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Curriculum and Faculty

The Purdue Executive MBA program is 19 months long and requires 48 credit hours. The program launches each September with a 4-5 day orientation at Purdue.

Our curriculum is organized into six modules that provide a unique blend of in-class and online learning. Modules consist of a preparation period, a 1-2 week on-campus residency, and an online exam period.

Purdue EMBA Programs' Executive Director Aldas Kriauciunas explains our program structure in this video.

Each residency is prefaced by an 8-10 week preparation period, during which students read assigned texts, complete and submit individual and team-based assignments, watch instructor-prepared videos, virtually gather with fellow students for weekly team meetings, and join online group discussions and virtual office hours as needed.

The quarterly on-campus residencies include classes, company visits, guest speakers, career management offerings, and networking events. Residencies 1 through 5 are at Purdue University and residency 6 is at an international location selected by the cohort.

Modules 1 and 2 focus on core topics taken as a cohort. Modules 3 through 6 allow for a more personalized curriculum to meet our students' individual needs. This personalization occurs through three types of courses: functional electives, immersion electives, and Active Learning Projects. 

Functional Electives

Functional electives are courses that vary depending on the interests and needs of the cohort. Students are provided a list of approximately five courses and, as a group, they select the three courses of greatest interest. Recent functional electives include Mergers & Acquisitions, Leadership & MIS, and Negotiations.

Immersion Electives

Immersion electives are workshop-style courses that split the cohort into groups of six to 15 students. Students select the electives from a list of 10 to 12 options and meet with the faculty member to provide input on the course. Recent immersion electives include Adoption & Implementation Paradox; Advanced Finance; Applied Consulting; Brand Management; Compensation & Incentive Systems; Crisis Management & Public Relations; Game Theory; International Challenges; Presentation and Speaking Skills; Six Sigma; Social Media; and Supply Chain Management.

Active Learning Projects

The Active Learning Projects provide opportunities for students to combine prior knowledge and experience with classroom learning and apply it in an active business setting. An ALP client is provided to the student teams and the project focuses on helping a firm diagnose and resolve a critical business problem. The teams are guided by a faculty member to provide the most beneficial hands-on experience possible.

Click on the module links in the dropdown menu at top right for more details on courses and information about our faculty. Please note course offerings and faculty are subject to change.

See below for a typical schedule for a one-week EMBA residency:

Schedule for typical one-week EMBA residency