Purdue Online MBA FAQs
Find answers to the frequently asked questions asked by many of our new online students.
Online MBA Frequently Asked Questions
How flexible is the program?
Courses are 100% online and asynchronous. While there is no required class session meeting time, the faculty do host live virtual sessions for deep dives and office hours, which are also recorded for you to view at any time.
How are classes structured? What is a module and how many weeks is it?
Classes are typically 7 weeks long with the exception of project courses and specialty electives. Each traditional semester is comprised of two 7-week modules. There is a 1-week break between the start of each module. There will be opportunities to take 1 credit hour classes during some of these break weeks.
How many courses do I have to take in one semester?
Your course load is customizable depending on your individualized needs. Students can take 1 to 2 courses per module. You would need to be enrolled in at least 1 course every module. To receive financial aid, you need to be registered for a minimum of 4 credit hours per semester.
How many hours per week should I plan to allocate per course?
Most MBA courses range from 1 to 3 credit hours. We recommend planning on 15 to 20 hours per week per course for studies. This amount will vary week-to-week and will depend on your previous knowledge or experience with the subject material.
What will my diploma say?
Your diploma will be awarded by Purdue University, West Lafayette, as a Master of Business Administration. Neither your degree nor your transcripts will indicate that the degree was earned online.
- Is financial aid available?
How am I supported in my student journey?
You will be assigned a Student Success Coach and Academic Advisor who will provide support throughout your program and help ensure your successful graduation. The Student Success Coach will work hand-in-hand with existing campus resources to best identify needs for all online learners and will facilitate engagement with the Purdue community. You can meet with your coach or advisor via phone or live video call.
How do I qualify for a GMAT waiver?
No GMAT waiver is required for students who plan to start their Online MBA program in fall 2020 or spring 2021. We have decided to waive the GMAT/GRE exam requirement during this period due to exam disruptions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you have any other questions regarding GMAT testing, contact your Enrollment Specialist.
Can I take the GRE instead of the GMAT?
You can submit your GRE scores in lieu of the GMAT.
Are there internships available for this MBA program?
There are no available internships for this program.
Are the faculty and staff from the West Lafayette campus?
Yes, the faculty and staff are from the Krannert School of Management or other academic units from the West Lafayette campus.
Are there any scholarships?
There are no scholarships available for this program.
What if I am unable to complete the program in 2 years?
This program is designed to allow for flexibility. Course loads can be modified to allow for degree completion in 2 to 4 years.