Kellogg falls to 5th in WSJ executive MBA rankings

By Emily Bryson York
Posted Sep. 30, 2010 at 4:47 p.m.

Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management slipped to fifth place in the Wall Street Journal’s second executive MBA rankings, released today.

The program was top ranked when the Journal issued its first executive MBA rankings in 2008. It’s also the second-most expensive program in the top 25, with a total cost of $153,900, behind Wharton, at $167,250.

Student satisfaction scores, which varied widely across the school’s seven programs, were responsible for dragging down its rankings, according to the newspaper. Northwestern’s standing among corporations, meantime, outpaced all other programs.

University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business moved to the top spot, from second place, followed by Washington University in Saint Louis, the Thunderbird School of Global Management and the University of Southern California.

The University of Chicago’s program slipped to 16 from 8th place in 2008. The University of Notre Dame landed sixth in the 2010 rankings.

The Journal’s executive MBA rankings are based on surveys of recent graduates, companies familiar with executive MBA programs, and companies that employ executive MBA students.

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  1. Tom Sep. 30, 2010 at 11:47 a.m.

    Funny how this article fails to mention that these were the “Executive MBA” rankings… The WSJ made a point of emphasizing it, but apparently this publication failed to pick that up. Tribune business section is a joke. We deserve more considering that Chicago is one of the largest business hubs in the western hemisphere. I’d be very curious to know how many writers at the Trib actually have degrees/background in private business…

    I guess grandmas packing heat on the south side sell more copies…

  2. Tom Sep. 30, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Thanks for updating!

  3. chris Sep. 30, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    In the old days, executive MBA programs were primarily for those already employed and not immediately planning on moving. Just how can you be dissatisfied since MBA topics are fairly generic?

  4. Muntz Sep. 30, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Where will we get MBA’s to run our banks into the ground and make fancy Powerpoint presentation now?!?!

  5. MaryMary Sep. 30, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Exactly Muntz! Have a few Kellogg MBAs where I work, not impressed, snotty rich kids which daddy sent to school. Most of them could not think their way out of a paperbag. Bad decision making skills.

  6. Wicker Park B Sep. 30, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Why no mention of the University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign ranked at #14 – above the great University of Chicago? Illnois’ E-MBA program is based in Chicago just like the other programs mentioned in this article.

  7. uggh Sep. 30, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    MaryMary, why you bugging?

  8. David Sep. 30, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Most Kellogg MBAs I work with had their tuition paid by the company.

    They seem like fine enough people.

    Can I say **** on this board?

  9. David Sep. 30, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    This board wouldn’t late me say ****. I guess I need to use the modern spelling of phuck. Phuck phuck phuck!

  10. Bob Oct. 1, 2010 at 10:32 a.m.

    Sounds like a great idea… Lets tell the world that the reason for the dropping in rankings is due to dissatisfied students. So know regardless of a students satisfaction they state that they are very satisfied so that it wont hurt their schools rankings which they paid so much to attend.

  11. Jack Smith Oct. 4, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Ironic that 2 out of the 3 dimensions are corporate feedback – and Kellogg clearly outpaces the rest of the crowd. Student satisfaction slipped in 2009/2010 due to new kinds of needs being generated by EMP students. The administration has taken note of those and is working on ramping up required / requested services. I think it is a perfectly HEALTHY sign that Kellogg EMBA students care enough to drive such change. They are not sitting / resting on their laurels … smug and snotty.

    Clearly this itself is an indication of the high class and quality of the program. Dont forget that Kellogg EMBA is a real Kellogg MBA.

    Ratings apart, the QUALITY OF CLASSMATES you find at Kellogg are second to none. You wont be overloaded with Finance jockeys like Wharton East or Techie Propeller Heads and Startups Zillionaires like Wharton West. What you get at Kellogg is a real mix of high quality, highly accomplished leaders investing in their next phase of growth.