Executive MBA program moves up to #6 in FT global rankings

Published 10/21/2013

Washington University in St. Louis and Fudan University’s joint Executive MBA program in Shanghai, China moved up three spots to number six in the Financial Times annual ranking of the world’s best executive MBA programs, released today.

When Washington University and Fudan University launched the Executive MBA-Shanghai program in 2002, it was the first foreign-partnered Executive MBA program to be formally recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education. The students in the program are predominantly local Chinese who are managers at multinational companies. They are co-taught by faculty at Washington University’s Olin Business School and Fudan University’s School of Management; the program features a format and teaching approach that draw on the best that both schools have to offer.


in and Fudan’s School of Management were at the forefront of joint ventures in executive business education in China a decade ago,” said Mahendra Gupta, dean of Olin Business School. “Our faculty continue to provide international learning experiences that prepare executives to compete for top positions in China and globally.” The Financial Times ranked faculty research at Olin and Fudan at #14 in the world in the annual survey.

Graduates of the Olin/Fudan Executive MBA-Shanghai program experienced a 61% salary increase after completing the program according to the FT ranking dat


Dean Mahendra Gupta will be a guest on the Financial Times’ “Ask the Expert” answering questions about Executive MBA programs on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, between 14.00 and 15.00 BST.

The joint venture also provides valuable international experience for Olin’s U.S.-based Executive MBA students, who spend one week in China working and studying with their counterparts at Fudan University. Shanghai-based students, in turn, travel to St. Louis for a two-week residency and graduation ceremony with their U.S. colleagues.

Olin's U.S.-based program continues to expand with campuses in Kansas City and now Denver, which welcomed its inaugural cohort last month.

Click here to see the Financial Times 2013 Executive MBA Rankings.