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Frequently asked questions

What is a MAI/EAI?

The MAI is the Management/Economics Admission Index. It is the earned GPA from 4-6 predetermined introductory courses. Each degree has its own set of course and GPA requirements that determine whether or not a student may proceed to upper division (300+ level) courses.

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Which students must meet the MAI/EAI requirements?

Lower Division Students must meet these requirements. These are students who have been accepted to Krannert as pre-majors (pre-marketing, pre-management, etc.), and are considered “Degree Seeking” in myPurduePlan, who must then fulfill a set of MAI /EAI requirements in order to then “advance to upper division,” which allows them to take 300-400 level courses.

LLA students do NOT have to meet these requirements, but are strongly encourage to achieve similar, if not better, grades/GPA. LLA students who have been accepted to Krannert are identified as majors without the pre- designation. They are considered Bachelor Seeking in myPurduePlan. This signifies that they are automatically allowed to take upper division classes AFTER they have earned the minimum grades in the MAI/EAI classes. They do NOT have to achieve the MAI/EAI GPA requirements, though.

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What are the MAI/EAI requirements?

Each degree has its own set of unique requirements. These requirements can be broken into three broad categories: Economics, Industrial Management, and all other Management majors. For a complete list of requirements per degree, please visit:

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What happens when the AI (Admissions Index) is complete?

Student will meet with their assignemd academic advisor and discuss steps if the student has met the UD requirement. When the AI has been completed your advisor will tell you to apply for Upper Division using the End of Semester Survey. The End of Semester review team in Krannert will review all students who have applied to verify that they have completed UD requirements. This process occurs once grades post at the end of the semester and typically takes about a week to accomplish. Students are notified via email whether or not they have passed the MAI/EAI or not. You can see the entire End of Semester Process at End of Semester Process.

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How will I be notified of achieving the necessary AI?

You will get an email within a week or two of grades posting for the semester that you completed your AI requirements.

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What if I have a transfer course in my AI?

Typically, one transfer course does not extensively impact a MAI/EAI (as compared to multiple transfers). But you should keep in mind that PU grades will carry more weight when transfer credits apply, too. For example, instead of 15 credit hours of grades to evaluate, the team will only have 12 credit hours to use. Individual grades have a bigger impact when the overall credit hours are low.

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What happens if I have transferred credits for all AI requirements?

If all or most of your MAI/EAI courses are transferred in, an alternate MAI/EAI will be developed for you by your advisor.

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What if I don’t get the necessary AI?

If you do not earn the necessary MAI/EAI, then you will need to try again. There are very specific and important rules regarding retakes within Krannert. Be sure to understand these completely AND talk to your advisor prior to retaking a course.

  • You may retake a AI course only ONCE. If you do not get the grade you need on the second try of the AI course, you will be exhausted from the program.
  • We will ALWAYS take your most recent grade for a course. Therefore, if you retake a course to try to get a better grade (e.g.- go from a C to an A) but end up getting a D on the second try, you will be exhausted from the program. We will NOT take your best grade, just the most recent.
  • You may only retake 3 different AI courses to attempt to get the necessary AI. If you are still not at or above the required MAI/EAI after retaking 3 of your classes, you will be exhausted from the program.

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What if I need to retake a course?

Work with your advisor to ensure you are meeting the rules of the MAI/EAI retake policies and to ensure your chances of success.

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How does MGMT 295 impact my AI?

MGMT 295’s grade does not get factored into your AI. However, we strongly encourage that the course be completed prior to upper division.

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