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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 put off grad school until my GMAT scores were about to expire and even researched MBA programs that didn’t require GMAT scores. To say I was a bit reluctant to go back to school while working full-time would be an understatement. It was definitively an adjustment to go from my work environment, where I knew my stuff, to a school environment, where I knew nothing. However, the concepts and  ... READ MORE  

Christine E. Hong

Ruminant Marketing Manager for Global Diagnostics - Zoetis
MS-MBA Class of 2011-2013

  I put off grad school until my GMAT scores were about to expire and even researched MBA programs that didn’t require GMAT scores. To say I was a bit reluctant to go back to school while working full-time would be an understatement. It was definitively an adjustment to go from my work environment, where I knew my stuff, to a school environment, where I knew nothing. However, the concepts and skills I learned and mastered serve me every day.

Of course the professors are important and incomparable, but the guest speakers and your fellow students add a level of richness and Ag industry perspective you can’t get in other MBA programs. I even selected a MS-MBA residency course as an elective. That week with a whole new cohort made me realize it was the students the program selects that increases the program’s value exponentially. I left that residency sad that I would not be taking the courses and going on the MS-MBA journey with the new class.

The program is challenging, and worth it  

Christine E. Hong

Ruminant Marketing Manager for Global Diagnostics - Zoetis
MS-MBA Class of 2011-2013