UK-UofL Executive MBA Program Achieves Tier One Global Ranking

With its first class graduating just three months ago (December 2015), the joint University of Kentucky-University of Louisville Executive MBA program is already being ranked in the top tier. Recently, the UK-UofL EMBA became the only program in the region ranked in CEO Magazine's Tier One Global EMBA programs for 2016.

CEO Magazine has been showcasing top business schools from around the globe since it first launched in 2008. In 2012, the publication launched its annual global MBA rankings, designed with applicants in mind and examining the nuts and bolts of an MBA: the faculty, learning environment, class sizes, tuition fees, delivery methods, international diversity, gender make-up and more. The objective is simple: to identify schools which marry exceptional quality with great ROI.

“We are pleased to be recognized with a tier one executive MBA program ranking,” said Joe Labianca, co-director of the UK-UL Executive MBA program at the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics. “It is extremely gratifying to be ranked as an outstanding program that prepares seasoned professionals to advance in their careers and achieve their goals.”

Drawing upon the top-tier faculty from UK's Gatton College of Business and Economics and UofL’s College of Business, this first-rate Executive MBA program is aimed at rising executives from regional organizations, and maximizes the industry expertise of the students in a dynamic, cohort-based learning environment. With sessions split between the UK campus in Lexington and the UofL campus in Louisville, its Friday and Saturday classes on every other weekend allow students to keep their existing jobs, while preparing for more senior roles. Applications are being accepted now at; the next cohort will begin coursework in August 2016.

“This ranking is a wonderful recognition of the unique partnership forged between Kentucky’s two top research universities to serve the Commonwealth and our region,” said T. Vernon Foster, executive director, MBA Programs and Career Management at the University of Louisville College of Business. “Our EMBA faculty members bring real-world experience to the classroom, where students can collaborate and develop effective leadership, problem-solving and research strategies.”