Kennesaw State Executive MBA ranked best in Georgia, No. 8 globally

KENNESAW, Ga. | May 14, 2021

Coles College of Business
Coles College of Business

Kennesaw State University’s Executive Master of Business Administration program is rated as the best in Georgia for the fifth straight year in CEO Magazine’s 2021 Global Executive MBA Rankings, released today.

The Executive MBA in the Michael J. Coles College of Business also ranked second in the nation and No. 8 in the world as determined by CEO Magazine’s numerical ranking system. The magazine’s 2021 ratings are based on each school’s average score over the past four years.

“Being ranked again among the top programs in the world affirms that the Coles College Executive MBA provides students with an outstanding route to success,” said Robin Cheramie, dean of the Coles College of Business. “All the credit for this recognition goes to our students for their hard work and dedication and to our faculty and staff for providing such a unique and valuable learning experience for them.”

Kennesaw State’s Executive MBA was also recognized by CEO Magazine as a Global Tier One EMBA program for the seventh year in a row. The magazine classifies programs as Tier One or Tier Two based on factors including quality of faculty and faculty-to-student ratio, international diversity and exposure, class size, accreditation, professional development, work experience, gender parity and instruction methods.

About 45 working professionals are enrolled annually in the Coles College’s EMBA, which is team-based to promote collaboration, decision-making, resourcefulness, ingenuity and entrepreneurship. The 19-month program offers executive coaching and a customized curriculum for ambitious professionals including executives, mid-level managers and entrepreneurs.

“This recognition from CEO Magazine reinforces that our focus on leadership and teaming is effective in advancing our students’ careers,” said Alison Keefe, executive director of the Executive MBA program. “Maintaining our status as the No. 1 EMBA program in Georgia and top 10 in the world shows our students that earning their Executive MBA from Kennesaw State increases the value and prestige of their degree.”

In addition to the Executive MBA ranking, the Coles College again was named a “premier DBA provider” in CEO Magazine’s global listings based on accreditation, quality of faculty, geography and international standing. While being included in the rankings, Kennesaw State’s DBA program transitioned three years ago to a Ph.D. in Business Administration in which students can pursue concentrations in accounting, information systems, management or marketing.

CEO Magazine’s rankings cover 180 participating schools in 27 countries, encompassing 338 different programs – 89 online, 90 EMBA and 159 full-time and part-time MBA programs.

The Michael J. Coles College of Business is one of the largest business schools in Georgia, with more than 7,000 students and 160 faculty members. The Coles College offers bachelor’s degrees in 11 majors and 16 minors, six graduate degree programs, dual-degree options and executive education programs.

– Paul Floeckher

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