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Discover where our graduates come from and where they land. Explore the many options available in the growing agribusiness industry.

Furthering Your Career

The MS-MBA’s practical education philosophy causes almost immediate positive change in students, and graduates continue to cite their degrees as the reason for salary increases and promotions. Employers notice how this difference adds value to their companies, and reward students with promotions.

Want proof? 94 percent of the center's graduates who work for John Deere have been promoted.

Students in our MS-MBA program are food and agricultural business firm managers or managers-to-be who want to earn a graduate degree as they continue working. They are on average, 29–35 years old and have a minimum of three years' work experience in positions of increasing professional responsibility. Three core groups are represented in the program:

Agribusiness Managers

These individuals have management responsibilities in firms that provide inputs to production agriculture. This includes companies providing agronomic, animal nutrition, capital, and service inputs to the production agriculture sector, among others.

Food Firm Managers

These individuals have management responsibilities with food manufacturing and distribution firms. This includes individuals working at processing organizations, branded food manufacturers, and food retailers and distributors, to name a few.

Commercial Farmers, Growers, Ranchers

These individuals work for growing farms, ranches, or other agricultural production organizations who recognize the need to develop their business management expertise to be viable in a rapidly changing agricultural market.

Companies Represented in the MS-MBA

MS-MBA students come from many different industries, countries and backgrounds. One of the strengths of this program is the breadth and depth of industry knowledge that is contributed by the students. When you take into consideration the average years of experience for the group (10-12) you can see why students gain not only from the professors, but also from each other.

MS-MBA graduates take great pride in this program, and most will be willing to share their experiences with you. If you have an interest in speaking with a graduate or current student, contact the program manager to arrange it.

The MS-MBA alumni represent more than 250 companies. Below is just the beginning of the list of companies that have sponsored MS-MBA students.

 

  The Purdue-Kelley MS-MBA is incredibly practical and the professors do an incredible job of making sure students can and will use the materials in their individual job settings. Some classes build a larger framework of understanding about the food, fiber, and natural resources industries, while other classes target how to deal with current business issues within industry. One of the reasons I  ... READ MORE  

J.R. Peterson

District Manager, Minnesota - Syngenta
MS-MBA Class of 2005-2007

  The Purdue-Kelley MS-MBA is incredibly practical and the professors do an incredible job of making sure students can and will use the materials in their individual job settings. Some classes build a larger framework of understanding about the food, fiber, and natural resources industries, while other classes target how to deal with current business issues within industry.

One of the reasons I chose the Purdue-Kelley program is because of the flexibility created by the distance education model. I travel about 50 percent of the time, but due to the distance education model, I can keep up on my class work from wherever I am.

As I evaluate the future of my career, this program has provided me a great deal of flexibility and opportunity. If I end up staying in the agricultural industry, the MS from Purdue has great credibility. If I end up moving into business outside of agriculture, the MBA from Kelley also has great credibility. As a whole, this program helps create professionals with the necessary business management skills and a broadened view of agriculture who can play important roles in their organizations and in agricultural industries.  

J.R. Peterson

District Manager, Minnesota - Syngenta
MS-MBA Class of 2005-2007