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Admission to Upper Division Requirements

Krannert School of Management

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.

If you are following a 2015 or later plan of study you need to complete these courses with a C- or higher:

Economics Admission Index (EAI) Courses
University Core Requirement
Microeconomics: ECON 25100 Behavioral/Social Science
Macroeconomics: ECON 25200 Behavioral/Social Science
Fundamentals of Speech Communication: COM 11400 or COM 21700 Oral Communication
First-Year Composition: ENGL 10600 or ENGL 10800 Written Communication
Calculus I:  MA 16010 or MA 16100 or MA 16500 Quantitative Reasoning
Calculus II MA 16020 or MA 16200 or MA 16600 Quantitative Reasoning

If you are on a previous plan of study you can view the required EAI courses for your major here.

  • Complete all EAI courses with an EAI GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher
  • Must have a C- or higher in all EAI and ECON courses
  • Must not be on academic probation
  • Previous enrollments in MA 16100 / MA 16500 do not count in the EAI GPA if replaced with MA 16010.
  • Previous enrollments in MA 16200 / MA 16600 do not count in the EAI GPA if replaced with MA 16020.

General EAI and UD Information

  • Pre-calculus courses are not required for the EAI or plan of study but may be required as a pre-requisite for calculus. Pre-calculus is not used as part of the EAI for students on 2013 or later plans of study.
  • You can use the Term Calculator in my Purdue plan or the GPA Calculator on Krannert's website to calculate your EAI.
  • A maximum of three EAI courses may be taken two times each for a grade
  • EAI courses with grades of "F" cannot be replaced by a transfer course
  • Only courses with grades earned on a Purdue campus will be used to calculate the alternate EAI
  • The EAI must consist of at least four courses for a minimum of 12 credit hours total

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Commonly used terms

  • MAI/EAI: Management Admissions Index/Economics Admissions Index; comprised of at least 12 credit hours and a minimum of four courses. Typically, most students will use ECON 251, ENGL 106, Calc I, Calc II, MGMT 200. However, the MAI/EAI depends on the degree that is being pursued. See the MAI/EAI page for more information regarding specific degree requirements.
  • UD: Upper Division; this designation means the student has passed the MAI/EAI requirements and is allowed to take Upper Division School of Management courses (300+ ECON, MGMT, and OBHR).
  • EOS: End of Semester review process; the review process that calculates a student’s MAI/EAI and determines UD eligibility. For more information, see the End of Semester Review page.
  • Exhausted: When a student has eliminated the possibility of moving to Upper Division due to the number of course retakes and thus, must select a different major (typically in a different School).
  • CODO: Change of Degree Objective; the official process of changing majors at Purdue University. A full review of the process can be found here: