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The Economist Ranks TCU Executive MBA 12th in the World and 5th in the U.S.

The TCU EMBA rose from 21st to 12th in The Economist's ranking of executive MBA programs around the world, making it 5th among U.S. programs. 

May 14,  2015

By Elaine Cole

In The Economist’s second ranking of executive MBA programs around the world, the TCU EMBA ranks No. 12 in the world and No. 5 in the U.S. behind only Northwestern (3), Thunderbird (7), Chicago (9) and Yale (10). The only other Texas schools in the ranking are SMU (13), UT-Austin (18) and Rice (28).

“We are incredibly proud of the TCU EMBA program and everything it represents. The differentiated program that the students experience, including a strongly integrated curriculum with outstanding faculty, an emphasis on agile strategic leadership, executive coaching and a strong personal approach, makes this one of the best programs in the world,” said Dr. Suzanne Carter, executive director of the Executive MBA program at TCU’s Neeley School of Business.

The TCU EMBA also ranks No. 2 in faculty quality in the world, up from 9 in 2013; No. 4 in program quality, up from 5; No. 9 in culture and classmates, up from 22; and No. 12 in percentage increase on pre-EMBA salary after one year, up from 56 in 2013. The Economist EMBA rankings come out every other year.

TCU’s Executive MBA is an accredited 18-month program designed for successful executives, entrepreneurs and high-potential managers with a focus on developing strategic business leaders. Average age is 38 with an average of 10 years managerial experience. Classes take place on alternating Fridays and Saturdays on the TCU campus.

The Economist collected data using two questionnaires, one for business schools to submit information such as student work experience, faculty expertise and student salaries before and after the program, and a second circulated to current students and alumni to rate classmates, faculty, facilities and more. To see the complete ranking, go to www.economist.com/whichmba.

The Economist 2015 Executive MBA Rankings – TCU Neeley School of Business


World Rank

Overall Global Ranking


Overall U.S. Ranking

5   (U.S. only schools)

Work Experience


Percentage of Faculty with PhD


Faculty Quality


Program Quality


Quality of Students


Managerial Work Experience


Culture and Classmates


Personal Development & Educational Exp.


Percentage Increase in Pre-EMBA Salary 1 yr


For more information on the TCU Executive MBA, visit www.emba.tcu.edu