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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.

  I initially sought a graduate program because I felt that business training would be essential in contributing to the success of a company. When I came across the MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management, I was impressed by the opportunity to double my degree with only a little extra time and money. With ties to two universities, the program provides double the networking as well as interaction  ... READ MORE  

Kara McDonald

Director, Ingredients Marketing and Communication - U.S. Dairy Export Council
MS-MBA Class of 2006-2008

  I initially sought a graduate program because I felt that business training would be essential in contributing to the success of a company. When I came across the MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management, I was impressed by the opportunity to double my degree with only a little extra time and money. With ties to two universities, the program provides double the networking as well as interaction with many different professionals who are also students in the program.

The instructors and classes were of a very high caliber, and I felt that the instruction I received was equivalent to a traditional onsite program. The MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management allows the flexibility to work, study, and take classes on one’s own schedule. The cohort group was also a great experience—it was helpful to have a tight knit group of allies to go through the program together.  

Kara McDonald

Director, Ingredients Marketing and Communication - U.S. Dairy Export Council
MS-MBA Class of 2006-2008