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October 10, 2003

Business Week: Krannert executive MBAs among world's best

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University's Krannert School of Management executive MBA degree program placed 16th worldwide in rankings released Thursday (10/9) by Business Week.

The 2003 rankings are based on surveys of more than 2,750 graduates of 64 business schools, as well as a poll of EMBA directors at those 64 schools. The rankings are available online.

"The top 20 worldwide ranking for our executive MBA program attests to our focus on providing a high-quality option for students to earn an MBA while continuing their careers," said Richard A. Cosier, Krannert School dean and Leeds Professor of Management. "We recognize the dynamic nature of business today and offer high-value programs that fit the schedules of individuals and their companies."

Krannert Executive Education Programs offer four executive MBAs through a combination of distance-learning and part-time residence on campus. The Krannert School began offering executive education in 1983.

Wilbur G. "Bill" Lewellen, director of the Krannert School's executive education programs and Herman C. Krannert Distinguished Professor of Management, said, "The Business Week ranking recognizes our continuing commitment to combining on-campus and online education for our students.

"Our program has been a model for other executive programs for years. We believe in solid coursework providing smart, busy people with flexible options to further their careers and provide leadership in their companies and organizations."

Northwestern received the No. 1 Business Week ranking of executive MBA programs. No Indiana schools or Big Ten programs other than Purdue were ranked among the top 25 executive MBA programs. Indiana University's Kelley School of Business ranked No. 16 in custom, non-degree programs.

Business Week ranked Krannert's executive education programs No. 14 in 2001, the last time the publication ranked executive education programs. In September, the Wall Street Journal ranked Krannert's full-time MBA program 11th overall and third nationally among public schools.

The Krannert Executive Education Programs offer an executive MBA, an International master's in management, the German executive master's of business administration degree (in Hanover) as well as a weekend MBA program.

Also offered are specialized non-degree programs in areas such as engineering management, veterinary management and the new life sciences information technology project management certificate, both at the West Lafayette campus and at corporate training facilities.

For information about the Krannert School's executive MBA degree programs, contact Erika Steuterman, director of Executive Degree Programs, (765) 494-7700, For information about non-degree executive programs, contact Mike Sheahan, director of Non-Degree Executive Programs, (765) 494-7700,

Writer: Mike Lillich, (765) 494-2077,

Sources : Richard A. Cosier, (765) 494-4366,

Wilbur G. Lewellen, (765) 494-4493,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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