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October 26, 2001

Financial Times survey: Purdue a top international 'EMBA' school

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Financial Times newspaper ranks the Krannert Graduate School of Management's executive MBA program (EMBA) ninth in the United States and 17th worldwide in survey results reported in its Monday (10/22) issue.

Wilbur G. Lewellen

"The top 10 nationwide and top 20 worldwide rankings for our executive MBA program attests to our focus on providing a high-quality option for students to earn an MBA while continuing their careers," said Richard A. Cosier, Krannert School dean and Leeds Professor of Management.

"Our program clearly can compete with any executive education program in the world. The success of its unique format for delivery is reflected in the high ranking."

Krannert Executive Education Programs offer four executive MBAs through a combination of distance-learning and part-time residence on campus. The Krannert School began offering executive education in 1983.

The London-based newspaper also ranked Krannert's executive MBAs fifth nationally in number of company-sponsored students and fourth in number of graduates still working with their original companies.

"The Financial Times rankings, together with the recent Business Week survey, provide confirmation of how well regarded our program is worldwide," said Wilbur G. Lewellen, director of the Krannert School's Executive Education Programs and Herman C. Krannert Distinguished Professor of Management.

"The rankings are also a tribute to our staff and the faculty who teach in our executive MBA programs."

This survey was the first time the Financial Times has rated executive MBA programs. The publication invited 72 business schools to participate in the survey sent to business schools and MBA graduates of the class of 1998.

The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School was the worldwide top executive MBA program of the 50 schools rated. Big Ten schools included in the worldwide survey were Northwestern (six), Illinois (20), Michigan State (23) and Wisconsin (28). Notre Dame ranked 30th.

The Business Week survey ranked the Krannert School's executive MBA programs 14th worldwide. In a Computerworld survey that also came out Monday (10/22), the Krannert School was ranked among the top 25 "techno-MBA" schools nationally.

Writer: J. Michael Lillich, (765) 494-2077,

Sources: Richard A. Cosier, (765) 494-4366,

Wilbur G. Lewellen, (765) 494-4493,

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