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Master Business Administration - Executive

Master of Business Administration

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Program Intro

Just 15 months and just 30 miles from downtown Chicago, the Saturday-only executive MBA program at Purdue University Northwest offers a cost-effective, cutting-edge solution for professionals and executives.

Executive MBA Program

Just 30 miles from downtown Chicago, complete your MBA degree in only 15 months.

Your $48,500 all-inclusive price includes books, materials, meals, laptops, calculators, and more. Choose from Saturday-only instruction with face-to-face OR virtual learning.

Purdue University Northwest is part of the internationally respected Purdue University system, one of the largest universities in the United States.

Curriculum Overview

The PNW Executive MBA curriculum has a business analytics and leadership focus. You will receive not only an MBA degree, but also a certificate in Data Analytics and Visualization.

Complete the program in five 10-week modules that address current and cutting-edge industry trends.

Begin your coursework with foundational classes common to traditional MBA programs:

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Sample Courses

  • Accounting for Managers
  • International Business
  • Economics for Managers

Examine key business concepts in courses such as:

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Sample Courses

  • Business Analytics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Legal and Social Foundations of Management

Focus on quantitative aspects of business in courses that include:

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Sample Courses

  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Operations Management
  • Spreadsheet Modeling and Simulation

Learn about marketing strategies, effective management and negotiation with the following courses:

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Sample Courses

  • Marketing Management
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Negotiations in Organizations

Focus on strategic thinking and decision-making; broaden your scope with an international immersion course. Classes include:

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Sample Courses

  • Strategic Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Leadership
  • International Business Practicum

Program Requirements

For admission to the program, submit an online application that includes:

  • Official undergraduate transcripts
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • Three recommendation letters
  • TOEFL (for international applicants)


  • Saturday-only instruction with face-to-face OR virtual learning
  • $48,500, all-inclusive price including books, materials, meals, laptops, calculators and more
  • All-expenses-paid, week-long overseas study-abroad trip. Past destinations include China, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Ghana, Columbia, Peru and Panama.
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An MBA from PNW opens new doors, expands your network and increases your earning potential.

  • Develop essential managerial skills you need move forward in your career.
  • Business analytics and leadership focus
  • MBA degree plus certificate in data analytics and visualization


PNW’s executive MBA program offers an incredible value, with a total program cost of $48,500 (2020/2021 cohort). This amount is all-inclusive: tuition, fees, books, all learning materials, meals and international travel and study abroad.

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Beyond the Classroom

EMBA students have various ways to get involved on campus, including the following organizations and honor societies:

  • PNW Graduate Student Organization
  • Cohort-initiated volunteer activities
  • Beta Gamma Sigma

Career Paths

An MBA can help you advance your career in your current field or help you move into a different industry. The Center for Career Management in the College of Business can provide guidance. Career paths include:

  • Business development manager
  • Financial manager
  • Product manager


All students who participate in the EMBA program work full-time. Current students work at companies such as:

  • ArcelorMittal
  • BMO Harris
  • McDonald’s Corporation


This program is accredited by AACSB, which represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Less than 5 percent of the world’s 13,000 business programs have earned AACSB accreditation. AACSB-accredited schools produce graduates that are highly skilled and more desirable to employers than other non-accredited schools.

PNW’s close proximity to Chicago attracts professionals with vastly different backgrounds. One of the great benefits of the program is that classes meet only on Saturdays. As a working professional, this minimized the impact on my weekly schedule.

Tiffani English
Executive MBA 2018, Hammond

I’ve had an opportunity to meet people from different industries and backgrounds. And I’ve learned from every single one of them. I find that I’m a better student and a better employee because of that experience.

Amanda Trinidad
Executive MBA 2018, Chicago, Illinois

The program helps open our eyes to how business is done in different countries and cultures – and workforces with different priorities – through the international business practicum.

Steve Vernengo
Executive MBA 2018, Highland

Meet the Faculty

Pat Obi

Pat Obi, Ph.D.

White Lodging Professor of Finance

The director of PNW’s EMBA program, Pat Obi teaches in areas including corporate finance, financial marketing and derivatives and business analytics. A student mentor, he is also a financial consultant for the City of Hammond.

Arifin Angriawan, Ph.D.

Interim Chair, Department of Managerial Studies

I teach and conduct research in strategic management: What are the sources of profits? Why are some industries more profitable than others? Why are some firms more profitable than others?

Charles Rarick

Charles A. Rarick, Ph.D.

Professor of International Business

Charles A. Rarick is a professor of international business in the College of Business. His teaching responsibilities include undergraduate, MBA and EMBA courses.


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