Online Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA)

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2 years
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Master of Business Administration Overview

The U.S. expects 883,900 new management jobs in the next decade. It’s time to earn your MBA and be ready to meet the growing demand.

  • Attain a degree you can be proud of — and that employers will respect — from Purdue’s online university for working adults.
  • Customize your online MBA by choosing from seven optional concentrations.
  • Build relevant, practical skills you can use right away in your career.
  • Gain the real-world tools you need to take on leadership positions in a competitive marketplace.
  • Study a curriculum developed by a select panel of global business professionals featuring international business case studies as well as unique examples.
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Purdue Global MBA graduate Wendy Buice discusses earning her master’s degree online.
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Education Abroad

Take part in a virtual or in-person international experience to grow global, marketable skills. Earn the internationally recognized Global Competence Certificate (GCC) or a discipline-specific certificate in intercultural communication.

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Purdue Global’s business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

The human resources concentration aligns with the Society for Human Resource Management's HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC ( is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in a graduate program. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

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Purdue Global Career Outcomes 2020–2021

94% of graduates in Purdue Global's Master of Business Administration program were employed or continued their education within 18 months of graduation.

Each year, our Center for Career Advancement sends a NACE First Destination survey to our graduating class to learn more about their career choices and potential income within 18 months of graduation. We’re proud of our recent Purdue Global alumni accomplishments.

“Career Outcomes Rate” is not the same as an “employment rate” — it includes graduates who are: (1) employed (whether full or part time); (2) participating in a program of voluntary service, (3) serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, or (4) enrolled in a program of continuing education. This rate may also include graduates employed in jobs unrelated to their degree or who were employed while attending Purdue Global. (9,106 graduates surveyed across associate's, bachelor's, master's, JD, EJD, and DNP programs from July 1, 2019, to December 31, 2020. 7,803 of 9,106 replied.)

What Courses Will I Take?

Courses in the MBA program put a focus on the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to make sound business and management decisions.

Sample Courses

  • Business Analytics
  • Economics for Global Decision Makers
  • Managing the Value Chain
  • Leadership Strategies for a Changing World
  • Designing, Improving, and Implementing Processes
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Porgram Requirements

Core Credits
Total Credits

Requirements with Optional Concentration

Core Credits
Elective Credits
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Upcoming Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Optional MBA Degree Concentrations

Specialized knowledge and expertise can prepare you for leadership roles in today’s competitive business environments. Complete four or more additional courses in one of these MBA concentrations:

  • Finance

    Analyze strategies for investing in various markets and explore mergers and acquisitions and financial management issues for international businesses.

    Concentration Outcomes:

    • Evaluate the different types of financial institutions.
    • Examine theories of risk management and types of risk.
    • Analyze financial statements using standard financial ratios.
    • Evaluate business performance through analysis of financial statements.
  • Global Business

    Learn the practical and research-based competencies needed to understand the impact of differences in cultural, political, economic, and legal systems. This concentration includes a study abroad option that will allow students to participate either virtually or in person as they work with organizations and scholars outside of the U.S. This real-world experience will help prepare students with the critical knowledge and skills needed to pursue globally oriented management roles.

    Concentration Outcomes:

    • Explain the influence of cultural, political, legal, and economic differences on both international organizations and the wider global marketplace.
    • Recognize the unique skills necessary for the successful international manager, including culturally-focused methodologies related to leadership, communication, motivation and teamwork.
    • Evaluate critical decision points for the management of global corporate functions, including marketing, logistics, HRM, and finance.
    • Analyze the strategic factors that influence an organization's choice of entry mode into a global market.
  • Health Care Management

    Focus on navigating the changing health care field, including rigorous patient-privacy regulations, staffing challenges, and issues of cost control.

    Concentration Outcomes:

    • Evaluate business strategies for quality management and continuous improvement of operations.
    • Outline components of the American health care system regarding policies and procedures within major health-related issues.
    • Illustrate effective practices for employing marketing tools to specific situations in the healthcare environment.
  • Human Resources

    Explore recruitment and hiring practices, employee training, corporate policies, change management, and executive leadership.

    Concentration Outcomes:

    • Determine the manager’s role in establishing and maintaining sound employee relations in an organization.
    • Construct an effective training program.
    • Evaluate the relationship between strategic reward systems and an organization’s ability to achieve business objectives.
    • Assess the implications of current models of talent management.
  • Information Technology

    Examine critical concepts relevant to the IT professional including systems analysis and design and the management of technology in a business environment.

    Concentration Outcomes:

    • Analyze emerging technologies as solutions to real-world business problems and as strategic resources.
  • Marketing

    Apply marketing research methods and techniques to analyze and implement strategic advertising and develop the skills to manage a sales force.

    Concentration Outcomes:

    • Synthesize advertising concepts effectively by creating an integrated advertising campaign.
    • Analyze measurement, instrument development, and sample design techniques for obtaining reliable market research results.
    • Apply theories related to building and organizing an effective sales force.
    • Analyze application of the four types of consumer behavior situational influences in marketing strategy.
  • Project Management

    Strategize, plan, schedule, implement, and determine project deliverables and milestones, and address business needs and manage costs.

    Concentration Outcomes:

    • Integrate process groups and knowledge areas in project development.
    • Evaluate the integration of project management plans according to industry standards.
    • Evaluate strategies to ensure effective resource allocation.
    • Create a structured plan for the closing phase of the project life cycle.

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  • Why Should You Earn an MBA?
Purdue Global School of Business and Information Technology Dean Jeff Buck discusses the power of earning an MBA.

Ways to Save on Time and Tuition

Purdue Global works with students to find ways to reduce costs and make education more accessible. Contact us to learn about opportunities to save on your educational costs.

Transfer Credits

Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions.

Financial Aid

Learn about federal financial aid programs available for many of our degree programs.

Grants and Loans

Learn about federal and state grants and loan programs that may be available.

Corporate Partner Benefits

Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

Military Tuition Reduction

Graduate tuition savings for military include a 17–30% reduction per credit for current servicemembers and, 14% per credit for veterans for graduate programs.

Prior Military Experience

Earn credit for your military training. We offer credit for ACE-evaluated training and CLEP and DANTES examinations.

International Tuition Reduction

International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% international student tuition reduction.

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Career Opportunities

This professionally focused program is designed to provide you with knowledge and skills to become a more effective leader and more valued employee in your current career. As a graduate of Purdue Global’s online MBA program, you can pursue employment opportunities in areas such as finance, marketing, operations, management of information systems, and human resources.

Average Salary


General labor market and salary data are provided by Lightcast and may not represent the outcomes experienced by Purdue Global graduates in these programs. Purdue Global graduates in these programs may earn salaries substantially different or less than the amounts listed above. Salary and employment outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, education, and opportunities for employment that are outside of Purdue Global's control.

Lightcast average salary ranges can be explored further using Lightcast’s SkillsMatch tool. Purdue Global does not guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

Why Choose an MBA

Learn how an online MBA can help you grow your career while you’re still working.

You have many options when it comes to your education. Learn what you should consider when choosing an online MBA program.

Employers are increasingly requiring more education. An online master’s degree in business administration can help you gain the marketable skills they look for in candidates.

Is an online MBA worth it? Most people who earn an MBA say it grew their skills and network to create better career opportunities.

Knowledge of how different cultures operate is key in today’s global business economy. Education abroad can help you gain fluency in global business skills.

Earn a Law Degree 1 Year Sooner

Upon graduating, you can apply some of your courses toward an Executive Juris Doctor (EJD) degree at Purdue Global Law School. Save up to $14,250 in tuition and graduate a year sooner. You could earn both a master’s and EJD degree in as few as 4 years. See which courses transfer.

Unlike the JD, which prepares you to sit for the bar exam and practice law, the online EJD is designed to help you build legal expertise to use in your career.

Download the Program Brochure

Download our brochure to learn more about the online Master of Business Administration and the benefits of earning your degree at Purdue Global.

Prepare yourself for success with a master’s degree in business administration.

See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.


Faculty members who have advanced degrees


Faculty members who hold a doctorate


Faculty publications in 2021–2022

More Than 38,000

Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2021–2022

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school- or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2022. 2021–2022 academic year.

Your Path to Success Begins Here

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*Average Completion Time: Completion time based on a full-time schedule. Programs will take longer for part-time students to complete.

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. Prior experience may be required for leadership roles. Certain finance positions may require further certification and/or licensing by individual states. Programs were not designed to meet any specific state’s requirements for licensure or certification, and Purdue Global makes no representations or warranties as to whether the degree or any individual courses meet such requirements. Refer to Purdue Global's State Licensure and Certifications page for state-specific information on licensure and state authorizations.

Job Growth: Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Management Occupations, National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Purdue Global Law School EJD Degree: Purdue Global alumni are eligible for a 20% tuition reduction on Purdue Global Law School programs. Tuition savings calculated as 36 credit hours x reduced per credit tuition rate of $412 = $14,832. Savings will vary based on the courses completed in the student’s master’s degree program. Credits apply toward open elective and/or specialty electives in the EJD program.

Time savings based on a student who applies 36 credit hours from the MBA with a concentration in human resources toward the 3-year EJD program; remaining 36 credits can be completed in 2 years of study. MBA with a concentration in human resources can be completed in 2 years of study when adhering to the recommended course-load each term, taking courses in sequence, and without interruptions such as a leave of absence.

Testimonial: Testimonials obtained by Purdue Global. The views and opinions expressed are those of the individual; student experiences may vary.