Robinson College of Business EMBA Advances in 2012 Financial Times Rankings

ATLANTA – The Executive MBA (EMBA) at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business is number 63 worldwide and number 19 among U.S.-based programs, according to the 2012 Financial Times rankings of the world’s top 100 programs. In the results released today, Robinson advanced five spots in the U.S. rankings and one place internationally.

The publication determines its annual rankings by surveying schools and EMBA program alumni who graduated three years ago. This year’s respondents were in the Class of 2009.

Established 30 years ago in 1982, the Robinson EMBA posted standout results in three categories of data used to determine the overall rankings: salary percentage increase, work experience and international coursework.

Robinson’s alumni report an average salary increase of 59 percent between the time they started the EMBA program and today. When placed in rank order, this is No. 29 among salary percentage increases worldwide and No. 5 among U.S.-based programs.

In terms of work experience prior to entering an EMBA program, Robinson alumni were among the most seasoned, ranking No. 28 worldwide and No. 4 among U.S.-based programs.

The college’s EMBA also ranked in the upper half for international coursework conducted outside the country in which the program is located: number 49 worldwide and number 12 among U.S.-based programs.

“The Financial Times rankings are a testament to our program and to our alumni, whose success underscores the value of a Robinson College EMBA,” said H. Fenwick Huss, dean of the Robinson College of Business.

David Forquer, assistant dean for executive programs, added, “In a year in which we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Robinson’s EMBA program, these findings provide additional cause for celebration.”

The Robinson College Executive MBA is 17 months in duration. Students enter the program with an average of 15 years’ experience, 10 years of which are in management.

A hallmark of the program is its international business residency, during which the cohort travels to two host countries for an intense immersion experience in business and culture. Past business residencies have included study in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and, most recently, Vietnam.

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Oct. 15, 2012