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Ready to apply to Purdue EMBA Programs? Find our online application here.

Purdue EMBA Executive Director, Dr. Aldas Kriauciunas, shares the secrets his admissions committee is looking for in an EMBA applicant.

For more guidance on completing your application, please read on.


While the GMAT is a requirement for admission, our Admissions committee will waive the requirement for prospective students with substantial work experience or prior graduate education. These decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. A GMAT waiver can be determined by simply submitting your resume for review.

To request additional information about our EMBA programs or to request a GMAT or English language proficiency wavier, please contact Associate Director of Admissions Nancy Smigiel at

Application Deadlines

Krannert Executive Education Programs admits qualified applicants on a rolling basis.

Applications are reviewed as soon as they are submitted and all required application materials are received. The admissions committee can render an admission decision only after receiving all required materials. 

Within one week of submitting your materials, you will be contacted for an interview. Within 10 days of the interview, the admissions committee will communicate its decision.

Deadlines for the IMM Global Executive MBA Class of 2023:

  • Apply by December 7, 2021 to have your application fee waived.
  • Apply by January 7, 2022 for priority scholarship consideration.*
  • We will accept applications until March 10, 2022, or until the class is filled.

Deadlines for the Executive MBA Class of 2024:

  • Apply by June 15, 2022 to have your application fee waived.
  • Apply by July 15, 2022 for priority scholarship consideration.*
  • We will accept applications until August 15, 2022, or until the class is filled.

*Scholarships are still available after this date. To be considered for a scholarship, complete the scholarship essay found within our online application.

Application Fee and Waivers

Your application package includes a $60 fee for domestic applicants and a $75 fee for international applicants. The application fee is waived for the following individuals: Purdue alumni, employees of not-for-profits, veterans & active duty personnel, attendees to our EMBA experience (on-campus or virtual) or other on-campus visit, and those meeting the indicated deadline for application fee waiver. To receive this waiver, please submit your application, but do not pay the application fee. Just let Nancy Smigiel, our Associate Director of Admissions ( know you have submitted the application and she will process the waiver to move your application forward.

 What We Look For & What We Need

Krannert Executive Education Programs strives to enroll a diverse group of students with a variety of skills, backgrounds and expertise.

To succeed in this mission, the admissions committee undertakes a holistic admission review process, considering many different elements. Our review of your application begins with an emphasis on the following factors:
• Personal goals for enrolling in the program;
• Quality and length of work experience;
• Management and leadership experience;
• Record of prior achievement and professional training; and
• Ability to engage with peers in the classroom.

These factors help us determine your ability to undertake the challenges of an EMBA program. Just as important, we look at your ability to contribute to the program and Krannert's ability to help you reach your personal and professional goals.

For that reason, we require:
• Completed online application
• Current professional resume
• Two professional recommendations
• Official transcripts, and, in some instances, also a copy of your diploma
• In-person or virtual interview
• Three essays, found within the online application

To be considered for a scholarship, complete the optional scholarship essay found within the online application. You MUST complete this essay for scholarship consideration.

Here's a bit more detail about required components of your application package:

Completed Online Application

All sections of the Purdue Graduate School online application must be completed. Find helpful application instructions here.


Your resume is an important piece of any EMBA application package, and is often your introduction to an EMBA admissions team.

View our helpful video, hosted by , on structuring an effective resume.

Two Recommendations

We prefer that recommenders be employers who are able to render an opinion on the basis of close, current, and sustained observation. At least one of your letters should be from your direct supervisor. Recommendations from friends, family members, acquaintances, members of the same cohort, and other sources unable to evaluate professional or academic qualifications for MBA study are not acceptable. For those who are self-employed and/or own their own company, then references from clients would be appropriate. We require your recommenders to submit the recommendations online (instructions to do so are provided within the online application).

Academic Transcripts

Please use the Academic Request Form (available for download within the online application; make copies as needed) to request an official, attested transcript from each of the colleges and universities you have attended.

Transcripts in a signed, sealed envelope from the issuing institution should be mailed to Nancy Smigiel, Executive MBA Programs, Krannert Center, 425 W. State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2056. We will also accept electronic transcripts if your university has electronic submission capabilities. These transcripts should be emailed from your university to


Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview after their application has been received by the EMBA admissions committee. The interview plays a central role in our assessment of candidates given our holistic approach. All interviews are held with two members of our admissions committee. Candidates will have an option of coming to Purdue's West Lafayette campus or joining us by Zoom. Purdue offers these choices to accommodate the busy lives of working professionals.