Top 10 executive MBA programs

Updated: Jun 10, 2014 10:55 PM UTC | Originally published: Mar 26, 2013

Wharton - U. Penn<\/h1>\n\n\nIndex: 100.0<\/strong>\n\n\n\n2012 rank: <\/strong>1<\/strong>\n\n\n\nTotal program cost: <\/strong>$171,360 in Philadelphia, $175,678 in San Francisco\n\n\n\nFormat:<\/strong> Alternating Friday-Saturday classes, with an initial week-long meeting and a week-long international study seminar \n\n\n\nLength of <\/strong>p<\/strong>rogram:<\/strong> 24 months\n\n\n\nClass of 2014: <\/strong>117 students in Philadelphia, 102 in San Francisco\n\n\n\nAverage <\/strong>a<\/strong>ge:<\/strong> 34-35\n\n\n\nAverage years of work experience: <\/strong>10-11\n\n\n\nAverage GMAT<\/strong>: 700Courtesy: The Wharton School

Wharton - U. Penn

Index: 100.0
2012 rank: 1
Total program cost: $171,360 in Philadelphia, $175,678 in San Francisco
Format: Alternating Friday-Saturday classes, with an initial week-long meeting and a week-long international study seminar
Length of program: 24 months
Class of 2014: 117 students in Philadelphia, 102 in San Francisco
Average age: 34-35
Average years of work experience: 10-11
Average GMAT: 700

Booth - Univ. of Chicago<\/h1>\n\n\nIndex: <\/strong>97.4\n\n\n\n2012 rank: <\/strong>2\n\n\n\nTotal program cost:<\/strong> $154,000\n\n\n\nFormat<\/strong>: Alternate weekends with four week-long residencies, including London and Singapore\n\n\n\nLength of program:<\/strong> 21 months\n\n\n\nClass of 2014:<\/strong> 75 students\n\n\n\nAverage age:<\/strong> 36\n\n\n\nAverage years of work experience: <\/strong>13Courtesy: Booth School of Business

Booth - Univ. of Chicago

Index: 97.4
2012 rank: 2
Total program cost: $154,000
Format: Alternate weekends with four week-long residencies, including London and Singapore
Length of program: 21 months
Class of 2014: 75 students
Average age: 36
Average years of work experience: 13

Northwestern Kellogg<\/h1>\n\n\nIndex: <\/strong>96.1\n\n\n\n2012 rank: <\/strong>3\n\n\n\nTotal program cost: <\/strong>$166,500\n\n\n\nFormat:<\/strong> Alternating Friday-Sunday or Friday-Saturday classes in Evanston or monthly Thursday-Sunday classes in Miami\n\n\n\nLength of program:<\/strong> 22 months\n\n\n\nClass of 2014:<\/strong> 75 students\n\n\n\nAverage age: <\/strong>37\n\n\n\nAverage years of work experience: <\/strong>12Courtesy: Kellogg School of Management

Northwestern Kellogg

Index: 96.1
2012 rank: 3
Total program cost: $166,500
Format: Alternating Friday-Sunday or Friday-Saturday classes in Evanston or monthly Thursday-Sunday classes in Miami
Length of program: 22 months
Class of 2014: 75 students
Average age: 37
Average years of work experience: 12

Columbia Business School<\/h1>\n\n\nIndex: <\/strong>92.5\n\n\n\n2012 rank:<\/strong> 4\n\n\n\nTotal program cost:<\/strong> $168,480\n\n\n\nFormat:<\/strong> Alternating Friday-Saturday classes for 22 months or Saturday only classes for 25 months\n\n\n\nClass of 2014:<\/strong> 132 students (alternating Friday-Saturdays)\n\n\n\nAverage age:<\/strong> 33\n\n\n\nAverage years of work experience:<\/strong> 9Courtesy: Columbia University

Columbia Business School

Index: 92.5
2012 rank: 4
Total program cost: $168,480
Format: Alternating Friday-Saturday classes for 22 months or Saturday only classes for 25 months
Class of 2014: 132 students (alternating Friday-Saturdays)
Average age: 33
Average years of work experience: 9

Stern - NYU<\/h1>\n\n\nIndex: <\/strong>90.4\n\n\n\n2012 rank: <\/strong>5\n\n\n\nTotal program cost:<\/strong> $157,000\n\n\n\nFormat:<\/strong> Alternating Friday-Saturday classes, with two global study tours\n\n\n\nLength of program:<\/strong> 22 months\n\n\n\nClass of 2014:<\/strong> 60 students\n\n\n\nAverage age:<\/strong> 38\n\n\n\nAverage years of work experience:<\/strong> 14Photo: Wally Gobetz\/Flickr\/CC

Stern - NYU

Index: 90.4
2012 rank: 5
Total program cost: $157,000
Format: Alternating Friday-Saturday classes, with two global study tours
Length of program: 22 months
Class of 2014: 60 students
Average age: 38
Average years of work experience: 14

UCLA - Anderson<\/h1>\n\n\nIndex: <\/strong>88.8\n\n\n\n2012 rank: <\/strong>6\n\n\n\nTotal program cost:<\/strong> $129,500\n\n\n\nFormat:<\/strong> Alternating Friday-Saturday classes, with five residential sessions\n\n\n\nLength of program:<\/strong> 22 months\n\n\n\nClass of 2014:<\/strong> 75 students\n\n\n\nAcceptance rate:<\/strong> 57%\n\n\n\nAverage age:<\/strong> 36\n\n\n\nAverage years of work experience:<\/strong> 13\n\n\n\nAverage <\/strong>u<\/strong>ndergraduate GPA:<\/strong> 3.33\n\n\n\nAverage GMAT:<\/strong> 668Courtesy: UCLA

UCLA - Anderson

Index: 88.8
2012 rank: 6
Total program cost: $129,500
Format: Alternating Friday-Saturday classes, with five residential sessions
Length of program: 22 months
Class of 2014: 75 students
Acceptance rate: 57%
Average age: 36
Average years of work experience: 13
Average undergraduate GPA: 3.33
Average GMAT: 668

Univ. of Michigan - Ross<\/h1>\n\n\nIndex: <\/strong>88.6\n\n\n\n2012 rank:<\/strong> 7\n\n\n\nTotal program cost:<\/strong> $131,000 (in-state residents), $136,000 (out-of-state)\n\n\n\nFormat:<\/strong> Once a month on Friday and Saturday in Ann Arbor and Los Angeles\n\n\n\nLength of program:<\/strong> 21 months\n\n\n\nClass of 2014:<\/strong> 39 students\n\n\n\nAcceptance rate:<\/strong> 77%\n\n\n\nAverage age:<\/strong> 39\n\n\n\nAverage years of work experience:<\/strong> 15\n\n\n\nAverage undergraduate GPA:<\/strong> 3.20Photo: Tim Wilson\/Flickr\/CC

Univ. of Michigan - Ross

Index: 88.6
2012 rank: 7
Total program cost: $131,000 (in-state residents), $136,000 (out-of-state)
Format: Once a month on Friday and Saturday in Ann Arbor and Los Angeles
Length of program: 21 months
Class of 2014: 39 students
Acceptance rate: 77%
Average age: 39
Average years of work experience: 15
Average undergraduate GPA: 3.20

Cornell - Johnson<\/h1>\n\n\nIndex:<\/strong> 82.6\n\n\n\n2012 rank:<\/strong> 8\n\n\n\nTotal program cost:<\/strong> $157,416 \n\n\n\nFormat:<\/strong> Alternating Saturdays and Sundays, with four one-week residencies in Ithaca\n\n\n\nLength of program:<\/strong> 22 months\n\n\n\nClass of 2014:<\/strong> 72 students\n\n\n\nAverage age:<\/strong> 35\n\n\n\nAverage years of work experience:<\/strong> 12Photo: Erik Jaeger\/Flickr\/CC

Cornell - Johnson

Index: 82.6
2012 rank: 8
Total program cost: $157,416
Format: Alternating Saturdays and Sundays, with four one-week residencies in Ithaca
Length of program: 22 months
Class of 2014: 72 students
Average age: 35
Average years of work experience: 12

Univ. of Texas-Austin - McCombs<\/h1>\n\n\nIndex: <\/strong>76.9\n\n\n\n2012 rank: <\/strong>9\n\n\n\nTotal program cost:<\/strong> $89,250\n\n\n\nFormat:<\/strong> Alternating Friday and Saturdays, starting with a week-long executive seminar\n\n\n\nClass of 2014:<\/strong> 66 students\n\n\n\nAcceptance rate:<\/strong> 64%\n\n\n\nAverage age:<\/strong> 39\n\n\n\nAverage undergraduate GPA:<\/strong> 3.23Photo: Kumar Appaiah\/Flickr\/CC

Univ. of Texas-Austin - McCombs

Index: 76.9
2012 rank: 9
Total program cost: $89,250
Format: Alternating Friday and Saturdays, starting with a week-long executive seminar
Class of 2014: 66 students
Acceptance rate: 64%
Average age: 39
Average undergraduate GPA: 3.23

USC - Marshall<\/h1>\n\n\nIndex: <\/strong>72.7\n\n\n\n2012 rank: 1<\/strong>1<\/strong>\n\n\n\n2012 tuition and fee<\/strong>s<\/strong>:<\/strong> $114,000\n\n\n\nFormat:<\/strong> Classes in Los Angeles and San Diego meet bi-weekly on Fridays and Saturdays\n\n\n\nLength of program: <\/strong>21 months\n\n\n\nAcceptance rate:<\/strong> 73%\n\n\n\nAverage age:<\/strong> 37\n\n

USC - Marshall

Index: 72.7
2012 rank: 11
2012 tuition and fees: $114,000
Format: Classes in Los Angeles and San Diego meet bi-weekly on Fridays and Saturdays
Length of program: 21 months
Acceptance rate: 73%
Average age: 37