In 2017, Purdue University, one of the most prestigious universities in the United States, acquired Kaplan University from Kaplan, Inc. Today, Purdue University offers a wide selection of online degrees through the new entity Purdue University Global. This new online institution offers an online MBA program that is expected to feature many of the same features of the campus-based MBA program from Purdue University. Below is an in depth review of the online MBA program offered at Purdue University Global.

Favorite Features

Online MBA is accredited by the ACBSP

The online MBA program offered at Purdue Global University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs or ACBSP. This accreditation agency’s seal of approval shows that this new online MBA program has met high standards of business education by ACBSP. When you attend this university and see this accreditation, it suggests that the program is of high quality. This is especially important for a new online MBA program.

Online MBA can be completed more quickly with Purdue’s ExcelTrack program

The ExcelTrack program allows some business students to advance their studies based upon your existing knowledge. For students who have extensive experience in business, it is possible to complete your business degree online faster than the normal two or three years.

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The ExcelTrack program can be a good fit for the professional who has at least three years of business experience where you acquired relevant skills related to the MBA program. Also, you must provide evidence you have finished at least three classes from a university. For the MBA, you also must show proof that you have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.

The essential components of ExcelTrack are as follows:

  • Get assessed. At the start of each course, your skills in that particular business discipline will be tested so it is clear what you already know.
  • Now that you know what you need to learn in that particular business discipline, you can focus on it and not spend time relearning things you already know.
  • Get support. Staff and professors will work with you to make sure you have learned all the material necessary in that business discipline. You also can take advantage of learning resources during your education journey including online tutoring, live webinars and live chat with professors.
  • You will know exactly how well you are mastering new business skills with regular labs, quizzes, tests and feedback.
  • Get to your goal. As soon as you get a B or higher in the course, you can move on to the next class.

The courses you take in ExcelTrack are one credit each, and there is not a traditional limit on the number of courses you can complete each term. Instead, you can take as many courses per term as you can learn, for a price of $1500 per term. On the other hand, most online MBA programs will limit you to no more than two courses per term at a cost of $2000 or more per term. In some cases, you can complete your MBA with ExcelTrack in just 16 to 18 months.

No standardized test scores required

Purdue Global University does not require you to submit GRE or GMAT scores to be considered for admission. You must only show that you have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, as well as an official transcript from your bachelor’s degree work.

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Access the same professors online as on campus

Purdue University is a well respected university and features professors who are experienced business educators and business professionals from across the world. These are real world business professionals who have years of knowledge of the marketplace.

Purdue Global features an innovative tuition cap

When you enroll in an online MBA program, your tuition is capped. It is ensured you only will pay a fixed amount for your MBA program. Once you reach this cap, you do not have to make more payments for your educational experience, even if you must retake a course. This program can help some students to reduce the cost of their degree by 33%.

Least Favorite Features

New online MBA program is not accredited by the AACSB

It is good the program has been accredited by the ACBSP, but it is not accredited at this time by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business or AACSB. This is the oldest and most well-known business education accreditation agency in the United States. It is the agency that most business employers know. The fact that this program has not been accredited by AACSB could cause some employers to question the value of degree. But it also must be noted that your online MBA will have the Purdue University name on it; this may ameliorate concerns that companies have about the degree.

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Confusion over Purdue/Kaplan merger and acquisition

In 2017, Purdue University acquired the assets, students and properties of Kaplan University. The latter, for-profit university no longer exists. This could create some confusion and uncertainty for some employers about the quality of the degree.

Kaplan University was for profit, and these programs sometimes are scrutinized more carefully for their quality or lack thereof. But Purdue Global University is a public institution, just as Purdue University is.

Purdue University Global MBA is new with no track record

Purdue University has a strong, well known brand in the business world, but the Purdue University Global MBA is entirely new. It has not yet been reviewed by the Princeton Review or US News and World Report. So, there is certain to be some skepticism about this online MBA degree. But this should fade over time as the new degree program develops a track record.

Students who find there are questions about this online MBA can mention that Purdue University has had a quality MBA offered through its Krannert School of Management for decades. It is expected the online MBA will continue the same level of quality as the campus-based business degree.

The Details

General Information

  • Purdue University Global was founded in 2017. Purdue University was founded in 1869
  • Application deadline: May 1
  • Application fee: $50
  • School type: Public
  • Term Schedule: Semester
  • Location: Online
  • Student to faculty ratio: 12:1 (Purdue University overall)

Tuition Rates

  • MBA – $1500 per semester with unlimited number of courses

Business Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration


  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Healthcare management
  • HR
  • Information technology
  • Marketing
  • Project management

Class Profile

  • Overall selectivity for Purdue University is average, with a 56% acceptance rate. The online MBA program is new and there is no data.
  • Total enrollment at the university for 2017 was 41,573
  • Average GPA for all incoming students was 3.75

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • The four year graduation rate for Purdue overall is 49%
  • Overall graduation rate for the university is 71%

US News Rankings

  • National universities: 56
  • Best colleges for veterans: 24
  • Best value schools: 74
  • Part time MBA: 47 (previous MBA program offered online at Purdue)
  • Supply chain and logistics: 11
  • Production and operations: 6


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Henry Steele
Henry Steele
Henry is Editor-in-Chief of Business He is a seasoned business professional who regularly consults with local business's throughout Southern California. Henry pursued his undergrad in Business and Economics at the University of San Diego and gained valuable life changing experience through a unique internship upon graduation. provides students of business with the opportunities to get ahead in their career.

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