Executive M.B.A. program ranks 3rd in return on investment in Wall Street Journal survey

The Fisher College of Business Executive MBA program ranked 3rd in the nation in a Wall Street Journal survey published in December. The survey ranks the return graduates receive on their investment.

“This ranking is a clear indicator of the excellence of Fisher’s Executive Education program because it incorporates long-term tangible benefits to graduates,” said university President E. Gordon Gee. “Our faculty across campus are uncommonly effective teachers and researchers, and the results are best measured in improvements to individual lives.”

Graduates of the Fisher program were found to have a 170-percent return on an average of $66,900 invested in tuition and expenses for the 18-month program. The return on investment figure is based on a graduate-reported median raise of 15 percent initially and a projected salary of $181,718 five years following graduation.

The Journal followed up its September ranking of the nation’s EMBA programs, in which Ohio State’s program ranked 21st, with a deeper look into the work benefits received by graduates in a five-year period following completion of the program. Data were compiled on the amount the graduate’s company paid toward the program, the graduate’s out-of-pocket expenses, and salary and raises received following graduation for 27 U.S. programs and nine international programs.

The Fisher EMBA is designed to give a comprehensive business perspective on current business management issues through team-taught, interdisciplinary courses and delivered in a convenient format. About 30 percent of the 18-month degree program is delivered online.

“Today’s top-tier managers need a strategic perspective in today’s dynamic, global business environment. Our program is rigorous, flexible and innovative, enabling working professionals who have incredible challenges and demands to successfully achieve their career goals and business objectives,” said Carol Newcomb, executive director of Fisher’s Executive Education programs. “Our students tell us consistently this mix creates exceptional value to them and their organizations.”

In Their Own Words

EMBA students discuss the degree’s return on investment (ROI).

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