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Executive Master of Business Administration


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Executive MBA Program Overview

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

  • No GMAT required!
  • An MBA from PNW opens new doors, expands your network and increases your earning potential.
  • You can develop the essential managerial skills you need to move forward in your career with a respected program that fits your schedule.
  • Your $48,500 all-inclusive price includes books, materials, meals, laptops, calculators and more.

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Students will participate in seven hours of instructor-led lectures on Saturdays, contributing best practices and experiences from their own professional expertise. Students typically spend 30 hours outside of class each week completing assignments, reading and working on projects in small teams.

Executive MBA Curriculum Overview

From business analytics to leadership, Purdue University Northwest’s Executive MBA (EMBA) offers a unique, accelerated 15-month program.

Our curriculum maintains PNW’s traditional quantitative strength while adding topics critical to today’s business environment: international business, ethics and governance, leadership, behavior in organizations, supply-chain management, spreadsheet modeling and negotiations.

You can currently complete this degree at PNW’s Hammond campus.

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

Executive MBA Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • Accounting for Managers | 10 weeks
  • International Business | 5 weeks
  • Economics for Managers | 5 weeks

Examine key business concepts with experts in the field.

Executive MBA Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • Business Analytics | 10 weeks
  • Management Information Systems | 5 weeks
  • Legal & Social Foundations of Management | 5 weeks

Focus on quantitative aspects of business with practical learning.

Executive MBA Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • Advanced Corporate Finance | 10 weeks
  • Operations Management | 5 weeks
  • Spreadsheet Modeling and Simulation | 5 weeks
  • Data Visualization Workshop

Learn about marketing strategies, effective management and negotiation.

Executive MBA Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • Marketing Management | 10 weeks
  • Elective | 5 weeks
  • Negotiations in Organizations | 5 weeks

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

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Sample Courses

  • Strategic Management | 10 weeks
  • Supply Chain Management | 5 weeks
  • Leadership | 5 weeks
  • International Business Practicum | 5 weeks

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)

Executive MBA Highlights

Our Executive MBA program is a great way to take your career to the next level. Our program features Saturday-only classes and an 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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Executive MBA Outcomes

An EMBA from PNW opens new doors, expands your network and increases your earning potential.

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

Study Abroad

PNW’s EMBA program includes an international business practicum in the form of a week-long study abroad.

This field-based practicum includes completing a mini project about a firm in the country visited. The project addresses a current and significant problem identified by the foreign firm during a site visit.

You will work in teams, effectively demonstrating interpersonal skills as well as communication abilities appropriate to a collaborative business setting. This experience will build valuable exposure in the world of international business, including cultural immersion during the trip.

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

Executive MBA alumnus Steve Vernengo

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

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

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.

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.


Earn an Executive MBA at PNW

Purdue University Northwest’s Executive MBA opens new doors, expands your network and increases your earning potential.

Our graduate studies staff is ready to help you take the next step! Contact us at (219) 989-3150 or to see how our flexible programs can meet your needs.