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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 ($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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Soybean Quality Traits Product Manager - Monsanto
MS-MBA Class of 1999-2001

  I'm sold on the distance learning concept, and for all sorts of reasons. It's also the key to flexibility in the program. If I couldn't walk through the lectures on my own, I'd miss too much class with work travel. It's hard to explain without a demonstration, but the lectures are truly interactive.

And finally, the class is full of top-notch agribusiness people. The contacts and learning from other students is tremendous. But I have to warn you up front, it is a commitment. I devoted about 20 hours a week to the program. All that said, I would recommend this program to anyone serious about agribusiness and their careers.  

Sara Vacek

Soybean Quality Traits Product Manager - Monsanto
MS-MBA Class of 1999-2001