Kennesaw State Executive MBA remains best in Georgia and top 10 globally

KENNESAW, Ga. | Feb 16, 2022

Kennesaw State University’s Executive Master of Business Administration has, for the sixth consecutive year, been rated as best in Georgia and among the top in the world, according to CEO Magazine’s 2022 Global Executive MBA rankings released today. 


CEO Magazine ranked the Executive MBA in the Michael J. Coles College of Business third in the country and No. 9 in the world, placing it among the “Tier One” programs for the eighth year in a row. The 2022 rankings are based on an aggregate three years of data. 

“Continuing to rank among the top programs in the world affirms that the Coles College Executive MBA provides students with a degree that is recognized as top-notch in so many respects,” said Robin Cheramie, dean of the Coles College of Business. “Our students, faculty and staff and their dedication to the program are the reason we continue to see that success.”

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.

“CEO Magazine’s continued recognition of our programs reinforces that our commitment to hiring and retaining faculty with real-world experience and a passion for a variety of industries sets students up for the best possible experience,” said Alison Keefe, executive director of the EMBA program. “Retaining our No. 1 ranking as the top EMBA program in Georgia and being named among the best in the world shows students that an Executive MBA from KSU increases the promotability of our students by 50%.”

In addition to the Executive MBA ranking, the magazine rankings also placed KSU’s online MBA among the best in the world and named Coles College a premier Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) provider in CEO Magazine’s global listings based on accreditation, quality of faculty, geography and international standing. 

Kennesaw State’s DBA program transitioned four years ago to a Ph.D. in Business Administration in which students can pursue concentrations in accounting, information systems, management or marketing.

This year, CEO Magazine included business schools across North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere, and ranked data from 180 schools offering 347 different programs in 27 countries — 98 online, 92 EMBA and 157 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.

–  By Thomas Hartwell

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