The issue of ranking should not be underestimated when choosing an MBA. You should not make your decision dependent on the Executive MBA ranking, but you want to know how recognized the preferred universities and degree programs are. We have an overview.

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First of all: Executive MBA (EMBA) ranking should be treated with caution

In general, the search for the right Executive MBA is a balancing act between hard facts (costs, study structure, etc.) and subjective feelings (what do the graduates say? What impression does the provider make on me?). An important point is always: What recognition does the course have in the corporate world? A wide variety of rankings are used for this, but these are very incomplete, especially in relation to Germany, and are therefore not always meaningful.

Sure, there are EMBAs in Germany that also enjoy a good reputation across national borders. But there is, for example, no special ranking only for German universities or business schools.

The best executive MBAs

For the following evaluation, we used our article ” MBA Ranking for Germany ” and sorted the list again according to the universities that offer Executive MBA programs. The result is this overview:

University Degree program
Mannheim Business School “ESSEC & MANNHEIM Executive MBA” (18 months, approx. 50,000 euros tuition fees)
European School of Management and Technology – ESMT Berlin “Executive MBA” (18 months, 57,500 euros tuition fees)
WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management “Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA” (21 months, 75,000 euros tuition fee)
HHL Leipzig “Global Executive MBA” (21 months, 45,000 euros tuition fee)
ESCP Europe Business School “The Executive MBA” (18 months, 51,000 euros tuition fee)
EBS Business School “Executive MBA Durham University & EBS” (24 months, 32,500 euros tuition fee)

As you can see, the really expensive Executive MBA programs of the largest business schools appear in the international rankings. However, there are of course numerous other EMBA courses in Germany. Can you also do a ranking? Yes and no – at least with restrictions, we tried to research the awareness or recognition of the universities, for example via the well-known CHE university ranking.

As a second comparison, we used the Wirtschaftswoche university ranking 2015. This is where the opinions of HR managers are gathered and the top 10 universities and FHs published. In the top 10 for the Business Administration course, the following universities can be found, which also offer Executive MBA courses.

University Percent
Frankfurt School of Finance 13.2%
RWTH Aachen 9.8%
University of Münster 10.9%
University of Mannheim 13.4%
TU Munich 12.7%
Cologne Business School 7.6%

Conclusion: Executive MBA ranking for Germany is difficult

Does the University of Würzburg offer a bad EMBA because it was not rated optimally in the CHE university ranking? Is the RWTH Aachen EMBA so much better? Nobody can answer that, because nobody is studying the same course at both universities.

However, conclusions can of course already be drawn to a certain extent: Certain universities, such as RWTH Aachen, TU Munich or Frankfurt School of Finance, are more well-known and respected among HR managers than others. However, this awareness varies quite regionally. A personnel manager in Bavaria, for example, will be able to assess the quality of the University of Würzburg better than a personnel manager in Hamburg.

If you are faced with the choice of an Executive MBA and need to make a decision, we have the following tips:

  1. Compare the study conditions exactly (when are attendance phases? How long do they last? How long do I have to travel to the place of study? What does the EMBA cost in total? Are there periods abroad? Etc.)
  2. Talk to students and graduates. For example, you can go to the campus and take part in trial lectures. Or you can search for people via Xing, for example.
  3. Include a ranking in your considerations, but don’t just make your selection dependent on it.

We wish you every success!

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IAE Escuela de Dirección y Negocios de la Universidad Austral
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University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business
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