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  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