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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

The MS-MBA begins once a year in mid-August. Although there is no concrete application deadline for the program, it is suggested that all material be submitted by late spring of the year you wish to begin the program. Keep in mind that each cohort reaches capacity at 30 students. 

International applicants should apply as soon as possible due to Kelley School of Business and graduate school deadlines. For more information, contact Taryn Nance, program manager.

Application Fees

An application fee of $60 ($75 for international students) 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 tuition rates page.

  Throughout the entire two years of the program, I was consistently exposed to top-quality teaching of both theory and practice. The results for me were a gain of cross-functional skills and knowledge which in turn prepared me for my leadership role at the High® companies. Being in support of eight varied industries within my company, the Purdue-Kelley MS-MBA program was truly a great affluence  ... READ MORE  

Darryl Gordon

Corporate Director of Human Resources - High Corporate Services, LLC
MS-MBA CLASS OF 1999-2001

  Throughout the entire two years of the program, I was consistently exposed to top-quality teaching of both theory and practice. The results for me were a gain of cross-functional skills and knowledge which in turn prepared me for my leadership role at the High® companies. Being in support of eight varied industries within my company, the Purdue-Kelley MS-MBA program was truly a great affluence for my professional career and a real supplement to prepare me for the role I have in today’s business offerings. The international experience was priceless, helping me develop skills for dealing with diverse business relations, and truly rewarding as I saw parts of the globe I wouldn’t have otherwise experienced.  

Darryl Gordon

Corporate Director of Human Resources - High Corporate Services, LLC
MS-MBA CLASS OF 1999-2001