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The Right Preparation for Global Management.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions (USA)

What does it mean that five schools work together to create the IMM program?

One of the IMM program’s advantages is that five leading schools pool their resources to provide a unique, global experience.  Each of the five partners (Purdue, Tias, CEU, FGV-Rio, and Tianjin) is responsible for any residencies at their school and also share responsibility for residencies in China and Mexico.  Another feature is that each graduate earns a Purdue MBA and an MBA from CEU or Tias.  The five schools represent some of the most competitive elements of the global economy: the EU, the USA, and emerging markets.  Each school is a leading institution in its respective region.

What are the qualifications for admission to the program?

To apply to the program, the applicant must have:

  1. A bachelor’s degree and official transcripts
  2. Solid post-baccalaureate professional experience
  3. A completed application
  4. Two recommendations

We target applicants in mid to senior levels in their company to ensure a strong foundation to learn not only from the faculty, but from peers as well. The TOEFL exam can be waived based on other elements of your background such as your work experience and education. You will work closely with your home institution (enrolling school) to ensure that the documents meet its and Purdue’s requirements.

When are applications due?

We accept applications throughout the year and students are admitted on a rolling basis. To ensure timely processing and access to all materials before orientation, we encourage all materials to be submitted by December 31st  to Purdue’s Graduate School (please contact your admitting school for international deadlines), although later admissions may be processed. The orientation session in mid- to late March is required for those admitted to the program.

How much does the program cost? What does the cost cover?

The program costs $80,000/58,000 Euros. This covers tuition, lodging during all the residencies, most meals, class materials, books/e-books, an iPad, company visits, networking/social events and more. The primary expense for you would be travel to and from residencies. Payments may be spread out over five installments, about once every three months. The actual payment schedule is available from John Lewandowski (lewandow@purdue.edu) or Christel Donne (c.donne@tiasnimbas.edu).

Are scholarships/loans available?

Some of the schools are able to offer a limited, partial scholarship, but this varies year by year. Please contact your admitting school for further information and options.

Is an interview required?

Yes, the schools require an interview which may be by phone or in-person. The format is school specific, so contact your enrolling school for more information.

Is it possible to visit a class in-session?

We always welcome applicants to visit the classroom, since seeing the program in action is the best way to learn about the program. Often you will also have a chance to have a meal with the students and speak with them directly about your experiences. Please contact any of the partner schools for more information and to arrange a visit.

What happens after I apply? What is the timeline of admissions decisions?

After you submit your materials, the admissions office of your enrolling school will confirm all items are in order. They issue a conditional admission to the program. The materials are then provided to the Purdue graduate school, the central admissions authority, since all graduates receive a Purdue MBA. It generally takes two weeks from when all materials are properly submitted for final approval. Any delays associated with the application process typically result from an incomplete application or from transcripts not adhering to the admissions requirements.

Do I need visas for sessions in each country, and what support do we get for obtaining visas?

The need for visas for the residencies varies by your citizenship. The school to which you apply can assist you in mapping out your visa needs.

What does the curriculum entail?

The curriculum covers the principles of management within a global context. Core classes include economics, accounting, analytics, finance, marketing, strategy, operations, leadership, negotiations, law, and organizational change. You also will complete a consulting assignment where you can integrate classroom learning with other knowledge to solve a business problem and thus gain insights for your client company. The residencies also include cultural immersion and visits to local companies to better understand business around the world. During visits to local organizations, you will meet with decision makers such as CEOs, managing directors, politicians, and international experts. These interactions help make the IMM one of the most international programs for executives.

What is the format of the program?

The program begins each March with a week-long orientation at Purdue University. This is a chance to meet your peers in the program, start on coursework, engage in team-building, and receive your ipads/ebooks. The faculty for each course provide a syllabus detailing all homework assignments for the 12-week module. Students complete these homework assignments per their own schedules—evenings and weekends—and send them to the professor electronically. This is expected to take about 15-20 hours per week, but students choose the time and still manage to complete work assignments for their company, and have time for their families. Most of the assignments are team-based and executed by diverse student teams using various on-line technologies such as Skype and Purdue Sharepoint. For some classes, there are also team-based and class-based on-line discussions. At the end of the module, all the students meet for a 13-day residency at a partner school. During the residency, students engage in interactive classes, company visits, and social events including cultural immersion. After the residency, the students have a week to prepare for on-line final examinations. After exams, there is typically a one week break and a new module begins.

What are my fellow students like?

Recent incoming classes have had between 25 and 30 students.  Less than half are from the U.S., about one-quarter from Europe, and the rest from South America, Africa, and Asia. One-third have an engineering background and one-third have a management/business background. The work experience ranges from five years to almost thirty years, with an average of 13 years. They are all hard-working individuals, like you, who believe an Executive MBA will provide them with more, and more global, opportunities. Many have families and are also balancing work-home-school demands. Our participants tend to be experienced decision-makers with current or expected responsibilities in the global arena. They manage people, lead teams, and run divisions or companies.

Will I be expected to work alone or will I be assigned to work with a group of my peers?

You will be assigned to work with a group of your peers. The groups will be changed each module to ensure that you have an opportunity to meet and work with a wide range of your colleagues. The groups are arranged by the Purdue program managers to be balanced by geographic region, industry background, and functional skills to allow for the development of innovative solutions to challenging problems. Some of the assignments are done individually and some are done in groups. The professor’s syllabus will always provide details on these points.

Where do classes meet and where do I stay while in-residence?

One of the great advantages of the program is that for each residency, classes meet in a new location. Currently, the general order of locations is: Orientation (Purdue), Residency 1 (Tias/The Netherlands), Residency 2 (FGV-Rio and Sao Paoli, Brazil), Residency 3 (CEU/Hungary and Istanbul, Turkey), Residency 4 (Purdue), Residency 5 (Shanghai, Tianjin/Beijing), Graduation (Purdue and your admitting school). Students have individual hotel rooms during residencies and almost always are within walking distance of the class locations. If walking is not possible, shuttle service is provided.

Do you offer career development services?

The IMM program does offer career development opportunities. You will have access to a career counselor at Purdue University (and/or your admitting school) who is available by phone, email, or in-person to discuss career management ideas and direct you to appropriate resources. You also have access to the Purdue Career Wiki which is a comprehensive, online resource consisting of career guides, company/industry databases, and business news. You also will be able to undertake a self-assessment form, access company search tools, and attend an interactive business etiquette dinner. Students who are self-funded or find themselves between jobs are able to access additional resources.