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New majors, core curriculum, special programs make Krannert degree a great investment

Graduate Programs MBA Programs Undergraduate Programs

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

It’s an exciting time to be an incoming freshman at the Krannert School of Management. The class of 2017 will be our next generation of global business leaders, just like the Krannert alumni before them:

  • Sam Allen, Chairman and CEO of Deere & Company

    Carolyn Woo portrait.

    Carolyn Woo, Krannert alum and one of the
    500 most powerful people on the planet.

  • Beth Brooke, one of the world’s 100 most powerful women
  • Shawn Taylor, part-owner of the Houston Astros
  • Carolyn Woo, one of the 500 most powerful people on the planet
  • Drew Brees, Super Bowl and MVP-winning quarterback for the New Orleans Saints

along with thousands of other successful alumni.

This fall we are implementing a number of changes to make a Krannert education an even better investment. Students may choose from three additional business majors being offered for the first time. They will study a new University-wide core curriculum, resulting in maximum program flexibility while improving the odds of earning a diploma in four years. And, if you’d like to pursue a master’s degree someday, why not take advantage of our 3+2 program, allowing you to earn a bachelor’s and MBA in just five years. You may also want to consider one of our new master’s degrees in Global Entrepreneurship or Global Supply Chain Management.

Undergraduate programs

First, let me tell you a little about our undergraduate programs of study. In addition to Accounting, Economics, Management, and BSIM (our program that combines management with science, engineering and technology), we now offer majors in Finance, Marketing and Supply Chain, Information & Analytics. There is a growing need for graduates in these areas and we are poised to leverage our curriculum and leadership programs to produce graduates with analytical insight and global impact.

Krannert students can also earn concentrations in many topical areas such as international business or analytics. You can select majors and concentrations that apply specifically to the career you have envisioned.

Core Curriculum

The University-wide core curriculum simply means that undergraduate students in Krannert will follow a core program similar to students in technology, engineering, science, or any other college at Purdue. This ensures a solid educational foundation. It will also make transferring to a different college within Purdue easier for students who find their first choice of major isn’t a good fit.

All Krannert bachelor’s degrees can be earned with 120 credit hours of coursework, with options to take additional credits as students discover the many eye-opening and intellectually-stimulating courses we offer. A degree can be earned in 4 years taking an average of 15 credit hours of classes per semester, a reasonable course load for any student meeting our rigorous academic standards.

Bachelor’s & master’s in 5 years

Want to fast-track your career? How about planning a 3+2 or 4+1 program? With Krannert’s 3+2 program you can complete BOTH your bachelor’s degree and MBA in five years. Our new specialized master’s degrees can combine with your bachelor’s degree for a 4+1 program. You could earn a master’s degree in Global Entrepreneurship (spending four months at Purdue, four months in France and four months in China). Or, consider our 4+1 program in Global Supply Chain Management (spending time at Purdue and possibly India, China or Mexico), or a 4+1 in Accounting or Finance! The options are numerous and one of the key advantages of coming to Purdue and Krannert.

How about exploring the intersection of business and technology, engineering and science? With Purdue University’s Discovery Park and our specialty ELI (Experiential Learning Initiative) projects getting you in the field with Lean Launchpad and related entrepreneurial opportunities, you can find out firsthand what discovery and entrepreneurship really means!

If you are an incoming freshman, congratulations on selecting a challenging and rewarding educational experience at Krannert. If you are a friend or alum, be sure to tell the high school students you know about the valuable educational opportunities awaiting them at Krannert.

Warm Regards,


Chris Earley

Dean, Krannert School of Management

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