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The Economist ranks UGA Executive MBA among world’s best

Athens, Ga. – In its first rankings of Executive MBA programs, The Economist placed the University of Georgia Terry College of Business program No. 22 worldwide.

The Economist’s rankings reflect each EMBA program’s performance in two broad categories: personal development/education experience and career development, with each category weighted equally.

“This is an indication that we’re on the right track, and a reflection of the hard work that goes on at Terry,” said Charles B. Knapp, interim dean of the Terry College. “We’ve known for a long time that a Terry EMBA is a sound investment, and it’s nice to see that the folks at The Economist agree with us.”

Terry College’s EMBA program received the highest ranking among schools in Georgia, and was ranked No. 10 among programs based solely in the U.S.

Rankings data were collected using two Web-based questionnaires. The first surveyed business schools about student quality and diversity, faculty qualifications, number of overseas assignments and alumni statistics. The second was given to current students and EMBA alumni from the last three graduating classes. It asked for ratings of classmates, faculty, curriculum and facilities. Alumni were also asked to report their pre-EMBA and current salaries to determine average increases.

“It’s great to be recognized as one of the very best Executive MBA programs in the world,” said Rich Daniels, director of MBA programs in the Terry College. “The rankings highlight the high quality of the faculty, staff and students involved in the program, and clearly show that our graduates are successful in using their experience at Terry to advance their careers.”

Terry College’s Executive MBA program was established in 2001. The program moved to its current location at the Terry Executive Education Center in Buckhead in 2005.

The Terry College’s Executive MBA degree is an 18-month program geared toward mid- to senior-level managers. The format combines weekend class sessions with asynchronous interaction using distance learning technologies. The program also offers individual leadership coaching, opportunities to network, and a 12-day international residency.

For more information about Terry College’s Executive MBA, Professional MBA (offered in Buckhead and Gwinnett County), and Full-Time MBA (in Athens), see