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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. All documents must be received by the deadline to which you are applying. Documents are non-returnable.  If you are not offered admission, the Krannert School of Management may retain your documents for up to one year.

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 2014.  If graduating after December 2014, 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 your recommendations have been submitted through the online application.

Academic Transcripts

  • Two official transcripts from each college or university you have attended as a registered student are required as part of your application.  We request that the registrar enclose the transcripts in the institution’s standard business envelope, seal the envelope and sign across the seal of the envelope
  • If your college or university uses a 3rd party company (ie. Transcripts Network) as a platform to deliver your transcript, Purdue University will only accept the transcript as official if you use their e-transcript option.  Please send to krannertmasters@purdue.edu.  Transcripts sent to any other email will not be considered official.  If you are unable to utilize the e-transcript feature you must go directly to your college or university’s registrar office to request an official sealed copy of your transcript to mail directly to our office.
  • MBA and Master’s Program applicants should send their transcript documents directly to the Purdue MBA and Master’s Programs Admissions Office, Rawls Hall, Room 2020, 100 S. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2076.

Official Test Scores

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required for admission consideration for Krannert’s MBA and Master's 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.  Though the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) can be considered 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.

Helpful Hints for taking the GMAT

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
  • MS in Human Resource Management
  • MS (Finance)
  • MS (Accounting)
  • MS (Global Entrepreneurship Program)
  • MS (Global Supply Chain Management)
  • Master of Business Administration, Weekend
  • 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.  Click Here for special GMAT Waiver Information for Purdue University students applying to the MS (Accounting) program only.

Helpful Hints for taking the GMAT