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Financial Times Ranks the Smith School’s Executive MBA Among Nation’s Best

Oct 15, 2012


Smith Ranks No. 6 in the World for Research

The executive MBA program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is ranked No. 13 in the United States and No. 51 in the world, according to the 2012 Financial Times executive education rankings published October 15, 2012. The influential EMBA rankings place the Smith School No. 6 globally for faculty research, an area of strength for which the school is consistently recognized as a leader.

The Smith School’s EMBA program has been recognized among the top 15 in the nation since first becoming eligible for the ranking three years ago. Though it’s been in existence less than a decade, the program 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.

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.

The Financial Times rankings are compiled from two questionnaires – one that focuses on business school and program information, the other that focuses on alumni achievement three years after graduation for the EMBA class of 2009. The research ranking is calculated by the number of faculty publications in 45 international academic and practitioner journals. Points are accrued by the business where the author is employed and the total is weighted for faculty size.

The full 2012 Financial Times EMBA rankings can be found at on the Financial Times website.

About the University of Maryland's 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, online MBA, specialty masters, 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.