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Executive MBA Application Requirements & Deadlines

For a quick reference guide on the application process, download our checklist

Applications for the Daniels School of Business must be completed using Purdue's Graduate School online application and will not be considered for review until all required materials have been received.

For more detailed information on how to submit your application, please review the steps to apply.

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Application Deadlines

We offer a rolling admissions process, with your application deadlines as follows:

Application Deadline
Round 1 October 1
Round 2 November 17
Round 3 December 15
Round 4 / Final International Applicants March 15
Round 5 May 1
Final Domestic and International Applicants currently living in the U.S. June 15

Program Start Dates

Fall - August

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

For a quick reference guide on the application process download our checklist. 

Requirements at a Glance 

  • Applicants should have 10+ years in business, with significant managerial experience.
  • GMAT/GRE*
  • Resume 
  • Kira self-recorded video 
  • 2 - Letters of recommendation 
  • 2 – Essays 

*Recommended, not required. Email us your resume for review. We can determine initial fit with our EMBA program and discuss GMAT waivers.

Your resume is an important piece of any EMBA application package, and is often your introduction to an EMBA admissions team. 
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). 
  • 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 via sealed envelope to the Office of Graduate Admissions. 
     
     
  • 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 GRADADM@purdue.edu 
     
  • All transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded to the online application system are considered unofficialThe 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 (international applicants, see international section) 

  • 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. 

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 experienc, 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 connect with our program specialist. 

Some applicants will be invited for an interview after their application has been received by the EMBA admissions committee.

The Kira self-recorded interview, as well as this interview, play a central role in our assessment of candidates given our holistic approach. All in-person 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. 

International Applicants: 

Applications for the Daniels School of Business must be completed using Purdue’s Graduate School online application. International applicants must follow a slightly altered application process. 

Any individual who is not a permanent resident or citizen of the United States is classified as an international applicant. If you are a permanent resident, non-U.S. citizen, please upload a copy of your alien registration/green card within the online application. Permanent residents who do not provide a copy of an alien registration number will be reclassified as an international student for admission consideration and fees. 

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit one language assessment test for admission to the Purdue University Graduate School. Students can choose from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 

The Graduate School accepts all valid forms of TOEFL testing. Daniels School of Business requirements are: 

  • Paper-based test (minimum score of 600) 
  • Computer-based test (minimum score of 260) 
  • Internet-based test (minimum score of Writing 20, Speaking 22, Listening 18, Reading 22, and Total 93) 

For the Internet-based test, all five minimum scores must be satisfied. Only official TOEFL scores received directly from the Educational Testing Service are acceptable. For further information, visit www.toefl.org. TOEFL scores must be reported to Purdue University’s Graduate School. Please use institution code 1631. 
 
The Graduate School accepts the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. A copy of the official IELTS report must be scanned and uploaded into the online application. Daniels School of Business requirements are: An overall band score of 7.5 is required for admission, with 7.0 required per each section. For more information, visit www.ielts.org. 

All scores must be documented by an official report from the Educational Testing Service. The TOEFL and IELTS must be no more than 24 months old at the time the application credentials are reviewed by the Graduate School. 

We do accept Duolingo English test scores to meet English proficiency requirements. The Purdue Graduate School requires total score of 115 as well as 115 on each subsection for admission. The Daniels School of Business prefers a total score of 125 and prefers a score 125 on each subsection. 

As an international student, you may be considered for an English language assessment test waiver only if you have obtained a baccalaureate degree, graduate or professional degree within the past 36 months from a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction in a country where English is the native language.  In order to meet this requirement, receipt of a degree must fall within the 36 month period when your documents are under review by the Daniels School of Business and Purdue University Graduate School. Test scores expire on the first day of the month in which they were taken. 

Any individual who is not a permanent resident or citizen of the United States is classified as an international applicant. In order to be considered for admission to the Daniels School of Business, international applicants must hold a bachelor degree or its equivalent from an accredited college in the U.S. or abroad. This requires 16 years of education in a university setting, which must be the equivalent of a four year U.S. Bachelor’s degree. 

Correspondence courses do not meet this requirement. Transcripts must indicate “grades earned” for all courses taken. Please note that a summary of semester totals alone does not meet this requirement. 

Documents stamped with ‘True Copy’ will not be accepted, which will potentially delay admission consideration. 

If you were educated outside the United States, and the native language of the country where you were educated is not English, you must upload both a certified official transcript in the original language of instruction and a certified official English translation. 
 

*You must also upload a certified official copy of your diploma/degree certificate in the original language of instruction and a certified official English translation. A provisional certificate does not meet this requirement. 

The Daniels School of Business does not require proof of financial capability until after a student has been admitted. We ask that you not include it when submitting your application. Upon an offer of admission, students will work with the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS) to demonstrate eligibility for a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019). 

APPLICATION FEE & WAIVERS

The Daniels School waives the 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 (see full list as determined by the Purdue University Graduate School)
International applicants are subject to a non-refundable $75 application fee.

For additional information about tuition and program costs, please contact the program specialist for details.

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

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