Financial Times Ranks Suffolk's Executive MBA Program in Top 95 Worldwide

The Sawyer Business School’s Executive MBA program has been listed in the Financial Times 2009 EMBA rankings as one of the top 95 EMBA programs worldwide.

The Suffolk Executive MBA program, the first in New England when it was established in 1975, is the only ranked EMBA program in the region.

The Saturday-only Executive MBA program continually evolves to meet contemporary graduate business education needs. Today it emphasizes global business leadership in response to an identified need to prepare managers who can fill the shoes of retiring “Baby Boom” leaders.

“Making the Financial Times list is a well-deserved recognition for the students, faculty, administrators, and alumni of the oldest Executive MBA program in New England,” said Professor Michael Barretti, director of the Institute of Executive Education and academic director of the Executive MBA program. “Everybody has worked very hard to get the program to this level of distinction.”

The Financial Times, an international business newspaper based in London, uses extensive alumni surveys in preparing its rankings. This year’s list was based on interviews with the Class of 2006, evaluating how completion of the Executive MBA program impacted graduates’ career progress, salary growth, and realization of personal and professional goals.

The rankings also reflect faculty scholarship, professional qualifications, and international experience; the EMBA curriculum; program management; and University oversight.

“That so many alumni responded so positively to the survey shows that they want to continue to be involved with Suffolk University as emerging business leaders,” said Kristin Polito, Executive MBA program director. “The professional businessmen and women who choose this program – and they do not choose lightly – are prepared to lead despite any hurdles that may confront them. They come away with a strong sense of the many tools they can use to transform obstacles into opportunities.”

“This is an academically rigorous program that demands a significant work-life balance for 21 months,” said Barretti. "However, if you were to ask any of our alumni -- which, by the way, includes me -- I think they will tell you it was very much worth it."

Executive MBA graduates now make up 5 percent of the total 140,000 MBAs who graduate worldwide each year, resulting in a strong point of distinction in the job market. To remedy the continuing demands of students’ work and personal responsibilities, the Business School program employs a blended curriculum of in-class and online coursework to provide greater flexibility. Its students are business leaders who choose the program due to its multidisciplinary, cross-functional approach to achieving desired outcomes. They have access to a global alumni network and tuition-free postgraduate learning opportunities.