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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.

  It seems as though I analyze situations differently now than I did before the Purdue MS-MBA and I have a greater appreciation for the "big picture" and long-term effect of decisions. My experience in the MS/MBA program was great although very time consuming. That being said it was well worth the effort. I gained some really good friendships during the program and was able to lean on my  ... READ MORE  

Jeff Riechers

Vice President, Commercial Banking Division - Marshall & Ilsley Bank
MS-MBA Class of 2005-2007

  It seems as though I analyze situations differently now than I did before the Purdue MS-MBA and I have a greater appreciation for the "big picture" and long-term effect of decisions.

My experience in the MS/MBA program was great although very time consuming. That being said it was well worth the effort. I gained some really good friendships during the program and was able to lean on my classmates for help when it was needed.

I had been looking at several MBA programs prior to learning about Purdue. The night and weekend programs required too much driving and seemed somewhat inflexible due to my schedule and other time commitments. I picked and recommend Purdue's program for the following reasons:

Flexible time schedule (you don't have to be in class at a set time).
Emphasis on agriculture.
Time spent on campus which helps pull not only the course work but also the students and teaching staff together.
The delivery mechanism utilized. The Purdue voice-over PowerPoint lectures are great and I wish I would have had something like that in undergrad.
Purdue's staff. Our TA made himself available when we needed him for help (usually between 10 pm and 1 am) and the Profs were very responsive. The Indiana side of the equation provides a different flavor than Purdue with a greater spectrum of students.
It is hard to quantify how I benefited from the MS/MBA program. It seems as though I analyze situations differently now than I did before and have a greater appreciation for the "big picture" and long-term effect of decisions. I have been promoted a few times since starting the program and now sit on our corporate agricultural banking steering committee. When I entered the program my role was a business banking officer at M&I. I managed a relatively small portfolio of small business and farm accounts. Currently I am a vice president in our commercial banking division with a much larger portfolio. The insight I gained from the program has proven invaluable when sitting down with my customers, their CFOs, accountants, and lawyers to analyze a situation.  

Jeff Riechers

Vice President, Commercial Banking Division - Marshall & Ilsley Bank
MS-MBA Class of 2005-2007