In a just-released survey by The Economist, the University of Notre Dame Executive
MBA ranked No. 15 among the top EMBA programs worldwide. The Economist “Which MBA?
Executive MBA Ranking” is the international news publication’s inaugural ranking
of executive graduate business degree programs.
The Notre Dame EMBA is offered through the Stayer Center for Executive
Education at the Mendoza College of Business,
which opened a state-of-the-art, 54,000-square-foot building in March 2013 to
house the executive education program. The ranking included the Notre Dame
EMBA’s 21-month program in South
Bend, as well as the 17-month program in Chicago.
“We’ve recently made
strong investments in program enhancements, focusing on strategy, leadership
and a robust international experience,” said Paul Velasco,
director of the Stayer Center for Executive Education. “The Economist’s favorable ranking is an important signifier that
students and alums are gaining the deep knowledge they need to achieve a
competitive edge in the global marketplace.”
Economist based the ranking on data collected from
more than 8,400 responses to two questionnaires distributed between February
and May 2013. One questionnaire was filled out by business schools and included
items such as details of students and faculty, the number of overseas
assignments required and statistics on alumni. The second questionnaire was
circulated to current students and alumni from schools’ last three graduating
classes. Alumni also reported their pre-EMBA and current salaries, from which
average increases could be calculated.
Programs were ranked on two equally
weighted measures: personal development/educational experience and career
development. Subcategories within each category included such items as quality
of students, student diversity, quality of faculty, salary, career progression
and networking. Visit The Economist website for a full explanation of the methodology.
The ranking listed 62 programs, with the
top three spots respectively going to the Northwestern University
(Kellogg)/York University (Shulich) partnership, IE Business School, and the
UCLA (Anderson)/National University of Singapore partnership.
“The ranking represents the dedication and hard
work of many people involved with the program, not the least of whom are the
students themselves,” said Suzanne Thoren Waller, director of Degree Programs
at the Stayer Center. “They understand the impact of business on society and seek
to use their business acumen to make a difference in commerce and in
Founded in 1980, the Stayer Center for Executive
Education provides leaders in the executive and management ranks the
opportunity to develop and strengthen their leadership abilities and business
acumen skills. Today, Stayer Center offers non-degree as well as degree
programs, awarding about 120 degrees annually and delivering programs in 10
In keeping with the Notre Dame mission, the
program emphasizes values-based leadership in addition to academic rigor.
Recent rankings include No. 18 by Bloomberg
Businessweek for Non-degree Executive Education Open Enrollment Programs,
and No. 6 worldwide among the top-ranked 25 Executive MBA programs by The Wall Street Journal.
Nearly 2,000 company presidents, executives
and directors have participated in the Stayer Center for Executive Education’s
innovative open-enrollment Executive Integral Leadership, which incorporates
moral, spiritual and ethical strengths as well as other personal dimensions
into leadership development.
For more information about the Notre Dame
Executive MBA , contact Suzanne Thoren Waller,
director of Degree Programs at the Stayer Center for Executive Education, at
(574) 631-2717 or Suzanne.Waller@nd.edu,
or visit business.nd.edu/executive_mba/