9. McCombs - Univ. of Texas
McCombs - Univ. of Texas
Tuition and fees: $85,000
Work experience: 166 months
GMAT: 638 (average)
Acceptance rate: 74%
Program length: Two years

The Texas executive MBA program is an unqualified bargain among the top 10 schools. Even after a sizable increase in tuition this past year (a whopping $10 grand increase for residents), its EMBA program is still the only one among the top 10 schools with a price tag under six figures.

The two-year program consists of four consecutive academic semesters and 42 credit hours of coursework. Each year begins with a week-long executive seminar to help prepare students for the upcoming year and concludes with a week-long seminar to apply what has been learned.

Unlike many EMBA programs that tend to draw the largest number of students from financial services and consulting, Texas' attracts a high percentage of managers and executives from the tech sector. Some 42% of the latest entering class, for example, hails from the high-tech industry. It's also a diverse and impressive group: some 39% of the students already have advanced degrees and 5% have the title of president, CEO or chairman.


By Poets&Quants @FortuneMagazine - Last updated January 17 2012: 9:45 AM ET
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The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School's pricey Executive MBA program maintained its gold standard status in a new 2012 ranking by PoetsandQuantsforExecs.com.

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