The best executive MBA school in South Africa – and how much you can earn after graduation

The Gordon Institute of Business Science at the University of Pretoria ranks among some of the top MBA programmes for senior working managers in the world.

The joint programme delivered by Kellogg/HKUST in China managed to hold off a new entry, EMBA-Global Asia, retaining the top place it regained last year in the FT Executive MBA Ranking of 2017.

In total, this is the eighth time that this programme has been ranked number one, the FT said. The Tsinghua University/Insead programme that came top in 2015 drops one place to third.

The Gordon Institute of Business Science at the University of Pretoria, ranked 87th, is the only representative from Africa.

The school has been continuously ranked since 2011, when it entered the top 100 at 67. Its highest position was 60th, in 2012.

Its alumni have the highest average salary among the bottom half of the table at $207,000 (R2.8 million) – the average alumni salary three years after graduation, and a 48% increase on their pre-EMBA pay.

While the school has the second-lowest proportion of international faculty, it is in the top 10 for gender diversity, the FT report said.

An EMBA requires a deep personal commitment besides a financial one. “It was extremely hard work to balance the gruelling schedule and workload of the EMBA, a full-time senior job and a very young family,” said one graduate in the FT survey. “Collaboration and study groups are essential.”

These are the 15 best executive business courses in the world, according to the Financial Times:

2017 2016 School Country Average salary (US$) MBA Name
1 1 Kellogg / HKUST Business School China $478 379 Kedge-SJTU Global MBA
2 EMBA-Global Asia: Columbia/HKU/LBS China / UK / US $319 032 EMBA-Global Asia
3 2  Tsinghua University / Insead China / Singapore / France / UAE $316 057 Tsinghua-Insead Dual Degree EMBA
4 8 EMBA-Global: Columbia/LBS US / UK $254 208 EMBA-Global Americas & Europe
5 3 Trium: HEC Paris / LSE / NYU: Stern France / UK / US $328 277 Trium Global EMBA
6 7 Shanghai Jiao Tong University: Antai China $364 591 SJTU Antai EMBA
7 5 Washington University: Olin China $360 250 Washington-Fudan EMBA
8 4 Insead France / Singapore / UAE $281 892 Insead Global EMBA
9 9 University of Oxford: Saïd UK $242 985 Oxford EMBA
10 12 ESCP Europe FR / GB / DE / ES / IT / LB $234 080 ESCP Europe EMBA
11 MIT: Sloan US $308 292 MIT EMBA
12 11 Iese Business School Spain/US $261 150 Global EMBA
13 10 IE Business School Spain $243 273 Global EMBA
14 13 Ceibs China / Switzerland $330 980 Ceibs Global EMBA
15 14 University of Chicago: Booth US / UK/ China $261 188 EMBA
15  16  University of Pennsylvania: Wharton US $238 926  Wharton MBA for Executives
15 15 University of Cambridge: Judge UK $217 072 Cambridge EMBA
87 74 Gordon Institute of Business Science at UP South Africa $206 982 Modular / Part-Time MBA

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The best executive MBA school in South Africa – and how much you can earn after graduation