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UT’s Haslam College of Business Executive MBA program ranks 7th among public universities nationwide, according to the Economist 2018 WhichMBA ranking. The magazine’s third biannual Executive MBA ranking, released Monday, ranks the program No. 23 in the world and No. 14 among all US programs.

“Seeing the Executive MBA enter the Economist WhichMBA ranking at No. 23 is exciting, but we are especially pleased with the No. 1 ranking by students for program relevance,” says Bruce Behn, associate dean for graduate and executive education at the college. “The faculty and program staff take great pride in delivering a curriculum that is truly transformational for our students, as we want to help them grow professionally and succeed in their careers. This latest ranking is a welcome affirmation of the extraordinary value to students that our programs deliver.”

The Economist collected data for the ranking using two web-based questionnaires. The first was completed by business schools and included details and statistics related to students, alumni, program curriculum, and faculty. A second questionnaire targeted students and recent alumni, who provided evaluations of their personal experiences in the program and information about their individual career progressions. Final rankings rely on data from both surveys.

In addition to the overall ranking, the Executive MBA program received Top 10 marks in nine different subcategory measures: No. 1 for student ranking of program relevance; No. 2 for overall quality of students; No. 4 for student rating of faculty and for pre-MBA salary of students; No. 5 for overall level of work experience of students; No. 6 for the quality of the faculty and for professional development and educational experience; and No. 7 for student rating of teaching quality and for post-MBA salary.

The program includes specialties in global supply chain, health care leadership, and strategic leadership. The college also offers a Physician Executive MBA, an Aerospace and Defense MBA, and a Professional MBA, as well as custom executive education programs tailored to the needs of working professionals.

The college’s custom executive education programs, which supplement its Executive MBA offerings, are ranked 3rd among US public universities and 28th worldwide by the Financial Times.