Krannert Revises Two-Year MBA Program Curriculum

In an effort to better prepare students for the changing needs of businesses and to develop the next generation of business leaders, Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management has announced it is revising the curriculum for its two-year MBA and one-year MSIA programs.

“Business organizations today are more global, more technology dependent and less hierarchical,” says Manohar Kalwani, head of Krannert’s Department of Management who led the process to change the curriculum. “As organizations have become flatter, business leaders are expected to foresee opportunities and address problems that cut across functional boundaries. MBAs today rarely start their careers in a given area and finish their careers in the same area.”

Kalwani said the changes are geared to provide a more tailored curriculum, more experiential learning, more time to collaborate with other students and faculty in small groups, greater exposure to diverse teaching methods, and increased opportunities for global study trips.

“A lot of learning can occur outside the classroom. Ideally we’d like students to have time to think about what they want to do with their careers, interact with speakers and alumni, work on hands-on practical projects, and collaborate with other students and faculty. The revised curriculum will give them these opportunities.”

The Krannert faculty approved the new curriculum in January, and the changes take effect this fall.

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