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Students Standing in Rawls HallThe combined B.S. in Industrial Engineering (BSIE) and MBA partnership between Purdue's College of Engineering and the Krannert School of Management. The program allows highly qualified BSIE students to complete their B.S. and MBA degrees in five years. Each year a significant number of engineering graduates pursue an MBA degree at U.S. business schools. The MBA is seen as a complement to the engineer's technical education, giving him/her understanding of the business context within which many technical decisions are made. Many employers also have a strong preference for hiring MBAs with engineering backgrounds, particularly in the manufacturing and technology sectors (in which Krannert and the College of Engineering enjoy many longstanding relationships with leading employers). The BSIE\MBA combined degree offering provides top BSIE students an efficient and cost-effective path for developing management knowledge as well as the highly valued credential of an MBA degree. It will also open new job opportunities for graduates to expedite their progression to high level management positions.

Requirements to apply to the BSIE/MBA Combined Degree Program

  • Completion of 108 credit hours of coursework (that may include up to 8 hours of AP credit in math) by the end of their junior year, including the required major courses identified in their plan of study
  • Minimum 3.7 GPA (3.5 GPA with strong leadership and internship experience will be considered)
  • Completion of at least one professional internship
  • Demonstration of leadership potential through extra-curricular activities
  • Prior to applying students are required to contact Pat Brunese, IE Senior Academic Administrator
Students are also required to schedule a meeting with the Purdue MBA and Master's Programs Admission Office to determine their readiness to enter master-level coursework and review credit hour requirements. After interviewing, they will be counseled by staff with recommendations about the potential viability of their application. Students who are encouraged to apply will complete the Graduate School application in spring of their junior year. BSIE students entering the MBA program will be required to take 60 credit hours of master’s level courses once they enter the MBA program; any master’s level courses completed prior to their enrollment in the MBA program cannot be used to meet requirements of the MBA.