Online MBA Student Experience
Who Are Purdue Online MBA Students?
Our online students are professionals across a variety of industries, ensuring that you get a well-rounded experience and learn not only from faculty but also from your peers. They join us from backgrounds in business, manufacturing, engineering, marketing, finance, human resources and more. Meet some of our current students and graduates.
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Are Purdue Alumni
Join Our Global Community of Respected Professionals
When you earn the Purdue Online MBA, you become part of a respected, international network of students and alumni. Make valuable connections and enjoy an engaging and interactive learning experience—from wherever you are.
Where Do Purdue Online MBA Students Live?
How Supported Is the Online MBA Student Experience?
At Purdue, you’ll enjoy extensive academic and career support that you can access no matter where you’re located. In addition to Academic Advisors and Career Coaches, you’ll be assigned a 1-on-1 Student Success Coach, whose mission is to support, encourage and foster an effective and sustainable student experience.
Using a holistic approach, coaches will motivate and inspire students to accomplish their academic goals and help minimize barriers.
Meet some of our Student Success Managers and learn about some of the resources that will be available to you.
Meet the Students
Check out our student success stories to learn what it's like to earn your MBA online from Purdue.
Kristin Zalewski, Class of 2021
Risk and Compliance Manager
Purdue University alumna Kristin Zalewski chose the Purdue Online MBA program for its flexibility. As a working professional, the online program fit into her busy schedule and allowed her to continue working while she pursued her degree. “Earning my MBA will help me advance my career and reach my goals. I want to continue moving up the ladder and be able to be a mentor to women and girls in STEM specifically.”
Adam English, Class of 2021
Adam English earned his undergraduate degree from Purdue in selling and sales management, and now works as a financial advisor with Raymond James.
“I think it's important to always educate and prove yourself, so I knew there was something I was missing,” English says. “I always wanted to go to Krannert, so when the online MBA became available it was the perfect fit. It is teaching me valuable skills to be a more informed business leader and to be competitive today and in the future.”
For an online program in the time of COVID-19, English says the network he is building is impressive and diverse. “I think it’s important to make connections with people from different backgrounds and industries,” he says. “It allows us to pool resources and talents.”
English describes the program as “tough” but says the coursework is already making an impact. “Working in a cohort has given me the opportunity to further develop my existing skills,” he says. “I’ve also increased my understanding of business analytics and accounting.”
Although English intends to remain in his current role with Merrill Lynch, he says the Purdue Online MBA will help him build and manage his team in a changing business environment. “I’m in a better position to grow as a leader,” he says.
Matthew Kern, Class of 2022
Operation Leadership Development Program
Matthew Kern, who recently completed his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Bradley University, is completing his second rotation in Lockheed Martin’s Operation Leadership Development Program (OLDP) while pursuing his Purdue MBA online.
Among the youngest member of his cohort, Kern is learning on two fronts — his first post-college job and the virtual realm of online education.
“A lot of people say, ‘Wait five years to go back to school.’ That was always something that I had thought about, too,” Kern says. “While I was in the OLDP program, however, I saw many of my peers doing it — going through an MBA program and excelling. I am also very ambitious and devoted to my career. Now is the time that I want to spend to earn an MBA and get the best experience as possible, rather than waiting five years when family and other things start to happen in my life.”
“I pursued the Purdue Online MBA to expand my knowledge of leadership and business, to develop meaningful relationships and to open new doors and opportunities,” he says. “Purdue offered those opportunities to me and I have alumni in my family who spoke highly of the University.”
One of his earliest lessons in the program was balancing his work life at Lockheed Martin with his student life in the Purdue Online MBA program.
“I think the best thing is time management. When I get home from work, I don't have much bandwidth other than to eat, hopefully work out and go to bed. Then I get back up at 4:30 in the morning,” Kern says. “A lot of my time now is spent on weekends doing schoolwork. That's where the Purdue program has been so helpful for me — the flexibility. I truly could not be in a course right now that would require me to be sitting in a classroom twice a week.”
Current Students’ Career Experience
Upon starting the program, Purdue online MBA students average 8 years of professional experience across a wide range of industries. In your courses, you’ll collaborate and network with peers working in positions such as:
- Account executive
- Business analyst
- Director of finance
- Director of human resources
- Director of operations
- Global finance business partner
- Head of partnership development
- Marketing manager
- Operations management lead
- Project manager
- R&D engineer
- Senior manager information security