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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.

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Del Craig

Executive Vice President, Business Operations - Elevance Renewable Sciences
MS-MBA Class of 1999-2001

  An important part of professional development is improving your competence. Competence describes more than just your skills and knowledge – it also represents anything that improves your ability to perform, including your knowledge, skills, relationships, resourcefulness, processes, systems and information. Building your competence builds your confidence, and confidence is a close friend to high achievers.

The knowledge and experiences you will gain from the Purdue-Kelley MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness will help you greatly improve your competence, inspire your personal confidence, and secure your position as a high achiever in any organization.

The nationally ranked Purdue-Kelley program is blessed with a gifted faculty who has continued to help me develop my strategic thinking and marketing skills. In addition to an outstanding formal education, you’ll develop a network of friends with diverse professional backgrounds that you’ll find invaluable as you move through your professional career.  

Del Craig

Executive Vice President, Business Operations - Elevance Renewable Sciences
MS-MBA Class of 1999-2001