Top 10 executive MBA programs

Looking to get an MBA while holding down a job? Here's Poets&Quants' list of the very best executive MBA programs in the U.S.

1. Wharton - Univ. of Pennsylvania
Wharton - Univ. of Pennsylvania
Tuition and fees: $167,160 (Phil.); $173,940 (San Fran)
Work experience: 120 months
GMAT: 710 (median)
Acceptance rate: 44%
Program length: Two years

As far as Executive MBA programs go, the Wharton version has pretty much become the gold standard. It is consistently ranked first by several sources over many years, and it attracts some of the best and brightest executives in the world. Its status as the best in the world is fairly secure given the fact that Wharton's biggest competitors in the full-time MBA arena -- mainly Harvard and Stanford -- do not offer EMBA programs.

At a cost of $167,160, nearly five grand more than last year, it's also the world's most expensive MBA program.

For the cost, you'll get an uncompromising program taught by the school's best faculty. Wharton insists that it offers an "undiluted" program, meaning that it's not a "light" version of its full-time MBA experience. Translation: This is a rigorous and demanding program with high admission standards.

While not as selective as the school's full-time MBA program, which accepts only 19% of its applicants versus the 44% acceptance rate for EMBA candidates, it's still one of the most selective executive programs in the world.

By Poets&Quants @FortuneMagazine - Last updated January 17 2012: 9:45 AM ET
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