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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.

  The opportunity to build a Capstone case study upon an idea that is of my company’s interest, which has attracted support from cooperators, and has the potential to become a real business case, has made a huge difference to me, and the unconditional support my company is providing for this program. The confluence of different types of assets towards designing, shaping, analyzing and  ... READ MORE  

Carlos Iglesias

Head Cereals Research - Syngenta
MS-MBA Class of 2012-2014

  The opportunity to build a Capstone case study upon an idea that is of my company’s interest, which has attracted support from cooperators, and has the potential to become a real business case, has made a huge difference to me, and the unconditional support my company is providing for this program.

The confluence of different types of assets towards designing, shaping, analyzing and reporting the Capstone ideas and results makes this MS-MBA program unique. Through the Capstone process, I had to heavily rely on the help from several professors at Purdue and IU. I also have taken lots of elements from prior courses in designing the case, running the analysis and building towards a final report.

I look back and I think how lucky I have been to pick the right idea, at the right time, and with the right people to work with. Having a network of professors, advisors and colleagues from whom I can draw support, knowledge and guidance is a cornerstone for success in testing ideas like this within our MS-MBA program. Both my company and our partners rely on that; and because of that, they are willing to move forward from the computer models, to pilot testing, to real business opportunities.  

Carlos Iglesias

Head Cereals Research - Syngenta
MS-MBA Class of 2012-2014