Top 10 executive MBA programs

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

Courtesy: 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

Courtesy: 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

Courtesy: 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

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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

Courtesy: 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

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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

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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

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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

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