CEO Magazine (London, UK) released its 2018 ranking of the top Global Executive MBA programs on Wednesday, March 21 and has ranked the Telfer Executive MBA program #1 in the world for a second consecutive year.

The ranking system used by CEO Magazine focuses directly on fact-based criteria about the programs and provides potential candidates with a performance benchmark for those schools under review.

“Our program is honoured to be recognized by CEO Magazine and we are determined at staying on top. The Telfer Executive MBA focuses on a 'Global, Practical, Relevant’ application-based learning platform for high potential candidates from all industries.  We are in the business of developing executives that are strategic thinkers that can consistently execute to drive compelling value in an increasingly competitive global market”, said Sophia Leong, Executive Director of the Telfer Executive MBA. “To be ranked again by CEO Magazine as the premier Global Executive MBA program underlines key pillars of the program - moral compass, prepared leadership and extended network of communities.”

“Being recognized as the top ranked Global Executive MBA program for the second year in a row is an incredible achievement and a clear demonstration that we provide consistent excellence and superior learning experiences to our Executive MBA candidates year after year. Such international recognition is the result of the remarkable work and commitment of our professors and the excellent support of the staff of our Executive MBA program, led by Program Director Sophia Leong”, said François Julien, Dean of the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management. “I am also grateful for the support of our alumni and members of the business community who contribute to the leadership and professional development of our Executive MBA candidates by participating in the delivery of the program, and providing them exciting project opportunities which enrich their learning experience, allowing the graduates of our program to lead successful and impactful careers, thus building the Telfer School’s reputation.”

The full ranking is available on CEO Magazine’s website.


The Telfer Executive MBA Program accelerates value in three distinct ways: business leadership, organizational impact and value to the community. Our program offers professionals from all industries a ‘live’ and transformative application-based learning environment that focuses on international market and leadership experience to excel in today’s global economy. The curriculum is anchored by the unique Signature Series of Six Business Consulting Projects, of which two are global in focus and involve two international business trips.


CEO Magazine has been showcasing top business schools from around the globe since it first launched in 2008. In 2012, the publication launched its annual Global MBA Rankings, profiling MBA, Executive MBA and Online MBA programs.

This year CEO Magazine reached out to business schools across North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the BRICS, and received responses from over 270 institutions.