Smith EMBA Program Gains Ground As Top Program Across Major
Though it’s been in existence less than a decade, the Smith School’s
program has quickly gained ground as a top-ranked program in the U.S. With the
recent U.S. News & World ranking placing the program at No. 23 in the nation, the
Smith EMBA now has secured a top-25 recognition by all the major outlets that rank
executive programs – the only program in the Washington region with that achievement.
The U.S. News report was released March 13, ranking the Smith School’s
young EMBA program for the first time. This is part of the publication’s specialty
rankings, which are determined by nominations submitted in a survey of deans and
program directors at U.S. business schools. The schools receiving the most nominations
for EMBA programs are listed in the ranking. The new ranking indicates the growing
reputation of the Smith School’s program.
The Smith EMBA is currently ranked No. 14 in the United States by the
Financial Times, published in October. The annual ranking is based on data collected
in surveys of alumni three years after graduation and school data, such as demographics
of the students and faculty and a measure of faculty research activity.
Smith’s EMBA is ranked No. 17 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, which published
in October a biannual ranking of executive MBAs, based on a survey of graduates
and a survey of deans and program directors and peer institutions.
The Smith EMBA ranks No. 22 in the world, according to the most recent
Wall Street Journal report of executive programs. Smith’s program ranked No. 15
for how well it imparts management skills to students and No. 16 according to alumni
rating. The Wall Street Journal rankings, last release in September 2010, are based
on information provided by the eligible schools and on surveys of recent EMBA graduates
and corporate executives at companies familiar with EMBA programs. Survey questions
were designed to measure how well a school is doing to help shape and build strong
managers and leaders.
First launched in January 2003, Smith’s 19-month EMBA program incorporates
a strong foundation in the critical business disciplines covered in traditional
MBA programs. It also includes mastery sessions to understand how to integrate core
business principles into organizations; personalized leadership development and
one-on-one executive coaching; and action-learning projects that have students building
new ventures, consulting for businesses, and leading change for organizations. Find
out more about the EMBA curriculum
and action-learning projects,
including one completed by
Daniel Nichols, MBA ’06, now featured in the school’s
Smith Effect advertising campaign.
Listen to the radio spot here.
The Smith School also offers its EMBA program
in Beijing, China, with a new cohort of the program launching in April 2012.
The program delivers the same leadership development and personalized coaching that
has propelled the U.S. program up in the rankings.
About the Robert H. Smith School of Business
The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader
in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the
University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate,
full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, MS in business, PhD and executive
education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The
school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning
locations in North America and Asia.