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Krannert Executive MBA Program

Krannert School of Management (Purdue)
Program summary
2 years

Program description

Since 1983, the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) Program has offered a unique two-year course of study tailored to the needs of mid-career managers who have the potential to reach senior executive positions within their organizations. The program offers a creative alternative to the traditional executive MBA, both in its instructional delivery system and in its emphasis on an electronic linkage between the Krannert School and the program participants between in-residences.

The schedule of six concentrated two-week sessions interspersed throughout a two-year long program period allows participants to maintain their job responsibilities while they acquire the broad range of managerial skills needed to be effective in today's and tomorrow's dynamic business environment. The program is divided into three modules, each of which corresponds in course content to an academic semester.

Program participants study an integrated curriculum, drawing on the full range of the functional areas of business and stressing the development of analytical skills. The emphasis is on decision-making, particularly as decisions are influenced by the global setting of business. The courses in the program have an applied, policy-making orientation and use cases and other experiential materials extensively. The use of the computer to support decision analysis is a key component of most courses.

Instructional Approach

A new group of participants enters the program each year in July - beginning with a four-day orientation session on the Purdue campus - and continues through the two-year course of study as a cohort, sharing the same educational experiences. The program is distinctive in that the subsequent instructional sessions are concentrated into six two-week residencies, rather than following the evening or alternating-weekend format typical of traditional executive MBA programs.

This schedule makes it possible for participants to be drawn from around the world, and eliminates the problem of potential interruptions in their education for participants who confront job transfers during the program. The resulting diversity of the group provides an unusually rich environment for interaction among the participants, both in class and in their respective study groups.

EMBA courses include a mixture of individual and group assignments with the membership of study groups designed to allow each of the participants to benefit from an exposure to diverse business and cultural backgrounds during the residencies. The study groups remain active in the interim periods between residencies as well, with participants linked to each other and to the faculty electronically via the Internet and a central Web site.

Application and Admission Requirements

A successful candidate to the Krannert Executive Master's Program will have the following:

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree with a grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale;
  2. A minimum of five years' work experience in positions of increasing professional responsibility;
  3. A current position of significant responsibility;
  4. At least two letters of recommendation;
  5. Optional GMAT score of 520 or above if submitted to enhance application materials

Please note: EMBA program requirements are consistent with the specifications of our accrediting body, the AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and the Purdue University Graduate School.

Curriculum & Courses

The career demands and needs of the practicing manager dictate the curriculum design of the EMBA program. The constituent courses are founded on theory, but have an applied decision-making focus. The EMBA is a 'cohort' program that is, all students in each class enter together, take a common set of courses in sequence together, and graduate together. This format, coupled with internet-based communication tools, is what makes it possible for the class sessions to be concentrated into a series of two-week residencies.

The course curriculum for the three modules of the program is shown in the table below.

The topic content of the various courses is similar to that of the corresponding courses in the Krannert School's full-time graduate management program, but the EMBA courses are less technique-oriented and more policy oriented in character.

In addition to the extensive general management curriculum, EMBA students take courses designed to amplify or complement their core knowledge. The nature and content of these courses, such as International Economics, Leadership, Negotiations, International Finance, and Global Marketing, are especially influenced by current and emerging trends in the global economy. It is therefore likely that these courses and their content may change from one year to the next in order to reflect those trends. Students will always be advised of such changes and the content and nature of the new courses will typically be discussed with the class at orientation.

Expenses / Tuition Fees

The tuition fee payments for the class that entered the program in 2009 was the three modules at $25,000 per module or $75,000 for the entire program. These charges were all-inclusive: instructional costs, course materials, housing, and most meals during each residency.

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Krannert School of Management (Purdue)

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Krannert School of Management (Purdue)

403 W. State Street
IN 47907-2056 Lafayette

Phone no: (765) 494-0773

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