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One program. Two degrees.

Earn two degrees from two renowned universities in just 27 months.

MS-MBA student studyingThe Center for Food and Agricultural Business offers you the option to earn two degrees online through its MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management program. Follow a predetermined plan of study throughout the program. Each option is offered through a partnership between Purdue University and Indiana University (IU).

Program Design

Online Course Material

Since more than 85 percent of course content is delivered online, you can continue to participate in the program despite travel or work assignments. You have the flexibility to work at your own pace and in your own environment because the content is delivered asynchronous (you don't have to be anywhere at a specific time except for residency sessions). You also have access to download course material at any time. The material remains available through the duration of the program, so you can continually replay lectures, unlike in a traditional classroom.

Cohort and Modules

You will complete your degree program in a cohort, which means you stay with the same group of students you started with throughout your classes; ultimately, graduating together. This provides an extraordinary network of support. Plus, students in the program typically have at least 10 years of industry experience, and they will share those experiences with you.

Your classmates are the current and future leaders of many food and agribusiness companies—including yourself!

Courses are organized into 12-week modules. During each module, you’ll take two courses from either Purdue, IU or one from each school. You should expect to spend 20 hours per week on average (10 hours per course) on reading, homework, posting to the discussion forum, etc. You have a weeklong break between each module. You complete the requirements for your MS in agricultural economics from Purdue in the spring of your second year. Then, you will complete two more Kelley modules to earn your MBA from IU. 

Residencies

Regardless of your degree choice, you will complete five, one-week residencies, giving you vital face-to-face time with the professors and other students.The first four residencies alternate between Purdue’s West Lafayette, Ind., campus and the IU Kelley School of Business campus in Bloomington, Ind. A fifth residency takes place on the campus of a Purdue international partner institution, currently the University of São Paulo in Brazil. Learn more about residencies

Capstone Project

You don't have to complete a thesis or dissertation to earn your degree(s), although you will develop a capstone project. This project focuses on a significant issue or opportunity facing your company or sponsoring organization. Supported by Purdue professors, you’ll develop a solution to the problem or issue. Many of these projects have had important financial impacts on the sponsoring organizations and represent the best methods of integrating work and education. Capstone projects are kept confidential and do not become the property of Purdue University. Learn more about the project

Food and Agribusiness Focus

The 21 credits of Purdue courses are taught by agricultural economics professors who speak the language of the food and agribusiness industries and understand the problems these industries face. You’ll be able to dig deeply into issues you see on a daily basis or are likely to encounter in the future, which is a major advantage over other MBA programs.

Professors

Faculty at both Purdue and IU will lead your classes. Both schools have committed to providing you with the highest-quality learning experience. Meet the program faculty

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  The global economy is shifting. And while other business programs are seem overly focused on pushing their students to Wall Street or to financial consulting firms, Purdue University is committed to solving some of the greatest challenges on the horizon. During recruiting trips to other business schools, professors and administrators touted jobs at social media ventures or the opportunity for  ... READ MORE  

Garrett Baldwin

Managing Editor/Senior Analyst - Agora Publishing
MS-MBA Class of 2011-2013

  The global economy is shifting. And while other business programs are seem overly focused on pushing their students to Wall Street or to financial consulting firms, Purdue University is committed to solving some of the greatest challenges on the horizon.

During recruiting trips to other business schools, professors and administrators touted jobs at social media ventures or the opportunity for me to get involved in the next dot-com rush. What a waste. Luckily, Purdue has a greater purpose.

The global economy is transitioning back to a commodity-based reality. Now more than ever, we face complex challenges in agriculture, energy, and mining production. Purdue is meeting these challenges by creating an annual cohort of intelligent leaders who will solve these problems. In my short time here, I already recognized that this program has identified and recruited some of the finest future leaders in agribusiness. And the quality of the professors at Purdue University rivals every top-tier program in the country.

I wanted an MBA program that centered on practicality and less on traditional theory taught in other business schools. Practicality is the hallmark of this program, making it valuable – on a daily basis -- not only to the student, but also to the employer.

The ability to apply what I’ve learned to my job is far more rewarding than a full-time program that focuses too heavily on case studies that simply do not apply to the challenges that I face on a daily basis.

Every lecture, team meeting, and program assignment has enabled me to learn new approaches to complex business problems. When I recently accepted a new role in my company, my boss was highly skeptical about why I am committing so much time to a dual Masters program. During one interview, he even asked me to drop out before I accepted the new job. I refused.

Now, two months into this new engagement, he’s blown away by my performance. What he doesn’t really know is that I’m using many of the new skills and knowledge that I have acquired from this program, and that is setting me apart. Our conversations regularly focus on the challenges and trends that this program has identified.

And the ability for my company to have access to a student engaged in cutting-edge research has provided far more than just general knowledge. It has created a dependable leader, a person who approaches complex problems with innovative ideas, and an analyst with far superior skills than those in rival organizations. I made the right decision. And I know my company is reaping the benefits.  

Garrett Baldwin

Managing Editor/Senior Analyst - Agora Publishing
MS-MBA Class of 2011-2013