA programs and is based on a diverse set of measures of student experience, half of which were influenced by alumni questionnaires of the most recent three classes.
“We appreciate that this ranking reflects the high levels of alumni satisfaction and achievement within their careers, as they are one of our most important stakeholders,” said Janice Dolnick, EMBA program director. “The BU Executive MBA continues to be a leading program in New England, and as our school celebrates our centennial we look forward to continuing to innovate to prepare our students for the critical challenges they face within their organizations and society.”
This ranking continues a trend of external recognition of the School of Management’s momentum as it enters its centennial year. The Executive MBA program at Boston University is built upon an innovative integrated curriculum that is increasingly valued by both students and employers. Residing within a leading research university, the BU EMBA program provides students exposure to leading faculty and pioneering research in areas vital for today’s leaders.
Read more about Boston University’s Executive MBA program here.
Full coverage of The Economist’s ranking of executive MBA programs can be found here.
On October 20, 2012, Executive MBA alumni, students, staff, and faculty reunited for the 25th anniversary celebration of the program. Nearly 150 attendees from 23 of the 25 past EMBA classes were present.
The evening kicked off with a joint case presentation by Professors Fernando Suarez and Nalin Kulatilaka on the merger of two Latin American airlines. The case was developed as an iBook, and provided alumni an opportunity to witness how the School of Management has integrated technology into the EMBA program.
Attendees then enjoyed a gala reception and dinner, where EMBAs reunited with classmates and heard from Allen Questrom Professor and Dean Ken Freeman, Executive MBA Director Janice Dolnick, and Associate Dean Mike Lawson. The evening also included a slideshow, featuring members from all 25 Executive MBA classes.
Photos by Kalman Zabarsky for Boston University Photography
The 2012 Financial Times ranking of executive MBA programs around the world has placed Boston University School of Management 1st in New England, and 22nd among US-based EMBA programs.
Globally, BU’s Executive MBA program was ranked 66th. In addition, the School placed 6th among US-based programs in the category of alumni career progress.
Data from alumni questionnaires (including areas such as “salary today” and “aims achieved”) account for 55 percent of the ranking’s weight. These criteria include data collated by Financial Times over the past three years, where available. Data supplied by the school accounts for 35 percent, and faculty research published in particular leading journals account for the final ten percent.
“This ranking is reflective of the high levels of student satisfaction with the the quality and career impact expressed by our alumni,” said Janice Dolnick, EMBA program director. “We are continually evolving our curriculum to keep up with changing business environments. This ensures that our students are receiving the most current and effective management training to date.”
See the full 2012 Financial Times Executive MBA ranking here.
BU helps EMBA student in India via Skype
Excerpts from BU Today:
It could have meant the end of his BU education.
Just a few months short of graduation, Abhijit Mhetre had traveled home to India with classmates for a nine-day trip to Mumbai and New Delhi when he got some bad news. Immigration officials told him he would not be allowed to return to the United States because of complications with his visa. At the time, Mhetre feared having to resign from the Graduate School of Management’s Executive MBA program (EMBA).
“Staying in India wasn’t my choice,” says Mhetre (GSM’12). “It was forced upon me, and it could have been disastrous if I had not been able to complete the program.”
He knew that to successfully finish the program’s requirements, he’d have to be able to actively participate in classes and group projects, so he started brainstorming. He came up with an unorthodox idea: what if he could participate in classes from India via the free videoconferencing program Skype? Using Skype would mean that Mhetre could view classes and even ask questions.
“I interviewed Abhijit when he first applied to our program, and it was clear how excited he was about the program,” says EMBA director Janice Dolnick, who was one of the first people Mhetre went to with his idea. “It was a very big deal to him, so we were committed to helping him graduate. He’s a great ambassador for the program.”
But the idea would work only with the help and coordination of Mhetre’s classmates and GSM professors and staff.
“The Executive MBA program is small and we work as a team, so we know all of the students on a personal level,” says Peter Russo, an SMG executive-in-residence and director of entrepreneurship programs for the Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship & Commercialization (ITEC). “We all understand what needed to happen, and how to get through it to allow Abhijit to graduate. But this was the first time anything like this has happened.”
Read the full story on BU Today.
Story by Amy Laskowski. Photo courtesy of Abhijit Mhetre via BU Today.
Custom App Eases Access to Multiple Materials
The Boston University Executive MBA Program (EMBA) has released its first custom iPad application to provide current and prospective students with enhanced access to information and tools. The EMBA Program has continued to evolve its digital strategy first by including all course material on the iPad (beginning two years ago), then offered access to e-textbooks as well as tools for editing and note-taking, and more recently to support the curriculum in the classroom. All students are provided an iPad as part of their tuition when they begin the program.
Students who travel frequently have found the iPad to be a major step forward in simplifying convenient access to information. “My iPad gives me access to everything I need to complete my assignments wherever I am: books, assignments, email, WebEx,” says Peter Spiess (EMBA’12). “Given the workload of the EMBA program, it’s important to use every spare minute effectively and having an iPad allows me to do just that.”
The BU EMBA app contains information that prospective students will find helpful including easy access to faculty profiles, information session registration dates and sign up forms, alumni videos, current blogs, and social media sites. Existing students will be able to directly link to a student portal and access a variety of digital tools provided to enhance the EMBA student experience.
Specifically, the application brings together all the EMBA resources in one place.
Features for prospects:
- Access to faculty and staff profiles & contact info
- Ability to watch all the EMBA videos
- Direct to the contact/registration form on the EMBA microsite to request info, register for sessions, download brochure
- Link to EMBA LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and blog
Features for both prospects and current students:
- Easy access to the School of management calendar and university calendar
- List of recommended iPad apps helpful to the EMBA experience
Features specific for students:
- Student Portal featuring the class schedule, links to SMG Tools, Sharepoint, WebEx (used for team meetings) and the current EMBA eNews letter
The application is available in the iTunes App Store by searching “BU EMBA.”
For more information on the Boston University EMBA iPad application, please contact Janice Dolnick at 617 353-7087 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathy Lucas, 2008 graduate from the Executive MBA program at Boston University, discusses how the program’s international component has helped her career.
Rick Welch, EMBA alumnus, speaks about why he decided to pursue an Executive MBA at Boston University School of Management and how it changed his career.
Janice Dolnick, Director of EMBA, discusses the program’s distinguishing features.
Janice Dolnick, director of EMBA, provides an overview of the program.