Krannert international executive MBA ranked among world's best

October 25, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue University Krannert School of Management international executive MBA degree program placed 21st worldwide in rankings released Monday (Oct. 25) by Financial Times.

The program moved up three places from 2009.

The International Master's in Management (IMM) executive MBA is a collaboration among the Krannert School; TiasNimbas Business School of Tilburg University in the Netherlands; CEU Business School in Budapest, Hungary; and the GISMA Business School in Hannover, Germany.

Students in the IMM executive MBA also study in China and Mexico as well as studying in the home countries of each of the partner schools. Program graduates have the opportunity to earn both a Purdue MBA and an MBA from one of the partner schools.

In addition to its top 25 overall ranking, the IMM executive MBA was again ranked first worldwide in international course experience, which is based on the percentage of classroom teaching hours that are carried out outside the country in which the business school is situated. The IMM executive MBA has been ranked No. 1 in this category every year since 2003. The program ranked second globally and first among programs with a U.S. partner in career progress, which is calculated by changes in seniority and size of the companies alumni are working in now versus before their MBAs.

"This ranking affirms the high quality of education offered in this program by Krannert and our partner schools," said Gerald Lynch, interim dean of the Krannert School and professor of economics. "The extremely high ranking in career progress also confirms that our students get a great return on their educational investment."

Like Krannert's Executive MBA program, students in the IMM executive MBA program complete their degrees on a part-time basis using a format that incorporates several intensive residencies and off-site learning.

"Our format not only permits students to balance work, family and school, but the on-site residencies immerse them in the locations where they are studying," said Chuck Johnson, executive director of Krannert Executive Education Programs. "Several years ago, we expanded our global residencies to include a two-week session in China. Now we are adding a residency in Mexico, growing our reach around the globe and reinforcing our consistent No. 1 ranking for international course experience."

The 2010 Financial Times rankings include 100 schools in the United States, Europe and Asia. Northwestern University's Kellogg School/Hong Kong UST Business School ranked No. 1 overall.

In addition to the international master's program, the Krannert School of Management offers two other top-ranked programs for working professionals and managers: the Executive MBA and the Weekend MBA. The school also offers a variety of non-degree education programs on the West Lafayette campus and at corporate training facilities.

Media contact:  Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432,  

Sources:  Gerald Lynch, 765-494-4366,

                   Chuck Johnson, 765-496-3668,