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The Purdue Executive MBA Program does not require GMAT or Executive Assessment scores for most applicants. However, you must demonstrate sufficient academic/quantitative preparedness in your application, either through prior coursework, professional experience, and/or certifications as reflected in your transcripts and/or resume. For all admitted students, we offer an Excel and math skills course to either brush up on previous skills or to fill in skills gaps in these areas.

To request additional information about our EMBA program or to request a GMAT or English language proficiency wavier, please contact us at

Application Deadlines

Krannert Executive Education Program admits qualified applicants on a rolling basis.

Applications are reviewed as soon as they are submitted and all required application materials are received. The admissions committee can render an admission decision only after receiving all required materials. 

Within one week of submitting your materials, you will be contacted for an interview. Within 10 days of the interview, the admissions committee will communicate its decision.

Deadlines for the Executive MBA Class of 2025:

  • Apply by June 15, 2023 to have your application fee waived
  • Apply by July 15, 2023 for priority scholarship consideration.*
  • We will accept applications until August 15, 2023, or until the class is filled.

*Scholarships are still available after this date. To be considered for a scholarship, complete the scholarship essay found within our online application.

Application Fee and Waivers

Your application package includes a $60 fee for domestic applicants and a $75 fee for international applicants.

Krannert waives the EMBA program application fee for:

  • Domestic applicants who are permanent legal residents of the United States
  • Applicants who have successfully completed a Purdue University or Purdue Global baccalaureate degree
  • Active Service members and Veterans of the U.S. military
  • Individuals who participate in special programs or events including an in-person or virtual campus visit
  • Employees of not for profit organizations
  • Applicants submitting before the application fee waiver deadline

To receive this waiver, please submit your application, but do not pay the application fee. For more information please contact Brian Grimes, Associate Director of Recruiting.

Note: If you pay the application fee before the fee has been waived, it is non-refundable.

 What We Look For & What We Need

Krannert Executive Education Programs strives to enroll a diverse group of students with a variety of skills, backgrounds and expertise.

To succeed in this mission, the admissions committee undertakes a holistic admission review process, considering many different elements. Our review of your application begins with an emphasis on the following factors:
• Personal goals for enrolling in the program;
• Quality and length of work experience;
• Management and leadership experience;
• Record of prior achievement and professional training; and
• Ability to engage with peers in the classroom.

These factors help us determine your ability to undertake the challenges of an EMBA program. Just as important, we look at your ability to contribute to the program and Krannert's ability to help you reach your personal and professional goals.

For that reason, we require:
• Completed online application
• Current professional resume (indicating minimum five years professional work experience)
• Two professional recommendations
• Official transcripts, and, in some instances, also a copy of your diploma
• In-person or virtual interview
• Three essays, found within the online application

To be considered for a scholarship, complete the optional scholarship essay found within the online application. You MUST complete this essay for scholarship consideration.

Here's a bit more detail about required components of your application package:

Completed Online Application

All sections of the Purdue Graduate School online application must be completed. Find helpful application instructions here.


Your resume is an important piece of any EMBA application package, and is often your introduction to an EMBA admissions team.

View our helpful video on structuring an effective resume.

Two Recommendations

We prefer that recommenders be employers who are able to render an opinion on the basis of close, current, and sustained observation. At least one of your letters should be from your direct supervisor. Recommendations from friends, family members, acquaintances, members of the same cohort, and other sources unable to evaluate professional or academic qualifications for MBA study are not acceptable. For those who are self-employed and/or own their own company, then references from clients would be appropriate. We require your recommenders to submit the recommendations online (instructions to do so are provided within the online application).

Academic Transcripts

You will need to provide official transcripts and/or academic records only at the request of the graduate program or in the event of a favorable admission decision and you choose to enroll. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution. Official documents should be submitted to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Purdue University
Young Hall, Room 170
155 S. Grant St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114

Transcripts and/or English translations must be mailed directly from a Registrar’s office to the Office of Graduate Admissions via sealed envelope.

The Office of Graduate Admissions also accepts electronic transcripts from accredited U.S. colleges and universities sent via eSCRIP-SAFE, Docufide, Parchment Exchange or directly from the accredited U.S. college and university. The transcript must be sent to

All transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded to the online application system are considered unofficial.  The Purdue University Graduate School reserves the right to require official transcripts and/or academic documents at any time during the admissions process.

**Transcripts will not be returned.

Uploading Transcripts

All applicants must upload to the online application transcript(s) and/or academic document(s) for every institution of higher education attended. If a transcript and diploma/degree certificate are not in English, an English translation (certified by the college or university which issued it) must be uploaded.

The uploaded transcript and/or academic document must be from the official version of the document. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution.

If personal identifying information such as a student identification number or social security number appears on the document, REMOVE THIS INFORMATION from your electronic version of your document or mark out the information in black ink before scanning your document.

Degree-Seeking Applicants:  Upload a transcript for every institution of higher education attended, including evidence of a baccalaureate degree awarded, into the online application. If you are currently studying for a baccalaureate degree, you will later be required to submit a document that verifies the awarding of that degree.

Non-Degree Applicants: If you are applying for non-degree classification, you must upload evidence of a baccalaureate degree which could include a transcript, a copy of the diploma or a degree certificate verifying the degree.


Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview after their application has been received by the EMBA admissions committee. The interview plays a central role in our assessment of candidates given our holistic approach. All interviews are held with two members of our admissions committee. Candidates will have an option of coming to Purdue's West Lafayette campus or joining us by Zoom. Purdue offers these choices to accommodate the busy lives of working professionals.