January 26, 2021  |  Purdue Global  |  Updated February 7, 2024

Master’s degrees remain desirable in the business world. In fact, more Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees are earned than master’s degrees in any other field, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which tracks degrees from postsecondary institutions in the United States. NCES says master’s degrees made up 23% — more than 200,000 — of all degrees awarded from 2020 to 2021.

Earning an MBA or similar degree may benefit you even if your current position doesn’t usually require an advanced education. Getting a degree in an online MBA program may attract more job possibilities or help open the door to a job in a new field.

We talked with Bea Bourne, DM, Purdue Global faculty member, to learn more about the benefits of earning an online MBA with Purdue Global.

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1. Curriculum Developed With Real-World Needs in Mind

The principles and skills you learn in the MBA curriculum at Purdue Global can be used immediately in your current role and in any future role you may take on.

“Our curriculum is developed through a partnership among a curriculum specialist, an instructional designer, and core suite faculty who serve as subject matter experts,” Bourne says. “The faculty are responsible for making sure that the textbook, material, and curriculum is up to date and relevant.”

2. Stellar Faculty

A university’s reputation is built partly on the strength of its faculty. “All of our MBA faculty have terminal degrees as well as practical experience in the area where they teach,” Bourne says. “Not only are we able to discuss theory, but we're able to relate real-world experiences that support those theories.”

Jeffrey M. Buck, dean of the Purdue Global School of Business and Information Technology, also stands by the quality of the school’s faculty.

“Our highly qualified faculty leverage a unique blend of academic preparation and practical experience,” Buck says. “This is important because the faculty are not only extremely competent in their discipline and the associated theories, but they have first-hand experience on how these concepts are relevant and can be applied in the work environment.”

3. Our Easy-to-Use Online Learning Platform

As more schools are leaning into online platforms, those with experience stand out. Purdue Global’s online learning platform is intuitive and easy to use.

“Purdue Global uses Brightspace, a very user-friendly platform,” Bourne says. “Today's students need something mobile-compatible, and Brightspace can be used with tablets, laptops, and smartphones.”

The online classroom is where assignments are submitted and discussions and seminars are held. Numerous online resources are available through the platform as well.

“We have an online library and many tools and resources that students can use,” Bourne says. “We also have tech support available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week that can be accessed by phone, email, or live chat.”

Learn more about how online college works with our Purdue Global FAQ Guide.

4. No GMAT/GRE Required

Many schools require MBA students to take either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) as part of their application process. Those tests cost from $200 to $275, and many students take preparation courses as well.

Purdue Global has removed the GRE or GMAT requirement, deciding to rely on other methods of evaluating students, such as proof of experience in the management field.

“Some people just don't test well,” Bourne says, explaining one reason Purdue Global doesn’t rely on standardized tests. “It's not necessarily an indication of readiness or intelligence.”

5. ExcelTrack®: Earn an Online MBA Faster and for Less Money

Purdue Global offers you a quicker way to an MBA degree with ExcelTrack®.

“ExcelTrack provides a personalized competency-based degree for experienced, self-motivated students. And it provides students an opportunity to build on skills and knowledge they have already mastered through their professional experience,” Bourne says. “It’s designed to let students progress at their own pace, and it could be less expensive than a traditional MBA that they would earn here at Purdue Global.”

With ExcelTrack®, you can:

  • Earn the same high-quality MBA faster and for less money
  • Move quickly past the topics you know, and spend time on the topics you don’t
  • Work directly with faculty to ensure you’ve learned all the material

6. Our Helpful Career Services Department

Purdue Global makes sure you get the career help you need through our career services department.

“We have specialists who offer career assistance,” Bourne says. “This is very important to students, especially if they are not already employed, if they are considering advancing with the same company, or if they are seeking employment someplace else.”

Purdue Global's Center for Career Advancement provides help with:

  • 24/7 online access to job openings and career development tools via the Career Network
  • Career assessment and exploration
  • Occupational direction
  • Resume and cover letter reviews
  • Job search support and leads
  • Interview preparation and mock interviews
  • Networking tips
  • Social media profile reviews to assist in job search success
  • Virtual career events

“Career services also offers employer spotlights, where employers are introduced to the students via a webinar or a seminar,” Bourne says. “This helps students learn about employers and what they are looking for. Spotlighted employers can also tell students about potential openings, workplace culture, and how to apply for jobs.”

7. Opportunities for Student Connection and Networking

One complaint some students have about pursuing an online MBA is the lack of student connection and networking opportunities. Purdue Global offers you a way to connect and grow your network, highlight your leadership abilities, and share your skills.

“We offer students a rich and exciting university experience, including involvement in various clubs and honor societies,” Bourne says. “It’s an excellent opportunity for students to connect with other Purdue Global students and build a professional network.”

Learn about 5 Tips to Build Relationships With Faculty and Peers as an Online Student.

8. The Purdue Difference

Purdue Global is backed by Purdue University, one of the most prestigious research universities in the world. Purdue ranked #16 overall and #1 in education among Fast Company magazine’s prestigious World’s Most Innovative Companies.

“We have a mission to provide greater access to affordable, high-quality education,” Bourne says. “By earning an MBA from Purdue Global, you're earning it from a highly respected university that understands the adult learner and their unique needs.”

Connect With Purdue Global for Your Online MBA

Purdue Global offers a traditional online MBA and an ExcelTrack® MBA, both of which give you the same high-quality degree. Together, our faculty and leadership team strive to provide a flexible, innovative, and personalized approach to suit the needs of the adult learner. Reach out today to learn more about our online MBA program.

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Employment and Career Advancement: Purdue Global does not guarantee employment placement or career advancement. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience and opportunities for employment.

ExcelTrack® Degree Pace: ExcelTrack® is designed to advance your progress based on existing knowledge; however, degree pace and time and cost savings will vary by individual. Students must enroll in a minimum number of credits per term to remain eligible for financial aid. Refer to the Financial Information section of the University Catalog for additional information.

Most Innovative Companies: https://www.fastcompany.com/most-innovative-companies/list. Ranking applies to Purdue University West Lafayette and not to Purdue Global.