University based executive education programs are often a once-in-a-lifetime developmental experience, and can enhance any resume.
These 1-4 week programs are an excellent way to develop leadership and management skills, as well as build external networks that can last forever.
They are a big investment, and there are a lot of choices. To get started, I’d recommend reading the article, “How to Select an Executive Education Program”.
Once you’ve done that, here’s a handy companion reference list to bookmark and save.
I cross-referenced the Financial Times 2010 Best Open Enrollment Executive Education programs with the BusinessWeek Best Open Enrollment Executive Education programs 2010.
Keep in mind that these are the best non-credit executive education programs, not the best business schools for an MBA. Also, these rankings are as much about brand name recognition than they are any kind of analysis or participant feedback. The rankings are based on surveys filled out by a single point of contact for executive development (I filled one out this summer). I’m sure there are plenty of lesser known schools that are just as good. However, it’s a good place to start.
Here are the 15 schools that appear in the top 20 on both lists:
1. Harvard University
3. Stanford University
5. Center for Creative Leadership
6. London Business School
7. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
8. IESE Business School
9. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)
10. Columbia University
11. Northwestern University (Kellogg)
12. IE Business School
13. University of Chicago (Booth)
14. University of Virginia (Darden)
15. Thunderbird School of Global Management