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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Business Week: Krannert executive MBAs among world's best

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October 14, 2005
Business Week: Krannert executive MBAs among world's best

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University's Krannert School of Management executive MBA degree program placed 18th worldwide in rankings released Thursday (Oct. 13) by Business Week.

The 2005 rankings are based on the results of 163 surveys received from directors of leadership and executive development at companies internationally. The rankings are available online.
"The top 20 worldwide ranking for our executive MBA program is a confirmation of our commitment to provide a high-quality option for students to earn an MBA without an interruption in their careers," said Richard A. Cosier, Krannert School dean and Leeds Professor of Management. "Our executive MBA is a tremendous option for active managers. It offers a high-quality education that meshes with the schedules of individuals and their companies."

Krannert Executive Education Programs offer three 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 Purdue's continuing commitment to combining on-campus and online education.

"Our program has been a model for other executive programs for years," Lewellen said. "We believe in solid coursework that provides 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. Notre Dame is No. 20. No other Indiana colleges were ranked among the top 20 executive MBA programs or among the custom, non-degree programs.

Business Week ranked Krannert's executive education programs No. 16 in 2003, the last time the survery was conducted.

Krannert's full-time MBA program was ranked No. 1 by regional corporate recruiters for the second straight year in a Wall Street Journal survey published in September.

Krannert Executive Education Programs offer an executive MBA, an international master's in management and 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 education programs, (765) 494-7700, keepinfo@mgmt.purdue.edu. For information about non-degree executive programs, contact Mike Sheahan, director of non-degree executive programs, (765) 494-7700, sheahan@purdue.edu.

Writer: Maggie Morris, (765) 494-2077, maggiemorris@purdue.edu
Sources: Richard A. Cosier, (765) 494-4366, rcosier@purdue.edu
Wilbur G. Lewellen, (765) 494-4493, lewellen@purdue.edu
Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

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