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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.

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 Applicant instructions.

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 deadlines 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 Graduate School Application
  • All sections of the Graduate School online application must be completed in order for the application to be submitted.

Essay Question

(For Fall 2014 Class 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

  • 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. Download the Request For Official Transcript Request Form (Form GS-5) from the Purdue Graduate School web site, make copies as needed, to request two official, attested transcripts from each of the colleges and universities you have attended. We request that the registrar enclose the transcripts and the completed Academic Transcript Request form in the institution’s standard business envelope, seal the envelope, sign across the seal of the envelope

  • 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 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 http://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