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Frequently Asked Questions

Below, our lead partner school, Purdue University, answers the most common questions about the Executive MBA programs.

Academics & Program Features

Are the EMBA programs accredited?

Yes, the Krannert School of Management at Purdue and both EMBA programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

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

How long does the program take to complete?

Both Purdue EMBA Programs are 19 months long and require 48 credit hours to complete.

What degree will I earn? Is it possible to earn a joint degree through the EMBA program?

Both EMBA Programs award students an MBA from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. Additionally, students who participate in and graduate from the IMM Global EMBA can earn a second MBA from TIAS School for Business and Society at Tilburg University in The Netherlands. This program is also an accredited program by AACSB International.

What is the format of the program?

The program begins 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 recieve your eBooks. Then the first of six modules begins as you return home. The faculty for each course provide a syllabus detailing all homework assignments for the module. Students complete these individual and team homework assignments per thier own schedules - typically evenings and weekends - and submit electronically. This is expected to take about 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 completed by diverse student teams using various online technologies. For some classes, there are alaso team-based and class-based online discussions. After the online portion, students meet on-campus for the residency. This would entail coming to Purdue for the traditional EMBA program and different countries for the IMM Global EMBA. During the residency, students engage in interactive classes, company visits, and social events including cultural immersion (during international residencies). After ecah residency, the students have a week to prepare for online final examinations. After exams, there is typically a one-week break and a new module begins with new study teams.

How is the Krannert Executive MBA Program at Purdue different than other Universities' programs?

The Krannert program buildgs upon Purdue's world-class excellence. The key feature of the program is the residency approach. This means that for each module, students work on homework assignments, group projects, and online discussions for about 10 weeks and then come to campus for one or two-week residency. During the residency, the faculty applies the assignments the students have done during self-study and help apply it to theier companies. This is in contrast to most executive MBA programs where students come to campus every weekend or every few weeks. Our approach allows people to come from anywhere in the world (which they do) and not have to drop from the program if they switch jobs or are relocated to a new city. The concentrated residencies allow the students to focus on the classroom, so the leaerning is heightened and the lessons can be applied immediately in their companies after the residencies. There is a keen emphasis on team and the sharing of expertise, so students learn not only from the faculty, but also from their peers. The residencies facilitate the formation of networking and friendship bonds among students that last a lifetime. The Executive MBA program's electives alsao break from the traditional approach found at most schools in which students take the same courses with their cohort, with the same offerings repeated annually. In contrast, our students can choose functional electives specific to their cohort as wlel immersion electives tailored to their particular interests.

How is the Purdue Executive MBA program different from evening and weekend programs?

Both Purdue Executive MBA programs (EMBA & IMM Global EMBA) concentrate class time into quarterly residencies scheduled ove a 19-month period. For the traditional EMBA, this entails six residencies of 1-2 weeks. For the Global EMBA, this entails five residencies of 2 weeks each. This unique format offers fewer distractions and less travel, thereby minimizing intereference with our students' ongoing job-related travel demands and better knowledge retention than alternating weekend or evening programs. It also allows participants to come from around the world, resulting in a more diverse cohort and richer learning experience.

How does the IMM Global Executive MBA program differ from the traditional Executive MBA?

The IMM Program is primarily for those who seek Global Mobility or desire to learn about different cultures and economic systems. Instead of meeting at Purdue each quarter, students meet at different partner schools in the U.S., South America, Europe, and China. Participants also recieve a Purdue EMBA and an EMBA from Tilburg University in The Netherlands. The Executive MBA has more electives, allowing for a more tailored program to student interests, and fewer international travel oppurtunities.

For the IMM Global EMBA, why did Purdue partner with these schools?

Purdue partners with fiave other business schools from around the world. The partnership allows for students to experience how business takes palce in each location and apply those lessons to your company and your career. One of the IMMA program's advantages is that six leading schools pool their reousrces to provide a unique, global experience. Each of the partners is responsible for the residencies at their school and also share responsbility for residencies in other locations. Each school is invovled in recruiting, resulting ina geographically diverse cohort. Another feauture is that each graduate earns a Purdue MBA anad MBA from TIAS School of Business and Society (associated with Tilburg Univesity in The Netherlands). Purdue partners with these schools because each represent some of the most competitive elements of the global economy: the EU, the US, and emerging markets. In addition, each school is a leading institution in its respective region.

Is an international trip required in this program?

Yes. The traditional EMBA requires one international residency at the end of the program and the IMM  Global EMBA has multiple international components. As an IMM student, you will study in seven countries on four continents. Six renowned universities partner to provide IMM students a truly global education.

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

The need for visas for the residencies varies by your citizenship. The school hosting a residency will issue the invitation letter needed for obtaining a visa in coordination with Purdue University. Typically participants obtain a tourist or business visa, given the short duration of each residency.

What does the curriculum entail?

The curriculum covers the principles of business and managment for current and future high-level managers. Core classes include focused topics like accounting, finance, operations, marketing, economics, and analytics. They also include integrative topics like strategy, leadership, risk management, and law & ethics. Further, as a cohort, you will choose three functional electives, from a list, that are of greatest interest to the cohort. Recent selections include mergers & acquisitions (M&A) and negotiations. You will also select three immersion electives. These are electives that you take with a sub-set of the cohort. This workshop-style elective lets you go deeper into topics of personal interest such as crisis management, finance, game theory, managing teams, presentation skills, and more. Finally, you will complete a consulting assignment where you scope a project and then create solutions based on our own knowlesdge and insights gained from the program. The Global EMBA has a greater global focus on the courses and discussions along with more company visits to see different business models in action.

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

For the traditional EMBA, the launch week and the first five residencies are at the Krannert School of Management Executive Education building at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. The last residency is at an international location, or locations, chosen by cohort in consultation with executive education staff. Students have individual hotel rooms during residencies. At Purdue, students stay at a well-appointed hotel in close proximity to the Krannert School of Management. For the Global EMBA, classes are typically held at the partner university. This approach appropriate support to students and allows them to experience universities around the world.

What happens when we are not in residency?

At the beginning of each module, the faculty provides a syllabus with all homework assignments for the module. Students complete these homework assignments per their own schedules — typically evenings and weekends — and send them to the faculty electronically. This study time takes about 15-25 hours per week (depending on the module), but students choose the time and still manage to complete work for their company, as well as have time for family. For some classes, there are also team and class-based online assignments and discussions.

Are there elective courses in the program?

Yes, students take 2-3 electives in the IMM Global EMBA program. For the traditional EMBA, students choose 6 electives out of 12 to 15 options.

Can I choose a major for my Executive MBA?

Both EMBA programs provide a general management MBA. As such, while we don't offer majors, we do offer a number of electives for a more personalized EMBA experience. Students will take both functional electives, two-credit courses that vary depending on the interests and needs of the cohort, and immersion electives which are one-credit courses taught in smaller groups, workshop-style. A list of electives currently offered can be found here:

Who are the faculty teaching in the EMBA programs?

Courses are taught by world-renowned Purdue faculty as well as distinguished faculty members from our partner universities in the IMM Global EMBA program. We also work with faculty at other universities as needed for special topics.

Are students allowed to contact the professors and teaching assistants during and after each session?

Yes, students do interact with the faculty during and after modules are completed. Our EMBA programs do not use teaching assistants.

How much time should I expect to set aside for homework during the week?

When not in residency, the work typically requires 20 hours per week to complete. This will likely be higher at the start of the program.

Will I be assigned to work with a group of my peers? Who will be in my team?

You will be assigned to work in a team of 5-6 classmates. The teams 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 program and are 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.

What are my fellow students like? How many are in each class?

Recent incoming classes have had between 25 and 30 students. The work experience ranges from five years (the minimum required for admission) to nearly 30 years, with an average of 15 years. They are all hardworking individuals, like you, who believe an EMBA will provide them with more opportunities. Many have families and are also balancing work-home-school demands.

Is a laptop computer required?

Generally yes, a laptop is required given the amount of work done on-campus. Ebooks are included in the program cost and the majority of interactions and assignments will be completed online.

When do we receive our course materials and books?

For the start of the program, course materials and ebooks are provided during launch week. For subsequent modules, the course materials and books will be made available to you the week prior to courses starting.

What language will the program be in? Does it help to know another language?

The program is taught in English. Knowing additional languages may be useful during international residencies.

Are there any vacation breaks?

There is typically a one week break in between modules; however, there can be up to two weeks of downtime, depending on the academic calendar. Observation of national holidays are considered when the course schedule is made.

Do you offer career development services?

The program offers a broad set of career management support and resources. As a starting point, within the program and in the Krannert School of Management, you will have access to a career counselor who is available to discuss career management ideas and direct you to the appropriate resources. These resources include the Purdue Career Wiki, which is a comprehensive, online resource consisting of career guides, company/industry databases, and business news. We also partner with Ivy Exec, which offers resume reviews, mentoring, and online education opportunities. Finally, you have the opportunity for a series of one-on-one executive coaching sessions, which guide you to develop your desired end-point, assess your current situation, and create a path to achieve the career opportunities you seek.

What are the types of things students work on with their executive coach?

Between the start of the program and two years after graduation, almost all of our students experience a career shift. The executive coaching helps you guide your path toward your desired FIG: Function, Industry, Geography. Through a series of one-on-one confidential sessions and self-assessments, the executive career coach will help you evaluate where you are and create a road map to your desired end goal. Having an external, objective resource will encourage you to ask the right questions and get you to the new opportunities you seek.

Do you have an alumni network?

Yes, the Krannert Alumni Network is one of the strongest in the world with 50,000 alumni and the larger Purdue University alumni base is more than 600,000 strong.

Is this a distance-learning program?

Our curriculum is organized into modules that provide a unique blend of in-class and online learning. Modules consist of a preparation period with team and cohort interaction, a 1-2 week on-campus or international residency, and an online exam period.


What are the admission/application requirements?

To be admitted to the program, the applicant must have:

  1. A bachelor’s degree and transcripts
  2. Five years post-baccalaureate work experience
  3. A completed application
  4. Two recommendations.

GMAT and TOEFL may be required, depending on your work/education background and strength of your application.

Where do I send my official transcripts?

Transcripts should be mailed in a signed, sealed envelope from the issuing institution to:

Nancy Smigiel
Executive MBA Programs, Krannert Center
425 W. State Street, 
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2056

We will also accept electronic transcripts if your university has electronic submission capabilities. These can be sent via email to: nks@purdue.edu.

What type/amount of work experience is required?

We look for professionals who have a minimum of 5 years of work experience prior to entering the program. In determining fit, we examine the quality and length of your experience; any management and leadership experience you may have; and your record of prior achievement and professional training.

Is a corporate sponsorship required?

No, corporate sponsorship is not required for entry to either Purdue EMBA Program but you should make sure your company is supportive of your plans.

Do I have to be working full time to apply for the program? Can I apply to the program if I am currently unemployed and looking for a new position?

While current employment is not a requirement for admission to the Purdue EMBA Programs, all applicants are expected to have a minimum of 5 years of work experience with preference given to those possessing strong leadership qualities. Employment during the program will increase your learning as you can be applying ideas immediately at your workplace.

When are applications due?

We accept applications throughout the year and students are admitted on a rolling basis. Please find application deadlines on the application page.

Is there an application fee? Can it be waived?

Yes, there is an application fee which can be paid by credit card. The fee is $60 for U.S. applicants or $75 for international applicants. The application fee may be waived for Purdue alumni, nonprofit employees, veterans and active duty personnel, EMBA experience attendees, and those who meet the early application deadline for an application fee waiver. This deadline can be found on our admissions page. Direct any questions you may have to Nancy Smigiel at nks@purdue.edu.

What happens after I apply? Once I submit my application, how quickly can I receive an admission decision?

We use a rolling admissions decision process. After you submit your application, our Associate Director of Admissions will review the documents to assure all pieces have been received. Then the applicant is contacted for an in-person or virtual interview. The interview takes about 90 minutes and two members from the admissions committee participate. After the interview, the admissions committee meets to review the materials and make a decision. If it is a positive decision, the materials are provided to the Purdue graduate school for final review. It generally takes two weeks from application submission until a decision is made.

Who should write the letters of recommendation? What should they cover?

We suggest that recommendation letters be written by employers who are able to render an opinion on the basis of close, current, and sustained observation. At least one should be from your direct supervisor. We strongly discourage recommendations from friends, family, acquaintances, or others who are unable to evaluate professional or academic qualifications.

Do I have to take the GMAT? If so, is there a minimum required score? Will you waive the GMAT or GRE requirement?

While the GMAT is a requirement for admission, our Admissions committee will waive the requirement for prospective students with substantial work experience or prior relevant education. These decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. A GMAT waiver can be determined by simply submitting your resume for review to krannertexec@purdue.edu.

Do International candidates have to take the TOEFL? What is an acceptable score?

The TOEFL may be required, depending on your work/education background and the overall strength of your application. However, the requirement can be waived through a WebEx discussion with either our Executive Director or Head of Admissions. Please contact us at krannertexec@purdue.edu.

Are there any prerequisites for this program? How can I prepare for the program?

There are no prerequisites for the EMBA Programs. However, you are expected to have some working knowledge of data tools such as Microsoft Excel and sufficient quantitative skills.

Is an interview required? How do I schedule an interview? How long is the personal interview?

Yes, qualified applicants will be invited for an interview after their application has been received by the EMBA admissions committee. Candidates will have an option of coming to Purdue's West Lafayette campus or joining us by WebEx. Purdue offers these choices to accommodate the busy lives of working professionals. The interview typically takes 90 minutes.

Do you hold information sessions? How can I learn more?

We offer multiple opportunities for you to learn more about our programs. This includes monthly informational webinars, chances to attend a class in-person or virtually, and the ability to schedule a meeting with a member of our team in a city near you. 

Is it possible to visit a class in session?

We always welcome visitors to the classroom, since seeing the program in action is the best way to learn about the program. Our EMBA Experience days, held throughout the academic school year, include a presentation about our programs, a class visit, lunch with current students, and a complimentary overnight hotel stay. Call Krannert Executive Education Programs at 765-494-1554 for information about EMBA Experience.

Can I defer my admission?

Admission decisions can be deferred for one year.

Is it possible to be admitted without a university degree?

It is generally required to have an undergraduate degree. Under particular circumstances, that requirement can be waived. We recommend that you reach out to the Admissions Committee at krannertexec@purdue.edu so that they can assess potential fit in the program.

Tuition & Financing

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

Both programs are priced at $85,000. This covers tuition, fees, lodging during all the residencies, most meals during residencies, networking/social events, career management support, class materials, and ebooks. The primary expense for you would be travel. Payments are spread out over five installments over multiple calendar years, making it easier to gain financial support from your employer or for obtaining government loans.

Are scholarships/loans available?

Yes, scholarships are available. To be considered for a scholarship, complete the scholarship essay found in the online application. Scholarship decisions are made based on a complete review of application materials as well as the interview. As the scholarships are provided on a rolling basis, it is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible. Questions regarding scholarships should be directed to the executive director, Aldas Kriauciunas, at akriauci@purdue.edu or 765-496-1860.

Can I use my VA benefits to pay for the program?

Many previous students have used their VA benefits to cover the cost of the program. For additional information, contact the Division of Financial Aid.

When is tuition due?

Tuition is split up into five equal payments with each installment being due at the beginning of billing cycle. These cycles generally correspond to the modules in the program.

Can you invoice my employer?

Yes, if your employer is paying the tuition, a direct billing process can be arranged.

How do I approach my employer about starting a program like this? Who in my company should I talk to about sponsoring me?

At Krannert, we understand that requesting sponsorship can be a challenging conversation to have. To assist you in this process we offer a Financial Sponsorship Tool Kit, which is available by request from Nancy Smigiel at nks@purdue.edu. You should reach out to an HR representative as well as your supervisor about sponsoring you for an EMBA Program.