Although the headline ranking figures show changes in the data year to year, the pattern of clustering among the schools is equally significant. Some 250 points separate Kellogg/Hong Kong UST Business School at the top, from the school ranked number 100. The first 13 business schools, from Kellogg/HKUST Business School to Korea University Business School, form the first tier of schools. The second tier is headed by Iese Business School, about 100 points above Cranfield University School of Management at the bottom of this group. The University of Miami School of Business Administration heads the third tier.
1. The average alumni salary three years after graduation. (The 2012 EMBA ranking is based on data for alumni graduating in 2009). This figure includes alumni salary data for the current year and the one or two preceding years, where available.
2. The percentage increase in average alumni salary from before the EMBA to today as a percentage of the pre-EMBA salary. This figure includes data for the current year and the one or two preceding years, where available.
3. This is calculated according to changes in the level of seniority and the size of the company alumni are working in now versus before their EMBA. Data for the current year and the one or two preceding years are included where available.
4. This measures the previous experience of EMBA participants by examining seniority of positions held, number of years in each position, size of company, and any international work experience prior to starting the EMBA.
5. The extent to which alumni fulfilled their most important goals or reasons for doing an EMBA.
6. The percentage of female faculty
7. The percentage of female students
8. The percentage of female members of the advisory board
9. The percentage of faculty whose citizenship differs from their country of employment
10. This combines two pieces of data. The first is the percentage of participants who are resident in the country of the business school but whose citizenship is different to that country. The second is the percentage of participants who are resident outside the country in which the business school is situated.
11. The percentage of the board whose citizenship differs from the country in which the business school is based
12. International course experience: The percentage of classroom teaching hours that are carried out outside the country in which the business school is situated. The data is presented as a rank and the top position is one.
13. Number of languages students are required to speak on graduation.
14. The percentage of faculty with a doctoral degree
15. This is calculated according to the number of doctoral graduates from each business school during the past three years. Additional points are given if these doctoral graduates took up faculty positions at one of the top 50 full-time MBA schools of 2010.
16. This is calculated according to the number of faculty publications in 45 international academic and practitioner journals. Points are accrued by the business school at which the author is currently employed. The total is weighted for faculty size.