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Smith Executive MBA No. 7 in Economist Ranking

Jul 02, 2018
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The Executive MBA program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is ranked No. 7 among U.S. programs and 16th in the world by the Economist in its 2018 EMBA ranking report, released July 2. In the previous such rankings, issued by The Economist in 2015, Smith was No. 24 globally and 15th among U.S. schools.

The Economist’s latest ranking is based on sub-rankings – including the following, in which Smith scored high among its peers globally:

  • Percentage increase of pre-EMBA salary after 1 year (3rd)
  • Student rating of ability to get in contact with students and faculty when off-campus (5th)
  • Gender balance (5th)
  • Quality of faculty (8th)
  • Student rating of faculty (8th)

The ranking, including the sub-rankings, “speaks to the outstanding thought leadership and extraordinary engagement of our faculty who deliver a rigorous curriculum, driving our EMBA students to be analytical, influential, innovative and passionate. Ultimately, our graduates are transformational leaders equipped to solve their organizations’ complex challenges,” says Associate Dean of Masters Programs Michael Faulkender. “The ranking reflects the exceptional community of faculty, staff, coaches, and executives within the program.”

With this latest Economist ranking, Smith becomes the only school (in terms of programs exclusively within the U.S.) to have all three of its programs for working professionals ranked in the top 15 in all major rankings.

The Financial Times ranks the Smith EMBA program at No. 10; the Smith Part-time MBA program is ranked No. 15 by U.S. News and World Report, and the Smith Online MBA program is ranked No. 9 by the same publication. The Smith EMBA program is also the only program in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., region to be ranked among the top 10 by both the Financial Times and The Economist.


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 master's, 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.

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