Faculty quality propels Penn State Smeal Executive MBA to high debut ranking

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program ranks No. 26 overall and No. 7 among programs from public institutions in the Economist’s 2018 latest assessment of top global EMBAs, which was released July 2.

High scores in multiple sub-categories including quality of faculty (No. 4), ratio of full-time faculty to EMBA students (No. 6), and students rating of the ability to keep in contact with students/faculty when off campus (No. 6) contributed to Smeal’s overall ranking.

“What makes the Smeal Executive MBA Program truly unique and led to a successful debut in today’s rankings is our unmatched combination of faculty quality and the unique access our students have to those amazing resources,” said Managing Director Jason Stieg. “The program delivers every course in a face-to-face environment using the same renowned faculty who teach in Smeal’s full-time residential MBA program at University Park.”

Designed for working professionals, the Philadelphia-based Smeal Executive MBA spans 17 consecutive months starting in August with twice-monthly class weekends taking place at the Chubb Hotel & Conference Center in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania. The Smeal EMBA is the Economist’s highest-ranked Philadelphia-area program and one of the top programs in the Mid-Atlantic.

“Our operating model brings the absolute best faculty that Smeal has to offer from University Park to our students in the Philadelphia area,” Stieg said, noting that faculty reside on-site with students on class weekends, a unique feature that allows for development of more meaningful and longer lasting relationships. “Our faculty genuinely enjoy the relationships they build with our EMBA cohorts and look forward to teaching in the program every year.”

The Economist ranked 65 EMBA programs based on two broad measures: personal development/educational experience and career development. The complete list and methodology can be found online.

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Last Updated July 16, 2018