Joint Executive MBA programs have risen to prominence in recent years. In the latest Financial Times rankings of the world’s best EMBAs, half of the top 10 were joint programs. By pooling their resources together, business schools are able to offer students an EMBA that provides truly exceptional value.
With a joint EMBA you get a degree from not just one, but two (and sometimes even three or more) business schools. That alone is a powerful incentive to consider a joint EMBA program. Beyond that, there are many other benefits. Here’s a look at just a few of them.
You gain access to an expanded alumni network
An EMBA is a major networking opportunity, and that is especially so for joint programs. As a graduate of a joint EMBA program, you become a member of each school’s alumni network. That expanded alumni network comes with significant advantages. For example, you’ll be able to take part in meet-and-greets, workshops, and other events hosted by each school’s alumni association. Our research shows that 95% of EMBA graduates say they would either definitely or probably recruit a fellow alumnus or alumna from their program. Being an alumnus/alumna of multiple schools is an advantage that can pay off throughout your career.
You get the best of two (or more) business schools
Every business school has its own unique strengths in terms of specializations, concentrations, and industry connections. One business school may be renowned for its emphasis on fintech, while another focuses more on marketing. Instead of choosing one or the other, as an executive business program candidate you can take advantage of the benefits that multiple business schools offer through a joint EMBA.
This principle also extends to reputation. Many of the world’s top business schools have partnered with each other to offer joint programs. So, when you earn your degree, you’ll have earned it from not just one world-class institution, but from two or more.
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Joint EMBA programs are exceptionally global
In today’s increasingly globalized world, an EMBA that crosses borders provides exceptional value. It is rare for businesses to confine operations in just one nation, and EMBA programs give you an opportunity to learn in multiple countries. Often multiple continents. This global exposure is highly beneficial as it can open you up to different perspectives, a greater understanding of how regulations differ across the world, and even how cultural expectations can impact on business.
Our own research shows just how valuable an international focus is for graduate management education. For example, business school students who enrolled in a program with an international focus were more likely to strongly agree that they could not have obtained their current jobs without their education and that the skills they developed in business school helped further their careers. When a curriculum is 81-100% internationally focused, 39% of 2016/17 alumni went on to be employed in senior, executive, or c-suite level positions—a far higher rate than that of alumni of programs which were less internationally focused. Figures like that strongly suggest that global programs, like joints EMBAs, offer a significant return on investment for students.
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