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Sep. 30,  2008

Goizueta Business School Gets High Marks from EMBA Students

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Emory University’s Goizueta Business School ranks number 11 in The Wall Street Journal’s first survey of Executive MBA programs from around the world.

In addition to its overall ranking, Goizueta Business School’s W. Cliff Oxford Executive MBA is ranked number 4 among students and number 3 in the management skills category.  The program ranks in the top one-third in the following categories: program quality; faculty quality; classmate quality, and immediately applicable course work.  Also, students named Professor Jeff Rosensweig one of 12 ‘favorite professors’ from all EMBA programs.

Released today, the WSJ survey asked 4,060 students and recent graduates from 72 executive MBA programs at 53 business schools in nine countries how well their program enhanced leadership and management skills; 62 percent responded. The result is a worldwide ranking of the top 25 schools that take into account the rigor needed to build tomorrow’s corporate leaders and C-suite executives.

Ed Leonard, associate dean, W. Cliff Oxford Executive MBA Programs, said, “I’m very grateful to our students for their confidence in and support of the program. I also want to thank our extraordinary faculty for their hard work, and our staff and administration for making the program such a great learning experience.  It takes the best of all three – students, faculty and staff - to make a top program.”

Goizueta Business School Dean Larry Benveniste, said, “We are proud that our executive student community continues to have the outstanding experience that we expect from all of our programs.  To ensure continued success, we are deepening our corporate relationships through investments in corporate outreach, including a significant investment in career services support for all of our students.”

In the survey, students rated Goizueta Business School among the top five for faculty. Emory graduate John Burdett told The Wall Street Journal that the little things made the biggest difference. “Professors had the ability to get information down to our level and explain things in a simple manner,” said Burdett, chief operating officer at TicketBiscuit LLC, an event-management and ticket-sales company in Birmingham, Ala. “That, for me, is extreme talent.”

In other rankings, BusinessWeek ranks the W. Cliff Oxford Executive MBA number 7 in the world and number 1 in the Southeast Region in the magazine’s ranking of all global Executive MBA degree programs.

The W. Cliff Oxford Executive MBA is a 16-month weekend program for upper- and middle-level managers. Students take four or five courses each term, and they are in class all day Friday and Saturday, every other week, and on a handful of Thursdays. In addition to the alternating weekend format, Goizueta Business School offers a modular format of its top-ranked Executive MBA program. The Modular Executive MBA is a 20-month program comprised of nine residency periods.  Two-thirds of the program is face-to-face interaction with faculty and other classmates, with one-third distance learning.

Emory University’s Goizueta Business School offers a Two-Year MBA Program, a One-Year MBA Program, an Evening MBA Program, two formats of the W. Cliff Oxford Executive MBA (Weekend and Modular), an Undergraduate Program and a Doctoral degree, together with a set of innovative non-degree Emory Executive Development programs.

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