Manderson EMBA Ranked Among Top Programs in Country by Fortune


The Manderson Graduate School of Business Executive MBA program was recognized as one of the top programs in the country for 2022-2023 by Fortune this week, ranking #34 overall and #19 among public offerings.

“This ranking is an important signal that the Manderson EMBA is a strong national contender,” said Dr. Sharif Melouk, associate dean of the Manderson Graduate School of Business. “We congratulate the faculty and administrators who work so hard to provide a world-class experience for our Executive MBA students.”

Manderson’s Executive MBA program requires five years of work experience and an undergraduate degree for admission. Courses are offered in a blended format, with monthly in-person meetings, and weekly interactive online meetings. The in-person meetings are offered in two locations: Tuscaloosa and Huntsville.

To generate the rankings, Fortune collected data from questionnaires, figures available on school websites, and information from executives and companies. It then used a three-part weighted formula to generate a final score: 50% is the Program Score, 35% is the Brand Score, and 15% is the Fortune 1000 Score. Since much of the value of an executive MBA is in networking, the Program Score assessed characteristics of students like years of experience in work and management, and percent of applicants with advanced degrees. The Brand Score estimated the marketability of a given b-school brand. Finally, the Fortune 1000 Score looked at number of alums who are executives at Fortune 1000 companies.

Director of the Executive MBA Donna Blackburn said, “We are pleased to be recognized as an elite executive MBA program, and plan to continue providing a challenging, life-changing, and career-building experience for our students.”

The Fortune ranking adds to momentum behind the Manderson EMBA. Earlier this year, CEO Magazine ranked it #50 in the world.

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