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Wall Street Journal EMBA Rankings Earn High Marks for USC Marshall Programs
School Ranked Fourth Overall Among Top Executive MBA Programs
September 30, 2008 • by News at Marshall

The USC Marshall School of Business was ranked fourth overall among top executive MBA programs internationally in a Wall Street Journal survey of graduates and employers released Sept. 30.

USC Marshall placed first in category rankings for teaching leadership and management skills, and third overall for program quality, leadership education, faculty quality and program support.

USC Marshall's executive MBA programs provide mid-career training for company leaders looking to hone their skills as general managers. Class work is conducted during intensive weekend sessions every few weeks, allowing professionals to pursue an advanced degree without excessive disruption of their daily work demands.

USC Marshall EMBA programs are available through the main campus in Los Angeles and in facilities at the La Costa Resort's Executive Learning Center in north San Diego County. USC Marshall also jointly offers a Global Executive MBA program in conjunction with Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, and IBEAR, a separate mid-career intensive MBA program for international students at the main USC campus.

The Wall Street Journal, which over the past year has overhauled the way it evaluates MBA programs, said it surveyed more than 4,000 graduates from 72 EMBA programs at 53 schools in nine countries. The paper also surveyed 455 human-resources and executive-development managers in 23 industries on the value of the education provided by EMBA programs.

The surveys focused on how well graduates perceived that their program enhanced leadership and management skills, and whether the programs met expectations of employers and graduates in enhancing management skills.

The other top five programs overall with USC Marshall were Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Managements, the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School, the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Read more:

Wall Street Journal's full text article
Wall Street Journal's profile of professor Arvind Bhambri

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Consistently ranked among the nation's premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 123 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.