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One Degree, Four Modalities: The Krannert MBA Portfolio

With historic strengths in science, technology, engineering and math, Purdue University has a reputation for producing highly capable graduates not only in STEM disciplines, but also in business. At the graduate level, for example, the Krannert School of Management at Purdue offers four MBA options with its Weekend, Executive, Global and Online programs, each of which attracts diverse industry professionals who share a commitment to making the next giant leap in their career. Meet the 200+ students who began their MBA journey at Krannert in 2021.

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Special 2021 Krannert Toast Honors Military Alumni

Each year the Krannert community raises a glass to honor Herman and Ellnora Krannert, who in 1962 donated $2.73 million to establish the Krannert Graduate School of Industrial Administration. Pre-COVID 19, alumni from across the globe would gather in-person on the first Thursday of November for these “Krannert Global Toasts.” Like so many other things impacted by the pandemic, the Krannert Global Toast had to be reimagined to include a virtual Toast to keep our Krannert alumni connected in a safe way.

This year, Krannert  hosted a special virtual Toast on Veteran’s Day, November 11, to specifically honor the men and women who have dedicated part of their careers in service to  our country.

The evening began with a panel of Krannert alumni, all with rich military careers. The alumni and current students in attendance were “front row” for the panel discussion about lessons learned and the experiences lived while in the service. Attendees were then given the opportunity to ask questions of the panel and share their own insights.

Darrell Katovsich (BSIM ’75, MS ’77), an Army veteran who served 14 months in Vietnam, said, “The military taught me everything I used in my career. I just didn’t know it yet.”

Karie Linn (MBA ’18), a former Navy flight officer, shared that the most impactful leadership lesson she learned was to “talk less and listen more.” Jay Richardson (MBA ‘05), currently in the Navy Reserve, said that one of the most important lessons he’s taken from his experiences is that “if you are not taking care of your people, you have failed as a leader.”  

Sarah Ratekin, a Navy veteran and director of Krannert’s CareerBound program, moderated the panel discussion.

The panelists also talked about their reasons for continuing their education at Krannert. Katovsich said he almost dropped out of Purdue after attending a complicated calculus lecture. Luckily, a professor he admired convinced him to continue his education. Richardson described his experiences getting “to know these people as friends and learning their different cultural backgrounds that bring the Krannert family together.”

After the panel discussion, the veterans and attendees were broken out into smaller networking groups to continue the discussion and connect with each other one-on-one. The night ended as it always does – with a toast to Krannert. But this year, the alumni and students also raised their glasses in honor and with gratitude to all those who have served!


Krannert Welcomes the Executive MBA Class of 2023

In September 2021, Krannert virtually launched the Executive MBA Class of 2023, welcoming a group of 27 talented professionals. They will gather on campus for their first residency in November. The cohort boasts an average of 15 years of work experience across seven industries, with 22 percent of the students in vice president roles within their organizations.

emba-2023-class-photo.jpgThe EMBA Class of 2023 is 30 percent female, hails from four countries -- Germany, Peru, India, and the United States -- and represents a wide array of companies including State Farm, Sherwin-Williams, Morgan Stanley, Whirlpool, and PepsiCo, as well as the US State Department and the State of Indiana.

These students have unique talents to share with one another, in addition to the skills they’ve gained via their professional accomplishments: In this cohort we have a high school football and basketball referee; a children’s book author and illustrator; a longtime roller derby player; and a former professional salsa dancer.

Welcome, Purdue EMBA Class of 2023! We look forward to a rewarding 19 months and beyond.

Congratulations to our New Alums, the Executive MBA Class of 2021

On the evening of May 15, 2021, we celebrated the graduation of the EMBA Class of 2021 in style, at the historic Rathskeller in downtown Indianapolis. EMBA 2021 deserved some schnitzel and wurst, having navigated their program during a pandemic – their planned on-campus residency in May 2020 was, in short order, moved online. And continued uncertainty called for flexibility and ingenuity as the cohort moved through their 19-month program together.

EMBA 2021 GraduationOur students adapted and persevered, and have much to be proud of as they join a vast, global network of Boilermaker alumni.

At their graduation dinner the class heard from student responders Jim Berki and Rachel (Austin) McVey, and honored stellar faculty. Each EMBA cohort votes on two faculty awards, and EMBA 2021 chose to recognize Thomas Eppel as Outstanding Professor and Ben Dunford, recently promoted to full Professor at Krannert, for Excellence in Teaching.

Thomas and Ben are long-time, cherished EMBA faculty (EMBA 2020 awarded Outstanding Professor to Ben Dunford and recognized Thomas Eppel and Amanda Thompson for Excellence in Teaching).

The cohort’s Honors Scholar is Kyle Hummel. This designation goes to the student who finishes the program with the highest GPA.

We commend the EMBA Class of 2021 for thriving in a challenging time. We look forward to seeing what’s next for our newest Boilermakers. The next giant leap is just ahead!

Welcome to the Krannert Family, IMM Global Executive MBA Class of 2022

In March 2021, 23 students joined our latest IMM Global Executive MBA cohort, meeting their classmates and professors virtually. With an average of 17 years of experience, 70% of the students are already at the director level or above in their company, or are an entrepreneur owning their own company.

Our Executive MBA program is ranked #1 for industry diversity, and this group keeps that trend alive. But they also bring a diverse background in many other ways – the group is 39% female and the cohort represents 12 US states and 9 different countries, bringing a truly global perspective to the classroom.

In addition to their professional accomplishments, this cohort is full of talent. With everything from a marathon runner to a Double Dutch champion, they are truly unique. The students will meet each other in person for the first time during their first residency in June, taking place on our West Lafayette, Indiana campus. From everyone at the Krannert School of Management, we are thrilled to welcome this new class of executives!


Protecting The Next Giant Leap: Purdue Executive MBA Students Return to Campus

After its spring residency had to be experienced remotely, Purdue’s Executive MBA Class of 2021 arrived on campus in July excited to be together again. Matt Larabee shared his feelings on being reunited with his classmates. “The best part of this program is being able to immerse yourself in these residency periods with the people you’ve grown to love and respect," he said, "so to be able to be face-to-face again felt like home.”

It all started with a test – and not the kind you can study for. The 21 students, who traveled to West Lafayette from nine different states, arrived early to be tested for COVID-19, and had received in advance detailed information about the Protect Purdue Plan. Purdue took the safety of students, faculty, and staff very seriously and made many changes in advance of the on-campus residency - classrooms and study rooms were configured to allow for appropriate social distancing, students were asked to wear face coverings, meals were individually packaged, staff increased cleaning and sanitizing processes, and more. When asked about how Purdue handled the on-campus visit, Shib Sen said “The social distancing measure put into place were great. It made me personally comfortable that measures were taken to maintain social distancing.”

The in-person experience is important for our students, but it’s just as significant for our faculty. Ben Dunford, who taught Improving Team Performance during this residency, shared his experience with this new normal. “It was energizing to be back in the classroom to have interactive discussion," he said. "There is really no substitute for it.” Ashley Gangloff, instructor for Corporate Governance, expressed a similar perspective. “The new safety precautions made me feel more comfortable teaching in a live, face-to-face format," she said. "They were not distracting and, with a few minor tweaks to the way we conduct in-class discussions, group work, and activities, we were able to accomplish many of the same experiences as we did in pre-COVID classrooms.”

As one of the first Purdue groups to have an on-campus presence since the University went remote in March, many of the students praised the staff for its work in making this in-person residency a possibility. Typical was this compliment from Emerson Bersaghi, “Everything was well planned, every single detail.” It would have been easy to move this residency online, but it would have come at the expense of the students’ learning experience. Instead, faculty and staff protected the integrity of the program by adequately preparing the spaces and their lessons in a way that would keep each other safe. And students protected each other in their pursuit of the next giant leap.


The Persistent Pursuit of Quality Education at an Affordable Price

The Economist released their Which MBA? 2020 Executive MBA rankings and Purdue has a lot to be proud of. With an all-inclusive tuition of $85,000, there are only three US schools that ranked ahead of Purdue with a lower price. The university has consistently been praised for its affordability, priding itself on providing a quality education while being cognizant of the financial impact to students. But it’s important to note that affordability doesn’t come at the expense of a robust learning environment. In fact, Purdue’s EMBA facilities were ranked #17 globally.

In a residency program like Purdue, it’s critical that students know their cohort will be made up of executives that they can learn from. Ranked #20 for work experience and #21 for geographic diversity, Purdue’s students bring a wide variety of experiences, both on a personal and professional level. They not only value these diverse perspectives, but they seek them out.

Ultimately, Executive MBA students want to be confident that they’re going to see a return on their investment. Working professionals invest their time and money into a program that they believe will best set them up for future success in their career. Based on recent alumni data, Purdue is doing just that. For 2020, Purdue is ranked #20 for students promoted since finishing the program, and took the #26 spot for its 46% increase in salary one year after graduation.

A land grant university with midwestern values, Purdue understands that the most important part of a program’s success is building a community where their students thrive. Travel around the world in Boilermaker gear and you can’t help but hear a “Boiler Up!” from across the room. Purdue students are proud to be Boilermakers, and their employers are proud to have Boilermakers solving their company’s toughest challenges.

View the full Which MBA? 2020 Executive MBA rankings here.


Welcome to the Purdue Alumni Family, Executive MBA Class of 2020

On May 15, 25 working professionals graduated from the Purdue University Executive MBA program. While the current COVID-19 situation did not allow for a traditional commencement, graduates were sent a box with their diploma and commemorative items to celebrate from their homes. President Mitch Daniels gave his commencement speech virtually, sharing “Wherever you’re viewing this virtual ceremony, I hope you are surrounded by people you love, people who helped you reach this moment of achievement."

During the 19-month program, this cohort came together in residency at Purdue University five times and traveled together to Spain for their international immersion residency. As graduates, they join a vast Purdue alumni family of more than 600,000. So no matter where their travels leads them, they’re sure to find a Boilermaker close.

The Beta Gamma Sigma honor society represents students ranked in the top 20% of their class and enrolled in a collegiate management program at AACSB accredited institutions. The Purdue chapter is pleased to recognize the outstanding scholastic achievement of the following students by inviting them to membership: Jennifer Cline, Maya Devakiamma, Jennifer Killian, Tony Merlie, and Vinutha Ram. Tony Merlie was also awarded Honor Scholar for being the top student in the class.

Purdue’s program is full of well-respected faculty members. But each year, the students vote to recognize a few select professors who have stood out among the rest. The Executive MBA Class of 2020 awarded the Outstanding Professor to Ben Dunford and recognized Thomas Eppel & Amanda Thompson for Excellence in Teaching. These professors go above and beyond to inspire the next giant leap in their students again and again and again.

Vinutha Ram and Jason Meridew were selected as student responders. Though they weren’t able to offer their send-off to their colleagues in person, they gave their congratulations and inspiration to the class through poetry and a video message.

To all the 2020 EMBA graduates, we can’t wait to see how far you’ll go: in your lives, your careers, and into the better world you’re helping to build. You’ve come so far. Keep going.


IMM Global EMBA Class of 2021: A Virtual Introduction

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, a group of 21 professionals started their Purdue EMBA journey. As if becoming a student again for the first time in years isn’t enough of a challenge, these executives managed to complete their entire launch week virtually, from their homes across the globe. Representing 10 U.S. States and 6 international countries, there is an incredible amount of diversity in this cohort, including 33% female.

Our newest group of boilermakers includes two veterans, two entrepreneurs, a pilot, a speaker of seven languages, an avid poker player, and a grandfather of 12 grandchildren. We’re excited to see this group grow as they begin this 19-month adventure together.

Best of luck! Boiler up!


Purdue Executive MBA Virtual Networking Event - April 22, 2020

We all know there’s some truth to the saying “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Building your professional network can be a critical component in your future success. That’s why Purdue’s Executive MBA program is designed to bring you together with other executives around the globe, to engage with and learn from one another. And as a Purdue alum, you’ll be joining more than 600,000 Boilermakers all over the world, ready to help you take the next giant leap in your career.

But every giant leap starts with one small step. And our Executive MBA alumni are here to help you take your first step. These incredible executives were in your shoes not long ago: deciding which school to choose, how to finance their degree, how to maintain a work-life balance, and so much more. Take advantage of their invaluable insight during our Virtual Networking Event on April 22 from 12-PM ET.

During this event, you will connect with our alums, who will be divided into chat rooms by industry to help facilitate more engaging interactions. But you’re welcome to participate in any chat room you’d like, regardless of your industry.

  • Finance & Consulting
  • Healthcare & Science
  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering, Technology, & Energy
  • Other Business

We will also have a chat room with our Purdue Executive MBA staff who can answer program-specific questions about timelines, application processes, scholarship opportunities, and more.

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CEO Magazine Ranks Purdue's Executive MBA Programs in the Top 30 Globally

CEO Magazine released their 2020 Global MBA Rankings, putting Purdue’s IMM Global Executive MBA in the #24 spot, and ranking the traditional Executive MBA #27 out of the 85 schools that were included.

“The benefits attached to an MBA are well documented: career progression, networking opportunities, personal development, salary…and the list goes on,” wrote CEO Magazine, who indicated that their ranking system is based on the following data points: quality of faculty, international diversity, class size, accreditation, faculty to student ratio, price, international exposure, work experience, professional development, gender parity, and delivery methods. 

Clinching the #10 spot for programs based solely out of North America, Purdue’s Executive MBA is a 19-month program, consisting of five modules each ending with a 1-2 week on-campus residency in West Lafayette, Indiana, and a sixth module which concludes with students studying abroad for two weeks. All nine North American programs ahead of Purdue offer their executive MBA in a weekend format, where students travel to campus for 1-3 days at a time. Aldas Kriauciunas, Executive Director of Purdue’s Executive MBA programs, shared how his program is different: “Most managers agree that the best way to learn is through immersion, so we bring our students together for one to two weeks at a time so they can not only learn from our outstanding faculty, but from each other. That’s why we believe the residency format is essential to professionals pursuing their Executive MBA, versus the more common weekend or evening format, where students typically spend less time interacting. Plus, coming together for a longer period of time, less often allows us to have a more diverse group of students who live and work anywhere in the world.”

The IMM Global Executive MBA is Purdue’s joint program, a partnership of 6 leading business schools around the world. Similar to Purdue’s traditional Executive MBA, the IMM Global EMBA is a 19-month residency program, but with students traveling to 7 countries on 4 continents for their immersive learning experience.

For more than 35 years, Purdue’s Executive MBA programs have been helping working professionals elevate their executive-level careers, and welcoming them into the family of 600,000+ Purdue alumni around the globe.

Browse all of Purdue’s Executive MBA rankings on the website, and view the complete list of CEO Magazine 2020 Global MBA Rankings here.


Purdue Executive MBA Programs Ranked in the Top 30 in the World

Purdue University’s Executive MBA Program was just ranked #27 in the world by Ivy Exec for 2020. The online career development and recruiting company ranked a total of 141 executive MBA programs around the globe based on prestige, career advancement, curriculum, global experience, and life balance. Purdue’s EMBA ranked #7 worldwide for Life Balance, a critical component for executives trying to pursue their degree while they maintain a high-level, full-time job. The program, which includes a 2-week international residency in the location of the cohort’s choosing, also placed in the top 25 for Global Experience.

  • Life Balance: 7
  • Global Experience: 23
  • Curriculum: 28
  • Career Advancement: 37
  • Prestige: 39

The Midwest is full of well-known business schools, but Purdue clinched the #6 spot among the 16 Midwestern schools included in the ranking. All five schools coming in ahead of Purdue have Executive MBA programs with a price tag of over $130,000, more than 50% higher than Purdue’s $85,000 EMBA tuition. Similar to the university’s 9-year undergraduate tuition freeze, Purdue’s Executive MBA program prides itself on providing a rigorous curriculum while remaining affordable for professionals around the world.

In 2019, Ivy Exec ranked Purdue’s Executive MBA program #50, so rising to the #27 spot in 2020 is an incredible accomplishment. Dr. David Schoorman, Associate Dean for Purdue’s Executive Education Programs shared his thoughts on the award, “In both programs we emphasize the cohort experience that is very intense, working in teams, solving real company problems as individuals and in team learning projects. Our secret sauce is a group of dedicated faculty and staff who bring a passion to the mission of making this the most personal and fulfilling educational journey for everyone.”

Purdue's Executive MBA programs have provided opportunities for working professionals for more than 35 years. But you don’t become a top 30 program in the world by doing the same thing for decades. “Our mission is to provide the highest quality educational experience possible.  We embrace innovations that support this like immersion electives for small groups of students that allow them to explore new topics”, said Schoorman.

Purdue is also the leading partner of a joint EMBA program, the IMM Global EMBA, along with 5 other leading business schools internationally:

  • Tilburg University, TIAS School for Business and Society, Tilburg, The Netherlands
  • Tianjin University, The College of Management and Economics, Tianjin, China
  • Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) - EBAPE, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Politecnico di Milano, MIP Graduate School of Business, Milan, Italy
  • ISM University of Management and Economics, Vilnius, Lithuania

The IMM Global EMBA Program was ranked #22 worldwide for joint programs by Ivy Exec for 2020. The most global EMBA program in the world, IMM Global EMBA students travel to seven countries on four continents during the 19-month program.

Allan McNear, Purdue Executive MBA Class of 2020, has an electrical engineering degree from Purdue, and went on to work for Chrysler for 17 years before deciding to pursue his Executive MBA. Recognizing that Purdue’s program gave him the best opportunity to achieve vertical growth within his company, Allan chose to return to his alma mater for his MBA. Speaking of his experience in Purdue’s program, “The Executive MBA program will absolutely change your life,” says McNear, who will graduate in May. View Allan’s video testimonial here.

With over 3000 Purdue Executive MBA alumni, Dr. Schoorman reflected on the strength of their former students. He said “In the face of intense competition in the recruitment of students, I am proud of the fact that one of our most effective marketing resources is our alumni who are effusive in their praise for the program and unstinting in the willingness to help.” The students and alumni have challenged Purdue to continually evolve the program, raising the bar again and again and again. Their dedication to the success of the program and to the advancement of their career is what keeps Purdue moving forward.

View the complete list of Ivy Exec 2020 Best Executive MBA Programs here.


New Podcast: This is Purdue

On January 27, 2020 the first episode of the official Purdue University podcast, "This is Purdue" launched. Featuring stories about Purdue students, faculty, and alumni, the podcast will release new episodes every other Monday with the first season running through May 2020. Check out and subscribe to "This is Purdue" here.


2019 Year In Review

Looking back at all the students who graduated from our Executive MBA programs this year, we can't help but be proud! Take a look at our 2019 Year In Review.


20 Top Executives Earn Two MBA Degrees

Congratulations to 20 incredible executives, who graduated from the IMM Global EMBA program on December 15, 2019, earning them both a degree from Purdue University and from TIAS School for Business and Society at Tilburg University in The Netherlands. This diverse class joins a global family of over 600,000 Purdue alumni.

Over 19 months, these professionals traveled approximately 44,000 miles for their immersion residencies across the globe. In December, they reunited for commencement in West Lafayette, Indiana, where many were joined by their families for the celebration.

Four individuals were recognized as 2019 Beta Gamma Sigma members: Vivek Chakrabortty, Beth Hinchee, Christian Kersten, and Brad Wensel. Beth Hinchee was also recognized as the Krannert Scholar, for finishing the program with the highest GPA.

The cohort voted on the faculty awards, recognizing Filip Caeldries for Outstanding Professor, and Thomas Eppel for Excellence in Teaching. Jessica Heaton and Aaron Wheadon provided the student response, sharing many memories and lessons learned during the cohort’s time together.

We wish this group a lifetime of success, and look forward to staying in touch with each of them as alumni.

IMM Class of 2019

Introducing the Purdue EMBA Class of 2021!

This group of 22 professionals just spent a week on campus kicking off their Executive MBA  experience. For many of them, they're adjusting to life as a student for the first time 15+ years. While continuing to work full-time, these executives will spend the next 19 months together, learning from award-winning faculty and collaborating with one another. 

We're proud to introduce this strong group of leaders from a wide range of industries, representing 9 different U.S. states and 5 countries. In addition to many professional accomplishments, this group also consists of a Brazilian race car driver, a father of three children under the age of five, a twin, and an American Idol contestant!

Good luck to these executives, as they begin their Executive MBA journey!


Congratulations to our Newest Boilermakers

On May 10, 2019 we celebrated the graduation of our Executive MBA Class of 2019, a cohort representing 6 U.S. states and Costa Rica; companies including Johnson & Johnson, Cisco, Cummins, Illinois Association for Behavioral Health, BP, and more; 14 years' of work experience on average; and three U.S. veterans: Jason Anderson, Ken Janicke, and Chris Powers. 

The majority of the class made it back to campus for graduation festivities, which included a dinner for the graduates and their loved ones in the Purdue Memorial Union. Beta Gamma Sigma, or top 20% of the cohort, nominees were honored. They are Paul Aoun, Anna Dietrich, Ken Janicke, Peter RIgakos and Srinivas Tadepalli.

Srinivas Tadepalli was also acknowledged as the Class of 2019's Honor Scholar, having the highest GPA in the group.

The students voted on top faculty -- Excellence in Teaching went to Dr. Thomas Eppel, and Outstanding Professor was awarded to Krannert Associate Professor Ben Dunford.

We congratulate our EMBA Class of 2019, and commend them for accomplishing so much in 19 months. Boiler Up!


Welcome, Purdue EMBA Class of 2020!

In September 2018, 28 incredible executives started their Executive MBA journey at Purdue Univerisity. The students in this cohort come from 11 different U.S. states and a wide variety of industries.

Over the next 19 months, these colleagues will participate in our blended learning program, which consists of 6 modules, each one containing 8-10 weeks of online learning followed by a 1-2 week immersive learning residency on our West Lafayette campus. Their sixth residency will take them abroad, to a location decided by the cohort.

Good luck to each of these professionals as they embark on this exciting journey together!


Two Purdue EMBA Alumna are Best & Brightest

For the fourth straight year, a Purdue Executive MBA Programs' alum -- this time, two -- makes Poets & Quants' annual list of the Best & Brightest EMBA students.

Saskia de Bruin-van Dijk, Purdue IMM Global EMBA Class of 2017, and Lucy Houchin, Purdue EMBA Class of 2018, are among those alums from 45 top EMBA programs selected for "class contributions, academic performance, extracurricular involvement, professional achievement, personal intangibles and unique personal stories."

Saskia de Bruin van Dijk IMM Global EMBA program

Saskia is from Riethoven, Netherlands, and is currently Business Program Manager Europe for Lekkerland AG & Co. Working at the company's Cologne, Germany, headquarters, she says a professional achievement she is most proud of is starting "my career as a data entry clerk, now in a position as direct report to the CEO."

"Saskia consistently worked ahead on courses during each pre-residency period, and as a result, she always came more than prepared to every residency," said IMM Program Manager and Associate Director John Lewandowski. "Her academic dedication paid off, as she maintained one of the highest grade point averages in her class. As a result of her academic efforts, Saskia accepted an invitation to join the prestigious Beta Gamma Sigma Society, the international business honor society for AASCB accredited schools."

A native of Indiana, Lucy made a major move during her EMBA program, to the U.K., where she is Managing Director of IDI Composites International – U.K.

Purdue EMBA Program Lucy Houchin"The blended online and on-campus format of the Purdue EMBA program allowed her to continue her coursework without missing a beat," said Purdue EMBA Senior Program Manager Donna Steele. "During our first module, she was the top student in quantitative analysis and organizational behavior. It is a rare for a student to do so well in such different topics."

We congratulate our Best & Brightest!

Read more about this Poets & Quants series.

The Economist: Purdue EMBA programs rank among top in world

Our Executive MBA programs are two of the top 50 Executive MBA programs in the world, according to The Economist’s Which MBA? 2018 ranking, and is one of only four schools to have multiple programs featured on the list.

Purdue Executive MBA EMBA Economist ranking 2018The Purdue Executive MBA program is ranked #47 in the world, and the Purdue IMM Global EMBA Program is #42, up from #51 in the publication’s previous ranking (2015).

Krannert’s programs scored highest at Gender Balance (#3, IMM program); percentage increase on pre-EMBA salary after two years (#11, IMM program); and managerial work experience (#17, Purdue EMBA).

The Economist ranked 65 EMBA programs. Programs had to be part-time and at least 50% campus-based. The ranking is based on personal development and educational experience, which measures quality of students and faculty and programs, along with student diversity, and career development, which measures career progression, salary and networking.

The Economist surveyed recent graduates of each program. The percentage of Purdue EMBA students who have been promoted or grown their own company since graduation was 80 percent, with the IMM Global EMBA student rate at 73 percent. Both programs showed high return on investment: IMM Global EMBA students saw better than a 44 percent increase on their pre-EMBA salary after one year, with Purdue EMBA graduates seeing close to a 31 percent increase after a year.

See the Economist's 2018 rankings and read about their methodology.

See more Purdue EMBA Programs' rankings.


Welcome, IMM Global EMBA Class of 2019

Purdue IMM Global Executive MBA Class of 2019 launch group photo

In March 2018, Purdue Executive MBA Programs welcomed the 21 accomplished professionals in the IMM Global EMBA Class of 2019 to their Launch Week. This on-campus orientation is always an exciting start to a new phase of our students' professional and educational lives.

Representing countries from Nigeria to Saudi Arabia to the U.K., our newest Boilermakers will study in seven countries on four continents over the next 19 months.

As our goal is to continuously improve the IMM program, this cohort will be the first to study with several new professors and take new courses, including Strategic Foresighting & Instinctual Design.

Learn more about our latest IMM cohort in our class profile.

IMM Global EMBA Class of 2018 studies in Italy

Purdue's IMM 2018 cohort has become the first to study at Politecnico di Milano (MIP), the newest IMM program partner.

Purdue IMM Global Executive MBA Class of 2018 Milan Italy MIPIn Spring 2017, the MIP Graduate School of Business joined the IMM program as a partner school. Politecnico di Milano is the most outstanding technical university in Italy.

IMM 2018 spent the first week of their two-week Module 3 residency at MIP in Milan, Italy, where they took courses in Mergers & Acquisitions & Corporate Development and Operations Management; visited Mantero Seta, a family business that is a leader in the creation, production and distribution of wearable textiles; heard from the President and CEO of BMW Group Italia; drank some Prosecco; and ate pizza alongside Lake Como.

The cohort travels to Vilnius, Lithuania, for the second and final week of their residency.

Purdue IMM Global EMBA students study in seven countries on four continents during their 19-month program, making IMM the world's most global Executive MBA program.

Welcome to the Class of 2019

Introducing the Purdue EMBA Class of 2019! Among this group of professionals: an FAA-certified drone pilot; a certified yoga instructor; a Formula Mazda race car driver; and a Grammy winner.

Purdue Executive MBA Programs Class of 2019Purdue University EMBA Programs welcomed our newest cohort in September. The group has 15 years' average work experience and boosts employees of BP, Cummins, Fiat-Chrysler, Gogo, Pepsico, State Farm and more.

Find a class profile of our latest EMBA Class here.

We look forward to the next 19 months -- and beyond -- with our newest Boilermakers.

The Purdue EMBA program launches each September. The 19-month program is organized into six modules, with five residencies at Purdue's West Lafayette campus and one international residency. The Module 6 international residency is at a location selected by the class, in consultation with Krannert Executive Education Programs staff. Recent 2-week residencies have been in Shanghai and Beijing, China; Rome, Italy and Istanbul, Turkey; and in three locations: Istanbul, Brussels, Belgium, and The Hague, The Netherlands.

Global EMBA program moves up in rankings

Eduniversal 2017 best mba rankings Purdue Global IMM EMBAIn its 2017 Best Masters rankings, Eduniversal named the Purdue IMM Global EMBA program #10 in North America. IMM was ranked #11 in 2016.

Eduniversal's rankings are based largely on student surveys and employment information. Read about Eduniversal's methodology and see the full list of ranked Executive MBA & MBA part time programs in North America.

Please note that when the IMM program was first created, it awarded graduates an International Master's in Management degree -- hence the acronym "IMM." The program has evolved and now awards an international Master in Business Administration degree. We decided to keep the recognizable IMM program name.

Women make up 50% of Global EMBA Class of 2018

Purdue EMBA Programs IMM Class of 2018 class photo launch

In March, Purdue EMBA Programs welcomed the IMM Global EMBA Class of 2018. What a great launch week, and what a great group!

Among this group of Boilermakers is a skydiver; the former chief actuary for the country of Colombia; an Iron Man; a "traditional Bavarian boy" known for wearing Lederhosen; and a female West Point graduate among the first few thousand women to finish that military academy.

Companies represented by the cohort include Accenture, Baker Hughes, Cummins, Dell, Rolls-Royce, and Witekio. Students travel for residencies from their homes in Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Hungary, The Netherlands, and more locations.

Also exceptional about this cohort: It is 50% female. EMBA programs are typically 25-29% female.

We look forward to the next 19 months -- and beyond -- with this wonderful cohort!

CEO Magazine ranks Purdue EMBA programs among best worldwide

In its 2017 Global Executive MBA program rankings, released April 5, CEO Magazine named Purdue's IMM Global EMBA program #7 in the world and the Purdue EMBA #12.Both programs were placed in the magazine's Tier One category.

CEO Magazine rankings 2017 Executive MBA programs Purdue

The magazine ranked 290 MBA, Executive MBA and online MBA programs.

CEO Magazine noted, "Using a ranking system entirely geared and weighted to fact-based criteria, CEO Magazine aims to cut through the noise and provide potential students with a performance benchmark for those schools under review."

The magazine launched its annual rankings in 2012.

See the full 2017 rankings here.

Purdue EMBA program ranked top five among Midwest schools

Ivy Exec, a "curated community" of excutives and professionals, has released a ranking of EMBA programs based on a quantitative survey-based perception study with help from its members.

Ivy Exec's 2017 rankings place the Purdue EMBA Program in the top five Executive MBA programs in the Midwest, with Kellogg, Chicago Booth, Ross, and Notre Dame. The rankings reflect the survey answers of about 5,200 study participants globally. Read more in this report

The Ivy Exec ranking also placed Purdue's EMBA program at #1 for Life Balance.

"Balancing one’s personal life, career, and academic pursuits is a critical challenge for all EMBA students," Aldas Kriauciunas, Executive Director, Purdue University EMBA Programs, said. "Ivy Exec’s comprehensive rankings do prospective students justice by including data on Life Balance."

Also in the list of the top EMBA programs in the region is the Purdue IMM Global EMBA program, named #8 overall and #4 for Global Experience.

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Alumni, research, GE custom program, more highlighed in Purdue Executive newsletter

The January 2017 edition of our newsletter, The Purdue Executive, features alumni resources -- including details on an upcoming continuing education webinar -- a feature on a new research publication, Krannert Journal; a profile of our newest EMBA class; alumni success stories; and more.

Our newsletter is published twice a year and is for alumni, current students, faculty, staff, and friends of Krannert Executive Education Programs.

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New residency location added to Purdue's Global EMBA program

The world’s most global Executive MBA program travels to Vilnius, Lithuania, for the first time in February 2017, to study at ISM University of Management and Economics. The IMM Global EMBA Class of 2017 will be in residency there February 13-18, and the students will immerse themselves in Lithuanian culture in addition to attending classes.

During the IMM program’s one-week residency at ISM -- following a weeklong residency in Budapest, Hungary at IMM partner school CEU -- students will study Negotiations in Organizations, taught by Purdue’s Associate Dean for Executive Education and Global Programs Dr. David Schoorman, and Managing During Transition and Uncertainty, taught by ISM faculty.

The cohort will be exposed to Lithuanian culture and business practices by meeting with government officials, touring Old Town Vilnius, Trakai Castle and others areas, visiting companies and witnessing Independence Day events.

Vilnius, Lithuania
Vilnius, Lithuania, is the country's capital and largest city.

"Lithuania's unique location and history sets the foundation for the Managing During Transition and Uncertainty course," said Purdue EMBA Programs' Executive Director, Dr. Aldas Kriauciunas. "The course is not just about Lithuania, but rather, uses Lithuania as a context for understanding a broader set of challenges and successes."

Students in Purdue's IMM Global EMBA program study in seven countries on four continents in 19 months, and earn two MBA degrees.

IMM students have traveled to and studied in Tilburg and Utrecht, The Netherlands; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Santiago, Chile; Budapest, Hungary, and Istanbul, Turkey; West Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.; and Beijing, Shanghai, and Tianjin, China.

Welcome, Purdue EMBA Class of 2018

In September 2016 we welcomed our EMBA Class of 2018. This group of 32 accomplished professionals includes graduates of our Technical Management Institute and Veterinary Practice Management Program; a U.S. Navy submarine officer; three Purdue University employees (Boiler Up!); and employees of AAA, Alcoa, Amazon, John Deere, Nestle, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the USDA Forest Service, Whirlpool and more.

 Purdue EMBA Class of 2018 Launch
Purdue's Executive MBA Class of 2018, in front of the Union during launch week.

They come from 12 U.S. states and have an average 14 years of work experience.

We look forward to a challenging, life-changing 19 months with this amazing cohort.

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Prosperity, sustainability, wealth measurement explored in free online class

We're always looking to better understand the ups and downs of the economy and its long-term impact on business. But sometimes our 'crystal ball' is a bit murky, or worse yet, MIA.

Kevin Mumford, Associate Professor of Economics, Purdue University Krannert School of ManagementBut what if the tools to assess the vagaries of the economy and what they mean for your business have been available all along?

In the latest installment of Purdue EMBA Programs' Continuing Education Webinar Series, Krannert Associate Professor of Economics Kevin Mumford shows us how to utilize national wealth accounting to better analyze and forecast in the overall economic environment. Watch the archived online class to take away tools to evaluate the underlying productive base of an economy, and gauge the sustainability of economic trends and the implications for their business.

Evidence of our commitment to lifelong learning, our Continuing Education Webinar Series provides biannual live webinars, in winter and summer, on a variety of topics.

Thirty years of Law & Ethics, new EMBA scholarship fund, Continuing Education, more in newsletter

Check out the new edition of our biannual program newsletter, The Purdue Executive, which features alumni success stories; a spotlight on the stellar Jennifer Harms, IMM 2015; photos of our residencies; observations on the business-lawyer relationship by Indiana Court of Appeals Judge James Kirsch; and more.

Also in the newsletter find a full calendar of our events and details on ways to engage with Krannert Executive Education Programs, from attending an on-campus open house to meeting one-on-one with a senior member of the team.

IMM Global EMBA alumna named a Best & Brightest

"I cannot emphasize enough how much I enjoyed the international component of Purdue’s IMM program," Harms told Poets & Quants.

She graduated from the IMM program with two MBA degrees, one from Purdue and one from IMM partner school TIAS School for Business and Society, Tilburg University, in The Netherlands. Harms finished with the highest GPA in her cohort.

Executive Education welcomes alumni, CRO to annual networking event

Purdue EMBA Programs' annual networking event, held Thursday, May 5, 2016, showcased the Internet of Things. We welcomed Krannert alumnus John Annakin as our guest speaker in the Krannert Auditorium. Formerly the Executive Vice President of Sales and Business Development at CloudOne Corporation, Annakin was named Chief Revenue Officer of the Fishers, Ind.-based IT company just days before his presentation at Krannert.

Our reception, following Annakin's talk and Q&A, brought together current Executive MBA students, Krannert Executive Education Programs alumni, and corporate guests from Amazon, Dow Agro, GE, and Oerlikon-Fairfield, among other companies.

Always held the first week of May, our annual networking event intends to bring together corporate partners from surrounding communities, our alumni, and current students from all of our cohorts.

View Annakin's presentation on the Business of IOT.

Krannert alumnus John Annakin visit Purdue EMBA Programs

CRO of CloudOne, John Annakin, gives a presentation in Krannert Auditorium as part of Purdue EMBA Programs' annual networking event.

IMM Class of 2017 a Record-Breaker

In March 2016, Purdue EMBA Programs welcomed the newest IMM cohort, the Class of 2017, to campus for launch week. These distinguished executive students come from seven countries and from companies including Boeing, Caterpillar, Cummins, Lekkerland Nederland BV, ThyssenKrupp Elevator, the University of Notre Dame and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Also noteworthy is the gender makeup of IMM 2017. The cohort is 52% female, an unprecedented achievement in Purdue’s EMBA programs and in many EMBA programs worldwide.

IMM Global EMBA Class of 2017 Launch Photo
IMM 2017 outside Krannert Center on Purdue's campus in West Lafayette, IN, during launch week.

We look forward to an exciting 19 months with IMM 2017 as they travel to and study in seven countries on four continents.

Read more about this special cohort in Krannert Magazine.

Congrats to the IMM Class of 2015

The weekend of December 19-20, 2015, 18 members of the IMM Class of 2015 returned to Purdue with their loved ones to celebrate the completion of their EMBA program.

Below, the happy graduates pose under their class gift, a tapestry from China that now graces Krannert Center’s Weiler Lounge.

IMM Class of 2015 Graduation
The IMM 2015 cohort had students from China, Hungary, Nigeria, Peru, South Africa, Taiwan, and eight U.S. states.

Purdue EMBA Programs welcomes Class of 2017

Our newest Executive MBA class launched September 14, 2015, and we're happy to welcome this diverse group that boasts accomplished professionals from Microsoft, Rolls Royce, Wabash National, Boeing, and Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, among other companies. Also in the group are several entrepreneurs and members of the military.

We look forward to a productive 19 months with our new class!

Purdue EMBA Programs Class of 2017 at launch

Purdue EMBA Programs' Class of 2017 at Krannert Center during their launch week.

Professor presents latest research on the Internet of Things

Dr. Karthik Kannan, Associate Professor of Management at Krannert, hosted a free, interactive continuing education webinar on August 11, 2015, on the digitizing of the physical world.

Krannert professor Dr. Karthik KannanPresented by Krannert Executive Education Programs, "The Internet of Things: How Smart Objects will Transform our World," is archived and available for viewing.

Devices with sensors and connectivity provide real time information about characteristics of physical objects, which can in turn be used to control other related physical objects. A sensor on your toothbrush can sense the whiteness of your teeth and provide feedback on your brushing habits.

Cisco expects about 25 billion interconnected things to be employed by 2020.  A recent report by McKinsey estimates the economic impact of IoT based applications to be at least $4 trillion by 2025. 

As part of our Continuing Education Webinar Series, Krannert Executive Education Programs presents biannual webinars on research and business topics. Follow us on LinkedIn to stay up to date on these offerings, and send an email to to receive email invitations to our webinars.

EMBA students will now study in Santiago, Chile

The world’s most global executive MBA program just got more global.

The IMM Global EMBA program is expanding its cultural immersion and academic offerings by holding its first residency in Santiago, Chile, in October 2015. The IMM Class of 2016 will study on the University of Chile campus for a portion of the cohort’s second of five residencies.

Santiago Chile skyline

Santiago is Chile’s capital and largest city. It is in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped Andes and the Chilean Coastal Range.

The IMM program is administered by five renowned universities: Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management in the U.S.; TIAS School for Business and Society, Tilburg, The Netherlands; Tianjin University, Tianjin, China; Central European University, Budapest, Hungary; and FGV-EBAPE, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

IMM students study in six countries – now seven with the addition of Chile – on four continents during the 19-month program. They earn two MBA degrees, one from Purdue and one from a European partner school of the students’ choosing.

The Brazil residency will now become a South America residency, said Purdue’s Associate Dean for Executive Education David Schoorman, as students will spend one week at FGV-EBAPE in Rio and one week in Santiago.

The contrast between Brazil and Chile makes for an ideal learning opportunity, Schoorman said.

“Our IMM students will learn about doing business in disparate South American countries, each with their own unique resources and challenges. And our students will now experience immersion in both Spanish and Portuguese language and culture,” Schoorman said.

The IMM Class of 2016 will tour two major headquarters of Chilean industry: the Concha y Toro winery and Codelco, the state-owned copper mining company.  

These company visits and industry cases complement the residency curriculum, which focuses on marketing and leadership.

EMBA program welcomes Procter & Gamble CIO

Purdue's EMBA Class of 2016, along with program alumni and corporate partners, welcomed Linda Clement-Holmes, CIO for Procter & Gamble and a Krannert alumna, to campus as a featured guest speaker on May 7, 2015.

Clement-Holmes gave a presentation as part of Krannert Executive Education Programs' annual networking event. She also attended our reception in Krannert Center's Weiler Lounge.

Clement-Holmes has worked all her life at P&G since graduating from Purdue, starting out as a systems analyst in 1983. Of particular interest were the "pivot-points" in her life that forced her out of her comfort zone and increased the breadth of her skills. Those pivot points helped her achieve much success and rise to her current position. She was named CIO in 2015.

Clement-Holmes was a dynamic speaker. Watch her guest lecture here.

Linda Clement-Holmes, executive education guest speaker

CIO of Procter & Gamble Linda Clement-Holmes makes a point during her guest lecture in Krannert Auditorium.

EMBA Class of 2016 requests a visit from Purdue president -- and gets one

In what turned out to be a particularly event-filled residency, the EMBA Class of 2016 in early May got a visit from Purdue University President Mitch Daniels.

Daniels visited our students after a day of classes in Krannert Center, to meet them and answer their questions about Purdue's future and priorities. The Q&A was followed by a reception in Weiler Lounge.


Purdue President Mitch Daniels speaks to Executive MBA students.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels speaks to EMBA 2016 students in Krannert Center on May 6, 2015.

Welcome IMM 2016

The IMM Global EMBA Class of 2016 launched March 29, 2015, with a week of introductions, prep work and class sessions at Purdue. We welcome this talented, diverse group of professionals.

Four members of this new class are U.S. military veterans. Twenty percent of the class is female. The average amount of work experience across the cohort is more than 16 years. Industries represented include manufacturing, construction and heathcare. These students hail from across the U.S. and four foreign countries: Hungary, The Netherlands, Nigeria, and South Korea.

We look forward to a rewarding 19 months -- and beyond.

IMM Global EMBA Class of 2016

The IMM Global EMBA Class of 2016 poses for the first of many group shots, at Purdue's Krannert Center during launch week.

Krannert Study Abroad programs provide additional educational opportunities

Krannert Executive Education Programs' students are given even more global education opportunities than may be readily apparent. In March 2015, students in our EMBA classes of 2015 and 2016 traveled to Paris with Krannert's full-time MBA students for a week-long study abroad trip that focused on international marketing.

Classes were held at ESCP Europe, the world's oldest business school with five urban campuses in Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, and Torino. Topics covered included managing cultural diversity, intercultural communication, and international product and brand management. The students toured Paris at night, visited Reims and the Mumm Champagne House, and took a boat ride on the Seine.

Students in Paris for Study Abroad in March 2015.

Krannert Executive Education students and Krannert School of Management full-time MBA students studied and enjoyed Parisian culture together.

These full-time MBA study abroad trips are not part of the standard EMBA curriculum, but are open to executive education students able to go -- and to our program alumni. Also on the Paris trip was IMM Global EMBA Class of 2014 alum Hendrik Leder. Educational and social engagement with our students doesn't end when they have earned their degree. Find a gallery of Hendrik's Paris images on the IMM Global EMBA Facebook page.

Executive Education alum helps launch Amazon-Purdue collaboration

Paul Ryder, a 1994 Exec Ed alum and Amazon’s vice president of media and student programs, visited Purdue's campus February 3, 2015, to help launch the Purdue Student Store on Amazon. This collaboration is the first of its kind. Read more about Amazon's first campus pickup location and see a video story of the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

PU President Mitch Daniels and Paul Ryder

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels and Krannert Executive Education Programs alumnus Paul Ryder, right, opened the new Amazon location on Purdue's campus, in the Krach Leadership Center.

IMM partner school named best in Brazil

One of our four IMM Global EMBA partner schools, the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (FGV/EBAPE), has been ranked as the best School of Administration for the second year running by the Ministry of Education. FGV's School of Administration is also among the top three institutions of higher education in Brazil, alongside FGV’s two Schools of Economics, in São Paulo and in Rio de Janeiro.

Read more about this repeat distinction. 

The IMM Global EMBA program is led by five renowned business schools, working together to provide a unique global learning experience.

Krannert Executive Education welcomes newest alumni

We congratulate our IMM Global EMBA Class of 2014 upon their graduation on December 21, 2014. Students graduated with two MBA degrees  -- one from Purdue University and one from an overseas partner school, either TIAS School for Business and Society in the Netherlands or Central European University in Hungary.

Twenty-one students graduated in the Class of 2014, with 19 traveling back to West Lafayette with friends and family members to take part in graduation festivities.

IMM 2014 graduation weekend

Members of IMM 2014 prep for graduation in Krannert Center's Weiler Lounge, where they spent so much time as students.

Four students, Sebastian Ahrens, Job Hoevenaars, Hendrik Leder and Richard Csuri, were named Beta Gamma (top 20% of their class) and Ahrens was honored for having the highest GPA in the cohort. Faculty awards went to Thomas Eppel (Outstanding Professor) and Filip Caeldries (Excellence in Teaching).

Our graduates are set for further success, and we wish them well as we look forward to welcoming the IMM Class of 2016 in March.

Everyday is the day to thank a veteran

On Veterans Day, November 11, 2014, we honored our student-veterans and active military in the EMBA Class of 2016, on the Purdue campus for their residency.

IMM 2014 students tour Bao Steel during China residency

IMM Global Executive MBA 2014 students toured Bao Steel, one of the largest steel companies in the world, during their October residency in China.

IMM Global Executive MBA 2014 students toured Bao Steel, one of the largest steel companies in the world, during their October 2014 residency in China. Their residency also included meeting with guest speaker Leigh Gui, CFO of eBay for Greater China; an alumni reception; tours of Shanghai, the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square; and courses in Global Strategy, Change Management, Geocompetitive Perspectives and more.

IMM students also benefited from a presentation by Purdue alumnus and AAM (formerly known as American Axle Manufacturing) plant manager Greg Donofrio, who provided an overview of the company's operations in Shanghai, and from interactions with partner school Tianjin University faculty, staff and students.

Congrats to EMBA Class of 2014

Congratulations to the Executive MBA Class of 2014 on their graduation in May. Nineteen of the cohort's 22 students participated in commencement exercises.

IMM students in residency in Mexico City

Krannert Endorsed for Equis Accreditation

The Krannert School of Management, including the Executive MBA and the IMM Global MBA programs, was recently approved for EQUIS accreditation (one of only a handful of U.S. schools) for a three-year term, the maximum length for a first-time approval. This accreditation comes from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and along with AACSB accreditation represent the highest standards of excellence for a business school. More information about this achievement can be found at