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International Application Requirements

The MBA for STEM professionals is well suited for students with a degree in advanced technical, scientific or quantitative fields. While full-time professional work experience in a technical industry is strongly preferred, those with exceptional co-op or internship experience may also be considered for admission.

We have chosen to highlight the following application components to emphasize areas of the Purdue application that require slightly different action for international students.  If you are a Permanent Resident, non-U.S. Citizen, please provide a copy of your alien registration/green card number. Permanent residents who do not provide a copy of an alien registration number will be reclassified as an international student for admission consideration and fees.

The MBA for STEM Professionals program applications for the Krannert School of Management must be completed using the Purdue University’s Graduate School’s online application.

As a reminder, applications will not be reviewed 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 can only apply to the MBA program, and will not be charged an application fee.  All documents must be received by the deadline to which you are applying (see below).  The Krannert School of Management will retain your documents for up to one year.

A description of application materials is as follows:

  • Completed Online Purdue Graduate School Application
  • All sections of the Krannert online application must be completed in order for the application to be submitted.

Essay Questions (For Fall 2014 and Beyond)

  • 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 expectations 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.

Two Recommendations

  • 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, no paper recommendations will be accepted (instructions to do so are provided within the online application).  Please note that we will not receive your application until your recommendations have been submitted.

Academic Transcripts and Applicant Eligibility

  • Any individual who is not a permanent resident or citizen of the United States is classified as an international applicant.  In order to be considered for admission to the Krannert School of Management, international applicants must hold a bachelor degree or its equivalent from an accredited college in the U.S. or abroad.  This requires 16 years of education in a University setting, which must be the equivalent of a four year U.S. Bachelor’s degree.

  • Correspondence courses do not meet this requirement.  Transcripts must indicate “grades earned” for all courses taken.  Please note that a summary of semester totals alone does not meet this requirementPhotocopies of transcripts are not acceptable unless certified (attested) by the official Registrar of the university attended (NOT INDIVIDUAL COLLEGE).  Documents stamped with ‘True Copy’ DO NOT MEET THIS REQUIREMENT and will not be accepted, which will potentially delay admission consideration.

  • If you were educated outside the United States, and the native language of the country where you were educated is not English, you must send both a certified official transcript in the original language of instruction and a certified official English translation. You must also provide a certified official copy of your diploma/degree certificate in the original language of instruction and a certified official English translation.

  • Official documents must arrive in a sealed and signed university envelope.

  • MBA for STEM Professionals program applicants should have their transcript documents sent directly to the Purdue MBA and MS Programs Admissions Office, Rawls Hall, Room 2020, 100 S. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2076.

  • The Krannert School of Management does not require proof of financial capability until after a student has been admitted.  We ask that you not include it when submitting your application.  Upon an offer of admission, students will work with the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS) to demonstrate eligibility for a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019).

The Krannert School of Management will retain your documents for up to one year. If you are offered admission your documents are non-returnable.

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit one Language Assessment Test for admission to the Purdue University Graduate School.  Students can choose from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English (PTE) scores.

  • The Graduate School accepts all valid forms of TOEFL testing, including those earned through the paper based-test (minimum score of 600), computer based-test (minimum score of 260), and Internet-based test (minimum score of Writing 20, Speaking 22, Listening 18, Reading 22, and Total bandwidth 93).  For the Internet-based test, all 5 minimum scores must be satisfied.  Only official TOEFL scores received directly from Educational Testing Service are acceptable.  For further information, visit www.toefl.orgTOEFL scores must be reported to Purdue University’s Graduate School. Please use institution code 1631.

  • The Graduate School accepts International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores.  An overall band score of 7.5 is required for admission, with 7.0 required per each section.  For more information, visit www.ielts.org.

  • The Graduate School also accepts the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic scores.  An overall score of 70 is required for admission.  For more information, visit http://www.pearsonpte.com.

  • All scores must be documented by an official report from the Educational Testing Service, IELTS, or PTE and must be no more than 24 months old at the time the application credentials are reviewed by the Graduate School.

Official Test Scores

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required for admission consideration for Krannert’s MBA Program. We recommend applicants plan to take the GMAT at least two weeks prior to your application deadline. Official test scores must be received before admission decisions are finalized. Visit www.mba.com for complete information regarding the test.  Here are helpful hints for taking the exam.  Though the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is accepted for the MBA program, the GMAT is preferred as it is a test specifically designed to evaluate a person’s ability to be successful in business school.  The GMAT is also preferred in scholarship and graduate assistantship consideration.

Please Reference the Following Code For Test Scores:  Master of Business Administration, Full-Time

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