Putting the Management in STEM

New MBA program welcomes tech professionals

Rawls Hall is typically quiet in the summer, but the Krannert School’s new MBA Program for STEM Professionals kept it abuzz with activity until other master’s students returned from internships or began their studies for fall semester.

STEM MBA class

David Howarth, who earned a BS in civil engineering, is the only Purdue alum in Krannert's new MBA program for STEM professionals. (Photo by Steven Yang)

Launched in June, the one-year, full-time program combines Purdue’s worldwide excellence in science, technology and engineering with the strengths of a globally recognized business school. It is designed to provide individuals who possess strong technical and analytical backgrounds with the management and leadership skills required to start or lead STEM-centered organizations.

“I was looking for an MBA program that could provide me with the right skill sets needed to make a smooth transition into product management and business development opportunities,” says Jayashree Raghuraman, a member of the inaugural class. “Purdue’s brand is highly recognized and has the right mix of classroom lectures, discussions and projects led by world-class faculty.”

After completing a rigorous business core, students customize their learning experience through a wide variety of professional electives, some of which are taught jointly by business and STEM faculty. Knowledge gained in the classroom is further augmented through participation in active learning projects with leading and emerging technology organizations.

The program also features many elements found in traditional MBA programs, including leadership training, access to career services and the ability to participate in professional and social clubs with other master’s students at Krannert.

Although the curriculum and course schedule are challenging, Raghuraman says it’s a delightful experience to be a student again. “I’ve met numerous people both on campus and in class, and the knowledge I’m gaining has already changed my perspective,” she says.

David Howarth, who completed a BS in civil engineering in 2012 and is the only Purdue alum in the new program, says the tightknit nature of the 20-member class is warm and friendly. “All of my classmates have been extremely open and welcoming,” he says. “It’s almost a family-like environment.”

It’s also a family that’s likely to grow. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, STEM-related job opportunities in the U.S. are expected to increase substantially over the next several years.

“Students who graduate from Purdue with an MBA for STEM Professionals will be in a position to leverage their technical backgrounds and newly gained business skills to meet that demand,” says Jill Lynn, associate director of the program.

“The Krannert School was founded more than a half-century ago from technically based programs at Purdue,” she says. “By returning to our roots and leveraging the potential of our new MBA program for STEM professionals, we’ll be at the forefront of a new level of excellence in global business education.”

For more information on the MBA Program for STEM Professionals, contact Jill Lynn at krannertmasters@purdue.edu or call 765-494-9922.