Fox’s Executive MBA Earns Highest Financial Times Ranking in Program History

The Executive MBA program at the Fox School of Business improved its global ranking and attained its highest U.S. ranking by Financial Times in program history.

Fox’s Executive MBA moved to No. 58, jumping 17 places in Financial Times’ annual global rankings report. This marks the second-biggest improvement among programs ranked in both Financial Times’ 2013 and 2014 reports.

Among U.S. programs, the Fox Executive MBA earned its best-ever placement, coming in at No. 13. This marks a seven-spot improvement upon last year’s rankings, and represents the seventh consecutive year in which Fox’s Executive MBA has been ranked within the top-20 of the London-based organization’s U.S. rankings.

Financial Times has included Fox’s Executive MBA program in its yearly rankings report each of the last 13 years. Fox and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School were the only business schools in the Greater Philadelphia region to have been included in Financial Times’ rankings.

“Our Executive MBA program leverages critical elements of the Fox School of Business: influential research by elite faculty, a diverse and exceptional student body, and a robust global network of alumni who hold high-ranking positions in various facets of industry,” said Fox School Dean M. Moshe Porat. “Financial Times’ ranking speaks to the quality of our students and alumni, as well as Fox School’s sterling reputation as a leader in business education.”

Financial Times’ 2014 rankings, released Oct. 20, surveyed the Executive MBA Class of 2011 on salary growth, career progress, work experience and aims achieved since graduation. School diversity, measured by international and female students, among other factors, comprises 25 percent of the weight, while “idea generation” – the percentage of faculty with doctorates and research published in a select list of 45 academic journals – corresponds to 20 percent of ranking.

Fox’s Executive MBA is built on face-to-face classroom time delivered one weekend per month and supplemented by interaction with classmates and faculty via WebEx, the premier web-conferencing platform. Online collaboration reduces travel and minimizes the time students spend away from home and office. Fox consulted with 300 corporate leaders to further enhance the program’s curriculum, to offer advanced problem-solving techniques within specific competencies.

Inclusion in Financial Times’ Executive MBA rankings report is the latest in a string of recent national and global rankings that exemplify Fox’s continued upward progression.

  • Fox’s Global MBA, the School’s flagship, full-time MBA program, jumped 20 spots globally in The Economist’s “Which MBA?” report, released Oct. 9.
  • Graduate-program entrepreneurial mentorship at Fox was rated No. 1 in the country, according to a September report by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review. The same publications also positioned Fox’s entrepreneurship programs among the nation’s finest, at No. 11 at the undergraduate level and No. 16 for graduate studies.
  • Risk, Insurance and Healthcare Management, which ranked No. 4 in the U.S., was one of three undergraduate programs at Fox to be listed among the top-15 nationally in last month’s report by U.S. News & World Report.

“We are proud of these distinctions, which further validate the value and global recognition of a Fox degree,” Porat said.

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