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Application Process

Applications for the MS-MBA program are accepted on a rolling basis. Each cohort has a capacity of 25-30 students. Those admitted after the limit has been reached will be placed on a waitlist.

Please contact the program manager with questions.

Two Schools, One Application

Application materials are collected and sorted by Purdue University only. After a full application is submitted, a committee of three Purdue Agricultural Economics faculty members must approve it. If admitted to Purdue, application materials are then sent to Indiana University, Kelley School of Business and the Purdue Graduate School.

Admission decisions are based on the following:

  • Work experience—A minimum of three years of experience in positions of increasing responsibility is recommended.
  • Employer recommendations.
  • Previous academic record.
  • GRE or GMAT scores.
  • TOEFL exam (for international applicants only).

Applications are carefully evaluated. Applicant strengths in one area may offset weaknesses in another.

Application Committee

The application committee for Purdue consists of three people from the Agricultural Economics department. The application committee for Indiana University consists of four administrators from Kelley Executive Degree Programs.

Because there are seven people who must review your application, we highly recommend applying as soon as possible to avoid the chance that one or more cannot review it in a timely manner.

Details for applying are described here.

Application Deadlines

There is no hard application deadline, but we strongly recommend submitting your application by the end of April of the year in which you wish to begin the program. A new cohort attends its first residency session every August, so keep in mind that both Purdue and Indiana University must approve materials before you can attend residency.

Application Fees

An application fee of $60 must be paid to Purdue University Graduate School once you submit the online application form. For more information on the program fees, please visit the Fees page.

  When I entered the program I didn't have confidence that I was making a wise investment. Would the coursework be applicable? Would the distance delivery work for me? Would I get a return on my investment? Would the program contribute to enhancing my future career opportunities? Five years later I can answer affirmatively to all of these questions. I use my education all day, every day. My  ... READ MORE  

Matt Buyers

Recruiting Consultant - Ag 1 Source
MS-MBA Class of 2000-2002

  When I entered the program I didn't have confidence that I was making a wise investment. Would the coursework be applicable? Would the distance delivery work for me? Would I get a return on my investment? Would the program contribute to enhancing my future career opportunities?

Five years later I can answer affirmatively to all of these questions. I use my education all day, every day. My career has accelerated. The relationships I developed with my classmates and the staff and faculty at Purdue are intact today. I can't imagine where I would be today without my degree from Purdue.

As a human resources professional, I recommend this program to employees in my company wishing to continue their education and to anyone else for that matter. The Purdue-Kelley MS-MBA is a top notch program that contributes to creating top notch professionals.  

Matt Buyers

Recruiting Consultant - Ag 1 Source
MS-MBA Class of 2000-2002