Best EMBA Programs for Younger Executives

Posted By SWatts on Jan 1, 2015 |

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Best EMBA Programs for Younger Executives

Executive MBA (EMBA) programs generally target older professionals with a heavy resume of work experience. However, for younger candidates, given the right profile and accomplishments and carefully selected schools, an EMBA program may be the right platform for you. As a younger professional, comparing your age the age of the average matriculating student may give you a better indication of which schools are a better fit for you. For instance, Ross (University of Michigan), Sloan (MIT) and Fuqua (Duke University) require very extensive work experience requirements, and thus the average age of a matriculating EMBA student at these schools is 40 years old.

Let’s take a look at the opposite side of the spectrum: Columbia, Wharton and Johnson – the three schools whose class profiles skew youngest of all top EMBA programs, toward ages in early- to mid-30s.

Columbia Business School has the youngest average matriculating age of its EMBA students at 33 years old. The average Columbia EMBA student has 9 years of professional experience. Most students come from the financial services industry (48%) followed by healthcare and pharmaceuticals (12%) and the consulting industry (11%). Approximately two-thirds of students receive at least partial sponsorship from their company. Although 80% of students currently live in the tri-state area (CT, NY and NJ), classrooms are located in New York City, London, Hong Kong, and occasional meetings in Silicon Valley, Toronto, and São Paulo. This kind of flexibility allows young working professionals to continue to grow in their field without having to sacrifice valuable working time.

Wharton’s EMBA program has almost consistently held the top spot for the top EMBA program for many years. The average matriculating age of a Wharton EMBA student is 34 years old with an average of 10 years work experience. The Wharton EMBA class is highly diverse, with 16% coming from healthcare, 12% from consulting, 11% from financial services, and 10% from portfolio management. Offered at both the San Francisco and Philadelphia campuses, the Wharton graduate leaves with a degree that is incontestably one of the top MBA degrees and joins a lifelong network of over 92,000 alumni over 150 countries.

Johnson Graduate School of Management also sports a lower-than-average matriculating age at 36 years old. Students have an average of 13 years work experience, with 39% entering from the financial services industry followed by 14% from manufacturing and 10% from telecommunications/engineering. Classes are held at the IBM Executive Conference Center in Palisades, New York, as well as in Ithaca, New York through four one-week sessions. Executive students walk away with a wide and notable alumni network that includes Kraft Foods CEO Irene Rosenfeld, Booz & Company Chairman Joe Saddi and Chevron CEO Ken Durr. Particularly for candidates continuing their careers at a younger starting point, a strong alumni network may be a very important factor in deciding on the right fit for an EMBA program.