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Curriculum and Faculty

The Purdue Executive MBA program is 19 months long and requires 48 credit hours. The program launches each September with a three day orientation at Purdue.

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

Each residency is prefaced by an 8-10 week preparation period, during which students read assigned texts, complete and submit individual and team-based assignments, watch instructor-prepared videos, virtually gather with fellow students for weekly team meetings, and join online group discussions and virtual office hours as needed.

The quarterly on-campus residencies include classes, company visits, guest speakers, career management offerings, and networking events. Residencies 1 through 5 are at Purdue University and residency 6 is at an international location selected by the cohort.

Modules 1 and 2 focus on core topics taken as a cohort. Modules 3 through 5 allow for a more personalized curriculum to meet our students' individual needs. This personalization occurs through three types of courses: functional electives, immersion electives, and Active Learning Projects. 

Functional Electives

Functional electives are courses that vary depending on the interests and needs of the cohort. Read more about functional electives offered and the process of choosing functional electives.

Immersion Electives

Immersion electives are workshop-style courses that split the cohort into groups of 10 to 15 students. Read more about the many immersion electives offered and the process of designing your own curriculum via immersion electives.

Active Learning Projects

The Active Learning Projects provide opportunities for students to combine prior knowledge and experience with classroom learning and apply it in an active business setting. An ALP client is provided to the student teams and the project focuses on helping a firm diagnose and resolve a critical business problem. The teams are guided by a faculty member to provide the most beneficial hands-on experience possible.

Click on the module links in the dropdown menu at top right for more details on courses and information about our faculty. Please note course offerings and faculty are subject to change.

Company Visits

Our students visit companies when in residency at Purdue as well as during the international residencies. These visits include a tour of the facilities and an interactive discussion with senior management. Companies are chosen to reflect core concepts within the curriculum and/or key industries of the country visited. This approach gives additional context to the learning in the program and insights into the challenges faced by managers around the world. Companies visited include Bao Steel, American Axle, Boeing, Kidzania, Amazon, Subaru, Cook Biotech, Codelco, Salesforce, Concha y Toro, Philips, and many more.

See below for a typical schedule of a one-week EMBA residency:

Schedule for typical one-week EMBA residency