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Executive MBA ranked among best in the world

Coles College of Business  

Coles College of Business program rated No. 1 in Georgia

KENNESAW, Ga. (Apr 12, 2017) — Kennesaw State University’s Executive MBA program has been ranked as the best in Georgia and ninth-best in the world by CEO Magazine in its 2017 Global Executive MBA Rankings.

The Coles College of Business’ Executive MBA was recognized by the magazine as a Global Tier One EMBA program for the third year in a row. New to the CEO Magazine rankings this year is a numerical rating, which placed Kennesaw State’s EMBA among the top 10 in the world and No. 1 in the state.

“We are thrilled to see this ranking, as it reflects years of hard work by our faculty and leadership team,” said Kathy Schwaig, dean of the Coles College of Business. “Our Executive MBA is a flagship program for the Coles College, and we are a leading provider of Executive MBAs in the country. We have worked diligently to create a high-quality program that features coaching, innovation and an intensive international experience.”

Only four universities in North America ranked ahead of Kennesaw State. Programs are classified as either Tier One or Tier Two based on factors including quality of faculty, international diversity, class size, accreditation, work experience, international exposure, professional development, gender parity and delivery methods.

The Coles College’s Executive MBA enrolls about 45 working professionals annually in its 19-month program that offers cutting-edge global teaming, program-long executive coaching and a customized curriculum designed for ambitious professionals. In addition to the CEO Magazine ranking, Kennesaw State’s Executive MBA is rated No. 3 internationally in teamwork and No. 10 in e-business by Bloomberg Businessweek.

“This recognition underscores the quality of our integrated curriculum, the dedication of our Executive MBA-only faculty and the high caliber of our students,” said Alison Keefe, executive director of the Executive MBA program. “We are extremely proud to receive this prestigious recognition acknowledging the excellence in innovation that is a hallmark of the Coles College and Kennesaw State.”

In addition to the Executive MBA ranking, the Coles College’s Doctor of Business Administration program was one of 20 named a “premier DBA provider” in CEO Magazine’s global listings. The rating is based on accreditation, quality of faculty, geography and international standing.

The Michael J. Coles College of Business is the second-largest business school in Georgia, with more than 6,000 students and 160 faculty members. The Coles College offers bachelor’s degrees in nine majors and 13 minors, nine graduate degree programs, dual-degree options and executive education programs.

For more information on the Coles College’s MBA programs, visit www.ksumba.com.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 35,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university's vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. A Carnegie-designated doctoral institution, it is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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