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Application Requirements

Academic success in the MBA and Master’s Program requires a strong undergraduate record, demonstrated by the rigor of your undergraduate program and your grade point average.

Applications for the Krannert School of Management must be completed using Purdue’s Graduate School online application. International applicants must follow a slightly altered application process. If you are an international applicant, please carefully review Purdue’s International Applicantion instructions (link to International page under Admissions).

Applications will not be considered until all required materials have been received. This includes submission of a non-refundable application fee of $60 (U.S. dollars) for domestic applicants and $75 (U.S. dollars) for international applicants, payable online by credit card. Non-degree applicants will not be charged an application fee.

Application Requirements

Please note: Because the MS(F) program begins in June, applications will not be considered for admission from International MS(F) applicants who graduate after December 2015.  If graduating after December 2015, we welcome you to consider applying the following year.  (See requirements on MS(F) home page)

Check the specific program you are applying to for any special application deadline:

  • Application Round 1
    (Early Round)

    September 1 – November 15
  • Application Round 2
    (Priority Round)

    November 16 – January 15
  • Application Round 3
    (Final International Round)

    January 16 – March 1
  • Application Round 4
    (Final Domestic Round)

    March 2 – May 1, or until classes are full.

To find out whether classes are full, please contact the Purdue MBA and MS Programs Admissions Office.

A description of application materials is as follows:

Completed Online Graduate School Application

  • All sections of the online application must be completed in order for the application to be submitted.  Please note:  The Diversity Fellowship Applicant Essay is not required for admission consideration to our programs. You are welcomed to complete the Diversity Fellowship Essay should you feel you meet the criteria for the Fellowship award. This Fellowship is awarded through the Purdue University Graduate School independently from your Krannert Master Programs admission process.

Essay Question 

Full-Time MBA, One-Year MBA for STEM Professionals and Master's Programs

  • One essay question must be completed within the online application. For ease of review, please include the essay question itself above the text of your question response.
    You are required to complete and submit the Statement of Purpose, along with ONE required essay (there is an optional essay).
    • Statement of Purpose (500 words max): Please submit a statement introducing yourself to the admissions committee. Some topics you may wish to discuss include:
      a. Brief academic and professional background
      b. Reason for seeking an MBA or Master’s degree at Purdue
      c. Desired career path after graduation
      d. Your thoughts on giving back as a student and as an alumnus
    • Required Essay: Integrity (500 words max): What does integrity mean to you? How does integrity relate to building communities of trust in academic, personal and professional settings? What expectation should Purdue have towards its students with regards to academic integrity? What consequences should students who do not uphold these standards face?
    • Optional Essay: (250 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 with the admissions committee, please use this optional essay as an opportunity to do so.

Weekend MBA

  • Two essay questions must be completed within the online application. For ease of review, please include the essay question itself above the text of your question response.
    You are required to complete and submit the Statement of Purpose, along with TWO required essays (there is an optional essay).
    • Please describe your experience and/or philosophy as a leader, supervisor or team manager. What are some of the key challenges and successes you’ve had or expect to have? Limit your response to no more than 500 words.*

    • Team/Cohort Approach (600 words maximum): What are your expectations of a peer and team-based learning environment in which you go through the program with the same group of students? 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.*

    • Additional Contributions (300 words maximum): 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.  

Two Recommendations

  • Recommendations will only be accepted by submitting 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 your recommenders to submit the recommendations online (instructions to do so are provided within the online application). Please note that we will not receive your application until all registered recommenders have submitted recommendations through the online application.

Transcripts

  • If you are applying as a degree-seeking applicant, upload a transcript for every institution of higher education attended. 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. If requested by the graduate program or if you are admitted and choose to enroll, you must submit official transcripts and/or academic documents directly to the Purdue MBA and MS Programs.

Uploading Transcripts

  • Beginning with Spring 2016 entry, you must upload to the online application transcript(s) and/or academic document(s) for every institution of higher education you attended. If a transcript is not in English, you must upload an English translation certified by the college or university which issued it.
  • 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.
  • All transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded to the online application system are considered unofficial.
  • Official Transcripts 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:
Purdue MBA & MS Programs
Admissions Office
Rawls Hall, Suite 2020
100 S. Grant Street
W. Lafayette, IN  47907-2076
  • Transcripts and/or English translations must be mailed directly from a Registrar’s office to the Purdue MBA & MS Programs. (You can choose to send the transcripts yourself, but the transcripts must be in an envelope sealed by the Registrar).
  • 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 krannertmasters@purdue.edu. Purdue MBA and MS Programs does not accept electronic transcripts from international colleges or universities.
  • **Transcripts will not be returned.
  • Degree-Seeking Applicants: You must upload your transcript into the online application. Your transcripts must be from each college or university you have attended, including evidence of a baccalaureate degree awarded. If requested by the graduate program or if you are admitted and choose to enroll, you must submit official transcripts and/or academic documents directly to the Purdue MBA and MS Programs. 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.
  • Non Degree Applicants: If you are applying for non degree classification, you must upload evidence of a baccalaureate degree. This may be a transcript, a copy of the diploma, or a letter from the college or university verifying the degree.
  • The Purdue University Graduate School reserves the right to require official transcripts and/or academic documents at any time during the admissions process. 

Official Test Scores

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required for the MS(A) Program.  Click Here for special GMAT Waiver Information for Purdue University students (only) applying to the MS (Accounting) program.

The GMAT is the preferred method of testing for the MBA & MS Programs.  It is designed to evaluate an applicant’s ability to be successful in an MBA Program.  However, the Admission Committee will consider the GRE in lieu of the GMAT if an applicant has already taken the GRE exam.  The GMAT is also preferred in scholarship and graduate assistantship consideration.

We recommend applicants plan to take the GMAT at least two weeks prior to your application deadline. Official test score reports should be sent to the specific program you have applied to at Purdue University, and must be received by the deadline to which you are applying.  Admission decisions are not finalized until official scores are received.  (Visit www.mba.com for complete information regarding the test.)

The name of the program you are applying to is the 'code' required for reporting your GMAT score.  Reference the following:

 ◦Master of Business Administration, Full-Time

 ◦MBA for STEM Professionals

 ◦Master of Business Administration, Weekend

 ◦MS in Human Resource Management

 ◦MS (Finance)

 ◦MS (Accounting)

 ◦MS (Global Entrepreneurship Program)

 ◦MS (Global Supply Chain Management)

 ◦MS (Marketing)

Please note: applicants to the Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MSHRM), MS (Finance) and MS Global Entrepreneurship (GEP) may also substitute the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for the GMAT. 

Helpful Hints for taking the GMAT