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Executive MBA program ranked No. 3 among public business schools

a student working in UGA's Terry Executive Education Center in Atlanta. (Submitted photo)

The Financial Times also ranked the program the top one in the state

The Executive MBA Program at the University of Georgia Terry College of Business is ranked one of the nation’s best in a global survey of EMBA programs published by the Financial Times.

The program is ranked No. 11 among EMBA programs in the United States. Among public business schools, the Terry EMBA ranks No. 3, and it’s the highest-ranked EMBA program in Georgia.

Terry’s Executive MBA scored its highest marks for the post-graduate career advancement reported by the program’s recent graduates. For career progress, the Financial Times ranked Terry’s Atlanta-based program No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 3 in the world.

“We know that the Terry EMBA program prepares graduates for more senior responsibilities and new opportunities,” said Dean Benjamin C. Ayers. “This ranking is more evidence that the management skills and leadership development that our students learn as part of their MBA experience is paying strong and immediate dividends in their careers and for their organizations.”

The Financial Times bases its EMBA ranking on more than 15 weighted measures. A survey completed by leading business schools worldwide gathered data on faculty quality, program diversity and international exposure and experience. A second survey completed by alumni who graduated three years ago reported current salaries, salary increase, work experience, career progress and program goals achieved. More than 100 global Executive MBA programs were surveyed this year.

In addition to its top ranking for helping graduates advance in their careers, the Terry EMBA program also scored well for incorporating environmental, social and governance ethics into its curriculum. The program ranked No. 5 for ESG curriculum among U.S. programs.

“We are focused on providing all of our students with the support and skills they need to advance as leaders in their chosen industries,” said Susan Brown, director of Executive and Professional MBA programs at Terry College. “In addition to excellent instruction across the curriculum, students learn about their purpose and their strengths. That experience helps our graduates reach their career goals.”

Terry’s Executive MBA is an 18-month degree program geared toward mid- to senior-level professionals, with weekend classes taught at the Terry Executive Education Center in Buckhead.

The Financial Times salary data was based on answers provided by graduates of the 2018 class, who were asked to compare their current compensation with their pre-EMBA salaries. The average salary reported by Terry College graduates represented a 60 percent increase from their pre-EMBA compensation.

For more information about the Executive and Professional MBA programs at the Atlanta campus of the Terry College of Business, go to