According to the Economist’s recent EMBA ranking, the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal has the best quality of students in Canada, and 4th in the world.

The Economist today provided a more detailed breakdown of the EMBA ranking released last week, and the news is good for the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA Program.

We’ve got great participants, great faculty and a great “Personal development and educational experience” relative to the other schools in the ranking:

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These are criteria that are very important to us. Given the program’s philosophy of building on the wealth of experience participants bring to the program, and the emphasis we place on learning from each other, we’re delighted that the survey confirms we have the best quality of students[1]  in the country, and 4th in the world.

We’re equally pleased to see the quality of faculty and student diversity rated highly.  This is crucial to ensuring the program is a relevant and valuable experience for all. These are the key components of the “Personal development and educational experience” piece of the ranking, which counts for 50% of the overall rank.  We’re ranked 8th worldwide in this category, which is tremendous.

As the ranking shows, our participants come into the program as successful and seasoned executives.  That’s the way we designed the program, and that’s the kind of program our participants are looking for. As a result, we are weaker in terms of % salary increase over the years and career progression – our participants, for the most part, already have their years of massive salary increase behind them.  So for the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal, doing well on these criteria would mean we didn’t achieve the experience level we were aiming for in the class.  The experience for participants wouldn’t be as rich.  The schools that do well on these criteria tend to be schools with much younger and less experienced students.  These criteria are the basis for the second 50% of the ranking, and pull down our overall position.

Overall, the ranking demonstrates that the program delivers on its promises.  We’re excited about continuing to evolve and improve the program to ensure we provide the best possible learning experience for our participants.

You can find the details of the ranking here.

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[1] Quality of students is based on salary when entering the program, years of work experience, years of management experience and rating of culture and classmates.