October 7, 2003
Krannert School offers weekend executive MBA program
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's Krannert School of Management is gearing up for a new class of Weekend Executive MBA students on the West Lafayette campus.
The three-year program covers all the functional areas of management - economics, management, accounting, finance, human resources, quantitative methods, marketing operations and strategic management. Students attend six semesters of Saturday classes but are off during the summers.
James Dworkin, chancellor of Purdue North Central and professor of management, has been teaching in the weekend program since it began in 1995. He says the program was initiated in response to demand from the local business community.
"We responded then, and I'm pleased to see the program be successful," Dworkin says. "The class that is finishing up in December is full, and I think of its graduates as adding to the state's human capital, which is the most essential ingredient in economic development."
Dworkin teaches negotiation and dispute resolution.
"On their jobs, students use negotiation skills across the board - in operations, marketing, human resources and finance. I try to assess where the students' negotiation skills are and build from there."
One of Dworkin's students is Chuck Bingham, systems and controls engineering manager at International Truck and Engine Corp., Indianapolis.
"I have to admit I'm a little jealous of the folks coming to football games on Saturday," he says. "But manufacturing is in peril in this state. Everyone is wondering what the next step for Indiana industry is, and I'm ready to make that next step careerwise."
Bingham gives credit for flexibility both to the Executive Weekend MBA Program and his employer.
"I was looking for a program where the emphasis was still on the classroom and not just the Web," he says. "And I've enjoyed the interactive nature of the class in working with and picking up best practices from the other students. My company not only paid my tuition but also understood that I still had to balance work and home. The Weekend Executive MBA Program is a good fit for industry in this area."
The program is designed to be as flexible as possible for the students because of their other demands and responsibilities. Students in the Weekend MBA Program who are transferred a distance far enough from West Lafayette that makes commuting difficult can transfer into other MBA programs offered by the Krannert School and Krannert Executive Education Programs.
Dworkin has seen the flexibility through the years in the program.
"It's inevitable in a three-year program - people are transferred, change jobs, lose jobs, but the Krannert exec ed people go out of their way to make it work for the students, regardless of circumstances."
Erika Steuterman, director of the Krannert School of Management's executive master's degree programs, describes the EMBA students as experienced working managers or managers-to-be with an average of 10 years of experience. They come from a who's who of Indiana companies, including Eli Lilly & Co., Procter and Gamble Co., Delphi Delco Electronics Systems, Rolls Royce, Caterpillar Inc., Cummins Inc. and Alcoa.
"In addition to students learning from each other, they also get to compare how different companies and organizations approach opportunities and issues," Steuterman says.
Prospective students should have a bachelor's degree and a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale. A Graduate Management Admissions Test score above the 60th percentile is required. The application deadline is Dec. 1.
The Weekend MBA Program is a "cohort" program, which means all the students in the class enter together, take a common set of classes and graduate together. In addition to Saturday classes, students complete homework assignments on the Internet. Much of the homework takes the form of team-based projects.
Tuition for the weekend master's degree program is $10,000 per year, not including books and case packets. Most students receive support or reimbursement from their employers.
The Krannert school is offering three $3,000 scholarship per year ($9,000 total) to Purdue employees who are admitted to the program and judged to be the most deserving of the recognition.
In addition to the Weekend Executive MBA Program, the Krannert Executive Education Programs offers an executive MBA and an international master's in management. Also offered are specialized non-degree programs in areas such as engineering management and a life sciences information technology project management certificate both at the West Lafayette campus and at corporate training facilities.
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