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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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  After I obtained my undergraduate degree, I debated whether to go back to school for at least 20 years. I even started a program two times, but had to quit due to job transfers, back before online programs were available. As I progressed throughout my career, I was always able to do well in each job challenge using my technical degree, experience and advice from personal development and  ... READ MORE  

David Baynes

Global Vice President, Brewing Quality - Anheuser-Busch
MS-MBA Class of 2011-2013

  After I obtained my undergraduate degree, I debated whether to go back to school for at least 20 years. I even started a program two times, but had to quit due to job transfers, back before online programs were available. As I progressed throughout my career, I was always able to do well in each job challenge using my technical degree, experience and advice from personal development and management seminars. But as I moved to positions of increasing responsibility, I realized that a more in-depth understanding of business concepts and principles, along with a strategic-planning focus, would be beneficial to my current role and allow me to stay competitive with other people in my organization.

I had several worries as I looked into various MBA and graduate programs. Would I be able to get back into “school mode” and do well? Could I compete with the younger, more recent college graduates? Would I actually get anything beneficial out of a program that I could translate to useful actions in my business? How could I possibly do well enough on the GMAT to get accepted? (I’m horrible at taking standardized tests.)

Once I made the decision to just go for it, I had to find a program that worked for me and was well-respected so I would get my company’s support. Since my job requires international travel, distance delivery was an absolute must. At first, I focused on MBA-only options and looked at schools with an international business option. I found the Purdue MS-MBA program along the way. The option to earn two degrees in the time it took to get an MBA was really interesting to me, so I took my research a little further and contacted Luanna DeMay.

Everyone who has ever talked to Luanna about this program gets a real feeling of her passion and pride in what Purdue offers. She put me in contact with some former and current students. Talking to them sold me on this program — it was the only one I applied to. The experience has been incredible. The cohort concept is amazing at Purdue. We are a close group that is comprised of all ages, experiences, skills and abilities. Working with people from the cohort makes everything so much easier and facilitates real learning. I’ve developed close relationships with many of the people in my cohort that will last long after we walk down the aisle to receive our diplomas. They are experts in many areas of agribusiness, and I know that I will consult with them in the future.  

David Baynes

Global Vice President, Brewing Quality - Anheuser-Busch
MS-MBA Class of 2011-2013