Online Master of Business Administration

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Take the Next Giant Leap in Your Career

Earn your MBA 100% online from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, a leading institution recognized for the persistent pursuit of innovation and excellence in business and technology.

Get ready to make your mark. Prepare for your next career success — online, on your terms.

#6 Most Innovative Nationwide

U.S. News & World Report named Purdue in the top 10 most innovative institutions for improvements in curriculum, faculty, students and technology.¹

A Top Producer of Fortune 500 CEOs

In 2018, Purdue was ranked #6 for colleges that produce the most Fortune 500 CEOs.² Join the leaders who are changing the world of business, one small step at a time.


Earn a data- and technology-driven MBA from Purdue, the university whose campus MBA is ranked #9 in the world.³


Become part of Purdue University’s international network of successful alumni. Together, we solve complex challenges to invent new solutions and build smarter business models.

About the Purdue Online MBA

Develop the analytical, technical and problem-solving expertise needed to lead teams and organizations and make data-driven decisions. Learn how dynamic global environments are transforming modern business, and gain the management skills to tackle new challenges, drive change and inspire others. You'll experience a rigorous curriculum that empowers you to ask the right questions while turning data into knowledge.

The Program Offers:

  • Quality and Value: This AACSB-accredited program helps you increase your marketability and earning potential, focusing on strategic leadership, business strategies, collaborative teamwork and more.
  • Balance: Study when it’s convenient for you. Earn a flexible MBA online while meeting your family and career responsibilities.
  • Community: Learn from our esteemed Krannert School of Management faculty in a connected, collaborative online environment featuring case studies, research projects and team-based learning.
  • Growth: Work closely with dedicated staff from the Krannert Professional Development Center to expand your opportunities and uncover new professional possibilities.

About Krannert School of Management

Part of a Leading University

Purdue’s Krannert School of Management is part of one of the world’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. Our graduates are immediately prepared to contribute and possess the leadership skills to advance their careers, initiate progress and innovation in their fields, and help build a better world.

Respected Internationally

Krannert School of Management’s faculty, staff, students and alumni push the boundaries of knowledge and together solve the world’s most complex problems every day. With its worldwide reputation, Purdue’s Krannert School of Management is proud to report that its student population is one of the most internationally diverse of any U.S. management school.

Admissions Requirements

Application review emphasizes your work experience, prior undergraduate academic record and professional training and test scores. You must submit all the items below to be considered for the Purdue Online MBA program. In addition, you are required to complete an interview with the program director:

  • Statement of purpose (SOP) introducing yourself to the Admissions Committee (500 words max). Some topics you may wish to discuss include a brief summary of your academic and professional background, reason for seeking an MBA or master's degree at Purdue, desired career path after graduation and thoughts on giving back as a student and as an alumnus.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Online MBA essays
  • Professional resume with education, work experience and training
  • Official transcripts for every higher education institution attended
  • Interview feedback

The GMAT/GRE exam requirement will be temporarily waived for students starting the Online MBA program in fall 2020 or spring 2021 due to circumstances related to COVID-19.

Online Application

When completing your online application for the Purdue Online MBA program, select the following:

  • Graduate major: Management (MBA)
  • An area of interest
  • Degree objective: Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Course delivery method: Distance (online or off-campus location)
  • Your desired entry term
    • Spring Term: January 11, 2021 (application deadline – December 21, 2020)
    • Summer Term: May 3, 2021 (application deadline – April 12, 2021)

Transcript Information

  • 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 is not in English, an English translation (certified by the college or university that 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 appear 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.

All transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded to the online application system are considered unofficial. The Purdue University Graduate School reserves the right to require official transcripts and/or academic documents at any time during the admissions process.

Letters of Recommendation

  • Two online recommendations are required for your application to be received.
  • Recommendations will only be accepted through the online application (no paper recommendations will be accepted).
  • We prefer that recommenders be employers who are able to render an opinion on the basis of close, current and sustained observation. We strongly urge (but do not require) that one recommendation be from your direct supervisor. Recommendations from friends, family members, acquaintances and other sources unable to evaluate professional or academic qualifications for MBA study are not acceptable. No more than two recommendations are needed. We require that recommenders submit the recommendations online (instructions to do so are provided within the online application). Please note that we will not receive your application until at least two registered recommenders have submitted recommendations through the online application.

Online MBA Essays

  • [Required] Essay 1: Team Approach (600 words max): What are your expectations of a peer- and team-based learning environment in which you go through a program with a major team-based component? (As part of your answer, please mention what skills you bring to working within such an approach, with an emphasis on how you best learn and how you help others learn.)
  • [Optional] Essay 2 (300 words max): If you feel there are any parts of your application that require additional explanation or if there is any additional information you wish to share to help us fully understand your application, please share that information within this essay. Scholarships may be available; please indicate in the optional essay any an interest in scholarships.

Sample Plan of Study for the Online MBA7

Choose from three specializations to support your career goals.
Total number of credits: 48

2 Years

Program Length

3 Times a Year

Start Dates

100% Online

Learning Format


1 Source: U.S. News & World Report, on the internet at

2 Source: Kittleman & Associates (tie), on the internet at

3 Source: Times Higher Education/The Wall Street Journal, on the internet at

4 Tuition and fees are subject to increase based on approval by the Purdue University Board of Trustees. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

5 Deposit is applied toward the first semester's tuition upon enrollment.

6 Alumni reduction available to graduates of Purdue University West Lafayette; contact an Enrollment Specialist to learn if you qualify.

7 Plan of study subject to change.