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Industrial Management Requirements for Upper Division

The purpose of the Management Admissions Index (MAI) for acceptance into Upper Division Management is to give all Krannert students a common academic background and to allow you an opportunity to acclimate to the academic environment at Purdue. You have to be admitted to Upper Division Management before you can enroll in three hundred or higher level School of Management courses (excluding MGMT 30100).

Acceptance requirements

  • Complete all MAI courses with a minimum MAI GPA of 2.65
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.40 or higher
  • Achieve a C- or higher in all MAI and Management courses
  • Not on academic probation

Pre-calculus courses are not required for the MAI or plan of study but may be required as a pre-requisite for calculus. Pre-calculus is not used as part of the MAI for students on 2013 or later plans of study.

MAI Courses

If you are following a 2013 or later plan of study you need to complete these courses with a C- or higher:

  • ENGL 10600/10800
  • MA 16100/MA16500
  • MA 16200/MA16600
  • ECON 25100
  • MGMT 20000
  • Chemistry and/or Physics of 8 hours or more from courses listed on plan of study

If you are on a previous plan of study you can view the required MAI coures for your major here

MAI GPA Calculation

Do you know what is needed to meet the required MAI GPA? You can use the Term Calculator in my Purdue plan or the GPA Calculator on Krannert's website to calculate your MAI. 


  • A maximum of three MAI courses may be taken two times each for a grade
  • MAI courses with grades of "F" cannot be replaced by a transfer course

If you exceed the retake policy, you will be allowed a registration PIN for one additional semester of enrollment in Krannert after which you must CODO out of the School. A registration PIN will not be given to you after one semester of enrollment upon exhausting eligibility for Upper Division.

Transfer Credit

If you have completed some or all MAI coures as a beginning or transfer student, then an alternate MAI will be defined:

  • Only courses with grades earned on a Purdue campus will be used to calculate the alternate MAI
  • The MAI must consist of at least four courses for a minimum of 12 credit hours total
  • A student must achieve a minimum 2.65 MAI GPA to be admitted to Upper Division Management