Kennesaw State's Executive MBA recognized as one of best in the world

KENNESAW, Ga. | Mar 21, 2018

Coles College of Business program continues to be ranked No. 1 in Georgia

Kennesaw State University’s Executive MBA program again ranked as the best in Georgia and rose to No. 7 in the world in CEO Magazine’s 2018 Global Executive MBA Rankings, released today.

The Michael J. Coles College of Business’ Executive MBA was recognized by the magazine as a Global Tier One EMBA program for the fourth year in a row. In the numerical rating system CEO Magazine established last year, Kennesaw State’s EMBA ranked No. 1 in the state for the second straight year and climbed two spots from its No. 9 world ranking in 2017.

“Being ranked among the best in the world reflects years of hard work by our faculty, staff, students and leadership team,” said Kathy Schwaig, dean of the Coles College of Business. “This is a flagship program for the Coles College, and we are a leading provider of Executive MBAs in the country. We have worked diligently to create a high-quality program that emphasizes teamwork and promotes resourcefulness, ingenuity and entrepreneurship.”

Only four universities in North America ranked ahead of Kennesaw State. Programs are classified as Tier One or Tier Two based on factors including quality of faculty, international diversity, class size, accreditation, work experience, international exposure, professional development, gender parity and delivery methods.

The Coles College’s Executive MBA enrolls about 45 working professionals annually in its 19-month program that offers cutting-edge global teaming, program-long executive coaching and a customized curriculum designed for ambitious professionals. In addition to the CEO Magazine ranking, Kennesaw State’s Executive MBA is rated No. 3 internationally in teamwork and No. 10 in e-business by Bloomberg Businessweek.

“This prestigious recognition acknowledges the excellence in innovation that is a hallmark of the Coles College and Kennesaw State,” said Alison Keefe, executive director of the Executive MBA program. “Improving on the already strong ranking from last year shows that we continue to raise the bar in the quality of our integrated curriculum, the dedication of our Executive MBA-only faculty and the high caliber of our students.”

“The CEO Magazine ranking validates our current students’ and alumni's decision to choose KSU for their Executive MBA,” said Allan Bishop, director of recruitment and business development for the Executive MBA program.

In addition to the Executive MBA ranking, the Coles College’s Doctor of Business Administration program was one of 21 named a “premier DBA provider” in CEO Magazine’s global listings. The rating is based on accreditation, quality of faculty, geography and international standing.

The Michael J. Coles College of Business is one of the largest business schools in Georgia, with more than 6,000 students and 160 faculty members. The Coles College offers bachelor’s degrees in 10 majors and 13 minors, seven graduate degree programs, dual-degree options and executive education programs.

For more information on the Coles College’s Executive MBA program, click here.

– Paul Floeckher

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